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Senior Manager Value Chain Development

Belgium - Hoboken
Battery Recycling Solutions
Process & Product Development, Supply Chain & Logistics, Business Development

Posted on 19-01-2024

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 Battery Recycling Solutions (BRS)

We extract critical and valuable materials from end-of-life batteries or production scrap as efficiently as possible and reintroduce them in the battery materials supply chain. The better we do our job, the less metals have to be mined from nature. We are a total solutions provider just coming to life operating in an agile, fast-changing and growing market. This gives every chance for the right and energized people to shape what happens next. Which is where you come in.


What you will be doing

The overall strategy of Battery Recycling Solution is to build the value chain together with external partners!

The Senior Manager Value Chain Development will lead the identification, mapping, negotiation and establishment of key strategic partnerships to optimize the BRS value chain on all non-core activities (pre-treatment, logistics, discharging, dismantling, diagnosis & re-use, storage). This role requires a transformational leader who can strategically develop and implement partnerships and present the sophisticated puzzle of possibilities in a clear overview during BRS project steerco’s. Together with the team you will also face the BRS customers (OEM, cell makers) to represent the value chain strategy of BRS and thereby participate in tendering and value chain related projects. Your role will also be essential in the participation to set-up the BRS organization to become a Tier 1 supplier.

More detailed responsibilities :

  • Lead Partner identification and evaluation
    • Identify potential strategic partners through market analysis, industry trends and networking.
    • Evaluate potential partners based on alignment with organization objectives, capabilities and future LT strategic match on both sides
  • Responsible for negotiation and contractual set-up
    • Lead discussions with prospective partners to establish mutually beneficial agreements
    • Set-up exclusivity and NDA agreements when applicable
    • Set up contracts with sub-suppliers in Tier 1 automotive market and thereby guarantee compliance with Sub-Supplier management system
  • Coordinate the cross-functional collaboration
    • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration between internal teams
    • Facilitate effective and diplomatic communication and collaboration with external prospective partners and networking
  • Project management
    • Lead the value chain related projects thereby ensuring regular reporting to steerco’s and coordination of project team. 
  • Lead, mentor and support the team towards the development and optimization of the organisation’s value chain.
  • Lead the Innovation and joint initiatives
    • Work with strategic partners to find opportunities for joint innovation and process optimisations
    • Drive collaborative initiatives that result in streamlined process, cost reductions and enhanced value chain performance
  • Perform Risk management and contingency planning : Assess and mitigate risks associated with strategic partnerships, developing contingency plans as necessary.


Who we are looking for

  • Master degree in business, engineering science
  • Extensive working experience (+ 10 years) in a B2B commercial environment. Strong preference for experience in project management in a business environment where conceptual/strategic thinking is required.
  • Knowledge of network design studies is a plus
  • Knowledge of Li-ion batteries, value chain of battery reycling is an asset
  • Proven track record in encouraging effective teamwork and motivating staff in a matrix structure
  • Good presentation skills and confidence presenting to senior management
  • Great teammate with the ability to translate sophisticated messages in an easy and structured way
  • Easy connecting and have open communication style both with internal as well as external stakeholders on all organisational levels
  • Capable of handling several priorities under time restraint and meet deadlines
  • Committed to results
  • Willing to travel up to 30%


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 I lead a team to recycle batteries at the highest possible efficiency, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO