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Technical manager Ghent South - BE

Job Requisition ID:  29809

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2019 revenues of approximately $9.3 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit 

Within the Ghent South Site, the largest Polyvinyl Butyral polymer processing site in the world, we currently have a vacancy for a TECHNICAL MANAGER with strong leadership and people skills


This is the Role

As technical Manager, you will be accountable for Leading the Engineering department - Process and Project Engineers (12 reports) and the Quality Services department (16 reports). 

The technical Manager is part of the Site Leadership Team and reports directly to the Site Director.

We are seeking a highly motivated leader who leverages existing knowledge and experience to quickly pick up new skills and knowledge. This individual should have experience working cross-functionally with an ability to quickly build relationships. This individual should also have a demonstrated history of success leading complex projects, able to be self-guided and proactive to take initiative.

Your main responsibilities:

  • People development and coaching, challenge and promote new talent to future leadership.
  • All Engineering Activities for the site Ghent, the operational and process support for 3 extrusion lines and 2 offline, including
    • organizing and planning of product trials.
    • direct supervision of project teams in place
  • Manage the Cost Centre budget to targets. Responsible for budgeting, tracking and forecasting of costs and headcount
  • Investment plan for the site Ghent on the short and long term (x + 5).
  • Management representative for ISO/IATF16949 Quality System.
  • Development and management of Operational Excellence (continuous improvement) toolbox, techniques and projects.
  • Optimize systems to realize operational excellence & quality.

This is who you are
A well-presented and mature leader who is trustworthy and reliable, with a manner which is customer orientated.

You are able to lead a team as well as work in a team, you are self-motivating and innovative in attitude. Additionally, you are a self-starter, you work independently, and have good organization skills. Flexibility is a must in this distinctly innovative environment. Candidates should have a positive social attitude and like to work in a team.


 Required background & qualifications

  • Master degree Engineering (Civil or Master in Engineering) with management or team lead experience.
  • Candidate(s) should have a minimum of 10 years experience in a leading position in a technical or operational environment.
  • Have a proven track record in successfully leading a technical team.
  • Familiar with coaching and developing young talent.
  • Familiar with WCPM, Lean, Six Sigma, 5S,…
  • Familiar with working in an international context.
  • Excellent communication skills verbal and written – Fluent in Dutch and English
  • Collaborative mind-set: proactively establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Good analytical skills, ability to analyse, summarize and present facts and findings
  • Excellent organization and planning skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Flexible in dealing with the vast amount of projects, able to cope with the frequent turnover of young engineers in the pool due to growth opportunities.



For further information about this position please contact Hendrik De Brabandere - 0032 9 254 14 51 -

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

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