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Head of R & D BFT Textiles

We are looking for a Head of R&D BFT Textiles

Bekaert Fiber Technologies is a fast growing global business with very high technological applications based on sustainable developments in close customer partnerships. Products such as smart textiles, heating and conductive cables, heat resistant textile products are part of the current product portfolio.

Your role

  • You are passionate about technology and keeping track of relevant technological innovations.
  • You acquire in-depth knowledge of specific technologies used for current and/or new processes, products and equipment.
  • You ensure that R&D of BFT Textiles is in line with the overall vision & strategy of the global business with a well-balanced short vs long-term project portfolio.
  • The projects can be cross-functional and inter-disciplinary handled internally or via the other BFT and Bekaert business units and other third parties such as customers, universities, subcontractors, suppliers…
  • You ensure that the development and technology projects are well managed, using lean R&D-tools such as DOE’s, Milestones Plans…
  • You lead, coach and manage the R&D team members.
  • You report to the General Manager Textiles.

Your profile

  • You hold a master degree in either mechanics, electronics, textiles or materials. A PhD is an asset.
  • You have 10 years of experience in R&D. Relevant experience within textiles industry is a plus.
  • You are innovative and creative.
  • You have a dynamic personality and are performance/result-oriented.
  • You are familiar with R&D Project Management and the Product Development Process used in automotive.
  • You have strong interpersonal and people management skills.
  • You are a real networker, have good communication skills and can be convincing towards all (internal and external) stakeholders involved in R&D Projects.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English. Other languages are an asset.



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