Operational Director Consultancy (ref. 083)

IMDC is an international consultancy providing advice upon the development and management of water related projects in the offshore, marine, coastal and river environment. IMDC provides services to the renewable (offshore wind, wave and tidal energy), power generation (nuclear, gas), transmission infrastructure, navigation, integrated water risk management, ports & harbours, environmental and public sector markets (flood risks, coastal protection).
At this moment we work with 80 highly qualified employees on projects integrating scientific research with hydraulic engineering. IMDC has a strong reputation for the provision of high quality expert advice and innovative solutions to its clients (e.g. tailor-made measurements and forecasting systems). IMDC is part of the Tractebel Engineering Group and we closely work together to provide engineering solutions for a sustainable future.

This position is open in view of the creation of one integrated team and one management team for both IMDC and Tractebel’s division Ports and Waterways.

Your role

The Operational Director is a senior management position with responsibility over the operations of the consultancy activities of IMDC. You will work as a team player in close collaboration with the CEO. Within the Management Team, you will be responsible for achieving specific targets described in operational and financial KPI. 

Your main responsibility is to envision and implement operational strategies (tools, methods, quality, training plans, …) in line with the company vision, to improve the way of working and maximize the return from our expertise in water related consultancy and engineering on a global scale. On a daily basis, you will provide direction and support to the team leaders who manage highly qualified teams of engineers and scientists. 

You will have strong impact on the work we do by having decision power over Go-NoGo decisions, strategic choices, methodology, and will therefore work closely with the commercial managers and innovation manager. 

Job description

  • Lead by example as a member of the management team (MT)
  • Bear responsibility over operations of a division, cost management, and target definition
  • Develop and review of operational strategies, tools, methods
  • Perform technical reviews and translate insights to strategy updates
  • Manage and coach the team of team leaders (5 to 7 people) and operational support team
  • Organize and follow up on capacity and resource planning, recruitment needs
  • High-level follow up of projects (internal and external)
  • Evaluate risks during the project execution processes
  • Keep close contact with selected Key Accounts in interaction with the Market Coordinators and the Commercial Director

Your profile

  • You have a Master degree in Science, or Applied Sciences or Engineering, with or without an additional Business Engineering or Business Administration degree
  • You have at least 10 years of experience in operational activities in a leading role, preferably in the consultancy sector
  • You have a deep understanding of the operations in engineering and consultancy, risk assessments, contractual implicates and strong negotiation and networking skills
  • You have successfully developed a network in the governmental and/or engineering and/or contractor world, preferably related to engineering
  • Having technical knowledge of water related projects (both engineering and consultancy) is a must
  • You are a leader rather than a manager and prefer to work in a team environment
  • You comfortably work in cross-cultural environment and international organisations
  • You can work under pressure
  • You have strong communications skills
  • You are fluent in English and have an excellent working knowledge of French, Dutch, Spanish or other languages. 

Our offer

  • A permanent contract
  • Director level position with impact in our organisation
  • An interesting and varied job in an international environment
  • A young and dynamic working environment where professional development is stimulated
  • An attractive salary package including result oriented  

Are you our next Expert in Water? Do you recognize yourself in this profile or are you interested in IMDC as a company? Please do not hesitate and send your CV and cover letter to jobs@imdc.be. Your application will be treated with the most discretion.