IT Project Manager and Software Architect for International R&D Projects - EU-IP

About the OGC
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international consortium of more than 500 businesses, government agencies, research organizations, and universities driven to make geospatial (location) information and services FAIR - Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. OGC’s member-driven consensus process creates royalty free, publicly available geospatial standards. Working at the cutting edge of information technology, OGC actively anticipates emerging tech trends and the standards needed to realize them. Through an agile, collaborative Research and Development (R&D) center called the Innovation Program, OGC then prototypes innovative solutions according to member use cases. Learn more about the OGC Innovation Program on the OGC website

Position Description:
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Brussels, Belgium is seeking a home office-based IT Project Manager and Software Architect with a minimum of five (5+) or more years of experience in IT Research and Development projects. The position allows both part-time and full-time FTE (full time equivalents) between 50% and 100%. It is open to responders seeking employment as well as to freelancers who are interested in collaborating with the OGC in a flexible setup. The position is located at OGC’s technology exploration and research lab, the Innovation Program. The Innovation Program carries forward the agile exploration, prototype evaluation, and knowledge transfer of new ideas from their most speculative beginnings towards levels of technology maturity close to market readiness. 

The IT project manager (PM) is responsible for planning and leading research and development (R&D) projects on behalf of sponsoring organizations from all around the globe. The projects are carried out in collaboration with project participants from OGC member organizations worldwide. The PM fulfills two roles in this process. In the first role, the PM refines the goals, scope, and schedule of each R&D project in consultation with sponsors; develops a call for participation; then manages project execution across up to 40 participating organizations. In the second role, the PM provides technical leadership as a software architect. These skills are required for both consultancy work with our members as well as for achieving project goals by sharing expertise, orchestrating collaborations, and coordinating with other research and development initiatives. Thus, the ideal candidate has not only a record of successful project management, but also a solid technical background in software architecture for distributed information systems. This decent background is matched by a sincere interest in cutting-edge Web-based computing technologies that can be applied to data discovery, integration, and processing challenges.

Application deadline: 30th November, 2020

Specific Duties:

  • Formulate and plan projects together with sponsoring organizations by transforming innovation concepts and technical trends into concrete R&D programs
  • Work in close collaboration with the OGC CTO and business development team
  • Manage and track projects with full responsibility for multinational project execution and accomplishment of R&D project goals and objectives
  • Organize, direct, and manage all contract support services related to R&D projects, with ultimate responsibility for contractor resource allocation, contract task completion, and overall contract performance
  • Communicate project vision, results, and wider benefits both among OGC members and in broader communities and present at high-level scientific conferences, sponsor gatherings, and other events relevant to the OGC mission
  • Conduct technology research, application domain investigation, literature review, software architecture refinement, and general geospatial technology analysis
  • Support OGC sponsor consultancy projects as expert in software architecture
  • Travel as necessary and feasible to international project meetings and scientific conferences
  • Work from home office

Basic Qualifications (Required):

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience with technical project management
  • Experience building software solutions for cross-organizational data discovery, exchange, and processing
  • Experience in agile software development methodologies and product life cycles
  • Experience with current Web technologies such as HTTP, Web APIs, linked data, JSON, etc.
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills
  • Registered address in Europe

Desired Qualifications:

  • Background in geospatial IT
  • Experience with internationally distributed virtual innovation project teams
  • Experience with technical collaboration tools such Enterprise Architect, SwaggerHub, GitHub / GitLab, etc. 
  • Exceptional customer engagement and technical communication skills
  • Additional language skills, e.g. Spanish, welcome


Submission: Please submit all inquiries and applications to jobs [at] by 30th November, 2020.