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Global Head of Innovation SWS

Date:  Jul 16, 2024

Deerlijk, BE

Company:  Bekaert NV


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. Our ambition is to be the leading partner for shaping the way we live and move. And to always do this the Bekaert Way – safe, smart, and sustainable.

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. Today, we also apply our expertise beyond steel to create new solutions with innovative materials and services for markets including new mobility, low-carbon construction, and green energy.

As a dynamic and growing company with over 27,000 employees worldwide, 75 nationalities, a retention rate above 90% and almost € 7 billion in combined revenue in 2022, 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




About the role

Your Impact as ‘Head of Innovations – Steel Wire Solutions’:

  • You will develop and drive the Technology & Innovation (T&I) strategy, agenda and pipeline for SWS, in alignment with and support of the unit’s overall strategy (Portfolio transformation aiming at a sustainable EBIT of above 9% and an improved coherent equity story).
  • Build an Innovation pipeline of 175 Mio€ innovation sales/yr (2030) – with 35M€ value generated.
  • Install the Innovation System/innovation operating model suitable for SWS.
  • Build an innovation organisation that can sustain a healthy innovation pipeline (regions – market in – matching & broadening tech capabilities...)
  • Day to Day management of the innovation team (5DR)
  • The role will be reporting into our divisional CEO for SWS and has a dotted line to the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer.
  • The position will have a seat in the SWS leadership team and is responsible for a well embedded technology and innovation agenda.

About You

Essential skills & competencies

  • Technology & Innovation Master through training or experience:
    • 15 years of project leadership and portfolio management in the area of definition and development of new products , processes, technologies – beyond incremental product development
    • Experienced in T&I Portfolio Management, accompanied with strategy and business development skills
  • Strategic thinker with strong conceptual skills to design and develop Solutions for complex problems and challenges in different domains.
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to coach others on the selection of preferred solutions for our customers.
  • Organizational Development: Ability to deploy best practices into organization and the business.
  • Strong critical observation capabilities and analytical mindset to improve the existing processes.
  • Self-starter, strong sense of ownership and natural driven to get things done..
  • Strong communicator able to influence, motivate and coordinate team members and internal/external stakeholders.
  • Excellent stakeholder management capability to drive communication across all relevant parties.
  • Strong ability to build long-term internal and external relationships in a complex environment.
  • Strong leadership capabilities with excellent interpersonal skills, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Dynamic, flexible and ambitious person, able to work in an autonomous manner with a strong focus on building state of the art knowledge and delivering results achieving excellence in various domains


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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