R&D Engineer

Reference: 0517

Our Client: Company Profile

Our client, Bexco NV (www.bexco.be), enjoys a very strong reputation with major companies around the world as thé reference supplier of complex synthetic ropes for demanding applications. Bexco’s innovative products are crucial for the offshore renewable (wind) energy business worldwide. Bexco is looking for a R&D Engineer / Product Development Engineer.

A visit to the Hamme and Antwerp sites clearly shows that a competent and committed team is responsible for the complete development and production of the ropes, which are used in offshore operations, marine, harbour and heavy lifting. Bexco is a prime example of Belgian innovation and craftsmanship, which, thanks to decades of experience, is able to bring every project to a successful conclusion in a rapidly growing industry that demands very high quality standards.

R&D Engineer / Product Development Engineer


As R&D Engineer at Bexco you Initiate, plan and control R&D projects in synthetic rope applications related to the permanent mooring of very large floating structures including floating wind turbines and to maritime mooring ropes, heavy lifting ropes and oil & gas structures. You collaborate closely with Sales, Quality and Production departments as well as with the end client. You report to the R&D Manager.

A short overview of your activities and responsibilities:

  • Communication with internal (sales) and external clients, online and in person, for technical support and translating client demands to the organization.
  • Building product expertise by testing on various high sensitivity test machines for synthetic yarns and ropes.  Analysis of test data according to international standards.
  • Planning and programming of the state-of-the-art 500T tensile test machine.
  • Supporting 2 lab technicians.
  • Implementation and evaluation of new products in the field, on board of vessels, with an average of 2 weeks per year.
  • Staying up-to-date with the state-of-the-art in synthetic rope technology and production technology globally, via conferences and seminars.
Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in engineering and good knowledge of polymer-composites / chemistry.
  • Relevant R&D experience (not necessarily in synthetic fibers) is considered a big plus.
  • Strong analytical skills and profound understanding of physics /“mechanics”.
  • Creative but also pragmatic mindset, oriented towards market launch of New Products.
  • Motivated to realize innovation and strong drive to deliver top quality products.
  • Ability to translate complex technical content to a non-technical audience.
  • Knowledge of synthetic fibers, modelling software (e.g. Abaqus) or Bexco’s target market(s) are all a plus.
  • Very good knowledge of the English language. Knowledge of Dutch is very handy.

  • Bexco ranks among the absolute best in its segment.
  • Important role and contribution to the company growth from the outset.
  • You will gain respect with major companies around the world for your expertise in synthetic fiber products and its applications. You’ll become an active member of cordage industry associations.
  • Intense cooperation with other departments and short communication lines.
  • A good salary and a complete package of fringe benefits, including a company car with fuel card/charge card, meal vouchers, group and hospitalization insurance, laptop and smartphone.
  • Direct permanent contract with Bexco NV.
Contact us!

If you believe you have what it takes to make things happen as an R&D Engineer, we would like to hear from you!

Please contact us by e-mail (info@vp-recruitment.be) quoting “ref 0517” and/or feel free to call Wim Vander meiren (0032 (0)489 585 566) or Manu Pauwels (0032 (0)489 585 565).