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Competence Centre Manager R&D at BDR Thermea Group

Apeldoorn | 6014

Vacancy Competence Centre Manager R&D at BDR Thermea Group in Apeldoorn. Do you have experience in leading a large R&D team in an international business? Are you an excellent communicator who aligns easily with your stakeholders and are you able to make a difference? Do you have a background in designing and functional testing of serial produced products? If you recognise yourself in this description, we kindly invite you to apply by clicking on the ‘apply’ button.


As Competence Centre Manager R&D for Gas High Efficency Wall Hung and Floor Standing Boilers you will be responsible for leading 70 Product and Applicance Engineers. You will be responsible for innovation & pre-development, new projects and product support. You will be working closely on international level with 9 Competence Centre Managers R&D across the group located in France, Spain, Italy, UK, Germany and the Netherlands, all reporting to the Group R&D Director. Of course you work with many other stakeholders on an international level like Product Management, Purchasing, Quality and Operations. You are able to act as a sparring partner at all levels and to motivate the people you manage by getting them involved in new developments, achieving wide support and through making decisions.


  • As a people manager you will create an environment for success and you will proactively develop your people;
  • Drive continuous improvement with a goal to improve the output (the right quality product, on time and on cost);
  • Create the development roadmaps based on the product roadmaps and drive the execution;
  • Drive the platform approach with building blocks based on an architecture;
  • Keep projects and engineering changes on track via a good decision making process and communication with the stake holders.


BDR Thermea Group is a world leading manufacturer and distributor of sustainable and smart climate and sanitary hot water solutions and services, operating in a market worth over €16 billion of annual sales. Employing around 6,500 people BDR Thermea Group has a top market position in key European countries and strong positions in the rapidly growing markets of Eastern Europe, Turkey, Russia, North America and China. In total BDR operates in more than 70 countries worldwide. Ranking 3rd in the world the Group has operations across the whole of Europe, Turkey, China and the USA. The global brands are: Baxi, De Dietrich, Remeha, Brötje Heizung, Baymak and Chappee.

What is the offer?

A very dynamic setting with a large degree of freedom at a financially healthy and established company, in a very challenging department and with an attractive salary package.

An assessment is part of the procedure. AKOS is in charge with this procedure exclusively. Please contact Wouter van Ree on +31 (0)6 39 83 80 92 or if you have any queries.

What is your profile?

  • A Master degree in a technical discipline;
  • A minimum of 10 years experience as a R&D Manager within an international group for serial produced products (home appliances, automotive, etc.);
  • Passionate about innovation and development;
  • Strong leadership: excellent stakeholder management skills, able to work and communicate at all levels, with all cultures of the organisation with an open attitude;
  • Excellent ability to manage change, to overcome resistance and persist in achieving your goal;
  • Flexible and team orientated, with the ability to build productive and collaborative working relationships across the organisation at different levels;
  • Strong communication skills, good listener, with the ability to present information verbally and in written format. Ability to simplify things for wider understanding;
  • Hands-on mentality to get the job done;
  • Strong knowledge of project management;
  • Affinity with the digital world (connected products);
  • Willing to travel on regular basis;
  • Full professional proficiency in English;
  • Main characteristics: energetic, people manager, analytical, decision maker.
Do you have questions about this job? Get in touch with

Wouter van Ree
Commercieel Directeur
+31 (0)6 39 83 80 92
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