Engineering Manager Composites

Reference: 0507

Our Client: Company Profile

Our client is a division of a leading international company in the field of sustainable mobility. The company has a global industrial and R&D network, employing 2500 engineers working on transformative innovation projects. They are looking for an Engineering Manager with experience in carbon fibre composites.

The New Energies division focuses on R&D and manufacturing of fuel cell technology and hydrogen gas storage systems for car, bus, truck and train transport.

The core development, engineering and testing activities in the field of composite pressure vessels – for hydrogen storage – recently moved to brand new facilities in Genk (Belgium), suitable for accomodating the expanding activities.

Vander meiren & Pauwels Recruitment is helping to fill several Genk-based engineering positions, including a:

Engineering Manager Composites

Composite vessel development for automotive hydrogen projects // Fast-paced, international working environment // Team management of 8 engineers // Knowledge of carbon fibre composites is required


As Engineering Manager Composites you lead a team of 8 engineers. Most of them work from the R&D and Technology Center in Genk, while some are based in the USA and China. You and your team manage projects concerning the design and development of high pressure composite vessels for automotive industry customers around the world.

A selection of activities related to your role:

  • Organization of the team according to project needs.
  • Supervision and coaching of team members.
  • Ensuring development and evaluation of team members

Furthermore, you and your team are involved in the following activities:

  • Setting up the organization and structure for a project. Coordinating project team activities w.r.t. design and manufacturing process development.
  • Communication and consultation with the project client. Progress reviews, time-line adjustments…
  • Leading the vessel design activities with support of internal experts for CAD designs/drawings, mechanical simulations, analyses…
  • Identifying main characteristics of the manufacturing process at prototype level. Defining the process flow charts and technical specification for each process step.
  • Defining validation and certification needs in collaboration with lab team.
  • Leading and supporting the prototype vessel production.
  • Identifying needed materials and products and supporting purchase activities from suppliers.
  • Reporting to the management team on project progress.
Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in engineering, preferably materials engineering or mechanical engineering.
  • Good understanding of polymers and of the design and/or processing of carbon fibre composites.
  • You show leadership aptitude and you have a successful experience in team and/or project management.
  • You have good organizational skills as well as an energetic, positive approach.
  • Good communication and reporting skills.
  • You can adapt to working in a fast-paced, international matrix organization.
  • Very good knowledge of English (spoken and written) is required.

  • You’ll work in an important and strongly supported division within the global organization.
  • You enjoy a great working atmosphere and a good sense of solidarity.
  • Growth and career opportunities.
  • An attractive salary package, with several benefits including a company car.
Contact us!

Is your interest sparked?

Then contact us via stating “ref 0507” or call Wim Vander meiren on 0032 489 585 566 or Manu Pauwels on 0032 489 585 565. You can expect confidential handling of your application.