Project Manager Team Lead

Dawn Aerospace
Delft, The Netherlands
Added: April 9, 2024

Our mission is to accelerate the next generation of space users with scalable and sustainable ways to deliver the things they care about from Earth to Space, and from Space to everywhere else. We are the fastest-growing supplier of green propulsion systems for satellites in the world. Our turnkey systems manoeuvre satellites in space and deorbit them at the end of their lifetimes.

We are looking for a Project Management Team Lead Based in our Delft Office (The Netherlands) to spearhead the growth and success of our project management function with a global focus. In this pivotal role, you will be responsible for building a best-in-class project management team, establishing a robust operational framework, and providing insightful leadership to ensure the successful delivery of our portfolio of projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Global Team Leadership: Recruit, develop, and mentor a high-performing team of project managers, fostering a collaborative and results-oriented environment that thrives in a multinational setting.
  • Framework Architect: Design and implement a comprehensive project management framework encompassing methodologies, tools, and reporting processes that cater to a fast-growing business needs.
  • Portfolio Mastermind: Lead the development and execution of project management plans for our portfolio, ensuring successful delivery for international customers.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: Analyze and report on portfolio health, highlighting key metrics, risks, and resource constraints across the portfolio of projects during management meetings.
  • Resource Champion: Proactively identify resource gaps and develop strategies to optimize resource allocation across projects, considering international team dynamics.
  • Continuous Improvement: Champion best practices, identify opportunities for improvement and implement necessary changes with a global perspective.
  • Communication Hub: Foster open communication within the Project Management team and facilitate collaboration between other departments, navigating cultural differences and time zones effectively.
  • Career Architect: Be a dedicated mentor, guiding your team's career growth and development through training, coaching, and feedback.


  • Bachelor's degree Engineering, Business Administration, or a related field
    (Master's degree a plus).
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in project management, with a proven track record of leading and mentoring project managers in an international environment.
  • Strong understanding of project management methodologies (Agile, Waterfall, etc.) and best practices, with a focus on international project considerations.
  • Experience in implementing and optimising project management frameworks for global teams.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Outstanding communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills, with a talent for navigating cultural nuances.
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate a team, fostering a culture of inclusion and mutual respect.
  • Experience using project management software tools (e.g., Wrike, MS Project, Jira, Asana) is a plus.

These skills and experience would be nice to have:

  • Experience in building and managing an agile team
  • Experience with space propulsion projects and technologies
  • Experience with commercial space programs.
  • Experience with various contract types - firm fixed price, cost-plus, etc.
  • Demonstrated achievements in planning, directing, and implementing complex projects on time, within budget and with desired functionality.
  • Ability to be broadly focused, while paying attention to detail and concurrently managing multiple efforts
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization, including staff, business stakeholders, and all levels of management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including those necessary for an executive audience.
  • Strong conflict resolution, negotiation, and influential skills
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, changing, and ambiguous environments.
  • Proven experience with a project management methodology


  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Opportunity to build and lead a high-performing, international team.
  • Be a key contributor to the company's strategic direction for global success.
  • Work in a dynamic and growth-oriented environment.


For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access export-controlled information.

If you think you have what it takes, but are unsure that you check every box, we still want to hear from you.