30+ days ago - req18502

Project Leader Mechanical Development (Talent Pool)

Research & development

Mechanical engineering


Optical engineering

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development


8+ years



Job Category

Mechanical engineering, Mechatronics, Optical engineering




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Job Mission

As project leader you will manage a group of highly professional engineers (often with academic backgrounds) and many years’ experience in the industry.
In the position of project leader you and your team take responsibility for the development of sub-modules, consisting of hardware (mechanics, electronics) and (embedded) software for ASML’s lithographic products. You are several project teams internal at ASML and towards the supplier, driving tool updates and fixes to best serve our business.

Job Description

As project leader, you will be responsible for the delivery of products, on time, within budget and with the agreed quality. Multiple technical disciplines work in your project in a concurrent engineering way. You are responsible for making the technology choices, the specification, design, integration and qualification of tool updates within the boundaries imposed by process and planning. You pro-actively drive the development work in your team and participate in reviewing designs. But above all, you will use your leadership and teamwork skills to solve problems and optimize team performance.

  • Create and maintain project plans and proactively drive project realization over multiple sub-projects.
  • Manage the delivery of specifications, designs, prototypes and testplans in your team (~15-25 people) that meet the requirements of the ASML development program.
  • Review technical proposals, manage time, quality and budget as well as the risks and issues in your project.
  • Work with team-leaders and sub-project leaders from mechanical, electronic and software development who take operational responsibility within your project.
  • Work intensively with external co-developers and external manufacturing facilities to ensure timely delivery of prototypes and a smooth transition to volume production.
  • Interaction with other project leaders on technical content and with group leaders on allocation of people to your project.


Master in Mechanical Engineering, preferably with a specialization in Precision-, Micro-, Nano- engineering.


  • 5 to 10 years of experience in project management of complex technical projects cooperating with technical professionals.
  • 5 to 10 years of experience in developing, integrating, testing and realization of volume or limited series production for complex multidisciplinary products, preferably high tech production equipment.
  • Solid technical background in own discipline, ability to manage cross-disciplinary.
  • Affinity with managing integral business processes in fast growing and dynamic business environments.
  • A formal project management certification or accreditation is a pre.
  • A strong background and track record in project management in an innovation environment in high-tech industry is required.

Personal skills

  • Highly motivated, enthusiast, flexible and a good communicator, ability to think and act on a strategic level.
  • Think broad, learn fast, take responsibility, act decisive and show critical sense.
  • Lead and work with a set of multidisciplinary project teams, give direction and motivate
  • Convince others of your ideas.
  • Strong influencer, natural stakeholder manager.
  • Strong analytical ability with a pragmatic attitude.
  • Good knowledge of English.
  • Able to organize, offer structure and manage a broad set of stakeholders.
  • Ability to coach/mentor team and project leaders of sub-projects.

Context of the position

Within ASML the sector Development & Engineering is responsible for the specification and the design of the ASML products. The department Mechanical Development is designing, building and testing mechanical systems and sub-systems which are fitted into the end products.

Other information

There are over 28,000 ASML employees on payroll and flexible contracts, spread across offices in more than 60 cities in 16 countries. The company’s headquarters, located in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, comprises over half of all employees – over 14,000 people work there.
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If you apply to this position - please include a recent and complete CV, a letter of motivation and preferably a portfolio in which you showcase relevant work done.
We aim to have your job application reviewed by Recruitment and the responsible Manager within a week’s time. You will be contacted by Recruitment on the outcome of this assessment.
Before you accept the job offer and commence on your onboarding journey, we typically aim to have two rounds of interviews in which you will speak with at least your future colleague, team lead and manager – followed by the (Talent Exploration) assessment and an interview with Human Resources.