Job description

We are in search of an IP Portfolio & Research Project Director who enjoys to solve interesting problems and build successful projects.
You’re comfortable in dealing with lots of moving pieces; you have exquisite attention to detail; and you’re comfortable learning new technologies and systems.


  • You support the further development of Waylays IP portfolio by capturing, identifying, and driving new ideas for patent creation and participation in the drafting of funding files (Vlaio, EU…).
  • You manage a portfolio of research projects within a broader R&D roadmap program, ensuring effective execution, taking responsibility for the results and timing.
  • You design, manage and follow up pilot experiments – as well as conceive and push forward new products, processes, formulations, technologies, applications, and methodologies.
  • With your creativity, you explore new techniques and create new ideas and developments that might contribute to the competence domain’s growth.
  • You effectively communicate with all members of the R&D and business development team and interact with internal (sales, purchasing, operations, QC) and external (research centers, universities, laboratories, suppliers, customers) stakeholders.
  • Your remit will also involve representing the business with agents and customers to support sales and product innovation.

Skills & experiences

  • You have a Ph.D. in Cloud Computing engineering or Control Systems or equivalent through relevant research experience, preferably in the fields of cloud technologies and automation
  • You have proven experience in managing product development projects.
  • You have in-depth knowledge of Cloud Computing, Control Systems, AI/ML, automation.
  • Experience with patenting, IP management, FTO & patentability studies is a critical asset and drafting funding files.
  • You are an objective and critical thinker.
  • You are proactive, creative, and strive for results.
  • You are an excellent communicator, enthusiastic, self-motivating, and proactive networker.
  • Fluency in both Dutch and English is essential.


Rewarding work

Work on products & solutions with great impact on companies and people.

Competitive remuneration

The best tools to support you and a competitive remuneration package.

Zero bureaucracy

Get it done without any office red tape. Make a direct impact.

Passionate team

Work together with passionate people who put team before ego.