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IT Product Head - Supply Chain

Bekaert is leading a transformation program to enhance the digital experience end-to-end that drive impact across multiple channels. Bekaert’s operations are focusing to improve relative cost position & cash utilization in manufacturing and supply chain. Bekaert teams measure impact of various solutions on asset performance, operation efficiency, cash optimization, sustainability, customer intimacy & experience. Bekaert organization is reviewing the success and performance of these end-to-end operations journey through internet of things and data analytics across the journey.

Your task as IT Product Head for Supply Chain is to increase the Bekaert's success by building and deploying supply chain solutions. The spectrum of your task’s ranges from innovative product solutions to optimising the efficiency of existing products. You will collaborate with architects and will lead scrum teams to develop visions, build and deploy supply chain solutions on operations and customer journey. You will work in close co-operation with teams from other IT and Digital, Operations Excellence, Commercial Excellence and various Business Units across multiple regions.

Through your entrepreneurial thinking and action, your experience of the supply chain with Operations and Commercial leaders in the organization, your deep understanding of all processes and methods in product management and agile delivery, you will lead your team successfully and raise the end-to-end supply chain capability at Bekaert to the next level.

As an IT Product Head for Supply Chain (oversees demand forecasting, sales and operations planning, production planning and detailed scheduling), you represent the “voice of the product” by setting the overall strategic vision and roadmap for the product on technology side. You are accountable for succeeding against identified metrics, managing ROI of the product, and setting short- and long-term product goals as well as ensuring the product team is effectively working together. You will work, above all strategically, to form a powerful team and ensure the success of the supply chain functions at Bekaert. You co-own product responsibilities with the product owners, solution architects and identifies technology solutions to meet business and financial objectives. 

Main Responsibilities 

  • Responsible for the overall technology strategy, roadmap, and execution of supply chain solutions as well as the planning and execution and operations of the technology ecosystems, providing regular updates and strategic analysis of the progress in achieving the roadmap goals and contribute to innovation
  • Partner with the Business, ensure the supply chain management ecosystem and product portfolio and roadmap are in alignment with business objectives of the organization
  • Partner with the procurement team to negotiate commercial agreements with partners in the industry. Manage supplier relationships, service quality and ensure roadmap requirements are adopted and delivered
  • Drive technology vision, direction and architecture for supply chain, with mentality of design thinking and scalability, reduce technical debt while driving new capabilities
  • Work collaboratively across business and technology to build a good understanding of strategic objectives on Operations as well as enabling the Commercial products. Ensuring information about the supply chain portfolio is clearly understood both internally and externally in the most professional and accessible way
  • Drive supply chain solution design, priortization and management of product tracks. Engage business stakeholders to identify technology-enabled innovation opportunities. Manage relationships with supply chain stakeholders and to ensure roadmap requirements are adopted and delivered
  • Deliver alignement of IT Operations SLAs & KPIs of supply chain solutions, manage business escalations and drive resolution via intervention as needed
  • Lead the supply chain ecosystem partnership and services portfolio management, ensure teams has right skills and composition to deliver quickly and repond to emerging requirements with agile approach
  • Assist Commercial IT in achieving ambitious global digital roadmap on eCommerce
  • Skills & Competencies

  • Experienced in influencing people at a senior level across the business, the wider group and key external partners to establish the strategy and contribute to innovation
  • Experienced leader capable of influencing and inspiring cross-functional teams to challenge the norm and deliver innovative solutions
  • Proven experience of defining and delivering outstanding, future-proof supply chain product & services portfolio
  • Proven track record of delivering success stories in the supply chain solutions - identifying and launching new capabilities
  • Proven experience of identifying and managing strategic partnerships to improve customer experience and targets
  • Proven experience of delivering high impact change programs across organisations
  • Ability to turn strategy into reality
  • An excellent understanding of the customer (internal and external) and how the business can exceed their expectations, having strong focus on user experience
  • An excellent collaborator who is comfortable taking accountability for making decisions and working in a cross functional team in an agile way
  • Strong understanding of the supply chain processes & solutions, covering demand forecasting, sales and operations planning, production planning and detailed scheduling
  • Strong commercial and operational mind-set, constantly focusing on delivering value to customers
  • Solid understanding of product management, agile principles and development methodologies and support agile teams by providing advice and guidance on opportunities, impact and risks. 
  • Excitement for a high-growth, fast moving environment, self-directed, entrepreneurial mind-set, sense of ownership
  • Ability to prioritise features related to user experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in English is a must. Fluency in Dutch and/or Chinese would be an advantage
  • Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor or Master degree in computer science or a related field, or equivalent through experience.
  • 10+ years of overall experience, 5+ years into supply chain solutions
  • Experience in managing globally distributed teams and partners
  • Experience in building products or platforms from scratch and seen the product lifecycle 
  • Experience in OMP, SAP APO is a plus
  • The digital transformation that Bekaert is going through has created a number of digital opportunities, such as this position!

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    IT Product Head - Supply Chain

    Bekaert, Deerlijk
    Supply Chain, Informatique, Développeur