Global Innovation Manager - Battery Technology
Zwevegem, BE
6 dagen geleden

The role of the Global Innovation Manager - Battery Technology is to lead the front end of innovation for the Battery technolgy team.

His / her role is to create and identify opportunities in the market place with the objective to create substantial value for Bekaert and (future) customers and partners.

He / she assesses the fit between technological capabilities and needs in the marketplace, in line with the Bekaert strategic focus areas.

To search new markets and to identify market entrance strategies for specific new applications. Be responsible for a pipeline of multiple of business concepts that contribute to achieve the Bekaert strategic growth plan.


Front end of innovation

  • Implement systematic scanning methods (eg. technical - , IP - and trend analysis, conference participation, ) leading to opportunity generation as outlined in the strategic intent
  • Maintain and prioritize a pipeline of potential business opportunities
  • Be the known receiver of opportunities and customer inquiries, service the RFQ’s, manage relation with development partners, make connections between all opportunities in various BFT segments
  • Broaden the opportunities through imaginative thinking combined with deep knowledge of emerging product market domains
  • Collaborate with Marketing Communications team to develop effective outreach strategies for lead generation
  • Assessments of opportunities

  • Set-up, manage & follow-up several discovery concepts
  • Ascertain accomplishment of Discovery deliverables (describe attractiveness of the opportunity, including : value proposition hypothesis, compelling business vision, potential business value, market landscape, technical feasibility, IP landscape, resource assessment)
  • Use the Business Concept template for decision taking
  • Define uncertainty reduction plan and options to explore in Incubation
  • Provide recommendations on the next steps in the NBD review meetings
  • Networking

  • Pro-actively identify, set-up & maintain a network with all relevant stakeholders inside and outside Bekaert, including : BFT R&D & commercial organizations, Bekaert Corporate Strategy Office, new prospects, information sources, innovation platforms, consultancies, industry organizations, research institutes, etc
  • Create new business proposals

  • Create a vision around an opportunity
  • Take the lead in lead customers acquisition & interaction
  • Organize prototyping and market experimentation
  • Fine-tune the value proposition and business model
  • Map key hypothesis and uncertainties, build uncertainty reduction plan
  • Project Management

  • Align on project milestones & deliverables with all stakeholders
  • Ascertain accomplishment of :
  • Incubation stage toolkit deliverables
  • Market potentials, value chain mapping
  • TCO understanding, value proposition
  • Go-to-market roadmap
  • Resource identification (technical, commercial, behavioral)
  • Protect development positions, conclude JDA’s with key partners

  • Master education
  • Experience in the Battery Technology domain (a must)
  • Technical & scientific acumen to link market needs and Bekaert's technology portfolio
  • High level of curiosity into business and technology, natural spotter of opportunities
  • Market research expertise : customer & market trends, market sizing, competition
  • Strong interpersonal skills, continuously reaching out to a broad range of functions and levels at other companies in the value chain
  • Strong narrative and presentation skills, ability to generate enthusiasm amongst prospects
  • Comfortable in managing ambiguity and able to handle rejection and failure
  • Continuously learning and exploring alternative options, routes and sources to resolve problems, avoids jumping to conclusions
  • High level of initiative and ability to work independently, able to determine own direction
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