Head of Innovation & Technology Governance

Wallonia, Belgium
Added: February 23, 2024

Telespazio Belgium can count on almost 40 years of experience in Space Operations Service & Engineering activities.

We provide a significant contribution to the most major Space programs of the European Space Agency. Our core business is to work on the ground to build bridges into space, contributing to the success of ambitious missions.

Currently, we are looking for a highly enthusiastic Head of Innovation & Technology Governance who will work for Telespazio Belgium, in Belgium.

What is expected from you:

The Head of Innovation & Technology Governance will directly report to the Operations Director of Telespazio Belgium (COO).

The Head of Innovation & Technology Governance is in charge of:

  • Managing the company‚Äôs innovative activities and support the business diversification and evolution, supporting the business development in new space domains.
  • Supporting from a technical point of view the growth of the company in all the lines of business by aligning business strategy and customer needs with products, technologies, and capabilities.
  • Ensuring effective coordination with the Telespazio Group to achieve the correct alignment in terms of new technologies, expertise domains, products, and intellectual properties (e.g., patents, software licenses)
  • Identifying and developing the group capabilities and offerings that fit the BeNeLux marketing and sales opportunities.
  • Supporting the Strategic planning with specific focus on Innovation, focusing on the implications in terms of investments (laboratories, facilities), education & training and workforce to fill the gaps between the as-is situation and the needed evolution.
  • Supporting the Industrial Planning & Project control function in the update and analysis of programmatic data related with the innovative initiatives and projects.
  • Supporting the preparation and monitoring of the investments budget related to innovation and R&D projects.
  • Managing the implementation of management directives associated with programmatic and financial aspects of the activities (e.g., invoicing, cash flow, margins), identifying ad-hoc solutions.
  • Coordinating with the Marketing and Sales Dept. to support the bid/no bid decision of tenders based on technical resources and skills availability.
  • Supporting the preparation of offers (or contributing to other partners offers) by managing technical analyses, cost quotations and solution descriptions.
  • Provide a management interface with project customers and internal stakeholders

What you offer:

The candidate must be eligible for EU security clearance .

  • Master in STEM
  • Experience in Space System Engineering is mandatory
  • Project management proven experience is mandatory
  • PMI-PMP or equivalent certifications are an asset
  • Agile Project Management knowledge is an asset
  • Advanced knowledge of English language is mandatory
  • French desirable
  • Italian and Dutch are an asset

The following skills are expected:

Project Management Expertise : The candidate should have a solid understanding of project management methodologies, tools, and techniques. The candidate should be able to develop project plans, define project scope, manage budgets and resources, track progress, mitigate risks, and ensure successful project delivery.

Leadership and Team Management : Strong leadership skills are crucial for effectively managing the ITG team. The candidate should be able to inspire and motivate team members, provide clear direction, delegate tasks, and resolve conflicts. The candidate shall foster a collaborative and high-performing team environment.

Strategic Thinking : The ability to think strategically and align products, technologies, innovative initiatives with organizational goals is essential for the candidate. The candidate should be able to identify project opportunities, prioritize initiatives, and make informed decisions that drive business growth and success.

Communication Management : Excellent communication skills are vital for the candidate. The candidate must be able to effectively communicate objectives, progress, and risks to various, including clients, executives, team members, and external partners. Active listening and strong negotiation skills are also important for managing stakeholder expectations and resolving conflicts.

Problem Solving and Decision Making : The candidate will encounter various challenges and obstacles. It's crucial to have strong problem-solving skills to identify and address issues promptly. Additionally, the ability to make informed decisions based on available information, critical thinking, and analytical skills is important for successful project outcomes.

Adaptability and Flexibility : The candidate should be adaptable and flexible, able to handle unexpected changes, and quickly pivot when necessary. The candidate should also be open to feedback and continuous improvement.

Time and Resource Management : The candidate should be skilled in prioritizing tasks, optimizing resource allocation, and managing dependencies to ensure efficient project execution.

Financial Acumen : The candidate should be able to manage project finances, analyze financial data, and make decisions that align with the organization's financial goals.

Continuous Learning : The candidate should have a mindset of continuous learning, staying updated with the latest trends, best practices, and emerging technologies in project management. This enables them to enhance their skills and adapt to changing project requirements.

Capability to manage a multicultural environment : The candidate will manage a Team with young engineers, belonging to different nationalities and with an international mindset.

What we offer:

  • A company car;
  • A hospitalization insurance and disability insurance;
  • A good pension scheme;
  • A development program that allows you to continually develop and a Coursera membership;
  • A 40-hour working week;
  • Meal vouchers;
  • Eco voucher;
  • A good relocation package.


You will be working within the Telespazio Belgium Headquarter in Transinne, Belgium. (frequent travel to the Netherlands)


Expected starting date: ASAP

We look forward to receiving your application for this position!