Global Operations Manager Building Products

Date: Jan 15, 2022

Location: Zwevegem, BE Hlohovec, SK

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.



To unlock the potential, Bekaert’s Building Products Division requires installing stronger operations and process technology capabilities, including a stronger China footprint, strong upscaling/integration capabilities, and an integrated/automated S&OP planning.  Simultaneously, a clear vision and plan to upgrade/rethink our operations technology as well as scale up innovations need to be in place.       
To lead this ambition to success, Bekaert Building Products is hiring a new Global Operations Manager in charge of installing the above capabilities, whilst planning and leading all operations activities, processes, and investments across the globe and this for the various segments. 


Your role 


  • You ensure Health and Safety and lead the BPR operations to a zero harm to anyone environment.  
  • You define and plan a BPR operations strategy that fuels x+5 and beyond:  this contains smart operations portfolio/mix, integrated S&OP processes, scalable capacity, stronger footprint, data & insights driven operations management.  
  • You shape the vision for BPR’s future operations technology, materials processing and equipment, and create a plan towards realization in X+10. 
  • You review the current portfolio and seek to achieve strategic breakthroughs on cost, materials performance, …
  • You deploy and steer the operations strategy to execution in the different sites. You build strong local teams, develop talent and ensure solid pipeline.  
  • You coordinate and steer the end-to-end operational excellence and cost leadership. 
  • You report directly to the Vice President for Building Products, and will become a member of the BPR Global Management Team.    


On top of the BPR responsibilities, the role might possibly be involved in leading strategic operations - technology - footprint and business case review initiatives in other Specialty Business Units, or cross BU priorities.    

 Your profile 

  • You hold a Master of Science, Civil Engineering and ideally accompanied with an MBA. 
  • You have at least 10 years of professional experience, of which at least 5 years in a global / multi-country leadership role in operations, technology or adjacent. 
  • You have been successful in leading strategic operations and/or technology agenda for a large multi-site operations unit, sub-segment, or region.    
  • You excel in strategic thinking, thinking out of the box, and translating new ideas into executable plans and processes, in which you engage and empower teams to success. 
  • You are well networked inside or outside Bekaert, with strong partnership relations established to create shared successes for Bekaert.  
  • Your experience likely has been in leading diverse or multiple operations or technology teams, with a high focus on process technology and cost;  you have shown to be successful in leading diverse teams to breakthroughs.  
  • You have-on experience, bringing a network in China is a differentiating asset in this position.   


Your inherent skills, drivers and competencies: 

  • You are able to create the new and different, with others. 
  • You have a strategic mindset and a global perspective, cultivating innovation. 
  • You have a high drive for results, whilst driving vision and purpose.  
  • You excel in leading projects, from planning, aligning, to timely roll-out.    
  • You manage execution, over different functions, with or without authority.  
  • You are team and people development oriented, enabling others to success.
  • You are a courageous and authentic leader, that manages ambiguity.                                           



You grow, we grow... Better together. Bekaert offers continuous development opportunities.

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