Fabi De Schutter

Management Assistant & Events
Olen, Belgium
Electro-Optic Materials
Working for umicore since 1995
"Besides the international atmosphere, I also like the fact that there are plenty of opportunities."

Can you describe your role/position at Umicore?

My job is quite versatile, but my main task is assisting the Electro-Optic Materials Management team and all the managers in our Olen site in Belgium.

That means I am responsible for arranging meetings and customer visits, organising business trips, and supporting our foreign subsidiaries – among many other things!

What do you like about your job?

The international character! I can use my language skills and get to know different cultures. I’m very curious about new programmes, so I like to brush up my knowledge and learn about them.

What do you like about working at Umicore?

Besides the international atmosphere, I also like the fact that there are plenty of opportunities for us as employees to develop and participate in various training programmes. We also have the freedom to shape our own roles, and we get to meet many great people.

Why did you want to work at Umicore?

The Belgian employment agency actually encouraged me to apply for a job at Umicore. That was 22 years ago, and although it was originally a 3-month contract, I’m still here and still enjoying my work.

What do you look forward to when you set off to work in the morning?

Not knowing what the day will bring. I have my daily tasks, but many unexpected different requests come up every day. It is always a challenge to solve them as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Every customer is important and they have to feel that we are giving priority to all of them.  

What has been the highlight of your time at Umicore so far?

Supporting the grand opening of our Umicore Optic Materials plant in Oklahoma.

The opening was mainly organised from Belgium, but I also got the chance to go to the Oklahoma site and work on the event locally.

It was quite a positive experience, and it was great to work as part of the team there. The cooperation went really well.

Any advice for newcomers?

Rise to the challenge and work for Umicore. Here you have the chance to evolve, and who knows where you’ll end up! It’s an experience you really shouldn’t miss out.


      Umicore uses certain monitoring and tracking technologies such as cookies. These technologies are used in order to maintain, provide and improve our services on an ongoing basis, and in order to provide our web visitors with a better experience.

      By clicking on the "Accept all" button you agree to the use of these cookies while using the website. For further information regarding how we use cookies and other tracking technologies, please see section 11 of our website privacy notice

          Necessary cookies are essential and help you navigate our website. This helps to support security and basic functionality and are necessary for the proper operation of our website, so if you block these cookies we cannot guarantee your use or the security during your visit.

          Cookies that help us to understand the behaviour of users of our website. This allows us to continuously improve our website to provide the best information in support of our project aims. These cookies also help us understand the effectiveness of our website. For instance these cookies tell us which pages visitors go to most often and if they get error messages from web pages.

          Cookies that deliver content to you based on your interests, which are assumed from your browsing history. Most Targeting Cookies track users via their IP address and, thus, may collect some Personal Data. Personal Data collected by Targeting Cookies may be shared with third parties, such as advertisers.