Development Manager

Project Management & Controls
Vacancy ID


  • The Development Manager has the role to take responsibility in the development of the Project Portfolio, particularly for the Study phase of the project.
  • One or more simultaneous projects are in the scope of this role in terms of time, cost (profitability) and quality.
  • The role is aligned with business, Project and Operations at various points.
  • As such, the Development Managers functional role may be viewed as a hybrid function that changes over the lifetime of the project, starting with an acting-owner role (Idea creation and Pre-study) – in which the Development Manager is responsible for many of the advices that the owner is accountable for – shifting to a project lead role (Feasibility) in which the Development Manager integrates technical, business and operations functions to develop and finalize the project scope and maintaining a site integrator role (Definition, Execution, Commissioning and Start-Up)
  • Main tasks and responsibilities:
    • During early stages of a project such as Pre-Study and Feasibility Study, the Development Manager has responsibilities and accountabilities for specific tasks and deliverables of assigned projects.
  • Key accountabilities of the job:
    • Prepare business opportunities statements including, economic analysis, risks, product market life, market forecast, update regulations and permit requirements, develop commissioning, startup and handover plans, assemble documentation for plant operations etc.
    • Support and best practice sharing to other projects and developments in the Project Portfolio.
    • Is the person to whom the Owner has delegated the responsibility and authority to develop the investment case and project scope based on the set objectives and execute and lead the early phases of the investment project until end of Feasibility.
    • While this role is highly dependent on the project team (owner, Development Manager and Project Manager) most of the decisions have to be discussed within this team.
    • Final decisions on the project are made by the Investment Jury. Transparency of the decisions made by the Development Manager are key to make sure the project is fulfilling the objective of the projects.


  • For this position you must have a master degree (MSc) in a relevant engineering discipline, at least 5 – 10 years relevant experience in a production environment.
  • Experience in Renewable Processes is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of projects with an affinity for working in development with stakeholders internally and externally (idea creation/feasibility)
  • Ability to maintain a big picture view while making sure that tactical work progresses appropriately
  • Strong commercial knowledge and acumen;
  • A good teamplayer that can create solutions and can be a sparring partner if required.
  • Effective communication skills in English (mandatory) both verbally and in writing. Preferably command of the Dutch language. Other language skills are an advantage.
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