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Supply Chain Management Director - Battery Materials

Belgium - Brussels
Umicore Battery Materials
Supply Chain & Logistics

Posted on 12-04-

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Powering the cars of the future. Giving new life to used metals. We are the leading circular materials technology company fulfilling its mission to create materials for a better life. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

Umicore Battery Materials

We are all on the move. Umicore’s rechargeable battery materials give people autonomy and connectivity. We are a pioneer in battery materials that give added range and performance to electric vehicles. Our materials also ensure longer battery life for portable electronics. To enable our customers to produce even better performing batteries 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

We are currently looking for a Supply Chain Management (SCM) Director to join the Battery Materials team in Brussels, Belgium, reporting to the SVP Operations & Refining.

In this role you are responsible for managing the E2E flow from raw materials to finished goods in the most operationally efficient and cost-effective way with full accountability for working inventory levels.

You will establish a single source of truth for production and supply chain across the business unit and will be responsible for optimizing efficiency in supply management, inventory management, cost efficiency, risk management, strategic planning and customer satisfaction by collaborating with various stakeholders in the organization. Your primary focus will be two-fold: maximize profitability and minimize risks.


  • Managing the SCM organization by setting objectives, targets and actions aligned with the overall strategy
  • Establish working inventory targets and KPIs in view of optimizing working capital, a cost effective operational supply chain and security of supply
  • Establish material tracking based on customer requirements (i.e. ESG, CO2, consignment metals and IRA)
  • Provide clear strategic choices and trade-offs for supply chain scenarios and facilitate discussion with various internal partners
  • Provide input on relevant topics and facilitate decision making by establishing impactful working relationships with VP/SVP level within the organization
  • Leading global planning and site production in accordance with the sales forecast and provide regular feedback to upper management
  • Together with the planning organizations manage the month/year and longer-term planning of raw materials, precursors, intermediates and finished goods in alignment with respective sales forecasts, keeping in mind an economical and efficient supply chain, understanding impact of cross-country flows and tolling setup
  • Act as gate keeper for any deviation of site planning versus sales planning and customer allocations as agreed by management and providing timely updates on them, providing alternatives where necessary
  • Assure and check from business unit perspective the standardization of systems and tools as well as overall operational functioning and reporting of the SCM organizations in the site
  • Lead any decision to change intra site planning and/or inter site planning and communicate decision towards the sites in close discussion with SVP
  • Run 4M Project Change Management processes and act as owner/project manager for various supply chain related projects
  • Lead the global Sales Back Office team that supports the regional sales organizations
  • Who we are looking for

  • 10+ years of experience in supply chain management especially with cross boarder flows and tolling systems
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in business engineering, supply chain or related field
  • Experience in managing sales turnover over 1 billion €
  • Experience working with OEMs and expectations with QM (i.e 4M)
  • Experience in leading back office for sales and/or supply
  • Experience in E2E tracking of materials for ESG, Consignment Supply and Responsible Sourcing
  • Good knowledge of variety of systems & tools applied in supply chain management and good working knowledge of financial analyses
  • Experience in working in an intercultural and international environment
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team with a positive approach and regular feedback
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities with time constraints and deadlines
  • Good knowledge of product and manufacturing processes
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Strong interpersonal skills; promoter and facilitator of cross-department and upper-management cooperation with an ability to influence and advise senior stakeholders
  • Strong capabilities to identify and resolve problems, identify and advocate for opportunities to change and create efficiencies
  • 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?



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