Material Lab Engineer

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Date: Sep 24, 2023

Location: Pune, IN

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.



Job Location - Ranjangaon Technology Center (Pune)

Working - 5 days (Hybrid working)

Purpose of the Job - 

  • Manage and lead materials lab and thereby contribute to the development of competency/expertise of the team to support in:
  • R&D projects in product, application and process domains.
  • Technical assistance to business units: customer complaints, process issues
  • Coach materials lab team members, set targets and evaluate their performance 
  • Participate in more complex sub-projects in own technological area and contribute technically to other project teams
  • Implement appropriate safety & quality systems in the material lab
  • Steer technical projects within the labs related to own domains


Roles & Responsibilities -


Main Accountabilities

Nature of the Activities

Materials lab management













People development




Support towards R&D projects 



Quality representative for BITC labs.


Lab Management:

  • Develop the scorecard and targets for the team and individual members
  • Ensure that the basic hygiene in safety and 5S is top notch
  • Manage the daily materials lab operations to ensure quality of analysis, delivery timing of reports and learning from problem challenges is optimal.
  • Provide technical support for problem solving and interpretation of results to lab customers by working closely with the lab analysts.
  • Work closely with other technical & project teams to support and provide qualitative service.
  • Provide lab operations reports and reasoning on the lab performance on a monthly basis.
  • Propose investments for lab equipment on X+1 & X+5 basis with clear view of their purpose, costs & benefits.
  • Develop contingency plans for all tests through the use of sister R&D labs and local ones.


People development:

  • Build the competency in the respective domain of team members and take ownership of maintaining the competency matrix tool.
  • Ensure resources are optimal for the workload and provide continual training programs as necessary on the team members.
  • Challenge and drive the team members to continuously improve the quality and delivery of their reports to lab customers.


R&D Projects and problem solving support:

  • Inspire and develop open collaboration on projects with other teams in product, application and process technology.
  • Coordinate R&D projects with universities as needed.
  • Provide technical support to business units on complex problem solving.


Quality Management systems implementation and development

  • Implement QMS within BITC and continuously update as necessary
  • Lead BITC material labs for preparation regarding internal and external audits on a regular basis.
  • Represent BITC in the global management review regarding QMS












































Skills & Competencies -


Must Have

  • Masters degree in Metallurgy/Materials Science engineering
  • Excellent logical and analytical skills
  • Well versed in the English language: written and spoken.
  • Good communication skills
  • Good team spirit, a strong sense of responsibility and be able to work independently.
  • Experience in product development or process development is a plus


Prefer to have

  • Experience in management of labs and people (engineers, technicians)
  • Expertise in using scanning electron microscopy, optical and stereo microscopy
  • Experience in steel industry
  • Experience in statistical tools and minitab



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