Principal Project Manager

Entrepreneurial Project Manager that act as change agent, drives for results, takes ownership, inspires the team and connects the organization.

The position

We are looking for a Principal Project Manager who will be responsible to ensure project success for the most complex product development projects at Sonion NL. Goal of every project is to deliver the right product on-time and on-cost up to production release and to keep the customer and internal stakeholders satisfied along the way. The Principal Project Manager should take ownership by making the project goals their own goals and applying a pro-active approach to mitigate risks and navigate around hurdles and showstoppers. They should be effective communicators that connect people and inspire their teams.

Your tasks and responsibilities

  • Determine and define project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility in a realistic timeline;
  • Understand value contributors, risks and uncertainties of every project and create a plan in which chance on success is maximized; make sure the plan is flexible enough to deal with changes and issues along the way;
  • Use and continually develop leadership skills to build engaged and motivated project teams and connect R&D with other functions that should support or endorse the project results;
  • Actively drive in every project to deliver as promised: the right product on-time and on-cost; report and escalate to management as needed;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with the customer, internal stakeholders and third parties / suppliers; ensure information flow, manage their expectations and secure on-time delivery of their contribution to the project;
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation;
  • Adhere to the defined Sonion Development Methodology and related procedures, standards and best practices throughout entire project execution;
  • Give support to senior project managers where needed and advise on improvements of best practices, processes and standards.

Your profile

  • Education at Master or PhD level; a technical background is strongly preferred
  • At least 2 years of experience in Product Development and at least 5 years of experience in Project Management, including proven ability to complete projects according to agreed scope, budget, and timeline
  • High ownership and commitment, supported by drive for results and pro-active attitude
  • Excellent analytical and resourceful problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to connect and influence people
  • Ability to handle uncertainty with a lean / agile approach


Sonion improves the quality of life of people using hearing products. We are striving and committed to be the preferred partner in the development and manufacturing of transducers and electromechanical solutions designed for (professional) use in hearing instruments, in-ear earphones and hearables. Size matters, and we constantly challenge the laws of physics for making small and reliable products. Our outstanding competences within customer focused innovation and development, and our lengthy experience in efficient manufacturing make us successful.

Sonion has facilities in Denmark, the Netherlands, Vietnam, the Philippines, Poland, USA and China, wherefrom our (more than 6000) colleagues work together across all locations.

Our offer

We offer a compensation package that matches your qualifications, including a competitive salary, 27 vacation days, 13 rota free days and 8% holiday allowance. But more importantly, Sonion is a working environment that provides you with the opportunity to steadily further develop. As we are the leading innovators in our field, you will work in different projects for different high-end customers. Along with your manager you will regularly reflect on and make plans for your development and interests. We are an international and inclusive organization where it is easy to connect with colleagues.

Further information and application

Ready to make a difference?

The recruitment process for this position is managed exclusively by Panda International. For more information please get in contact directly with Ivor Duif (Senior Consultant Research & Development) via or +3120 20  44 502.

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