R&D Process Engineer Hyve

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Date: Sep 29, 2023

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 a revenue of €7 billion, 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 the R&D Process Engineer, you will support process development activities in the framework of the funded “Hyve” project belonging to the Hydrogen platform of Bekaert.


 Your Impact as R&D Process Engineer


  • Collaborate with our Hyve consortium partners at Energyville to analyze data generated on the pre-pilot-line, and create valuable insights for industrial process development.
  • Coordinate and organize  dedicated trials to optimize pilot process equipment which you execute in the Bekaert Technology Centre (BTC) on lab equipment developed specifically for the project.
  • Collaborate closely with process technology experts at BTC to develop solutions to control process deviations within acceptable limits (e.g. with the help of extra sensors, alarm setting, etc)
  • Centralize, document, and report on the progress of process development, ensuring alignment with project timelines and milestones. Timely identification and communication of deviations are a key priority for you.
  • Main work location is Deerlijk, with intermittent stays in Genk for dedicated process development campaigns, typically spanning a few days to a week.


Key Responsibilities


  • Map out processes and their respective subprocesses.
  • Analyze throughput times and identify areas for optimization.
  • Analyze process yield for each subprocess and the overall process.
  • Report progress of process development actions, quantifying achieved progress against projected goals.
  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive process logbook.
  • Plan forthcoming process development campaigns
  • Efficiently communicate between local teams at BTC and Energyville


About You

Essential skills & competencies


  • Master’s degree in (electro-)chemistry, (electro-)mechanical engineering, or equivalent with a minimum experience of 5 years
  • Demonstrates a keen interest in R&D process development at both laboratory and semi-industrial scales.
  • Has a clear affinity for process enhancement, sensor technologies, digital tools, and data processing
  • Displays a team-oriented approach while keeping focus on performance and results.
  • Exhibits strong communication skills, facilitating efficient information exchange between BTC and Energyville, with short feedback loops.
  • Self-organized team member, balancing independent work with  proactive initiative.
  • Possesses a creative mindset for effective problem-solving.
  • Adopts a structured work approach and maintains meticulous attention to detail.
  • Adaptable and flexible, willing to accommodate trials that might extend beyond traditional working hours.
  • Willingness to travel as needed to participate in trials on location.


What is in it for you?

  • Competitive salary.
  • 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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