IT Product Head - Manufacturing

Date: Oct 15, 2021

Location: Deerlijk, BE Jiangyin, CN Shanghai, CN

Company: Bekaert NV

Bekaert is leading transformation program to enhance the digital experience end-to-end that drive impact across multiple channels. Bekaert’s operations are focusing to improve relative cost position & cash utilization in manufacturing and supply chain. Bekaert teams measure impact of various solutions on asset performance, operation efficiency, cash optimization, sustainability, customer intimacy & experience. Bekaert organization is reviewing the success and performance of these end-to-end operations journey through internet of things and data analytics across the journey.

Your task as IT Product Head for Manufacturing is to lead the manufacturing IT teams globally that increases the Bekaert's success by defining, building and deploying manufacturing solutions. The spectrum of your task’s ranges from innovative product solutions to optimising the efficiency of existing products. You will collaborate with domain architect and lead product teams under manufacturing to develop visions, build and deploy manufacturing solutions on operations and customer journey. You will work in close co-operation with teams from other IT and Digital, Operations Excellence, Commercial Excellence and various Business Units across multiple regions.


Through your entrepreneurial thinking and action, your experience of the manufacturing with Operations and Commercial leaders in the organization, your deep understanding of all processes and methods in product management and agile delivery, you will lead your team successfully and raise the end-to-end manufacturing capability at Bekaert to the next level.


Your role

As an IT Product Head for Manufacturing (oversees manufacturing execution, digital tools for shopfloor, SAP manufacturing and quality modules, legacy manufacturing applications, etc.), you represent the technology leadership of manufacturing by setting the overall strategic vision and roadmap for the product on technology side. You are accountable for succeeding against identified metrics, managing ROI of the products in manufacturing team, and setting short- and long-term product goals as well as ensuring the product teams are effectively working together. You will work, above all strategically, to form a powerful team and ensure the success of the manufacturing functions at Bekaert. You co-own product responsibilities with the product managers and owners, domain architects and identifies technology solutions to meet business and financial objectives. Main Responsibilities of IT Product Head: 

  • Responsible for the overall technology strategy, roadmap, and execution of manufacturing solutions as well as the planning and execution and operations of the technology ecosystems, providing regular updates and strategic analysis of the progress in achieving the roadmap goals and contribute to innovation
  • Partner with the IT leadership and Business, ensure the manufacturing management ecosystem and product portfolio and roadmap in alignment with business objectives of the organization
  • Partner with procurement team to negotiate commercial agreements with partners in the industry. Manage supplier relationships, service quality and ensure roadmap requirements are adopted and delivered
  • Drive technology vision, direction and architecture for manufacturing, with mentality of agility, design thinking and scalability, reduce technical debt while driveing new capabilities
  • Lead manufacturing product teams, drive solution design, priortization, and management of program tracks. Engage business stakeholders to identify technology-enabled innovation opportunities. Manage relationships with manufacturing stakeholders and to ensure roadmap requirements are adopted and delivered
  • Deliver alignement of IT Operations SLAs & KPIs of manufacturing solutions, manage business escalations and drive resolution via intervention as needed
  • Lead the manufacturing ecosystem partnership and services portfolio management, ensure teams has right skills and composition to deliver quickly and repond to emerging requirements with agile approach


Skills & Competencies

  • Experienced in influencing people at a senior level across the business, the wider group and key external partners to establish the strategy and contribute to innovation
  • Experienced leader capable of influencing and inspiring cross-functional teams to challenge the norm and deliver innovative solutions
  • Proven experience of defining and delivering outstanding, future-proof manufacturing product & services portfolio
  • Proven track record of delivering success stories in the manufacturing solutions - identifying and launching new capabilities
  • Proven experience of delivering high impact change programs across organisations
  • Ability to turn strategy into reality
  • An excellent understanding of the customer (internal and external) and how the business can exceed their expectations, having strong focus on user experience
  • An excellent collaborator who is comfortable taking accountability for making decisions and working in a cross functional team in an agile way
  • Strong understanding of the manufacturing processes & solutions, covering production, quality, plant maintenance, energy management, etc.
  • Strong commercial and operational mind-set, constantly focusing on delivering value to customers
  • Solid understanding of product management, agile principles and development methodologies and support agile teams by providing advice and guidance on opportunities, impact and risks. 
  • Excitement for a high-growth, fast moving environment, self-directed, entrepreneurial mind-set, sense of ownership
  • Ability to prioritise features related to user experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor or Master degree in computer science or a related field, or equivalent through experience.
  • 10+ years of overall experience, 5+ years progressive work experience in a similar role related to the manufacturing industry
  • Experience of manufacturing execution systems is a must
  • Experience in managing globally distributed teams and partners
  • Experience in building products or platforms from scratch and seen the product lifecycle 


The digital transformation that Bekaert is going through has created a number of digital opportunities, such as this position!

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