Project Manager Product Development

Project Manager Product Development

BlueHeart Energy Alkmaar

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What is required?

  • Completed university Bachelor's or Master's degree
  • At least 3 years of experience in project management of complex product development
  • Experience with quality assurance of a project through a stage-gate or similar process
  • Experience with Agile working methods is a plus
  • Affinity with heat pump technology or similar products is a plus
  • Ability to lead a team and maintain an overview of a project
  • Good communication skills and able to communicate at various levels with stakeholders

What will you get?

  • €5,000 - €7,000 gross p/m (depending on knowledge and experience)
  • 40-hour working week
  • 25 vacation days
  • Training opportunities
  • Company Phantom shares, laptop and SIM card EU+USA
  • Pension scheme

What will you do?

  • 35% Leading and guiding the team at project level
  • 30% Supervising project progress, planning, and budget
  • 20% Maintaining contact with stakeholders
  • 15% Documenting the progress of a project

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As a Project Manager Product Development at BlueHeart Energy, you will be responsible for guiding the design and engineering process of the thermoacoustic core for our clients' new innovative heat pumps, from the initial sketch to the commissioning phase. You will lead the project team and manage the progress, based on a clear planning and specific project milestones. Within a project, you connect different disciplines and ensure everyone is aware of the progress and any challenges.

In addition to coordinating the work within a project, you oversee project progress, quality requirements, and the budget. You also actively maintain contact with both internal stakeholders and the end customer. You play a key role in identifying risks and defining appropriate solutions to prevent or resolve them. In this role, you are closely involved in resolving ambiguities and facilitating collaboration between the right people to make a project successful.

You will be part of the Engineering team, which includes several Mechanical / Project Engineers and a Mechanical Engineer / Lead Designer. As a new addition to the team, you will have the opportunity to shape and further develop this role.

If you enjoy guiding a team at the project level and find it challenging to actively address and solve problems or potential resistance from stakeholders, then this is a job for you.

Working week

Project Manager Product Development

On an enjoyable workday, you can inform your stakeholders that the team has solved a problem and that you are going to meet the agreed timeline.

On a less enjoyable day, you have to report a delay in the project. It's your job to limit this delay as much as possible!

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    • Meeting with stakeholder
    • Documenting the progress of a project
    • Leading and guiding the team at project level
    • Leading and guiding the team at project level
    • Sprint completion
    • Daily stand-up
    • Lunch
    • Drinks
    • Internal consultation
    • Leading and guiding the team at project level
    • Maintaining contact with stakeholders
    • Daily stand-up
    • Lunch
    • Leading and guiding the team at project level
    • Documenting the progress of a project
    • Supervising project progress, planning and budget

Firsthand experience

When testing, the team encounters unexpected results. What do you do?

In this situation, your first step is to listen to and support the team in formulating a problem description. Based on this, you determine who needs to be involved and inform your stakeholders if necessary. Then you consult with the Resource Managers about the availability of the required resources. You schedule the necessary team meetings and ensure good alignment about the process. During these meetings, you lead the discussions and ensure that progress is correctly documented. You regularly keep the stakeholders informed of developments.


The career growth path at Blue Heart Energy is not fixed. The company expects to grow fast in the coming years, generating opportunities for all those who are ready to assume new responsibilities. BHE supports training and courses, and sharing knowledge is very important among employees. The main advantage of the start up and scale up phase is that self-initiative is really appreciated, and you can create your own job. As Blue Heart Energy grows, you grow along with them.

Project Manager Product Development

Working at BlueHeart Energy

BlueHeart Energy was founded in 2016 to apply thermoacoustics as a technology in heat pumps. Thermoacoustics is a disruptive approach to generate heat and cold, with potential to revolutionize the whole industry. Over the past seven years, BHE has developed a thermoacoustic engine to power heat pumps in residential buildings. This so called 'Blue Heart' of a heat pump is sold to manufacturers. In the coming years, the 'Blue Heart' will have to be further developed and optimized. Besides this, we will set up our production facility, strengthen the relationships with our customers (Manufacturers of heat pumps) and set up pilot projects in houses and monitor these.

  • Headquarters in Alkmaar
  • 33 employees
  • Active in more than 10 countries
  • 20% / 80%
  • Average age 38 years
  • Casual
  • Hybrid working


Alireza Moradi (28) - Project engineer in R&D department

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Before this, I studied thermoacoustics during my master and PhD program and I was always eager to combine thermoacoustics with an environmentally friendly system. I came across Blue Hear energy's website during my research period and I was an immediate fan. When Michiel pitched all his ideas to me, I only thought about one thing:when can I start?

What was your previous job?
Before joining Blue Heart Energy company, I was busy with PhD program at Tarbiat Modares University besides doing some research for aerospace institute.

What do you do in your spare time?
Playing football, inline skating and of course still working on PhD.

Michiel Hartman (52) - CEO

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I founded Blue Heart because sustainable heating and cooling is one of the biggest challenges in the energy transition. Thermoacoustics is one of the game changers to make this possible. A complex technique with great impact which requires a great team with various specialties. Building Blue Heart on all these aspects is my big motivator.

What was your previous job?
Founder of QWIC electric bicycles and president of the Branch Association of Electric Transport. I was also temporary Project Manager of large heat projects in The Netherlands.

What do you do in your spare time?
Tennis, skiing, family, outdoor sports (workouts and water sports).

Myrthe Kuijf (27) - Research Engineer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I started working at BlueHeart through my traineeship at Talent for Transition. I studied technical physics and I want to use my knowledge to contribute to the energy transition. At BlueHeart, I have the opportunity to do this as part of a team.

What did you study?
Student Technical Physics

What do you do in your spare time?
Reading and propagating plants

Roelof Schuitema (50) - Technical Sales Manager

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I was involved in multiple renewable energy projects including Blue Heart Energy's heat pump. When the project spun off into a startup, I seized the opportunity to work full time at Blue Heart. My work brings innovation, development and the application of sustainable technology together, with the entire company operating as a team. That's the ideal working environment for me, and that's what makes working at Blue Heart so great.

What was your previous job?
Operationeel manager at Teamwork Technology.

What do you do in your spare time?
Hiking, camping en spending time with my kids.

Haico Halbesma (53) - Chief Financial Officer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
Blue Heart's Energy goal to green the built environment in terms of heating and cooling appealed to me greatly. This combined with the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on the complex challenge of applying this clean solution widely, bringing it to the market on a large scale and getting it produced in the Netherlands.

What was your previous job?

What do you do in your spare time?

Adam Zeman (24) - R&D Intern

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I was introduced to the field of thermoacoustic during one of the university lectures and got instantly hooked. Since we were required to do a mandatory internship as a part of our studies, I instantly knew where to look. Blue Heart Energy was the company that caught my attention from the very beginning due to the range of possible hands-on topics that I could work on.

What was your previous job?
Mechanical Trainee

What do you do in your spare time?
Sports (fencing, climbing, ...), Reading, Board Games

Roel Verhagen (43) - Lead Designer

Why did you decide to work for this company?
I chose to work at Blue Heart Energy because I sought to make a tangible impact in my work. The company's startup environment provides an opportunity to contribute to the development of a truly innovative product at the intersection of science, product development, and mass production. Working in a diverse team where roles are flexible keeps the work engaging and dynamic.

What was your previous job?
Product Developer

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy engaging in active activities with my children, as well as attending festivals, independent films, and theater performances.

Application process

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