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QuTech is the leading advanced research centre for Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet, and was founded in 2013 as a joint research centre between Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). QuTech’s mission is to develop a Quantum Computer and Quantum Internet by combining pioneering scientific research with professional technology development. QuTech addresses these scientific as well as engineering challenges in close collaboration with internationally leading industrial partners.
QuTech is now looking to recruit a Director of Operations to strengthen its Executive Team. Reporting to the Executive Board of TU Delft, the Director of Operations will play an important and central role in QuTech’s expected growth. S/he will be responsible for safeguarding efficient operational management, both in a qualitative and quantitative sense, which will initially require the optimisation of existing processes. In addition, the Director of Operations will have final responsibility for all of QuTech's support staff.
The Director of Operations will have significant interaction at a senior level with QuTech's two parent organisations (TNO and TU Delft) and with representatives of its (private) partners (including the Dutch government, NWO and private partners). The Director of Operations will represent QuTech in various organisations and projects on a regular basis. S/he will be the primary advisor, confidant and sparring partner of the wider QuTech Executive Team.
The Director of Operations should have a no-nonsense, energetic and connecting personality who can quickly switch between a broad and detailed view. S/he should be a unifying leader with a hands-on mentality, aimed at the continuous improvement of processes and performance of the organisation. S/he should be flexible and innovative, but also ensure consistency and structure in organisational and decision-making processes. To the right candidate, the national and international exposure, the complex organisation and the many stakeholders should not be a burden, but a joy. The ideal candidate should be accessible, balanced and driven and possess the natural authority and gravitas to give substance to the position and the many relationships within and outside the organisation.
You will be employed by TU Delft’s Research Institute QuTech. The position is one of 40 hours maximum (one fte). The appointment is for a period of two years with the prospect of permanent employment. Salary is according to university standards (Scales 16 – 18). The salary and benefits are based on the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities and the Dutch law: WNT.
An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the recruitment committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions about the post on +31 20 240 4379 or Thomas.Modder@perrettlaver.com. Applications can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/, quoting reference number 3608. The deadline for applications for this position is 9am CEST on Tuesday 19th June 2018.
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