Business Line Manager Carboxylates

Belgium, Brugge
Cobalt & Specialty Materials
General Management

Posted on 17-08-2022

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 Cobalt and Specialty Materials

We are a globally active, reliable partner in the sourcing, production and distribution of chemicals and metal powders, covering a wide range of metals including cobalt and nickel. Our Business Line Carboxylates offers a wide range of organic chemicals. Umicore’s materials are at the heart of products we use every day such as rechargeable batteries, tools, coatings and tires. To meet the demands of our customers 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 Business Line Manager Carboxylates you will define and implement vision, mission and strategy of the business line and you will be accountable for its results. You will hold full responsibility for Umicore Specialty Materials Bruges (USMB, 125 colleagues), including  sales & marketing of carboxylates and organic chemicals, operations, human resources, EHS, R&D, procurement and business development activities.
Your focus will be on a growth strategy following macro-economical trends (clean mobility, bio and recycled polymers and sustainable buildings & lifestyle), in the field of organic chemistry and carboxylates!

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of the Business Unit Cobalt & Specialty Materials (CSM), you will hold following responsibilities :

  • As member of the Business Unit Management Team and leader of the Business Lines Carboxylates contribute to the overall strategic orientation of the Business Unit.
  • Responsible for the development and growth of the Business Line Carboxylates; Define and ensure execution of required investments; Identify and pursue attractive business development opportunities, including business partnerships, joint ventures and M&A.
  • Define, support and implement the commercial strategy of the Business Line.
  • Coordinate the industrial activities of USMB and be responsible for the business excellence (including Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainable Development objectives) of the Bruges plant (and as applicable, other plants within the business line).
  • Responsible for the strengthening and the development of the product portfolio in order to secure long-term business
  • Define and implement the operational plans, overlook the business risks and take ownership in order to achieve EBIT growth and the defined performance targets.
  • Allocate resources (financial, human, assets & technology) in order to make sure that set objectives are met.
  • Ensure Health & Safety Leadership at all levels.
  • Lead according to the Umicore Values and act as role model.
  • Conduct excellent relationships with customers, employees, suppliers, contractors and community representatives.
  • Inspire and engage all employees; ensure talent management and development.

Who we are looking for

  • You have a PhD/Master degree in Engineering or Science (Chemistry, Metallurgy, Physics, Material Science) or Business Engineering (with experience in a technological field)
  •  You have at least 10 years of operational, general management and/or business experience.
  • You have a comprehensive approach towards chemical issues and good knowledge of technological developments.
  • You are acquainted with environmental, health and safety matters.
  • Strong analytical & numerical skills. Balanced with good common sense.
  • You are creative in problem solving, result driven and initiative taking.
  • You have an entrepreneurial mindset, a flexible business approach and look pro-actively at business opportunities.
  • Able to perform under high pressure in an international oriented business & willing to travel.
  • You are an enthusiastic and self-motivated person, able to proactively build networks of contacts inside and outside the company.
  • You are passionate to engage people and delivering results.

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 pioneering approach can make us a leader in sustainability, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO


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