Operational Technology Lead in Process Automation

Company description

Tessenderlo Group is a diversified industrial group that focuses on agriculture, valorizing bio-residuals, energy and providing industrial solutions with a focus on water. The group employs approximately 4,800 people, is a leader in most of its markets and recorded a consolidated revenue of 1.7 billion EUR in 2020. Tessenderlo Group is listed on Euronext Brussels and is part of Next 150 and BEL Mid indices.

The philosophy that ‘Every Molecule Counts’ defines the unique attitude to sustainability and continuous practical innovation within each department of Tessenderlo Group. As an international company with Belgian roots, Tessenderlo Group also promotes personal and local entrepreneurship, creating opportunities for all of our employees to take on challenging roles and real responsibilities. On top of this, our people are encouraged to further develop their competencies through regular training initiatives and are rewarded with competitive compensation and benefits packages.

Job description

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You will be part of the Operational Technology Excellence Center at the Tessenderlo Group’s headquarters. It is a technical, high-impact role, powering the key element of Process Automation.


Your role is to support the diffe

rent Business Units in having a reliable and up-to-date process automation system. This covers PLCs, HMIs, SCADA, Instrumentation, Historians, Network and Servers, Process Analytical Tools, MES, etc. from the manufacturing installations. More precisely you:

  • Act as an expert to provide advice.
  • Support the life cycle management of Operational Technology including the plan to replace obsolete equipment.
  • Help to make & implement the roadmap towards the Smart Factory.
  • Challenge current ways of working and propose (new) automation solutions.
  • Help to build the local automation teams.
  • Focus on standardization on Business Unit or Group level.

You are able to take the lead for larger or complex automation projects, if such request would be received from the busines unit. You apply a proper project management method.

You acquire knowledge and experience with the most advanced technologies in this area and are able to translate this in (pilot tests for) value added applications.

You will work closely together with the local OT coordinators in the Bus, the Operational Excellence team, Business Process Leads & IT Business partners. You know very well how to interact with different stakeholders.

You report to the Head of Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence. 


  • You have a minimum of 5 years of experience in chemistry, food, pharma or other process industry.
  • You have profound knowledge of process automation and PLC/SCADA systems.
  • You are able to collaborate effectively across Business Units in different industries, countries and organizational setups.
  • You are experienced in change management and have good coaching skills.
  • You are able to work independently yet transparently and as a team player towards colleagues.
  • You have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and can present in a structured way.
  • You can get things done, with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • You have an excellent command of English and Dutch or French
  • You hold a bachelors or master's degree.
  • You are open for regular travel and to work in the manufacturing plants.
Experience level
Mid-Senior Level
Tessenderlo Group
Business unit
Tessenderlo Group