EMEA Finance Director

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Date: Mar 28, 2024

Location: Zwevegem, BE Deerlijk, BE Brussels, BE

Company: Bekaert NV


Be part of something bigger!


As the world and the way people live is changing, at Bekaert we believe it’s our responsibility to contribute to finding new solutions for the future. Our ambition is to be the leading partner for shaping the way we live and move. And to always do this the Bekaert Way – safe, smart, and sustainable.

With a heritage of more than 140 years, we continue to strengthen our core competencies that have made Bekaert a global market and technology leader in material science of steel wire transformation and coating technologies. Today, we also apply our expertise beyond steel to create new solutions with innovative materials and services for markets including new mobility, low-carbon construction, and green energy.

As a dynamic and growing company with over 27,000 employees worldwide, 75 nationalities, a retention rate above 90% and almost € 7 billion in combined revenue in 2022, we're looking for someone like you to join our team!


Why join us?

  • Personal Growth – Let us help you unlock your full potential
  • Pioneering – Join us to challenge the impossible
  • Creativity - Discover possibilities beyond steel
  • Purpose – Drive progress for our planet and people
  • Diversity – Together, we create change




About the role

Do you want to be part of the ambitious finance transformation of Bekaert while partnering in the transformation and growth of the global market leader of Steel Cord? In this job, you will be the financial business partner (FBP) for the business unit Rubber Reinforcement (RR) in EMEA region. 

Your Impact as ‘EMEA Finance director’:

  • You will be the finance business partner of the VP Operations and Senior Director Sales EMEA.
  • You will be a member of the RR EMEA management team with P&L responsibility (annual revenues of 800mio€), and will manage a team of 11 finance professionals (plant controllers and cost controllers over multiple sites).
  • You will be responsible for planning, reporting and analysis of periodic financial performance, budgeting, strategic exercises and investment projects.
  • You will report to the VP Finance Rubber Reinforcement (RR), who reports to the Bekaert CFO, and you are member of the RR Finance Leadership Team (LT)
  • You will be working closely together with (getting support from) peers of the RR Finance Leadership Team: global costing director, global commercial finance director and FP&A director.
  • You will be playing a key role in the Bekaert Finance Transformation, incl. the Digital transformation


About You

Essential skills & competencies

  • You hold a master’s degree in business administration, Economic Sciences, Sciences or comparable by experience.
  • You have 10+ years of finance experience (including P&L ownership & Controlling) in a manufacturing/industrial and international environment (automotive sector experience would be a bonus); 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 have experience in managing an international team.
  • 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 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 are not afraid to challenge your stakeholders.
  • 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 Europe (up to 25% travelling).
  • Location for the role: Belgium.


Will you dare to take the next step?


Join us to unlock your full potential AND have a true impact in pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

We're looking for individuals who are not afraid to take risks and explore new ideas. If you are passionate about personal growth and bringing your authentic self to work, we want you on our team!

At Bekaert, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


To learn more about us and our exciting career opportunities, visit Bekaert Careers

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