Prodrive

Over Prodrive

MISSION

As a private-owned company, we aim to provide more than just shareholder satisfaction. We operate under a healthy ambition to be of relevance, and to contribute to meaningful innovation that tackle major challenges in society.

We create technologies that are essential links in the systems which form the basis for today’s and tomorrow’s world. Our technology, for instance, improves the quality of medical imaging, which allows for diagnostics that recognize diseases earlier and more accurately. Our technologies also contribute to reducing the global dependency on fossil fuels and to minimizing human exposure to air pollution. Another example is the contribution of our technologies to global digitalization, which lowers barriers for people in third world countries wishing to access the information and education that are essential for their welfare.

Therefore, our joint mission is to create meaningful technologies that make the world work.

VALUES

Those who come into contact with our company always refer to the way our people have remarkable passion and ambition. Our people are inspired by our unique culture, with a strong focus on the values Equality, Responsibility and Trust.

From the first day at work, the input of each new employee is respected and everyone is treated as equal. Our organization is extremely flat, consists of self-coordinating teams, and we strive to continue eliminating bureaucracy, despite our ever-increasing scale. Management roles are limited and privileges are non-existing.

Instead of seniority, our criteria for responsibility are ability and ambition. We do not believe in tasks or junior roles. We encourage people to pitch new initiatives and we provide them with the freedom they need to realize their personal growth ambitions. What’s more, our entrepreneurial business model features an appetite for taking end-to-end responsibility and the required risks involved in order to become successful.

Finally, we believe that people are inclined to live up to their potential most when they are stimulated by trust in their abilities. Our processes are lean and extremely effective, communication lines are short, and procedures do not include extensive approval steps. What makes this way of working most remarkable is that, despite their lean character, all processes comply with the strictest industry norms and standards. Thanks to our efficient processes, customers and other stakeholders can rely on the security and confidentiality of information at all times.

OBJECTIVES

The successful pursuit of our mission depends on a set of conditions which we believe are indispensable for maintaining a long-term, sustainable, and competitive business that possesses the required means and strength. Our Strategic Framework shows the interrelationship between our mission and these conditions, which we have defined as SMART objectives.

Revenue
In order to continue to make a meaningful impact on society, significant scale is essential. As standards are continually rising at the global level, growth is required to compete where a difference can be made. We choose to measure this growth in terms of annual business revenues. We do not, however, just pursue any type of revenue that might contribute to growth.

We serve our customers with three main business models: Ready-To-Use Products (RTUP), Technology Solutions (TS), and Integrated Manufacturing Services (IMS). For all of our business development efforts, we focus on major customers and major products. In both cases, we focus on extensive re-use of available building blocks and leveraging of off-the-shelf RTUP portfolios. This results in proven solutions that minimize time to market, risk, and costs for customers, while contributing to further improvement of our productivity.

In realizing our ambitions, we intend to continue to grow organically, while securing full autonomy. Moreover, this intended growth will be in sustainable business that complies with our progressive environmental goals. Lastly, we consider the preservation of our unique company culture to be crucial any scenario.

Productivity
Our second key objective is to increase our productivity, which is measured as annual revenue per full-time employee. Our human capital is our most valuable resource. Without increased yield from effort spent, our highly desirable growth will be subject to the bottleneck of capacity constraints. What’s more, productivity is essential for competitiveness and it contributes to the profitability required to fund the additional investments which will maintain the company’s growth in the long term.

As we move along this growth path, we recognize the effect of incubation periods on our measurements. Doing business in industries with extensive qualification criteria requires employing large teams of people, often up to four years before intended revenues are being ramped up and realized. As a result, our targeted productivity trend will be subject to a delay compared to our targeted revenue trend.

STRATEGIES

Our recipe for achieving growth, while at the same time making our company more productive consists of four major ingredients: Leverage, Vertical integration, Conceptual thinking, and Global copy-exact.

Leverage
Developing and selling unique, dedicated solutions for specific customers allows for great customer intimacy. This does, however, limit growth to the demand of a single customer and the availability of resources for new technology development. Instead of having to start from scratch each time, we constantly leverage proven technology as ready-to-use building blocks that give us a head start in applications across industries and markets. This enables our agile teams to come up with customized technology, while at the same time realizing a uniquely short time to market. Our advantage is that we can capitalize on our efforts more than once, which makes our revenues scalable without the need to hire extra personnel at a similar pace. What’s more, increasing volumes are introducing economies of scale, which make us extremely competitive against incumbents in both mature and greenfield markets. We have defined six technology programs and which are being encouraged to identify common ground and drive re-use.

Apart from using leverage as an instrument for product development, our internal operations embrace the same philosophy. Processes are automated by generic platforms of home-grown advanced robotics and linked together by our own Manufacturing Execution System. This allows us to increase capacity or introduce new processes in our internal operations, while generating engineering output and creating marketable know-how. This increases both the relative output of our processes and the productivity of our company as a whole.

Vertical Integration
Since its foundation in 1993, our company has never stopped expanding its horizons and developing new capabilities. Expertise has widened from specialized electronics design to fundamental research, development, qualification and manufacturing of numerous electronic, mechanic, magnetic and software applications. Where common industry practice was preaching for specialization and high-level outsourcing, our high-risk approach has rewarded us with a highly integrated engine with nearly all essential elements present under one roof. Our responsibility for an application from start to finish challenges us to understand and master the essence of its function, and allows us to keep a firm grip on quality during complete lifecycles.

A broad set of capabilities allows us to add and create most of the value of our products ourselves. Productivity is also improved by eliminating interfaces which result in unwanted costs of non-quality. Finally, combining capabilities creates synergies and requires less overhead and indirect costs than single independent cells would.

Conceptual thinking
Very early on in our company’s existence, customers and other stakeholders started to identify and praise our one-of-a-kind culture and way of working. Our method of approaching challenges is embedded into our DNA and it has allowed us to excel in problem solving and maintaining simplicity. This conceptual thinking allows us to break down functional requirements into various layers of abstraction and ensures that we can influence the performance of the final solution at the very root of the innovation process. It is at the conceptual level where we can determine the price/performance level of a product the most.

We believe that this seemingly rudimentary philosophy is one of our key differentiators in today’s competitive markets and one of the main reasons we have a track record of satisfied customers in a variety of industries. Our ability to grasp the essence of the challenges that we take on is strengthened by the increasing spectrum of capabilities we are integrating. In addition, our habit of leveraging proven technology as building blocks for new applications allows us to incorporate the perspective of practical experience into the new equation we are solving.

Global copy-exact
Our last ingredient for realizing growth and productivity is our ability to bridge geographic and demographic borders. We believe in the strength of our business model and aim to copy-exact our model in a way that allows us to be a physical part of the ecosystems we want to influence. This means that we aim to be close to our customers in every corner of the globe. It is, however, of critical importance that the essential factors that keep our engine running are represented and available. In Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Boston (USA), Suzhou (China) and Tel Aviv (Israel) we’ve moved into ecosystems which are made up by clusters of industry-leading customers and world-class institutions that educate and foster the kind of talents that meet our high expectations.

Making our model globally available allows us to target every market that can contribute to our exponential growth ambitions without having to rely on third parties and other unwanted interfaces. The fact that we expand by copying every single process, way of working and adjacent element of our successful model gives us similar advantages as when we leverage technologies across product applications. Identical processes across the globe eliminate learning costs when setting up new subsidiaries. Furthermore, it gives us economies of scale when investments in machinery and other tools are being made, and allows for valuable redundancy in case we are confronted with force majeure.

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Informatie

Straatnaam: Science Park Eindhoven 5501
Postcode: 5692 EM
Woonplaats: Son

Vacatures

  • Context
    Prodrive Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of world-class electronics. It comprises over 1100 employees and is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe. Our organization is mostly based on two groups: Development and Operations. The Development department is oriented at developing first-class electronic, mechanic and software solutions. The operations department is responsible for production, assembly, testing and life-cycle- management of electronic products and systems in the range of 1 to more than a million pieces per year.

    Information System contains its core logic in multiple back-end applications which form an enterprise architecture with various interaction patterns. These back-end applications support Prodrive processes in areas such as factory control, warehouse automation and planning, design and development of electronics, factory robotics, human resources and so on. An additional challenging dimension in the Prodrive Information System is the integration of the provided functionality across international facilities of Prodrive.

    Assignment
    The student will investigate the requirements for the back-end of a system which supports one of the Prodrive processes. Based on the requirements a technical specification is made and discussed with the (internal) customer. Finally the student will design, qualify implement the back-end of a system which supports Prodrive one of the Prodrive processes. Currently there are multiple project available such as a planning tools, project management application, manufacturing execution system.

    Deliverables

    • Analysis of customer requirements
    • Technical specification
    • Design of back-end application


    Important note: all our graduation assignments are dependent on time. Please see them as an example of the many great things you can do at Prodrive Technologies. If you have the same passion for technology as we do, we always have an assignment for you!

    Your benefits
    When you are able to prove that you are the perfect fit for our job, you will be rewarded in many ways: you will get the chance to develop yourself as a person, gain extensive knowledge and develop your career in multiple directions. Besides that, you will – naturally – be offered a market competitive salary and outstanding secondary conditions. Your salary growth is in line with your own professional development so it can grow fast and you will even get the opportunity to become a shareholder. All this at an employer that has achieved an average annual growth of 25% over the last 20 years!

    Organization
    There are only few companies in the world of technology which stand out. According to our customers Prodrive Technologies is one of them. Our company was founded in 1993 by technical professionals from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since then every year Prodrive Technologies has shown a steep growth rate due to a very successful business concept in a young and dynamic organization (average age 28 years). Currently the total Prodrive Technologies organization consists of over 1.100 (900 FTE) employees which are highly skilled, highly motivated and focused on results.



  • Position
    Are you the eager, ambitious and promising Back-end Software Developer that we are looking for? Do you want to work in a young and dynamic environment? Do you want to work on challenging, multi-disciplinary projects in a high-tech environment? As Back-end Software Developer you are responsible for the development of the back-end architecture of desktop, web and mobile applications for internal processes (e.g. MES, CRM, SRM, HR applications) and applications for our external customers. These state of the art applications are crucial for the further growth and professionalization of Prodrive. You will be involved in the entire design process. This includes responsibilities such as writing specifications, discussions with our customers, designing, qualification and finally releasing. Tooling and used technologies are among others .NET, C#, F#, SQL and WCF. You have the freedom to develop with the programming language or technology you prefer. Prodrive Technologies is an early adopter when it comes to new technologies!

    Profile

    • BSc or MSc in Computer Science
    • Interest in or knowledge of .NET, C#, F#, SQL and WCF
    • The desire and drive to excel in your field of work
    • Experience is not required, a passion for technology certainly is


    Your benefits

    When you are able to prove that you are the perfect fit for our job, you will be rewarded in many ways: you will get the chance to develop yourself as a person, gain extensive knowledge and develop your career in multiple directions. Besides that, you will – naturally – be offered a market competitive salary and outstanding secondary conditions. Your salary growth is in line with your own professional development so it can grow fast and you will even get the opportunity to become a shareholder. All this at an employer that has achieved an average annual growth of 25% over the last 20 years!

    Organization
    There are only few companies in the world of technology which stand out. According to our customers Prodrive Technologies is one of them. Our company was founded in 1993 by technical professionals from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since then every year Prodrive Technologies has shown a steep growth rate due to a very successful business concept in a young and dynamic organization (average age 28 years). Currently the total Prodrive Technologies organization consists of over 1.100 (900 FTE) employees which are highly skilled, highly motivated and focused on results.



  • Position
    As Embedded Software Developer you are responsible for the development of embedded software for a wide variety of markets and products such as automotive products, cameras, computing racks, motion control, robotics or automated guided vehicles. Within Prodrive Technologies we take all responsibilities in-house. You are, depending on your personal interest, involved in the entire design process. This includes responsibilities such as discussing requirements with our customers, writing specifications, conceptual and detailed designing, qualification and finally releasing for production. Within Prodrive Technologies you, as individual, can make a difference every day. We look for people that have a personal interest in the latest technologies. You have the freedom to design with the programming language or technology you prefer. Prodrive Technologies is an early adopter when it comes to new technologies!

    "What I love about my job as an Embedded Software Engineer is the fact that I see the results of my work so closely beside me"

    "You are not stuck in standard Software packages, but you have the freedom to implement new technologies"

    Profile

    • BSc / MSc Embedded Software Engineering or related study
    • Practical (at home or professional) experience in writing C/C++ for DSPs/MCUs at a low software level (directly interfacing to the controllers peripherals and writing interrupts handlers)
    • Interest in, or experience with implementing control loops on embedded systems
    • Interest in, or experience with microcontrollers like ARM (Cortex-M) or TI C2000 etc.
    • Interest in, or experience with multi-disciplinary projects in a high-tech environment
    • The desire and drive to excel in your field of work


    Your benefits

    When you are able to prove that you are the perfect fit for our job, you will be rewarded in many ways: you will get the chance to develop yourself as a person, gain extensive knowledge and develop your career in multiple directions. Besides that, you will – naturally – be offered a market competitive salary and outstanding secondary conditions. Your salary growth is in line with your own professional development so it can grow fast and you will even get the opportunity to become a shareholder. All this at an employer that has achieved an average annual growth of 25% over the last 20 years!

    Organization
    There are only few companies in the world of technology which stand out. According to our customers Prodrive Technologies is one of them. Our company was founded in 1993 by technical professionals from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since then every year Prodrive Technologies has shown a steep growth rate due to a very successful business concept in a young and dynamic organization (average age 28 years). Currently the total Prodrive Technologies organization consists of over 1.100 (900 FTE) employees which are highly skilled, highly motivated and focused on results.



  • Context
    Prodrive Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of world-class electronics. It comprises over 1100 employees and is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe. Our organization is mostly based on two groups: Development and Operations. The Development department is oriented at developing first-class electronic, mechanic and software solutions. The operations department is responsible for production, assembly, testing and life-cycle-management of electronic products and systems in the range of 1 to more than a million pieces per year.

    The Development department also develops machinery and tools for the automation of production steps in the Operations department. In that context, several robot solutions are currently being developed. For the sake of the flexibility of the robot solutions it is advantageous to automatically locate objects in the real world using visual sensors. Currently this is done using 2D cameras but the need arises to localize objects using 3D.

    The 3D localization will be piloted in an application where stacks of delivered component reels on a conveyor belt are automatically destacked and booked into the warehouse by a robot with 3D vision. 3D algorithms vision must produce the location and thickness of the topmost reel. The tape reels can have various forms and colours and have a diameter of either 7” or 13”.

    Assignment
    The student will investigate the literature on 3D object-detection and -localization algorithms and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages. The training method and data (e.g. CAD, depth map, point cloud) used for localization is still open and part of the investigation. With the acquired knowledge, a suitable algorithm is designed and implemented given the constraints of the pilot application. The implemented algorithm is evaluated for performance using images of the reels captured with a 3D camera.

    Deliverables

    • Specification of localization algorithm requirements
    • Exploration and selection of localization algorithms
    • Design and implementation of selected algorithm with C# interface
    • Evaluation of algorithm performance


    Important note: all our graduation assignments are dependent on time. Please see them as an example of the many great things you can do at Prodrive Technologies. If you have the same passion for technology as we do, we always have an assignment for you!

    Your benefits
    When you are able to prove that you are the perfect fit for our job, you will be rewarded in many ways: you will get the chance to develop yourself as a person, gain extensive knowledge and develop your career in multiple directions. Besides that, you will – naturally – be offered a market competitive salary and outstanding secondary conditions. Your salary growth is in line with your own professional development so it can grow fast and you will even get the opportunity to become a shareholder. All this at an employer that has achieved an average annual growth of 25% over the last 20 years!

    Organization
    There are only few companies in the world of technology which stand out. According to our customers Prodrive Technologies is one of them. Our company was founded in 1993 by technical professionals from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since then every year Prodrive Technologies has shown a steep growth rate due to a very successful business concept in a young and dynamic organization (average age 28 years). Currently the total Prodrive Technologies organization consists of over 1.100 (900 FTE) employees which are highly skilled, highly motivated and focused on results.



  • Context
    Prodrive Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of world-class electronics. It comprises over 1100 employees and is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe. Our organization is mostly based on two groups: Development and Operations. The Development department is oriented at developing first-class electronic, mechanic and software solutions. The operations department is responsible for production, assembly, testing and life-cycle- management of electronic products and systems in the range of 1 to more than a million pieces per year.

    Recently, Prodrive has developed AGVs to support factory logistic automation. AGVs are vehicles which autonomously transport goods (e.g. boxes with materials). AGVs are used within a production and warehouse environment for logistic purposes (i.e. goods flow). Our first prototypes are already operating in our production facilities. Currently we are improving these prototypes to market-ready products.

    Assignment
    Within every warehouse and production environment lots of data can be generated. This is especially true for environments with multiple AGVs riding around in it. Combining all this data provides the opportunity to generate useful insights to optimize production and internal logistics. You will be responsible to combine and analyze the data (including diagnostics and logs of the AGVs) and provide information for the different stakeholders.

    Deliverables

    • Pre-study document (literature study) of possible solutions.
    • Design of chosen solutions.
    • Implementation of chosen solutions.
    • Tests to verify the implementation.


    Important note: all our graduation assignments are dependent on time. Please see them as an example of the many great things you can do at Prodrive Technologies. If you have the same passion for technology as we do, we always have an assignment for you!

    Your benefits
    When you are able to prove that you are the perfect fit for our job, you will be rewarded in many ways: you will get the chance to develop yourself as a person, gain extensive knowledge and develop your career in multiple directions. Besides that, you will – naturally – be offered a market competitive salary and outstanding secondary conditions. Your salary growth is in line with your own professional development so it can grow fast and you will even get the opportunity to become a shareholder. All this at an employer that has achieved an average annual growth of 25% over the last 20 years!

    Organization
    There are only few companies in the world of technology which stand out. According to our customers Prodrive Technologies is one of them. Our company was founded in 1993 by technical professionals from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since then every year Prodrive Technologies has shown a steep growth rate due to a very successful business concept in a young and dynamic organization (average age 28 years). Currently the total Prodrive Technologies organization consists of over 1.100 (900 FTE) employees which are highly skilled, highly motivated and focused on results.