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Director Unit Process & Modules focusing on Etch-Clean-CMP-Plating (ECCP)

As the Department Director of ECCP, you will provide both operational and strategic leadership for the R&D unit responsible for developing process steps in Etch, Clean, CMP, and Plating (ECCP).

What you will do

In this role, you will support exploratory, pathfinding, and development activities to demonstrate the functionality and manufacturability of future devices in areas such as logic, memory, power, and RF, thereby accelerating our partners' development. You will be part of the Unit Process and Module (UPM) department, which is dedicated to delivering industry-relevant material, process, and module solutions. We expect you to continuously build technical leadership with your teams, enhance responsiveness, and increase customer and industry awareness.

You will:

  • Coach and inspire an enthusiastic and talented team of group managers, team leaders and R&D engineers in the expertise centers of Etch, Clean CMP and Plating.
  • Translate and implement the strategy and vision for process development and module development across your teams in the department and the broader R&D stakeholder community in imec.
  • By defining the strategic objectives of your department, you facilitate existing R&D activities and stimulate new R&D initiatives in line with the overall mission.
  • Together with your team and experts in the field of Etch, Clean, CMP & Plating and based on the input from the business lines, you develop a medium and long term operational plan for the department. You coach your team in translating targets into specific milestones for the department members. You set the right priorities to ensure high quality process development and follow up on progress and planning to reach those milestones (cf. balance scorecard, definition and follow-up of proper critical performance indicators, ...).
  • Be part of the staff team of the UPM unit and therefore play a role as senior leader in the operational performance of the overall UPM unit.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

Experience and Technical Competencies:

  • You obtained a PhD degree in the semiconductor R&D field
  • You have at least 10+ years of experience in the semiconductor industry in the fields of unit process development or associated experiences.
  • You have a solid background in process step development in Etch, Clean, CMP or Plating.
  • You have prior experience in leadership and people management roles.

    Leadership and Personal Competencies:

  • Inspirational people manager: You inspire trust and confidence. You empower your team members and are enthusiast to take up challenges and reach ambitious objectives together with your team.
  • Excellent communicator: You share knowledge and technical information with comfort and clarity.
  • You combine a strong vision in this industry with an inspiring and convincing communication style.
  • You are a strong team player who embraces respect, trust and transparency in working with people.
  • Stakeholder-driven and customer focused: You encourages a highly collaborative team environment and actively engage with all major stakeholders.
  • You combine results orientation, leadership and organizational skills with genuine care and empathy for people.


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