Commercial Finance Director RR

Date: Aug 23, 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.



Do you want to be part of the ambitious finance transformation of Bekaert while partnering in the commercial transformation of the global market leader of Steel Cord?
In this job, you will be the financial business partner (FBP) for commercial topics, projects and people for the business unit Rubber Reinforcement (RR) worldwide. Given the global nature of the RR business and customers, and its global organizational set-up by Function, many initiatives take place at global/central level, where the involvement of Commercial Finance is key. 
You will report to the VP RR Finance.


Your role


  • Strategic and Operational Sales planning and Forecasting
  • Sales margin optimization
  • Price management (strategic, operational, new products, solutions or services)
  • Commercial and Innovation projects (ex.: product portfolio, product life cycle, service offering to the customer, new products development and introduction, business cases…)
  • Credit management


  • The person supports, challenges, co-drives with commercial and technology people, based on financial expertise and analysis, both in the preparation of decisions as well as in the follow-up of performance 
  • Both for recurring topics as well as for projects
  • Pricing is a key area of focus in the different areas of involvement, including attention for proper use of tools and governance & processes, as well as reporting and analysis of performance
    • Tools: incl. a.o. Rolling Reference Price model (project to roll-out and subsequent follow-up), P-M model (incl. deepdive analysis and insights), pricing models as Value Pricing, TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), TSP (Target Selling Price)
    • Governance: assure adherence to agreed governance and processes (for preparation and taking of decisions); efi: LTSA negotiations
    • Close cooperation with the corporate pricing team (BCE) for co-development and roll-out of new tools and practices, as well as with the Advanced Reporting Center for data management and analysis
  • Credit management: support to the commercial team and interface with corporate credit department
  • Focus is on global RR topics, and works closely together with regional RR FBPs for regional commercial topics


Your profile


  • You hold a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Economic Sciences, Sciences or comparable by experience.
  • You have 5+ years of experience as business (P&L) controller in a relevant and international environment; have a delivery record of accomplishment in, and understanding of financial, market & trade and macro-economic trends that influence the business in relevant industry or industries. 
  • You are able to co-create, align and execute on the strategic vision and plan of your unit as part of the Bekaert strategy and are able to drive and engage a diverse community through influencing rather than hierarchy. 
  • You have effective communication skills and even better listening skills that allows you to get the voice of the stakeholders.
  • You have experience with modern/digital systems to support a structured way of working.
  • You have an analytical mindset & capabilities to deep-dive financial analysis.
  • You can navigate your network to deliver and to cut through complexity, based on customer focus and an agile way of working.
  • You demonstrate a “better together” spirit while you support, challenge, drive execution and deliver results.
  • You challenge the status quo, stimulate innovation and continuous improvement.
  • You can co-lead the transformation of our Finance function across our global footprint, and together with your team and other stakeholders in the external field (customers, suppliers, partners…), the business and functions; you build the necessary capabilities for the future.
  • You are fluent in English (oral and written).
  • You are willing to travel to different locations across the globe.



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