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Engineering Advanced Planning Director


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

Within the RBM’s capacity growth roadmap, the Engineering Advanced Planning Director is responsible for the management of the master plans of future sites and facilities, creating the high level timelines and budgets, in coordination with senior management, sales and customers (upstream) and with technical and operational teams (downstream). Well in advance, defines the program/project criteria and initiates all permits and authorizations required for a timely start of engineering development and execution of works.

The Advanced Planning Director will focus on the coordination of the team that will be responsible for the following activities in advance of the detailed engineering design and execution of works:

•    Master the long term integrated planning of multiple programs within RBM expansion plans, evaluating resource needs and simultaneity of activities
•    Prepare new programs and projects by defining its requirements (Design Criteria) in coordination with top management
•    Strategic Planning, Sales and Supply Chain areas and liaise with customers for a timely availability of capacity
•    Establish initial high level timelines for new programs/projects; Capex estimations based on recent projects and on country factors
•    Liaise with government entities and authorities, national and local to obtain the early permits and authorizations and to establish the earlier relationships
•    Search and select the long term partners for programs (engineering, EPCm, manufacturers)
•    Liaise with local Umicore site management to capture and integrate knowledge
•    Guarantee the liaison between Global Engineering teams and with peer areas (Process Technology, Procurement, R&D, Quality, Operations, HR, …) to obtain the necessary data for the program or project
•    Managing, coach and develop the Advanced Planning team
•    Report to RBM management on early program/project development and evolution

Who we are looking for

You are an ideal candidate for us as you
•    hold a degree in Engineering, Economics or Applied Sciences
•    have proven experience in program/project management or other managerial position; not less than 10 years of experience in managing relevant programs or engineering areas
•    posses a thorough understanding of industrial engineering projects
•    have an organization mindset and stakeholder management capacity
•    have ability to define complex budgets and time plans
•    have an entrepreneurial mind-set
•    posses excellent leadership and committed to people and result
•    have an excellent knowledge of MS Office and program management software (e.g. Planisware, MS Project Server, etc.)
•    have excellent business and strategic ability with excellent communication skills
•    have comprehensive English language skills

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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