Global Head of Technology

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Date: May 16, 2024

Location: Doncaster, GB

Company: Bekaert NV

Job Title: Global Head of Technology

Location: Flexible but preferably UK (with international travel)


Job Purpose


As the Global Head of Technology for Bekaert's Steel Ropes Division, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the technological landscape across our global operations. You will lead a team of experts, driving innovation, and ensuring the successful deployment of cutting-edge technology to enhance our product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities.


What you will be doing!


  • Act as the Rope Technology expert for the Executive Leadership Team, providing technical expertise to enhance strategic decision-making.
  • Oversee research, development, testing, and deployment of new technologies across the Bekaert Group, working closely with local Vice Presidents.
  • Provide technical assistance to local operations to facilitate successful deployment of technology advancements.
  • Ensure commercial offerings align with our product portfolio and manufacturing capabilities, fostering collaborative relationships with key customers.
  • Cultivate effective partnerships with external experts to create competitive advantages both commercially and technically.
  • Lead a team of applications specialists to provide efficient and effective technology support to key customers.
  • Ensure global rope design resources operate cohesively to meet customer demands and maintain a structured design process.
  • Implement and sustain policies, procedures, and parameters governing all technology activities across Bekaert worldwide.
  • Drive adherence to Bekaert Group technology policies and procedures, fostering a culture of ownership and accountability.
  • Identify and implement technology improvement opportunities to positively impact customers, manufacturing, and product robustness.
  • Provide leadership and coaching to direct reports to accomplish company goals and objectives.
  • Manage global technology budgets and allocate resources as appropriate.


What you will need!


  • Master’s degree in Materials Engineering or related subject.
  • Minimum of 10 years in a related technology environment.
  • Minimum of 5 years in a senior-level technology role.
  • Demonstrable record of achievement and driving continuous development.
  • Experience managing multi-disciplinary teams and implementing change programs.
  • Strong understanding and application of problem-solving techniques and tools.
  • Comfortably deals with complex technology issues.
  • Very strong leadership and people management skills.
  • Ability to manage high workload and time manage priorities.
  • Ability to work with the markets, our customers, and our technology experts to put innovation at the heart of what we do.
  • Identify business strategy & priorities and create appropriate plans to ensure success.


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.


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.


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.


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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