Innovation Manager at Medical Delta

Medical Delta is a network of research-driven life sciences, health, and technology organizations in the west of the Netherlands, which brings together a rich body of knowledge and experience and acts as a catalyst for health innovation and cooperation in the west of the Netherlands. Medical Delta aims to harness the promise of digital technologies, new materials and techniques in the field of healthcare.

Medical Delta was founded in 2006 by the three universities (TU Delft, Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam) and the two UMCs (LUMC and Erasmus MC) in the province of Zuid-Holland. Since 2016, four universities of applied sciences from the province (The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool InHolland, Hogeschool Rotterdam and Hogeschool Leiden) joined as well. Medical Delta also collaborates with several governmental organizations, private companies, healthcare institutions, and funding bodies in the region.

In the coming years, nearly 300 scientists will work together in 15 different consortia, 10 Field and Living labs, and 15 programms on technological solutions for sustainable care. The interdisciplinary collaboration between academics - mainly clinicians and technologists - is characteristic of Medical Delta.

Medical Delta is a powerhouse in terms of scientific and managerial expertise and innovation potential. Collaboration with academic, healthcare, technical and administrative professionals is crucial in realizing Medical Delta’s ambitions. As such, the network is now seeking an Innovation Manager with the ability to capitalize on the potential of Medical Delta.

The role

The Innovation Manager:

  • Facilitates Medical Delta scientific programms;
  • Facilitates innovations through, among others, Medical Delta Living Labs;
  • Boosts and concretizes collaborations between academic knowledge institutions (UMCs, universities, and universities of applied sciences) and the business community, healthcare institutions, and governments.

Key Responsibilities:

The Innovation Manager develops and supports the realization of public-private consortium projects, which impact the development, testing, and validation of bio or medical technology products and services for sustainable care. The successful candidate is equipped with an entrepreneurial mindset and can develop, manage, and sustain relationships with key strategic partners, including knowledge organizations, private companies, healthcare institutions, and funding bodies. The incoming Innovation Manager will be an avid advocate for Medical Delta who has a keen eye for mapping the environment and identify and seize opportunities to secure public-private funding for (research) projects.

Person specification

The Innovation Manager:

  • is an experienced program and project manager evidenced by a proven track record of at least 10 years’ experience in several roles within a complex organization;
  • has significant experience in process management, particularly in translating strategy and vision into concrete objectives and steps for the consortia, their programs, and the projects;
  • shows strong affinity with the content covered in the programs and projects and can act as a sparring partner to the scientific leaders;
  • has the ability to see the “bigger picture” and plan for the future, while dealing with the detailed, complex challenges and decisions that arise day-to-day;
  • has a good understanding of the higher education landscape and the dynamics that drive successful collaborations with public and private organizations;
  • is an avid advocate of community building to support public-private projects and has either a relevant network to Medical Delta or the ability to build a network quickly;
  • can communicate pleasantly, has tact and cultural sensitivity, and has the presence to be an ambassador for Medical Delta to a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • has a relevant (academic) background, for example in (bio) technology, life sciences or healthcare,) and preferably has experience in consultancy;
  • has an excellent command of spoken and written Dutch and English.

Personal Competencies:

  • Content-driven individual.
  • Strong communicator, who can listen attentively, advise, and create support in an open manner at various levels within organizations.
  • Enterprising and driven to recognise and grasp new opportunities that match the needs and means of Medical Delta.
  • Bridgebuilder and strong networker.

Conditions of employment

The maximum monthly salary is determined nationally on a scale of 12/13 (€ 4.538 – max. € 6.317) based on full-time work, with an attractive package of secondary employment benefits. The salary and benefits are based on the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities of applied science and Dutch law. An initial temporary contract of one year will be offered with the possibility to renew into a permanent contract.

How to apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver, who will support Medical Delta in helping to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assisting in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the roles.

Applications should consist of a covering letter explaining motivation and qualifications for the position and a full curriculum vitae.

Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions about the post at +31 (0)20240 4379 or

Applications can be uploaded at quoting reference number 5017.

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