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Director Product Technology & Industrialization - on-site flexibility within the EU


Brussels, BE

Business Unit:  Rechargeable Battery Materials

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About Rechargeable Battery Materials

We are all on the move. Umicore’s rechargeable battery materials give people autonomy and connectivity. We are a pioneer in battery materials that give added range and performance to electric vehicles. Our materials also ensure longer battery life for portable electronics. To enable our customers to produce even better performing batteries we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new ideas. Which is where you come in.

What you will be doing

As Director Product Technology & Industrialization (PTI) and Analytical Competence center (ACC) you will support the growth of RBM by defining and implementing the BU’s strategy with regard to precursor and cathode product industrialization and analytical development/excellence. 

  • Be responsible for the definition and planning of the respective PTI and ACC roadmaps and coordinate the industrialization on a global scale of the required product and analytical technologies (and related competences) needed for RBM production plants today and tomorrow.
  • Be in charge of a wide portfolio of product industrialization and analytical activities, focused on the following 6  pillars:  
    • PTI: Industrialization of newly developed products and related processes
    • PTI: Industrialization, globalization and production improvement of MP products and processes (incl 4M changes)
    • PTI: Process control to guarantee stable production
    • ACC: Development (and industrialization) of new analytical methods to support new product/process development
    • ACC: Development of new/improved sampling methodologies, process and infrastructure
    • ACC: Analytical excellence and design/implementation of the “Lab of the Future”
  • As an excellent leader you will manage the international/global PTI and ACC Teams, consisting of domain managers, program/project managers, technology experts and engineers/technologists in Belgium, Korea, China, Poland and Finland.
  • Set-up and execute the cross-border management of the PTI and ACC teams; ensure that the adequate organization is put in place to meet the ambitions and objectives and assure a high-quality functioning of the team by adequate team/people coaching and development.

Who we are looking for

  • MSc degree in chemistry, physics, materials science, or engineering
  • Over 10 years working experience within the domains of project management, product industrialization and/or analytics
  • Business acumen and good understanding of R&D management and organization
  • Strong leadership and people management/coaching skills, both hierarchically and in multi-functional/multi-cultural environments   
  • Project management, organizing, planning and coordination skills
  • Pronounced influencing and convincing skills
  • Proven aptitude to leading several project teams through a multi-year roadmap 
  • Experience in managing global development projects with significant financial value and complicated structure
  • Expertise in transferring of R&D processes to pilot and industrial scale
  • Expertise in Li-ion battery materials, their manufacturing processes or product design is a plus
  • Good understanding of statistical methods 
  • ‘Make it happen’ attitude 
  • Fluent writing and speaking in English

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If our battery materials can power electric vehicles, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO?


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