R&D Manager Electronics


This is a middle management position within the R&D Department, for candidates with a minimum master degree in electronics engineering. We are looking for a technology leader and engineering professional, with expertise in people management. S/he will support attentive issue tracking, and get involved in regular prioritization and timely communication. Proven technical leadership and mentoring skills are highly desirable, as is extensive experience in full hardware development life cycle processes comprised of requirements-gathering, proof-of-concept, feasibility studies, design, implementation, documentation, testing, maintenance and obsolescence. Experience in supporting projects that involve groups of cross-functional engineers from Hardware, Software and Mechanical Engineering disciplines is a plus. S/he must be able to lead designs and development plans of high complexity products, which typically requires a broad background of technical and process knowledge.

This position provides expert guidance, drives decision-making, and supports the hardware development group in various technical and functional aspects of research and development of new products. A successful candidate will be a strong team player who is able to work across multiple functions and disciplines. The candidate should be self-directed and have experience and knowledge in hardware design and testing methodologies. We take pride in our fast-paced environment, and the willingness to learn and adapt (new technologies) will be key to success in our organization. Our products are a critical differentiator in our market, and we take great pride in our in-house products developed entirely by this team, from embedded systems with exceptional user-interfaces.


  • Inspire, and develop engineering talent for the hardware engineering group.
  • Foster a strong engineering culture, set clear expectations and create a positive work environment based on accountability, in collaboration with other engineering and management teams.
  • Lead/facilitate technical discussions for the hardware engineering group, be a subject matter expert (in industry and technology trends), and have strategic influence within R&D.
  • Co-own and maintain the technology road map.
  • Communicate cross-functionally across various teams, organizations and internal and external stakeholders to drive research and product development efforts.
  • Ensure design reviews.
  • Drive end-to-end quality with effective automation of unit level, component level and system level testing. Work closely with the software validation team and the QA team to ensure high quality of product delivered.
  • Lead/facilitate creation and maintenance of system and hardware requirements specifications.
  • Promote good hardware engineering practices. Lead/facilitate creation and maintenance of hardware engineering best practices and design rules.
  • Lead/facilitate data gathering and troubleshooting of products, under design or returned/reported from the field.
  • Follow relevant company procedures and help create and maintain relevant documentation.
  • Be involved in all aspects of the new product introduction processes.


Required Education/Qualifications:

  • Master in Electrical and electronics engineering or a related discipline.
  • 5 to 10 years of hardware engineering experience building and/or leading product development.
  • Experience working and/or leading hardware development
  • Experience with version control software (PLM preferably Siemens Teamcenter), project management tools (like Jira) and automated testing tools.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Familiarity with Agile product development methodology (Scrum in particular) is a plus.


Niko is market leader in Belgium and produces solutions for switching material, access control, light control and home automation from its head office in Sint-Niklaas. Niko is fully committed to well-considered design, high-quality products and an environmentally friendly production process, and is investing heavily in research and development. Within his design philosophy, Niko constantly strives to bring innovative, aesthetically attractive and user-friendly products to the market. Niko is a company in full growth, has more than 630 employees and an annual turnover of more than 170 million euros. Niko currently has branches throughout Europe: Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovakia and Denmark.


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