R&D Project Manager Intelligent Processes

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Date: Jun 18, 2022

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.



To strengthen the Bekaert Technology center we are looking for a R&D Project Manager (Intelligent Processes) who will focus on projects related to process development and improvement, especially through use of advanced data analytics. The R&D Project Manager will also deliver technical assistance to our rubber reinforcement plants worldwide.

Are you passionate about technology and data sciences?
Are you eager to develop new products and to continuously improve production processes?

Then you could be the R&D Project Manager we are looking for.


Your role


As an R&D Project Manager you will lead projects to develop or improve production processes for production plants in the rubber reinforcement business unit worldwide, through development and use of data, process models and advanced analytics, combined with traditional technologies. You will also deliver technical assistance to the rubber reinforcement production plants for support in your areas of expertise.


  • You will be part of the Tire Cord Line Owner team and work on specific projects to develop new processes or to improve processes for efficiency, cost, and capability.
  • You will be involved in multi-disciplinary and international teams achieving results in strategic development and improvement projects, using the Bekaert project management methods and report progress to the Rubber Reinforcement Leadership Team regularly
  • You will build up knowledge about the production process in a rubber reinforcement plant.
  • You will learn and apply Industry 4.0 methods and tools
  • You will identify and assess new improvement opportunities and formulate new project proposals
  • You will monitor closely new developments in the external world (patent research, exhibitions…) that might have added value to your domain of expertise
  • You will formulate and deploy process specific standards throughout the organization and follow up on their implementation


Your profile


  • You have a master’s degree in engineering, preferably in materials science, metallurgy, (electro-)mechanics or chemistry. A first experience in process engineering is an asset, but not mandatory.
  • You have affinity or prior experience with process modelling, data science, advanced analytics and/or Industry 4.0 and related tools and methods.
  • You are eager to build up expertise in new domains and you are an innovative thinker.
  • You excel in complex data analysis, and you are also able to present the results of your analysis in a comprehensive way to diverse audiences.
  • You like to work together with others, you get energy by getting things done together with others and you have strong interpersonal skills.
  • If you have experience with project management and/or IATF 16949 requirements, this is an asset.
  • You are open to travel (≤ 20% of your time) to the Rubber Reinforcement plants worldwide and you get inspired by working in a multicultural context. 
  • You speak English fluently.



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