CAREER OPPORTUNITY European Network Manager Robotic Innovation

The SPRINT Robotics Collaborative ( is a rapidly growing global not-for-profit foundation, dedicated to accelerating the large-scale deployment of Robotics for Inspection & Maintenance.

Currently, more than 60 organizations from around the globe actively participate in the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative, including many multinational companies, service providers, technology companies and research organizations. SPRINT Robotics has established regional chapters in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

SPRINT Robotics is partner in the EU funded RIMA project, consisting of leading European Industrial Research Organizations and associations representing European infrastructure sectors. This project aims to establish a network of so-called Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) for Inspection & Maintenance Robotics, both for the public and private sector. RIMA will amongst others coordinate a financial cascade fund to accelerate close to market innovation by SME’s. The RIMA network will become the central entry point for innovation related to Inspection and Maintenance Robotics and will coordinate a virtual market place to connect supply and demand for robotic innovation throughout Europe and beyond. The RIMA project will start in January 2019.

For this exciting initiative we are looking for an energetic and ambitious

European Network Manager Robotic Innovation (F/M)

You will be responsible for the establishment, coordination and management of the RIMA Marketplace and DIH coordination network. Operating from the SPRINT Robotics head office in Hilversum, The Netherlands, you will be the primary contact point for SPRINT Robotics contribution to the project.
Main responsibilities:

  • Work package leader for the RIMA activity tasked with building and maintaining the DIH network and Marketplace
  • Part of the RIMA project management team
  • Manage client and stakeholder relationships
  • Coordinate the SPRINT RIMA activities and align them with SPRINT general activities
  • Establish and manage the Central Access Point of Europe (CAPE) for any queries related to the I&M Robotics.
  • Establish and coordinate a European wide coordination group to channel requests for support
  • Establish a KPI dashboard for the project and monitor effectiveness of the network
  • Perform Q&A functions for the network
  • Support both general network management and other project teams
  • Manage client and stakeholder relationships
  • Ensure delivery on time and within budget and scope
  • Represent RIMA European Network and SPRINT Robotics at events


  • Minimum MSc, preferably PhD, in the field of engineering, science or physics.
  • Affinity with the field of robotics
  • Demonstratable interest in business and operational aspects of technology, e.g. through an MBA
  • At least three years practical project management experience in technical environment
  • Excellent soft skills and awareness of the needs of stakeholders across many cultures and nationalities, with a hands-on mentality
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – business-proficient and fluent in English and at least one other European language
  • Solid organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
  • Team player with vibrant character and leadership traits
  • Work with international stakeholders and across various time zones, often requiring flexible working hours
  • Willing and available to travel internationally on a regular basis
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office

What we offer:

Challenging role in an enthusiastic, international, multi-disciplinary team
Work with, and for, renowned international clients and partners
Room for ambition and opportunity for personal and professional growth
Remuneration consistent with your track record and experience
Supportive and collaborative working environment close to Amsterdam city
We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer

Excited about this position? Send your application including resumé to to the attention of Rudolf Essel, General Manager. SPRINT Robotics does not make use of third-party recruitment agent services, acquisition in relation to this vacancy will not be considered.

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