Lab Mgr Electro-Chemical & Corrosion Lab

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Date: Jun 16, 2022

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 € 4.4 billion in combined revenue in 2020.



Purpose of the Job

The Labs department develops and performs a wide variety of tests to characterize materials and products, from the Research and Development phase till implementation in and support towards Production and Sales.
In addition, labs also contribute to RR innovation results by building up expertise in core expertise domains,  scoping the new field of play, and participating in the innovation activities in different stages (pre-discovery, discovery, incubation, acceleration).


Your Role

1.Manage the operations and processes of lab

- Keep a safe working space in Electro-Chemical & Corrosition lab
    * Identify safety risks in lab and make prevention plan accorindingly. 
    * Perform regular safety checks 
    * Make sure safety regulations are well implemented in lab. 
    * Participate 
- Guarantee on-time delivery of lab testing requests
    * Having overview of the daily output of the lab
    * Having overview of the lead times for the different tests in the lab
    * Having overview of delivery reliability in the lab
    * Having overview of the efficiency/utilization of the different testing machines  (resource planning)
    * Defining and implementing actions to solve bottlenecks in the lab in terms of efficiency, machine occupation/utilization and delivery reliability,  

 - Sustain & improve the quality of testing reports 
    * Responsible that the ISO 17025, ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 quality systems are respected in the lab 
    * Responsible that the test results are executed according to the procedure
    * Responsible for the cross-checks, gage R&r, MSA in the lab 
    * Regular communication with lab customers to investigate customer needs and take nessary improvement actions accordingly
- Investment planning and implementation
    * Defining the needs for investments in the lab
    * Responsible for the investments implementation in the Electro-Chemical & Corrosition lab

2.Develop and provide expertise about characterization and performance evaluation techniques for products/materials

- Develop and share in-depth knowledge on the relation between Electro-Chemical & Corrosition testing and production processes and on the relevance of specific properties for applications and on the measurement of these properties. 
    * Follow-up new developments by literature, visiting expositions,… for Electro-Chemical & Corrosition material testing and general material knowledge (trends in organic analysis, analytical measurement developments, …) . 
    * Giving advice about tests and test results to lab customers
    * Development of outsourcing networks for tests
- Management of test method development projects in the lab
    * Participation as team member in product and process development projects in order to assist in selecting the best suitable measurement methods
    * Develop new measurement techniques and methods and act as an interface between the development projects and the lab team. 
    * Management of the resources and timings for the lab projects (new method development, improvement current tests
    * Check and create the needs for method development at the lab customers
- Build up experise in core expertise domains, Test method expertise development, Contribute to RR innovation initiatives
    * Lead or contribute to the build-up in core expertise domains for RR business (tire applciation, adhesion, heat treatment, cabling & bunching, material characterization etc.) to keep our technology leadershio position 
    * define the long-term roadmap and concrete actions and deliverables for X+1
    * execute the projects/actions to deliver the results
    * develop and coach experts for the future
- Lead/participate in RR innovation initiatives in different stages
    * technology/market scoping the new field of play
    * pre-discovery: feasibility studies around an idea cluster
    * DIA projects: be a leader or member of a project team with people from other departments (PAT, PTT, Site operation) of BARDEC.
3.Engage Team Members for Full Participation

 - Performance management
    * Performance management of operators, technicians, engineers in the Electro-Chemical & Corrosition lab
    * Responsible for the competence / skill development of the lab people (trainings, defining and determining competence domains,…)      
    * Organization of regular communication meetings with lab people
    * Defining targets for output of the blue collars
    * Balance and coordinate the work between the technicians: daily coaching, output control, feedback to people,…
- Talent development
    * Indentify and recuit talents to meet future development of lab
    * Defining the gaps between present situation and future needs in terms of competence + making decisions 
    * Provide active coaching & feedbacks to subordinates
- Regular communication with subordinates
    * Actively listen to the voices of team members, and provide feedbacks timely.
    * Organize regular meeting with team members to help them solving bottlenecks.



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