Global IT Lead Innovation & Technology

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Date: May 13, 2022

Location: Deerlijk, BE

Company: Bekaert NV

Bekaert ( 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.


Your Role:


As a Global IT Lead R&D, you are responsible to lead a roadmap of digital innovation and new capability delivery for the Research, Development and Innovation function across Bekaert through the definition, alignment and execution of a clear strategy of digital innovation across all segments.

• Partner with R&D leaders of various businesses to plan and execute business specific needs, to identify opportunities and prototype digital capabilities which are aligned with functional & segment strategies. 
• Identifying / designing digital capabilities aligned with internal and external best practices and emerging trends.
• Strategic digital partner for the business leadership delivering high business value solutions and services.
• Inspire the team to deliver new innovations in the areas of technology, business modelling, services
• Drive operational excellence and governance. Be the agile and LEAN champion of the team to ensure there is a reduction in lead time from the time of conceiving the idea to release in the marketplace, lower cost, and higher quality
• Drive a culture of self-learning and improvement with highest degree of transparency resulting in best in class team engagement
• Monitoring cost and ensuring spend is as per budget. Identifying solutions to improve efficiency and bring down cost
• Responsible for competency and talent management
• Responsible for managing resource pipeline and staffing.
• Identifying and managing partners for collaborative third-party development and resource needs


What you bring: 


To succeed in this role requires a unique mix of skills amongst strong business and technology management, including strong time management and prioritization, excellent communication both verbal and written, and the ability to lead through collaboration with effective stakeholder management. You must also be able to work effectively with a wide range of teams — from business leaders to delivery teams — driving product success without breaking the self-organizing culture that makes lean and agile delivery organizations successful.


  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Material Sciences and/or Computer Sciences
  • Seven or more years in diverse roles and increasing responsibilities across business with a focus on R&D and IT
  • Familiar with principles of design thinking and lean and agile software delivery.
  • You are an excellent communicator and can convince people on your strategy and goals
  • You are result oriented and you know where to prioritize
  • You keep good relations with your stakeholders, although you are firm when specific requirements need to be filled
  • You will work in a global environment


What we offer:


  • A unique and exciting opportunity, impacting Bekaert’s digital future, to shape your career and to push the boundaries of the industry
  • A competitive salary and extensive benefits package
  • Flexible work arrangements with remote working possibilities
  • An innovative and collaborative “better together” spirit
  • A human-centered, diverse company that values and supports your physical and mental wellbeing

A learning culture with an opportunity to grow your career across the organization, and to strengthen your skills and competences through our Bekaert Digital Academy

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

For a full list of our digital opportunities, click here!


You grow, we grow... Better together. Bekaert offers continuous development opportunities.

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