Application Engineer- Synthetic Ropes

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Date: Feb 3, 2024

Location: Coatbridge, GB

Company: Bekaert NV


Be part of something bigger!


Bekaert’s ambition is to be the leading partner for shaping the way we live and move, and to always do this in a way that is safe, smart, and sustainable. As a global market and technology leader in material science of steel wire transformation and coating technologies, Bekaert also applies its expertise beyond steel to create new solutions with innovative materials and services for markets including new mobility, low-carbon construction, and green energy.

Founded in 1880, with its headquarters in Belgium, Bekaert (Euronext Brussels, BEKB) is a global company whose 27,000 employees worldwide together generated almost € 7 billion in combined revenue in 2022.


Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group – division of Bekaert – is the world´s premier supplier of mission-critical advanced cords and ropes. With 2,500 employees, and as a leading innovator, developer and producer of the best performing ropes and advanced cords globally, the Group provides superior value solutions to the oil & gas, mining, crane, elevator and other industrial sectors.


The Group has established a strong position in the deep-water mooring market with synthetic rope solutions with the Synthetics business based in Scotland, and is working on new technologies and approaches to support the quickly developing global Floating Offshore Energy market. (Wind, Wave & Solar)


These synthetic rope solutions are critical for floating offshore wind projects and are already in use in several demonstrator projects in Japan, France, US, UK, China, Spain, and Norway.

With the dedicated synthetic rope manufacturing facilities based in Scotland, combined with one of the first major planned floating wind farms, ScotWind in the UK, targeted to materialize by the end of the decade, Bridon-Bekaert are ideally positioned for this newly emerging industry.

Join us, and help shape the world we live in.


Why join us?

Become a part of our diverse and entrepreneurial BBRG team, who work closely together across multiple UK and EU sites. Your work will help us to develop our Synthetics business in Mooring applications, Floating Offshore Wind farms and more.


About the role

Bridon-Bekaert The Ropes Group (BBRG) is looking for an Applications Engineer (Hybrid Role) to join our Synthetics team in Coatbridge (Scotland).


Application Engineer will support Synthetic Rope Product Development and Commercial Projects by assisting business partners/customers on the installation, use, troubleshooting, and inspection of synthetic ropes, in field or laboratory scenarios. Also, develop expertise in existing and new applications by actively engaging with customers and partners.


Your Impact as Application Engineer:

  • Provide expertise support to commercial segment teams, sales, and technology teams.
  • Acting as a bridge between customers and the BBRG Technical team, facilitating effective communication.
  • Actively contributes to the development and execution of BBRG's synthetics vision, acting as application specialist for product development.
  • Assisting the Technical team in resolving technical issues for customers, both during and outside of projects.
  • Provides specialised technical support to the projects team and advises clients and project leaders on technical deployment and installation.
  • Be BBRG Synthetics “Qualified Person”, attending  field trials ,carrying out inspections on in use rope, during installation and production.
  • Act as a go-to person for clients' technical queries, conducts inspections, maintains rope inspection reports, assists in creating product manuals for the full product life cycle, and is expected to engage in significant global travel (up to 30% of the time).


About You

Essential skills & competencies

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related technical field, or equivalent experience, with a strong practical knowledge of textiles, cables, pipes, rope & rope applications, preferably synthetic fibre rope.
  • Experience in a customer-facing engineering or design role, with the ability to transform new product requirements into well-defined design specifications and develop a clear methodology for validation and commercialisation.
  • Proficient IT skills, including MS Office, MS Project, experience with engineering software CAD,modelling ,etc.
  • Demonstrated passion for research or design, with a background in engineering or materials science within a product design or development environment, and a methodical approach to meeting application requirements.
  • Familiarity with product qualification processes involving external bodies such as ABS, DNV, Lloyds, or BV.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with a proven ability to write technical reports and deliver engaging presentations.
  • Hands on, willing and able to work equally well in office, production and field enviroment, including offshore.

What is in it for you?

  • Competitive salary.
  • 26 vacation days.
  • Pension contribution.
  • Learning programs developed by our L&D department.
  • A great opportunity to play your part in an international growth story.
  • A chance to grow along with your responsibilities (national or international).
  • Cool colleagues all over the world.


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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