Smart Technologies Engineer

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Date: Mar 27, 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

To strengthen the technology team of the Rubber Reinforcement business unit of Bekaert, we are looking for a Smart Technologies Engineer. This role will focus on managing projects related to process development and improvement, with a particular emphasis on leveraging advanced data analytics to accelerate our ongoing digital transformation and integration of advanced technologies into the manufacturing processes.


Your Impact as ‘Smart Technologies Engineer’:


As a Smart Technologies Engineer you will lead projects to develop innovative processes for production of steel cords for reinforcement of tires. Utilizing Bekaert's project management methodology and supported by technical process and equipment experts, you will drive enhancements in cost-effectiveness, quality, and sustainability. This will involve embracing cutting-edge industry concepts like Industry 4.0. Additionally, you will provide technical support to our plants across the globe. 


  • You will be part of the global technology team focused on the process of manufacturing steel cords (the so-called C&B process) and work on specific projects to develop innovative processes to improve cost-effectiveness, quality and energy consumption.
  • You will actively participate in multidisciplinary and international teams, driving results in strategic projects while adhering to the Bekaert project management methodology.
  • You will build up knowledge about the production process in a rubber reinforcement plant.
  • You will learn and apply Industry 4.0 methods.
  • You will identify and assess new improvement opportunities and formulate new project proposals.
  • You will closely monitor new developments in the external world, utilizing methods such as patent research and by attending exhibitions, to identify potential advancements relevant to your expertise.
  • You will develop and implement process-specific standards across the organization, ensuring their effective implementation through diligent follow-up.



About You

Essential skills & competencies


  • You hold a master’s degree or PhD in engineering, preferably in mechanical or electronics engineering, with a keen interest in data analytics, robotics, and machine intelligence. Prior experience in process engineering is advantageous, but not required.
  • You have an interest in emerging industry concepts such as Industry 4.0 and the SMART factory
  • You are a quick learner, you are hands-on and solution-oriented.
  • You are eager to build up expertise in new domains and you are an innovative thinker.
  • You excel in process and machine development as well as data analysis
  • You can effectively communicate your work to diverse audiences in a clear and comprehensive manner.
  • You enjoy collaborating with others, drawing energy from collective achievements, and possess strong interpersonal skills.
  • If you possess experience in project management and/or familiarity with IATF 16949 requirements, it would be advantageous.
  • 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.


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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