Fibre cement Engineering Expert - Center of Excellence Fibre cement


Zaventem, BE

Business Context

To accelerate on the Operational Excellence pillar of the Etex Manufacturing strategy, new technology based “Centres of Excellence” will be created. 
The purpose of these Centres of Excellence is first to support the “Lighthouse plants” to achieve accelerated performance improvements and to manage specific transversal projects to support other plasterboard factories. This new approach will bring additional resources to implement agreed actions and to ensure that achieved results are sustained in the plant and shared in the wider manufacturing organisation for further implementation. Next to this, the Centres of Excellence will help implementing the necessary tools to ensure Industry 4.0 transformation in the Lighthouse plants.


Within the Center of Excellence “Fibre cement”, the mission of the Fibrecement Engineering Expert aims to provide technological and maintenance/automation support to facilitate integrated solutions for the plants in scope by implementing good practices from other factories or new solutions. Based on her/his experience, she/he will determine the best technical solution to set up or improve the actual conditions of the selected plants.  

Key roles and Responsibilities

  1. Collects best practices from other Fibre cement factories. 
  2. Lead projects as defined by the Center of Excellence Steerco. 
  3. Responsible to provide technical assistance to plants in scope and Etex Engineering Project Manager. Connects the plant to the appropriate internal experts or external resource / supplier. 
  4. Responsible to establish standard practices for equipment selection and maintenance. Validates the documentation used with operations users and central process expert.
  5. Takes the lead for searching for new technologies and support Etex ITC/process experts for innovation development. Assess the performance of new equipment installed.   
  6. Responsible to share experiences and best practices inside the Center of Excellence teams and translate into solutions. At the same time, responsible to share and investigate similar solutions with the Etex Engineering Team.       

Reporting Line

The position reports to the Center of Excellence Leader - Fibre cement. 

Job requirements and qualifications

Minimum education:    Industrial Engineer degree (or equivalent by experience)
Minimum experience:  3-8 years (mechanical and electrical, good knowledge of Automation control is a strong asset)
Language skills:          English – any other language (Dutch, French, German, Spanish,…) is a strong asset

Interpersonal skills

Communicative person, capable to understand the needs and coordinate solutions or applications.Open minded to search for new technologies. Able to adapt to changing circumstances
Interpersonal skills to ensure the implementation of the solution into the shopfloor level including capabilities to train our people in the technical Topics.

Etex Values and Leadership principles

Passion for Excellence - Always look for continuous improvement in related processes - Push for quality and create an environment of ownership and accountability 
Pioneer to Lead - Have a strong focus on the results to be achieved, enable action and track on performance - Manage ambiguity and volatility, never giving up when facing resilience
Connect & Care - Communicate effectively and involve various stakeholders to ensure buy-in at all level - Engage with people across Etex and support them in their development to mature in the related processes
We build diverse teams and encourage multiple points of view - Have an open mindset to challenge with asking questions in a trustful and constructive way, active listening and focus on what might be missing
We dare to take risks responsibly to pursue valuable opportunities - Dare to challenge the status quo by looking outward and forward, encourage innovation and experimentation in a responsible way 
We develop ourselves and others  - Ensure that learnings from one project are carried out to the next ones.

Work location and travel reuirement

Position can be performed from any European based Etex location - however frequent business travel (50%) will be required to the Fibre cement "lighthouse plant" and other plants in scope.