Data Steward - Operations

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Date: Sep 3, 2023

Location: Jiangyin, CN

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 € 5.9 billion in combined revenue in 2021.



Bekaert is leading transformation program to enhance the digital experience end-to-end that drive impact across multiple channels. Bekaert’s Operations are focusing to improve relative cost position & cash utilization in manufacturing and supply chain. 

At Bekaert, we cherish our (Master) Data and hence invest in effective Master Data Management and Data Governance practices to support us in achieving our digital ambitions.  To establish a sustained enterprise wide (Master) Data Management and Data Governance approach in co-drive with functions and businesses, the Advanced Digital Solutions (ADS) organization will strengthen the capability with Data and Information Experts/Architects with a product group/domain focus.

Your task as Data Steward for Operations is to help establish efficient master data management and governance policies and practices across different business units of Bekaert. Strengthen master data support system across various applications (SAP and non-SAP applications) and processes under Operations domain. Co-drive master data initiatives for continuous improvement with business data (content) owners, functional stakeholders and other data experts that increases the Bekaert's success by defining, building, and deploying digital solutions in Operations. The spectrum of your task’s ranges from supporting and optimising the efficiency of existing products to innovating product solutions. You will collaborate with product teams under Operations to strengthen data journey and provide recommendations on design and build better solution for master data management. You will work in close co-operation with teams from other IT and Digital and Operations Excellence, Business Units across multiple regions.


Your role
As a Data Steward for Operations domain (oversees Master data management, data quality rules, and governance etc.) and responsible for global master data practices, you will be responsible for represent business information and data by aligning with integrating strategic vision and roadmap for Operations, you will assure and drive in the process domain of Operations:
•    Streamline Master Data management practices across business units: Bekaert has diverse portfolio in steel wire segment and is spread across multiple geographies. Each business unit has it’s own complexities and data management rules as per business practices. It’s vital to understand the operational complexities and business requirements in operations domain and suggest optimal master data structure for this domain. As Global master data steward you will be responsible for-
o    To analyse different data templates across BU’s that exist.
o    Identify the issues and gaps in terms of meeting business requirements, and try to standardize those data fields and templates for each BU.
o    Work on harmonizing the data models and practices across different data templates wherever possible.
o    Design and build operational Master data templates for new business units and improve existing one
•    Strengthen Master Data support for all business units: MD steward global have responsibility to strengthen and develop local MDM support system at regional and plant level with help of PCO. You should work with content owners, understand the issues, create awareness, and document right practices including imparting training and evaluating authorization to maintain master data.
•    Lead and support master data projects: Lead design, plan and build aspects for data migration and roll-out projects in operations domain across different BU’s. Initiate master data clean-up drives and assist business to improvise and maintain hygienic data to address various data related issues in operations domain. 
•    Support Digital Initiatives: Bekaert is embarking on digital journey and data, including but not restricted to master data is key cog in mobilizing the digital manufacturing and intelligent process initiatives in operations domain. MD steward should utilize his experience to propose and design data models that will help organization to drive decision making and analytics based on data to optimize cost and resources.

Skills & Competencies
•    Strong manufacturing process domain knowledge, including planning process with very good understanding of the system relationship to the process in SAP ERP or other enterprise application. SAP-PP and QM competency with exposure to EPR planning process.
•    Well conversant with manufacturing & planning master data such as, BOM, Recipe, Routing, Material classification and Variant Configuration in operations set-up, especially in wire or steel industry.
•    Proven experience of workign in Master Data Management and Governance function, with hand’s on working on any enterprise MDM tool, setting up master data policies, definig rules and Data quality framework.
•    Expertise in working on mass scale data creation/ update in SAP, working on data migration and data clean-up drives.
•    Effective conceptualization, pattern recognition and teaming skills. Experience in working with geographically distributed team, acting as data steward protecting data assets and interest of the organization in validating and governing the master data practices and processes.
•    Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations with resect to data designs and needs.
•    Ability to assess rapidly changing technologies and apply them to business needs.

Education & Experience:
•    Bachelor or Master degree in engineering or operations or a related field, with experience in the manufacturing operations domain, including demonstrated affinity for master data, data governance and drive for digital and automation in data initiatives.
•    10+ years of overall experience with 5+ years progressive work experience in a similar role related to the MD steward in manufacturing industry (preferrable steel industry) and knowledge of variant configuration.
•    SAP MD experience of production and quality set up including supply chain planning.
•    Experience of working with globally distributed teams and partners.

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