Innovation Program Manager

Belgium, Brugge
Cobalt & Specialty Materials
Research & Development

Posted on 18-01-2022

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

Mastering the cobalt value chain. Umicore’s expertise covers the sourcing, production and distribution of cobalt and nickel products. Umicore’s materials are at the heart of products we use every day such as rechargeable batteries, tools, paints and tyres. Our recycling and refining processes give new life to cobalt and other metals and reduce environmental impacts. 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

At Umicore Specialty Materials Bruges (USMB), we produce materials for a better life, building on green chemistry, eco-efficiency and green deal principles!

We are looking for an Innovation Program Manager with strong networking capabilities and a passion for chemistry and science, to screen and bring new chemistries and technologies home to our labs, pilot-plant and industrial installation. As Innovation Program Manager you will contribute to our ambitious growth strategy to be a leader in sustainability, going for zero emission, zero harm and zero inequality and you will become a real ‘Materials for a better life’ developer. 

Reporting to the Research and Innovation Director of our BU, you will

  • be responsible for our Innovation Program management;
  • manage the different innovation projects (incl funding and administration)
  • scout and feed the innovation pipeline;
  • build an innovation network and drive innovation at USMB

Who we are looking for

You have a master degree in chemistry, engineering, or bio-engineering, having obtained a PhD chemistry degree is certainly a plus
You have a minimum 5 years working experience in leading complex R&D projects
Profound knowledge of organic and/or organometallic chemistry and polymer chemistry. Knowledge in metal carboxylate technology, alkyd resins, coatings, paints and homogeneous catalysis is a great asset
The ideal candidate also has experience in setting up business plans, in program and project management, in research budgeting and costing (internal and external via funding) and in leading cross-functional teams
You have a structured approach and have good planning ad organizing skills
You also know to collaborate with technical-commercial people on chemistry, products, and applications
You are an analytical problem solver and you have a strong drive for innovation and change
You are an enthusiastic highly motivated person and an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills and promoter of inter-team and external (open innovation) cooperation
You are able to proactively build networks of contacts inside and outside the company
You will be based in Belgium but you will regularly need to travel abroad (mainly EU, but also with exposure to US and Asia)
Proficiency in both Dutch and English is crucial.

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 know-how can recover cobalt from industrial metal scrap, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO


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