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Government Relations & Strategy Manager

17 April 2024

Are you ready to make an impact in an area that is set to dominate the next generation of tech hardware? Do you get excited by building relevant networks to influence European, national, and regional opportunities for new projects and funding that contribute to accelerating the photonic chip industry in the Netherlands? And are you ready for your next professional adventure? PhotonDelta needs your skills to further accelerate the photonic chip industry through talent growth. 

About PhotonDelta

PhotonDelta is a growth accelerator for the photonic chip industry. Photonic chips, also known as Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), are chips that use photons instead of electrons to sense, process, and transmit data at unparalleled speed and sensitivity. The use of photonic chips allows for the creation of devices that are smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient and can contribute to solving various societal and technological challenges, such as reducing the energy consumption of data centres, safe autonomous driving, cost-effective monitoring of diseases, and more efficient food production.

Over the years, PhotonDelta has established an ecosystem of over 60 organisations that research, design, develop, and manufacture photonic chip technology. PhotonDelta actively supports the ecosystem by stimulating collaboration between partners, providing funding, and connecting them with viable markets.

In April 2022, PhotonDelta’s proposal for the Dutch National Growth Fund was successfully awarded €1.1 billion. These funds are designated for the expansion of the ecosystem, industrialised production, and the development of application technology. Think of scaling production and research facilities, attracting and training talent, and driving the adoption of photonic chip technology.

Role overview

The only way we can achieve growth in the photonic chip industry is when we have the right talent in our ecosystem. And that is where you come in!

As an experienced Government Relations & Strategy Manager you will play a key role in the intensive relationship between PhotonDelta and our key governmental stakeholders (EU Commission and related EU stakeholders, Dutch Parliament, Ministries, Provinces, and other governmental stakeholders) and other parties that influence policy.

You will be responsible for accelerating and generating interest from the public and key governmental stakeholders to realise the Dutch ambition to be a global player in the photonic chip industry. Next to that, you will be responsible for monitoring, assessing, and influencing upcoming European and relevant national and regional opportunities.

Your objectives will be to ensure the successful initiation and deployment of Public & Governmental stakeholder management to realise the ambition and to communicate the interests of the photonic chip industry and its value chain as well as the PhotonDelta ecosystem in a clear and appealing manner.

You will build relevant networks with the goal of being involved in and influencing European, national, and regional opportunities for new projects and funding that contribute to accelerating the photonic chip industry in the Netherlands. You will also identify relevant developments that may influence the current policy and translate that into a public and government affairs strategy.

You will collaborate closely with the CEO, the CTO, and the Programme Director of the NGF plan PhotonDelta projects. You will also work with external stakeholders, such as the Dutch and European parliaments, ministries, and provinces.

Your profile

You are proactive, persuasive, and pragmatic, and you have experience working in a complex stakeholder area. You are good at analysing by recognising the essence and context. You think in terms of opportunities and possibilities, adjust to new developments, and enjoy working in a team that wants to achieve results. You will work frequently with the Dutch and European governments, so you have fully mastered the English and Dutch languages, both spoken and written.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need:

  • A minimum of 4 years experience in this field.
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Affinity towards the photonic chip industry.
  • Relevant experience working in government relations.
  • Experience working with innovation projects funded by the EU and national and regional governments is a pré.
  • You can communicate in English and Dutch.
  • You are a team player, proactive, and can work independently.
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced and continuously changing environment.
  • Availability to work between 32 and 40 hours per week.

What we offer: 

  • A key role in a small, dynamic organisation that is making a big global impact.
  • Personalised professional development through training and workshops.
  • Competitive salary linked to experience.
  • No less than 37 vacation days (25 + 12 ADV).
  • Flexible working between home and our office at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

Apply for this job: 

Email your CV and a cover letter to office@photondelta.com. We are very much looking forward to your motivation regarding why you would like to work at PhotonDelta.

We’re also happy to answer any questions you have about the role. You can ask Eelko Brinkoff, CEO at PhotonDelta, any questions you may have. Eelko can be reached at eelko@photondelta.com.