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Global R&D Manager

Date:  Jul 4, 2024

Assen, NL

Company:  Bekaert NV

Job Title: Global R&D Manager

Location: Assen, Netherlands


Purpose of the Job:

Bekaert Heating Solutions is seeking a dynamic and innovative Global R&D Manager to lead our Research and Development department. You will drive the development of cutting-edge products, secure patents, and shape the technological vision of our organization in the energy transition to heat pumps.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute the R&D roadmap (X+1, X+3, X+5) focusing on sustainable heating solutions.
  • Lead the creation of the “product of the future” with a strong emphasis on IP protection.
  • Foster partnerships across the value chain to identify joint growth opportunities.
  • Continuously gather and analyse market intelligence to inform product development.
  • Cultivate a culture of creativity and innovation within the R&D team.
  • Manage and coach a high-performing R&D team, ensuring alignment with Bekaert’s goals.
  • Maintain and share updated knowledge on global rules, laws, and industry standards.
  • Lead R&D project teams, ensuring optimal planning, execution, and communication.


Essential Skills & Competencies:

  • University degree (Bachelor or Master) in Mechanics or Energy.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in heating solutions.
  • Experience in the development of heat pumps or Brazed Plate Heat Exchangers is highly desirable
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills to interface with local and international teams.
  • Innovative and passionate about new heating technologies.
  • Strong analytical skills and a strategic, helicopter view.
  • Excellent people management, project management, and coaching skills.
  • Proficiency in English; knowledge of German is a plus.
  • Commercially savvy with the ability to deliver messages effectively to diverse audiences.


Be part of something bigger!

As the world and the way people live is changing, at Bekaert we believe it’s our responsibility to contribute to finding new solutions for the future.

With a heritage of more than 140 years, we continue to strengthen our core competencies that have made Bekaert a global market and technology leader in material science of steel wire transformation and coating technologies.

As a dynamic and growing company with over 27,000 employees worldwide, 75 nationalities, a retention rate above 90% and a revenue of €7 billion, we're looking for someone like you to join our team!

Why join us?

  • Personal Growth – Let us help you unlock your full potential.
  • Pioneering – Join us to challenge the impossible
  • Creativity - Discover possibilities beyond steel.
  • Purpose – Drive progress for our planet and people
  • Diversity – Together, we create change.


Will you dare to take the next step?

Join us to unlock your full potential AND have a true impact in pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

We're looking for individuals who are not afraid to take risks and explore new ideas. If you are passionate about personal growth and bringing your authentic self to work, we want you on our team!


At Bekaert, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


To learn more about us and our exciting career opportunities, visit Bekaert Careers


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