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Process Operations Manager Specialty metals

Belgium, Hoboken

Precious Metals Refining


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 [BU or department]

The world’s resources are scarce. Umicore’s refining and recycling technology gives used metals a new lease of life. We are experts in treating the most complex materials from around the world. Our processes help bring value to the circular economy and reduce environmental impacts. To recover more metal from different types of material we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new processes. Which is where you come in.

What you will be doing

    Within the framework of the policy and strategy of the operational unit Specialty metals, you are responsible for the process and the daily operations in order to deliver excellent key performance indicators of the unit.

    So you

    • Maximize operational flexibility
    • Optimize the process robustness
    • Optimize process safety

    Your main responsibilities:

    You run the day to day business of the Specialty metals unit and are fully responsible for the realization of the daily KPI’s.

    You control, intervene and adjust the steering parameters as much as necessary, as a result of the continuous changing input conditions.

    You lead the communication process with the production staff (incl. maintenance) and with colleagues from administration, operations, sampling and logistics.

    You assist and help to improve safety and health, environmental processes and the quality system.

    You assure and increase the metallurgical and chemical knowledge of the complex processes in order to deliver excellent quality of the final products and to improve the flexibility towards supply.

    You manage projects in collaboration with R&D.

    You are responsible for the yearly shut down.

    You are responsible for transferring the knowledge as well for training & development of the operational team (white and blue collars).

    You assist on training, development and coaching of white and blue collars.

    You propose technical and operational improvements, launch new investment requests and start-up new equipment and processes

    You are responsible for the technical capabilities of your equipment and you improve the “mean time between failure” of all your installation parts.

    You maximize the availability of your installation and minimize maintenance costs.

    You take up the responsibility for the whole plant operations as Engineer on Duty, up to 2 weeks per year.

    Who we are looking for
    • You hold a master degree in chemical  engineering, or PhD in chemistry.
    • You are a young graduate or have maximum 3 years of experience in operations.
    • You show a comprehensive approach towards metallurgical or chemical issues.
    • You master good communication skills: presentation, receptivity, persuasion.    
    • You excel as a team player who is both quality and customer minded.
    • You quickly synthesize data and you come to clear conclusions.
    • You show stress resistance and commitment to results. 
    • You are a born people manager and natural leader.
    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 recycling teams can contribute to the circular economy, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO?