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Automation Engineer


Olen, BE

Business Unit: 

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Powering the cars of the future. Giving new life to used metals. We are the leading circular materials technology company fulfilling its mission to create materials for a better life. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

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

RBM’s strategic growth plan defines where production capacity needs to meet market demand in the supply of rechargeable battery materials.

In this context, a global program of investment projects has been established, requiring additional Engineering resources to take the lead in the implementation of strategic and sophisticated investments in an international context and manage the teams involved, including external engineering resources. We have projects across the globe and are looking for people who are willing to travel from time to time to different locations.

By supporting RBM’s strategic growth plan, the Automation engineer is responsible for several expansion projects that will provide more capacity to our main types of production steps: leaching and refining, precursor and cathode active materials. This is a greenfield opportunity to set the automation standards for future projects and the company.

As an Automation Engineer you

  • have a phenomenal contribution in the resolution of technical problems and suggest installation improvements to meet process requirements 
  • prepare projects together with our process engineering team and the colleagues of construction
  • prepare the Automation work for new production plants or parts of it, within the budget and scope of the project 
  • work together with our local teams and remain available for challenging questions and remarks for the duration of the projects
  • on some occasions you travel to the plant to share your plans with the local teams
  • are responsible for the process control and machinery control and follow up the process of new plants and production from A-Z
  • will have feet on the ground in our different plants including hands-on programming PLC’s

Who we are looking for

  • University degree, or equivalent qualification, in Engineering, preferably in automation, mechanical or related field. 
  • Technical experience and/or background in the execution of automation projects
  • Relevant experience and understanding in the execution of industrial projects in operational environments
  • Knowledge of design software (e.g. AutoCad)
  • Knowledge of EHS standards, industry good practices and legal requirements applicable to the specialty of focus
  • Competent (written and verbal) English
  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of the MS Office package
  • Must have the Knowledge, Experience and Skills to conduct their tasks in accordance with the rules and procedures set down.
  • Solves complex problems with full autonomy


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 my skills can help improve  battery performance, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO?



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