Microporous Process Engineer


Zaventem, BE

An introduction to Etex

At Etex, our purpose is to inspire new ways of living. By joining Etex, you won’t just be joining an international leader, you will inspire people around the world to build living spaces that are ever safer, more sustainable, smarter and beautiful. You’ll be joining a company who wants to inspire change.

We are committed to making a positive human impact on the world. In return, we’ll reward you by investing in your development and your personal well-being. Whilst our core values help us develop those effective and sustainable lightweight solutions we’re known for, it’s our people that matter most!

Our diverse and inclusive workforce always strives for excellence. We have over 100 years of experience manufacturing high-performance building solutions. Etex is a company that is committed to success - and when you join us, we’ll be committed to you.


Business Context

As part of Etex Manufacturing the Global Process Engineering organization optimizes and standardizes our technical manufacturing processes. A flawless customer delivery with the aim of zero-defects based on process capability and first-time right philosophy are our vision and purpose.


The mission of the Microporous Process Engineer is to act as the Center of Excellence supporting our plants in continuously improving the manufacturing processes. Identification of improvement potential for quality, productivity safety, and cost are key to the role. You will formalize, implement and own the standard practices within the microporous manufacturing community.

Key roles and responsibilities (1/2)

1    Support plants to implement manufacturing process improvements

  • Identify inefficiencies in the manufacturing process across the plants
  • Define improvement plans (in alignment with the plants and other group functions like ITC, EE, CI)
  • Drive the implementation and regularly follow-up on the progress
  • Measure the effectiveness and efficiency of the actions
  • Re-evaluate the results when needed
  • Promotes Health & Safety and at all time   

2    Process standardization and assurance

  • Challenge the status-quo and derive/formalize the optimal process specifications into standard practices
  • Champions the implementation and sustainment of process improvements and standardization using appropriate standardized methods and tools to measure the process maturity at the plants and to assure the plants conformity with process specification

Key roles and responsibilities (2/2)

3    Training

  • Assess the knowledge of the local process experts and provide them with training as and when required
  • Take part in the Process Pillar of our Operations Academy as a coach and trainer to support the dissemination of the microporous process knowledge to the plants

Functional Knowledge

  • Strong capability of process improvement and experience related methodologies, ideally Six Sigma
  • Solid project management skills related to an operational environment
  • Good understanding of Microporous materials and how they are produced

Interpersonal skills

  • Result driven and target oriented with the ability to implement standards in an agile environment
  • Able to act as a change agent and can motivate others on both shopfloor and management level
  • Excellent organization skills and willingness document/write standards
  • Displaying high awareness for personal safety and challenging others when unsafe behavior is observed

Job requirements and qualifications

Minimum education:    Engineering degree or equivalent experience
Minimum experience:    At least 5 years of working experience in the chemical sector, preferably with microporous materials, ideally in roles of production, process, or quality. Alternatively, in a technician role with very high knowledge about manufacturing microporous materials. 
Language skills:    Good written and spoken English. Any other major European language is advantageous. Dutch would be a plus.

Etex Values and Leadership principles

Passion for Excellence - Always look for continuous improvement in related processes - Is good at change management
Pioneer to Lead - Have a strong focus on the results to be achieved, enable action and track on performance
Connect & Care - Communicate effectively at shop floor level 
We are action driven - Focus to deliver specific projects in a minimum period
We develop ourselves and others - Ensure that learnings are transferred to our plant teammates, so they are reaching autonomy.

Work Location and travel requirements

Position would be ideally located in Belgium (near Sint-Niklaas), however can also be performed from any European Etex location with frequent (~40%) travel to Belgium. Occasionally, intercontinental travel to our plants in the US and Japan will be required. Flexible work and home-office is generally possible and encouraged as the work schedule permits.

Our Social Responsibilities  

Etex has a clear commitment to help build a better, sustainable future. We work towards this vision by caring about our social and environmental impacts and working on innovative solutions for the building industry. 

Our ambition is to reduce negative effects and scale up positive impacts. We prioritise decarbonisation, including the use of renewable energy, as well as circularity, with a first focus on waste management.

We engage in a wide range of voluntary initiatives which offer support to local communities through partnerships and social projects. Our teammates know their local communities best, we are proud of the numerous projects and actions initiated around the world that are based on the awareness of their communities’ needs.


Commitment to diversity 

We’re incredibly proud of the community we’ve created at Etex. We form a global team of over 13,500 individuals from an enormous variety of backgrounds, races, faiths, and genders. Our diversity is our strength, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our teammates feel included and happy at work. 

If you require any additional support with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch so that we can make arrangements for you.

Good luck with your application 

As you have seen, our Teammates mean the world to us, they enable us to Inspire Ways of Living. If this role appeals to you, click apply now and discover how a career at Etex will help you learn, grow and lead. We look forward to hearing from you.