Sales Engineer / Project Manager

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Sales Engineer / Project Manager

BlueHeart Energy Alkmaar

What is required?

  • Completed technical master's degree (Mechanical Engineering or equivalent)
  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in the industry
  • Technical knowledge and strong in project management
  • Strong commercial and communication skills
  • Good command of the English language, both verbal and written
  • In possession of a driving licence B
  • Enterprising and eager to learn

What will you get?

  • €3,500 - €5,500 gross p/m (depending on knowledge and experience)
  • 40-hour working week
  • 25 days holiday
  • Training opportunities
  • Company Phantom shares, laptop and SIM card EU+USA
  • Pension scheme

What will you do?

  • 40% Project management
  • 30% Customer appointments and information gathering
  • 20% Refining product requirements
  • 10% Speaking to external parties and keeping knowledge up to date

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As a Sales Engineer / Project Manager at BlueHeart Energy, you are the technical bridge between the company and the customer. You understand both Blueheart's technology and the technical needs and requirements of the customers. These customers are mainly heat pump manufacturers. You attend meetings with customers to provide details about BlueHeart Energy's technology and answer technical questions. You also gather information about the customer's requirements and identify their technical needs. In this way, you try to match BlueHeart's technology to the customer's needs as closely as possible.

You are also responsible for the project management of the actual implementation at the customers' premises. Together with the Sales team and the customer, you define the necessary steps for technical integration and you are the first point of contact for colleagues for questions about the customer's requirements. Finally, you keep your knowledge of the technology and the market up-to-date by speaking to parties in the same industry - such as installers, construction companies and certification bodies - and exchanging information.

You are part of the Business Development Team, which is managed by the Director Business Development. You will also work in a multifunctional agile team on various projects within BlueHeart Energy.

If you enjoy working with many different parties and coordinating technical projects, and find it challenging to do so within an organisation where there is a lot of change, then this is a job for you.

Working week

Sales Engineer / Project Manager

On an enjoyable day, you visit a factory of one of the customers, review the integration process and agree on the steps to be taken in the coming month. You also discover how one of the features can simplify the customer's production process. You immediately forward this information to the Research & Development team.

On a less enjoyable day, an important meeting with a client is postponed, so you cannot provide the input the Development Team needs. This causes some delays in the process.

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    • Daily stand-up
    • Lunch with customer
    • Travel time
    • Visit to customer's factory
    • Travel time
    • Consultation with team Research & Development
    • Refining product requirements
    • Daily stand-up
    • Lunch
    • Consultation with Mechatronica Engineer
    • Administration
    • Keeping knowledge up to date
    • Gathering information
    • Video call with customer
    • Daily stand-up
    • Administration
    • Map out new project steps
    • Mapping technical requirements of the customer
    • Adjusting planning
    • Consultation with Director Business Development
    • Daily stand-up
    • Lunch
    • Monitoring projects
    • Meeting with customer
    • Travel time
    • Mapping technical requirements of the customer

Firsthand experience

A new customer is ready to use BlueHeart as the heart of their heat pumps. How do you go about integrating this into the customer's production line?

First, together with the Sales team you determine which application (A/W, W/W, new construction vs. existing housing...) will be started. You define the technical requirements for the physical integration and the control integration. You then map out the steps to be taken for both the integration and the tests that will be carried out, defining the specific technical requirements for each of these phases/tests. You oversee and coordinate the entire integration process, being both the point of contact for the customer, as well as for the internal Development Team.


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.

Sales Engineer / Project Manager

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

First interview (by phone)
Personal interview + requirements
Deepdive on knowledge
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