R&D project manager

Date: Sep 8, 2021

Location: Zwevegem, BE

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.




Your role

  • You will be leading the development of our product portfolio for green hydrogen production, specifically porous titanium for PEM water electrolysis.
  • You scout new technologies that help advance our product portfolio. You follow up with prototyping, performance evaluation and assist in upscaling. 
  • You manage joint research projects (e.g. R&D institutes, …) and collaboration with customers, equipment suppliers (e.g. coating), peer suppliers as well as the Bekaert internal R&D organizations. 
  • You will build application knowledge within the field of water electrolysis. This allows you to define the internal product development roadmap. 
  • You define projects in close collaboration with the business development team. 
  • You report on progress during steering committees. You highlight key results and gaps. 
  • You will be part of the R&D team within Fiber Technologies, and work closely together with R&D project managers, R&D technicians and operators.


Your profile 

  • You have a strong interest in technology and specifically those that enable green transition. 
  • You have a master or PhD in engineering, chemistry or material science. Preferably with a background in electrochemistry, coatings and/or metallurgy. 
  • Knowledge on water electrolysis technologies is considered a strong asset. 
  • You have 5 years of experience in product development and project management. 
  • You have strong communication skills. You are able to bring a clear message in a technical field to different parts of the organization, e.g. project team and higher management.
  • You are fluent in English. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset. 
  • You are willing to travel 20% of the time. 



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