Managing Director


The Process Automation Users' Association WIB is an association of end-users of automation & control systems and applications in the Process Industries, mainly located in The Netherlands and Belgium. WIB has a membership of about 40 companies, including all major process industries in The Netherlands.

WIB operates in close collaboration with sister Associations NAMUR in Germany and EI, EEMUA and EXERA in the UK and France respectively. WIB operates through working groups which are each focused on the main partitions of the overall contents of Process Automation in process plants. WG’s exist a.o. in Process control, Control systems, Safeguarding and security, Field equipment, Analytical instruments, Valves, Data systems and communications, Design and engineering tools, Standards and practices, MES/MOMS.

WIB's new role: In line with the rapid changes in the industry and new requirements of members, WIB's activities have evolved to include extensive technical knowledge sharing about technology opportunities and applications, as well as acting as a discussion party with vendors and authorities on implementation and interpretation of new rules and legislation. As ongoing changes occur in the industry, WIB will be right in there observing, adapting and evolving for the benefit of its members.
Working for WIB means the opportunity to really contribute to improving a key competence area for the Process Industries. WIB recognizes that the on-going success of the Association depends on the continued development and engagement of the bureau crew, and pursues a fair and competitive remuneration policy, recognizing individual and team competencies and performance.
WIB is governed by an Executive Board with representatives from the member companies. The association’s day-to-day operation is managed by the WIB Office headed by the Managing Director. Due to the retirement of the current function holder, WIB is looking for a new Managing Director.

Functie omschrijving

As Managing Director, you are responsible for the daily operation of the Association. You are the face of the association: towards members and external stakeholders.
You are able to communicate your passion for Process Automation and engage your WIB colleagues in reaching process control excellence, with a clear ambition to reach and stay at the top. You have an innovative spirit and can drive change.

The Challenge
Strategic activities:
• Initiation and execution of policies and strategies as defined together with the EB.
• Keeping up with market developments and initiating new activities.
• Being alert to new business opportunities and contacts.
• International cooperation with sister associations EI, EXERA, NAMUR, and other relevant organizations, aimed at increasing the impact with suppliers and standardization organizations.
• Cooperation with governmental institutions, Universities and supplier organizations like FHI.
• Keeping an up to date WIB knowledge base, standards and practices in the Process Automation field. This includes participation on behalf of WIB in external expertise groups.
• Specific promotional and recruitment activities in support of maintaining and/or expanding WIB membership; make personal contact with potential members.
• Representing WIB at Exhibitions, Fairs, Conferences and Seminars thereby increasing WIB’s profile by offering presentations and participation in ad-hoc committees.

Office Management/Planning/Communication:
• Preparation of WIB strategic documents, in liaison with the Executive Board.
• Preparation of the WIB Annual Report, organizing the Annual General meeting.
• Supervision and as applicable execute office administration activities, including financial administration, project accounting, treasury and invoicing, contract administration.
• Giving direction (Agenda, planning, convocations) and prepare minutes for various meetings in the organization: Executive Board (EB), WG’s.
• Proving guidance to the IT support engineer on setting-up and keeping up-to-date the Internet communication structures, including the public WIB home site and the Sharepoint facility.;
• Development of communication networks and data dissemination methods through newly available technologies.
• Development and definition of projects, priority setting, assist in preparing scopes, inviting bids, negotiating contracts and executing supervision.

Functie eisen

The Managing Director role has a large bandwidth in terms of:
• Education to MSc degree level, preferably in Engineering or Technology discipline.
• Good knowledge of methods and tools in Process Automation in general.
• Multi-year experience (>15) in the industry and experience in most of the following application areas: DCS, Process Control Systems architecture, Instrumental Safety, Cybersecurity, Instrumentation.
• A strategic component: developing and gaining support for process automation policies and standards.
• An initiating and stimulating component: Initiating projects and awareness building.
• A tactical component: to make things happen.
• A combination of a high expertise (overview) level and good communication/presentation and persuasive skills is essential.
• Fluent in Dutch, English and preferably also German.
• Analytical skills - can rapidly identify key issues from a wide range of complex data.
• Interpersonal skills - can build rapport with people from a wide range of backgrounds at all relevant organizational levels.
• Can do mentality – get people moving and things done.
• Broad orientation.


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T: (073) 6426 000
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