R&D Engineering Operations Finance Controller

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Date: Mar 28, 2024

Location: 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

As an R&D Engineering Operations Finance Controller, located in our Technology campus Deerlijk you will be managing project costs, utilizing global tracking systems, and overseeing capitalization of R&D and engineering projects.


Your Impact as R&D Engineering operations Finance Controller:

  • You will oversee the controlling for our engineering and Research and Development operations in Deerlijk with a link to global activities. Both environments have specific project related controlling set ups.

  • You will serve as a process expert, leading process improvements and as a SAP expert in multiple modules

  • You will manage month-end tasks: validate costs, analyze variances, monitor budgets, handle settlements, and provide audit data.

  • You will deliver regular financial reports, ensure accurate hour tracking, and provide project analysis.

  • You will oversee global financial systems, particularly in SAP, for sales, inventories, purchasing, and projects.

  • You will manage R&D project costs and engineering commercial projects, ensuring alignment with stakeholders

  • You will control budgets and personnel tariffs.


About You

Essential skills & competencies

  • You have solid professional experience of at least 5 years, along with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in finance or relevant professional qualification.

  • You demonstrate the ability to identify key financial risks, manage general ledger accounts, and implement balance sheet controls.

  • You are a collaborative team player with excellent interpersonal skills, coupled with strong analytical thinking and analysis skills.

  • Proficiency in finance processes and systems such as SAP, IFRS, and PC literacy (MS Office, Power BI) is evident.

  • You exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and Dutch.


What is in it for you? 

  • We offer a competitive salary with benefits.

  • Hybrid work schedule.

  • 20 vacation days +17 ADV days.

  • 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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