YOUR PURPOSE The R&D Manager Municipal Wastewater leads the R&D department Municipal Wastewater and translates corporate – or innovation strategy and objectives into tactical and operational plans and projects. The R&D manager takes care of the professional and personal development of the team members. You will be responsible for the following results areas:

1. R&D projects and programmes

  • Translate the business and innovation strategy into innovation programmes and projects that in totality help to achieve Saur Municipal Wastewater business strategy.
  • Identify new opportunities that contribute to the strategy.
  • Ensure that R&D projects deliver tangible and sellable output to the Saur business.
  • Make or buy (partnership / co-development) decisions; include innovation activities in tenders.
  • Project / programme management of 1-2 projects or programmes.

2. Organization

  • Ensure sufficient well-qualified employees (personnel plan), expertise, R&D facilities, methods and (business) resources to realize the set goals. Resource management.
  • Connect the business, the R&D team and other departments in the organization regarding innovations and opportunities
  • Contribute to innovation portfolio management and stage gate management in the Marketing and Innovation Steering team Municipal wastewater.
  • Work together with CTO, Group R&D director and other R&D managers/team leaders to develop a high performing Saur group R&D.

3. Evaluate

  • Monitor planning and achievement of set goals based on KPIs.
  • Control expenses to keep them within budgets.

4. People management

  • Coaching and developing employees.

5. Other

  • Perform all common work that may reasonably be required.
  • Regular travel within France, The Netherlands and occasional other locations is required to interact with the business, promote innovation, and promote collaboration within the group R&D organisation.


  • Knowledge on the municipal businesses and regulation (French and EU).
  • Result-oriented and ambitious.
  • People oriented team player who knows how to inspire his team members.
  • Business driven (go to market mindset).
  • Ability to communicate at all levels.
  • Ability to able to create support and know how to propagate vision both within and outside the organization.
  • Familiar to work in an industrial environment.
  • Ability to negotiate collaboration contracts with external parties.
  • Professional command of the English and French language in word and writing.


  • MSc academic education in a sector-related technical discipline such as chemical engineering, chemistry, environmental technology, water treatment technology.
  • 10-15 years professional experience of which at least 5-10 years in the wastewater industry. At least one or two roles in industrial R&D.
  • You have project and portfolio management experience.
  • Experience in working with innovation partnerships (open innovation)
  • Experience in operations or process design is advantageous.
  • Relevant research experience and an excellent network both nationally and internationally and you know the leading experts in your field;

Do you recognize yourself in this position and do you want to contribute as a water champion? Send your curriculum vitae to

RESPOND Do you recognize yourself in this position and do you want to contribute as a water champion? Send your curriculum vitae to

POSITION WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION The R&D Manager Municipal Wastewater reports to the Director Saur Group R&D and leads hierarchically the R&D department Municipal Wastewater with 8-20 employees organised in one or more teams. Current team size is 7 positions of which one vacancy.

INFORMATION For more information about our organization and mission, please visit Are you a potential candidate and do you have any questions about this vacancy? Please contact Wouter Noordman (Director Group R&D). He may be reached on telephone number +31651075458 and will be happy to answer your questions.

OUR PURPOSE Our purpose is to be an advocate for water, ensuring that everyone – municipalities, industries, citizen, farmers, non-governmental organizations and civil society as a whole – gives water the value it deserves. Beyond our daily business of providing adequate supplies and responsible quality and treatment of water, we are committed to acting and to convincing others, so that together we can invest in saving water, and in inventing new models to preserve one the most precious resources on our planet. We call it #missionwater and we invite you to join the movement.

OUR APPLICATION PROCESS We will contact you to let you know if your application has been successful. If we follow up, we will ask you to call the appropriate supervisor, where you will briefly meet and discuss your motivation for the role. We will also ask you about your salary expectations/current salary. We do this to get clear expectations from both sides in advance. If we feel the role is a good fit on both sides, then we would like to invite you for an interview at our office!

ARE YOU A RECRUITER? We fill this vacancy through our own recruitment. Therefore, acquisition as a result of this vacancy, also by telephone, is not desirable. Profiles and CVs sent unsolicited by agencies will be treated as direct applications from candidates.

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