European Director, Interoperability Program, OGC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is seeking a highly qualified European individual (must be a EU citizen and located in Europe) for the position of Director in the OGC Interoperability Program.  

The OGC is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location based services. The OGC Interoperability Program conducts hands-on engineering initiatives that accelerate development and acceptance of OGC Standards.

Candidates for the Director position should have a passion for development of open standards to advance the interoperability of the geospatial marketplace and information community.  Candidates should have familiarity with the OGC’s approach to developing and adopting standards through both the Interoperability Program and the Standards Program.   Candidates must be capable of independent leadership, budgeting, program and technical plan development, scheduling and the discipline needed to lead a process characterized by a diverse, geographically dispersed set of human and infrastructure resources.

A strong technical background in computer software development for geospatial systems is required. A BS degree is required with an MS or PhD preferred. Experience with relevant government, university and commercial organizations in Europe is required.  Candidates must have demonstrated project management experience including cost and schedule responsibility for software development. Candidate will be required to work independently to accomplish program objectives.  

This position will have primary responsibility for the leadership of OGC Interoperability initiates in Europe, with support to OGC international programs as required.  The Director will work routinely with OGC staff, OGC consultants and members to achieve the overall objectives of the Interoperability Program and the broader OGC mission.  Detailed Duties and Responsibility are listed on the next page.

The position will require frequent travel within Europe, as well as travel to OGC meetings and other events held in various locations around the globe.

OGC offers competitive salary and benefits.  

Please send statements of interest and resumes to:

Bart De Lathouwer
OGC Europe, General Manager
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European Director, Interoperability Program, OGC

Duties and Responsibilities

As Director in the OGC Interoperability Program, you will advance the OGC technology baseline in markets of strategic importance to the OGC strategy and membership, and lead engineering projects that take OGC technology to where it can and should go with particular emphasis in Europe.  

Directors are responsible for leading specific initiatives, e.g., pilots, testbeds, and to support the overall strategy and technical direction of the Interoperability Program.  Directors ensure that initiatives meet OGC and Sponsor objectives and they manage architects and participants in initiatives.

This position reports to the General Manager, OGC Europe for European projects.  Reporting will be to the Executive Director of the OGC Interoperability Program for direction on international Interoperability Program Initiatives.

The distributed nature of the OGC organization requires independent operations with the Director proactively planning and executing to meet goals and objectives agreed to with the senior management.

Your duties will include:

  • Project Manager for interoperability initiatives responsible for cost, schedule and technical performance.
  • Architect for interoperability initiatives and interoperability support services.
  • Participate, as expert, in European research projects and support actions
  • Development and conduct of technical programs to include representation of OGC at conferences and symposia, authoring articles for trade journals, training, etc.


In addition, as a senior member of the OGC staff, you will be asked to:

  • Support OGC business development to include interacting with government, commercial, academic, research and not-for-profit prospects and customers to develop OGC Member relations, projects and initiatives, including researching and preparing inputs to Member and sponsorship proposals for Interoperability Initiatives;
  • New member recruitment and business development.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required to support OGC goals and activities.