Vacancies Project Manager R&D Product Development
Surface Solutions – Balzers Industrial Solutions | Balzers


Project Manager R&D Product Development



  • Management and execution of R&D projects with focus on PVD or PECVD coating solutions for applications in the area of precision components
  • Identification and definition of property requirements for coating solutions as well as evaluation of optimum pre- or posttreatments in relation to the targeted applications
  • Development and verification of highly innovative and competitive surface solutions
  • Project planning as well as continuous monitoring and documentation of project status in terms of progress, costs and schedule according to our project management regulations
  • Validation of production processes in cooperation with internal and external customers
  • Support of Marketing, Sales and Production during product launch and implementation
  • Contribution to development projects for new coating systems or hardware components by process-oriented requirement specification as well as necessary process transfers
  • Monitoring of scientific and technological state-of-the-art, filing of patents, compilation of scientific publications, lectures at international conferences
  • Collaboration with customers, universities, research facilities


We expect

  • An expert in PVD coating development with a PhD degree in material science or comparable discipline with specialization on PVD coatings
  • Profound knowledge in thin film vacuum coating technology - PVD arc or sputter technology
  • Professional experience in development and characterization of nitridic, oxidic or comparable hard coatings
  • Competent knowledge on application areas for component coatings like Aerospace, Industrial Gas Turbines, , Medical, High End Deco, Oil&Gas
  • Preferably experience with suitable pre- or posttreatment methods of functional surfaces
  • Fundamental experience in leading projects in the area of R&D
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven capabilities to deal with internal and external customers
  • Innovative team player with proactive and strong goal-oriented approach
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Willingness to travel (»10 %)
  • Language competences: Fluent English, German beneficial


We offer

  • team-oriented company culture
  • innovative environment and strong investment into R&D
  • attractive employment conditions in Liechtenstein, such as
    • contribution to your health insurance
    • very good contribution to your pension fund
    • long weekends and bridge days during bank holidays


About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy to become a global powerhouse in surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. Backed by the key ability to intelligently engineer and process surface solutions and advanced materials, the Group is committed to invest in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable, more efficient and environmentally sustainable products. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 13 500 employees at more than 180 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2016. The company invested CHF 94 million in R&D in 2016 and has over 1 000 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.

The Surface Solutions Segment of the Oerlikon Group includes the two brands Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco. The Segment operates more than 145 facilities with over 140 coating centres in 37 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia, employing more than 6 000 people. 
Oerlikon Balzers is one of the world’s leading suppliers of surface technologies that significantly improve the performance and durability of precision components as well as tools for the metal and plastics processing industries. Oerlikon Balzers operates a dynamically growing network of more than 100 coating centres in 35 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team.

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Sandra Verling
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