R&D Engineer Building Systems


Kapelle-op-den-Bos, BE

Mission and Context

You will work for Etex Innovation & Technology Centre (Etex ITC), the central R&D company of the Belgian holding Etex, a worldwide producer of building materials (www.etexgroup.com).

All your tasks arise from Etex ITC’s main mission: the development of new building materials, the development of new and/or optimalisation of existing building systems with fibre-cement products and the technical support to the Etex companies.


  • You will provide technical/scientific assistance to the Etex companies. This includes the analysis of building systems and formulating advises. Your main field of expertise and knowledge development will focus (but not exclusively) on durability and fire performance of façade and roof materials and systems.
  • You are responsible for the daily management (design and execution) of different R&D projects (applied research) in the domain of cladding, roofing and lightweight construction.
  • You will organise tests outsourced to universities and external laboratories.
  • You will maintain contacts with the suppliers of accessories such as fixing materials, jointing products and glues.
  • You do the follow-up of new market developments as well as competitors.
  • You maintain close contacts with the different marketing departments.
  • You will support the safety and quality policy of the department.


  • You have a master degree in Engineering, or equivalent by experience, with specialisation in building construction, architecture or material sciences.
  • Preferably you have some years of experience in finishing techniques in building construction.
  • You have a thorough knowledge of English. Knowledge of French is an asset.
  • You are highly interested in the field of applied research, willing to become an expert in this domain of building systems.
  • You are capable of working autonomously but within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • You are highly skilled in planning and organising, which allows you to work simultaneously on different projects in combination with supplying technical assistance to the production plants.
  • You have strong skills in critical, analytical and creative reasoning, which allows you to work in a very result-oriented way.

Work Location

  • The position is located in Kapelle-op-den-Bos.

Etex Values and Competencies

Connect and Care
Passion for Excellence
Pioneer to Lead