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Vervulde vacature: Manager Engineering (with potential for growth)

Vacature informatie:

About Saab.


Saab is a global defence and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defence, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.
Saab is also a company with opportunities. A company where we see diversity as an asset and where you have both considerable responsibility and good opportunities for advancing in your career. But also a company that respects each person’s needs for a rewarding life beyond work.At Saab, we constantly look ahead and push boundaries for what is considered technically possible. We collaborate with colleagues around the world who all share our challenge – to make the world a safer place.

What you will be part of.

Saab Traffic Management (TM) serves customers around the globe with advanced solutions that enable the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. There are three operating units within TM: Maritime Traffic Management (MTM) solutions include Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), port and Vessel Traffic Management Information Systems (VTMIS), hydrographics; Air Traffic Management (ATM) provides airport surface safety and efficiency systems and tools, tower automation and advanced research, development and evaluation solutions. Public Safety and Security (PSS) which is the world leading solution provider for mission critical integrated operations. MTM Operations include all execution of customer projects as well as R&D projects, and the total organization is about 120 employees mainly in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands but also located in Linköping, Sweden and Hong Kong. For planning and preparations of the contracts, the Operation unit works closely together with Marketing & Sales and Product Management. The main responsibility is to meet the customer expectations (deliver agreed scope to correct quality and according to schedule) in our customer projects across the world, and internally to develop the products and to deliver the planned gross margin. Our VTMIS product is developed in Sweden and the Netherlands and integrated with sensors like radar to a total system. Additionally the organization shall be prepared for future challenges, regarding competence, technology, processes and size of work force. The Engineering department in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands is about 60 employees and consist of system engineers, software architects and engineers, and support & service engineers. Do you want to lead this international unit from our location in Apeldoorn committed to safe, efficient and secure maritime trade around the world? Do you have the talent and drive to really make a difference to complex maritime operations? We are looking for an experienced manager with ability to adjust the management style to the situation, willing to drive the cross-border challenges, mind-set to achieve business efficiency, passionate about the power of people and technology to achieve something unique. Someone dynamic and energetic who strives for collaboration and dedicated to meet targets. Someone who can build on the work of others and invite them into build on your work. Are you an enabler who has a growth mindset, with insatiable curiosity? Can you take something that is already good, to make it even better? We are looking for an enthusiastic, decisive and result-oriented


Manager Engineering

  (with potential for growth)


Your role.


  • Deputy head of operations – ability to (temporary) take over general management responsibilities of Head of Operations.
  • Ability to grow in more senior management positions within Saab, potential successor of Head of Operations.
  • Managing the engineering department in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, is about 60 employees and consist of system engineers, software architects and engineers and support & service engineers, of which 4 direct team leaders reports.
  • Business efficiency mindset – ability to drive changes, ways of working enabling efficiency improvements in software development and deployment of customer projects.
  • You are budget and result oriented and take actions that lead to an improvement of the financial result.
  •  A connector who knows how to enthuse a team and individual employees and encourages creativity.
  • You know how to deal with conflicts and are soft on the relationship but hard on the content.
  • You are able to make independent decisions, even if you encounter resistance and questions.
  • Proven experience in leading system- and/or software engineers.
  • You are responsible to manage and develop the skills, knowledge and competences of the people, to ensure they are able to perform their roles and to improve way of workings.
  • You have a shared responsibility for achieving the strategic scorecard objectives in terms of revenue, gross margin and customer satisfaction.
  • Deliver all R&D and Sustainment Projects across the locations in Apeldoorn and Linkoping. Supports Marketing & Sales with bid preparations and deliver the operations data pack (e.g. scope, costs and resources).
  • You are a member of the Operations management team and report to the Head of Operations in the Netherlands.


What does Saab ask.


  • As a candidate you should be a natural leader and easily get others' trust, have good communication skills, high drive and commitment to meet targets.
  • The role requires an independent-minded person, able to identify and pursue opportunities, but also willing to contribute as part of a wider team.
  • You are committed to delivering high quality and meeting deadlines in a fast moving international environment where decisions are followed by prompt action.
  • You are able to meet expectations and enjoy taking ownership and responsibility.
  • Your analytical and communication skills enable you to keep focus on and to deal with complex issues simultaneously.
  • Proven leadership experience with Project Management, System Engineering and/or Software Engineering.
  • Experience of working within an international organization and preferably as manager of an international team.
  • Academic work - and think level with a background in system software engineer or work experience in this sector.
  • You have excellent communication skills in English.
  • Proven business leader, minimal 5 years of experience in managing international teams.
  • Working in a maritime environment is an advantage.
  • You have excellent analytical skills, you are decisive and a finisher.
  • You have a helicopter view and know how to plot and follow up on the right actions, while managing the costs.


Are you interested?


Only when you can reach this profile, we would like to get in touch with you. You can email your motivation with your CV to If you have any questions, please contact Grietje Makkinga on 06 109 408 38 or via the above email address.