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Project & process engineer PCAM


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

We are currently looking for an exceptionally skilled and experienced project Engineer specializing in mechanical, automation, or related engineering fields to join our dynamic Engineering Department. As part of our team, you will play a crucial role in project engineering, specifically in the concept and basic design phase of the manufacturing process for precursor cathode materials. Your extensive knowledge in process engineering, automation, equipment design, and project management will be pivotal in developing innovative solutions and ensuring the successful implementation of the manufacturing process.


  • Project Conceptualization: Take the lead in conceptualizing and developing the manufacturing process for precursor cathode materials. Consider various factors such as material characteristics, process flow, equipment selection, and safety considerations.
  • Basic Design Development: Create the basic design of the manufacturing process, including process flow diagrams, equipment specifications, material handling systems, utilities requirements, and control strategies. Automation and Control Systems: Collaborate with automation engineers to design and implement automation and control systems for the precursor cathode materials manufacturing process. This involves working with PLCs, HMIs, and SCADA systems. Equipment Selection and Design:
  • Identify and choose suitable equipment and machinery for the manufacturing process. Collaborate with equipment suppliers, mechanical engineers, and vendors to optimize equipment specifications and design. Process Optimization: Identify opportunities for process optimization and efficiency improvement. Take into account factors such as yield, quality, cost, and environmental impact.
  • Propose innovative solutions and modifications to enhance process performance. Risk Assessment: Conduct risk assessments to identify potential hazards, develop mitigation strategies, and ensure compliance with safety and regulatory standards throughout the manufacturing process. Technical Documentation:
  • Prepare and maintain technical documentation, including process specifications, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and equipment manuals. This ensures consistent and safe operation of the manufacturing process.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams, including R&D, engineering, and operations, to seamlessly integrate the precursor cathode materials manufacturing process within the overall production system.
  • Project Management: Manage projects related to the development and implementation of the precursor cathode materials manufacturing process. This involves timeline development, resource allocation, and progress tracking.
  • Continuous Improvement: Continuously monitor and evaluate the performance of the manufacturing process, analyze data, and implement improvements to enhance efficiency, quality, and productivity.

Who we are looking for: 

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Automation Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in project engineering, specifically in the development of manufacturing processes for precursor cathode materials.(plus)
  • In-depth knowledge of automation systems, control systems, and equipment design.
  • Familiarity with relevant industry standards and regulations.
  • Proficiency in process simulation software and tools.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated project management experience and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Attention to detail and a focus on quality and safety.

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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