Research & Development Manager - Road Reinforcement

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 have a strong development drive and a passion to create value for our customers?
Are you able to develop market and build customer relations?


To strengthen our Building Products Unit we are looking for a:


Research & Development Manager – Road Reinforcement
Location: Belgium


Your role


  • Taking a leadership role in driving specific research initiatives for product development. As project manager, you steer the team and lead projects in the fields of product innovation, improvement and development, in installation technology and application as well as in road design.
  • Provide content for technical presentations, customized per market.
  • Provide technical training for colleagues, and external customer base.
  • Provide technical advice, support and expertise for colleagues upon customer requests.
  • Assess the technical value of road reinforcement products available in the market.
  • Assist in products and application approvals in different countries.
  • Research and keep current with relevant product development for the road renovation market.
  • Create articles and design aids, translate research outcomes into appealing tools and technical marketing content.
  • Continuous education to keep current with technical developments and standards, and proactively react to and address changes as they happen.
  • Monitor, participate actively in and report about relevant technical committees and trade associations (attending and participating in meetings, voting on ballot measures and networking, anticipating relevant developments).
  • Co-develop/customize internal software for the different markets.


Your profile


  • Thorough expertise in asphalt technology – at least 5 years’ experience in a research and development or a similar technical function, related to the asphalt industry.
  • M.S. in structural engineering, or civil engineering.
  • Experience in asphalt road design is a plus.
  • Experience or interest in programing (e.g. Excel, VBA, C, C++) is a plus.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Highly motivated self-starter, who can effectively prioritize, multi task and manage to accomplish objectives.
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Outstanding communication skills including written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Good command of English.
  • Must possess the personality, enthusiasm, and commitment to Bekaert Corporation core values.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.


What we offer


  • We offer an opportunity to take up a challenging research and product development role with a high degree of autonomy where you will make the difference.
  • You will work in a professional global organization which has the customer at the heart of the business.
  • We provide professional growth and development opportunities (for example via our Marketing and Sales Academy) and with the possibility of international career opportunities.
  • We offer a competitive salary package, company car and all office equipment needed.



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

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