Senior Product Development Engineer

Innovating at the edge of what is possible

The position

As a Senior Product Development Engineer, you are a key player in the development process. The position requires you to work on both technical details and their integration to come to a feasible product, while cooperating with other colleagues and partners in- and outside the Netherlands. You constantly balance the technical possibilities with quality and time requirements.

Your tasks and responsibilities

You work in project teams on the development of products, and are mostly involved in the early stages of the product development process. As you are working with industry leading experts and consistently apply Lean tools in the projects, you catch on and learn fast! Responsibilities will include:

  • Generate multiple concepts for which you do or lead a team to do feasibility studies, develop relevant measurement setups using theoretical models, simulations and prototype build verification;
  • The competence to lead others through planning and processes needed to accomplish design decisions and the overall goals of the project;
  • Perform research, analyses and benchmarks on competing technologies and products;
  • Guide the development of specific technology blocks in cooperation with external partners;
  • Work independently on complex assignments within multidisciplinary project teams;
  • Tracking, initiating and contributing to innovative developments (research) in the field;
  • Keeping up to date on technologies, materials and competitive developments with a scope of 0-5 years;
  • Consulting with the other development teams and colleagues from the internal organization to discuss wishes and ideas;
  • Based on an idea or desire, generate and evaluate multiple concepts.

Your profile

The high level of uncertainty in the early phases of the R&D cycle does not scare you off, but spices your energy to tackle the challenge. Your hands-on and result driven mentality shows with initiative, and taking the lead. Your enthusiasm makes you a great team member, so you can interact and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people with different backgrounds. Other qualities we ask for are:

  • M.Sc of Ph. D in Physics, Electronic Engineering, (Bio-)Mechanical Engineering;
  • At least 5 to 7 years of working experience in an (early) R&D environment that gave you understanding of product development and design for manufacture;
  • Proven track record of bringing hardware technology blocks to maturity either through inhouse development or by guiding external technology partners;
  • Knowledge and experience of acoustics and / or loudspeaker design is a preference;
  • Communicating in a simple and effective way;
  • Passionate about overcoming technical challenges and working with people.

Equally important to your knowledge and experience is the personality you bring. Your enthusiasm makes you a great team member; you are supportive, proactive and result-driven. You interact and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people with different backgrounds.


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 (Partner/Principal Consultant) via

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