Head of Innovation

Date: Sep 12, 2021

Location: Deerlijk, BE

Company: Bekaert NV

Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with more than 27 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4.4 billion in combined revenue in 2020.



Purpose of the Job

Form and manage RR innovation strategy, focus and concept by:
 - Deep understanding of macro trends/policy
 - Close interaction with customer and automotive industry


Your Role

1. Customer and Technology watch – industry trends, customers’ characteristics and needs, emerging technology and roadmap tire, competition and IP screening;

2. Support set-up of SFA (Strategic Focused Area) definition (X+5) and lead the portfolio adjustment in SFA (X+1) to achieve the defined SFA objectives aligned with Innovation Business Plan;

3. Lead (pre-)Discovery process and feed pipeline with new initiatives including business concept, lead customer and application scope based on innovation process; 

4. Provide Market & Customer Inputs on (re-)positioning new innovations and critical changes of initiatives in incubation/ acceleration process;


Your Profile

- Deep understanding to the automotive industry and strong connection with tire industry
- Strong story telling ability to have strategic dialogue
- Strong ability to organize cross-functional platforms
- Solid technical & business acumen
- Comfortable in managing ambiguity and strong resilience to uncertainty
- Master degree with mechanical / material / chemical background, MBA is preferable
- Excellent communication in English
- Prefer to locate in Europe



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