Reliability Engineer

Date: Sep 12, 2021

Location: Van Buren, US

Company: Bekaert NV

Bekaert (www.bekaert.com) 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.



Drive reliability performance on the site using the most appropriate and effective tools and techniques. Monitor existing PM/PdM programs, historical trends and KPI data for early identification and resolution of reliability issues.

  1. Lead Root Cause Failure Analysis efforts in plant with the main responsibility to collect and analyze the data, facilitate the  meeting with supervisor, cell mans and together with the team define actions to eliminate recurrent problems.  
  2. Lead the weekly /monthly review of equipment “bad actors” creating action plans for increasing reliability and monitoring performance vs. plans (measured by unplanned downtime, including lost time hours, costs to repair and lost production, MTBF for critical equipment )
  3. Coach the plant maintenance team to get Root Cause Analysis on daily routine as way of working.
  4. Based on the results from the analysis define/update lubrication, preventive and predictive maintenance plans.
  5. Identify operational and maintenance changes that will provide the most cost effective solution trough Improvement Maintenance execution,
  6. Coordinate the set-up of training plans and create standard training documents. Set-up guidelines and follow-up in order to have skilled maintenance employees in the plant and region (maintenance technicians, specialists, engineers & managers).
  7. Support SAP plant maintenance activities to make sure that SAP PM is used as an effective tool for analysis.
  8. Ensure that feedback to the engineering design department’s machine owners and global GAMM domain owners is given for BENG equipment through EMR procedure.
  9. Share all relevant information via GAMM sharepoint, fostering a culture of sharing amongst all & copying in the region and worldwide by all team members. Especially the best practices have to be documented & uploaded to the sharepoint.
  10. Monthly status reporting of improvement projects + follow-up of actions.
  11. Make detailed maintenance cost analyses on equipment level and identify possible cost savings projects. Work together with the plant maintenance team and global GAMM domain experts on cost reduction projects and realize defined X+1 cost savings in the plant.
  12. Realize plant reliability maintenance KPI’s, make plan & define plant projects, monitor progress of KPI scorecard, delegate ownership, communicate, report (including to central GAMM), escalate when bottlenecks, avoid sub-optimization.
  13. Align with plant Maintenance managers on the targets to be put in the personal PDR goals of the plant maintenance leaders + give feedback during mid-year and year-end PDR evaluation.
  14. Benchmark plant with others (compares, share and introduce the best practice from other plants). Always check & use the worldwide standard & benchmark as reference + feedback to global.
  15. Provide troubleshooting support to operating units on equipment reliability including emergency work reviews.
  16. Actively provide reliability input to the Engineering Group for new equipment design, specifications and purchase.





Describe the combination(s) of formal education, training and/or relevant work experience that are required for this position. 

Use Technical/Functional Expertise: Be innovative in developing accidental and preventive maintenance.

Analyze Issues: Good analytical and conceptual thinking skills. Takes a wide variety of aspects when solving problems.

Focus on Customer Needs: Sets up networks with internal customers, suppliers (engineering) and colleagues from other regions. Strives for maximum (internal) customer satisfaction.

Leadership: Can work independently. Considers a wide variety of aspects before taking action. Takes future developments into account when setting targets. Manages several concurrent projects without losing sight of priorities. Defines and structures break-through projects.  

Work Efficiently: Is familiar with existing GAMM tools. Manages various projects at the same time. Has the courage to take unpopular measures. Stimulates cooperation in teams

Coach and Develop: Correctly assesses strengths and weaknesses of own team members. Formulates expectations towards team members and gives feedback. Stimulates team members to develop competencies systematically. Assists others in solving problems.

Work effectively with others / collaboration: Leads group discussions efficiently. Explores possibilities (not limitation) on all levels of the organization. Communicates timely with internal customers and all stakeholders. Creates trust and goodwill in the organization by listening to/taking into account others' opinions.

Innovation and Drive for Results: Stimulates innovation/optimization, improvement in GAMM matters. Questions the existing situation & technology after full implementation of current available solutions and focuses on breakthroughs in the field of maintenance. Regularly exceeds expected results/objectives, pushes for progress towards high expectations.


Job Holder Profile  & skills:

  • Experience in maintenance / engineering operations environment.
  • Strong analytical skills - using tools for Analyzing and Solving Problems (FMEA, RCM and Six Sigma)
  • Can work independently to push for results, is highly motivated, self-confident and initiate support on several levels to get the job done.
  • Has good management skills, can define multi-year rollout plan, set targets, follow-up progress, rally support, push progress, communicate to all stakeholders
  • Has good communication & language skills (local languages, English) both written and verbal.
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills , persuasive, sets high expectation, motivates people, delegates & follows up, creating an overall good team.
  • Keeps a helicopter overview, but can dig into deeper technical details when needed
  • SAP Plant Maintenance knowledge is a plus.
  • Reports to Maintenance manager
  • Interacts frequently with other plant reliability engineer, GAMM domain specialists, in order to stay aligned with global standards, templates, tools, & feed these also. 
  • Job requires  traveling to the plants in the region and participation into some global workshops





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