Go to the content

Operations Efficiency Engineer (POET)

Through data and inspiration, collaborate with stakeholders to increase the functional speed in all aspects possible.




Electronics & Engineering

The Platform & Operations Efficiency Team (POET) has responsibility to drive speed of learning in imec’s 200 & 300mm Si pathfinding and platformization activities and to create and maintain stable modules and flows. This needs to happen for imec’s research test vehicles and critical customer projects in many interesting fields like logic, memory, interconnect, 3D, Si photonics, sensors, MEMS and life science applications.

The Operations Efficiency group (OpEff) is responsible for speed of learning at imec. Tactically, this means managing daily lot operations, priorities, and logistical functions for the collective R&D teams. It also means working to create new solutions to old problems, changing the business processes of imec, setting new ways of work and goals, and helping the teams adapt. Through data and inspiration, collaborate with stakeholders to increase the functional speed in all aspects possible.

What you will do

  • This position will focus on operations and efficiency for imec, as opposed to a research role.
  • Coordinate across research departments and research programs within imec for daily lot operations, priorities, and logistical functions for the collective R&D teams.
  • Work closely with Fab Operations to ensure smooth execution of research needs and appropriate feedback from research for Fab needs.
  • Support quarterly and annual capacity planning processes, ensure communication across the involved parties.
  • Analyse data from the research and fab functions, define opportunities to make dramatic improvements. Understand the complex relationships involved, propose a way to make progress through procedure / process / habit changes. Work with department management to execute these after they are aligned with corporate approval.
  • Work across product and responsibility matrix organization at imec at a broad level, to ensure the projects are supported and alignment is maintained from process and fab teams, to ensure success of the projects.
  • Onsite presence in average 4 days per week.

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 define the society of tomorrow.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer (http://www.imec-int.com/en/careers#diversity) and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. In everything we do, your future colleagues are guided by the imec values of passion, excellence, connectedness and integrity. 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

  • You have obtained a Bachelor’s degree.  Masters, or Ph.D. holders will be considered.
  • You have minimum of 1-3 years experience working in an operations role in an R&D fab, a development fab, or a production fab.
  • Software skills for report generation and modification, using PowerBI and MS Office 365 tools is a plus.
  • High energy, enthusiastic person, with a positive and determined approach to problem solving, with the capability to drive to success.
  • You understand the need for some routine tasks, and can continuously execute them well as part of your daily role.
  • Skilled at working across organizational boundaries and handling conflicting priorities. Excellent communication skills are essential. 
  • You like taking initiative, you are persuasive and bold, while keeping a constructive attitude. 
  • You have strong English communication skills to work successfully in an internationally dynamic team environment.
  • Please note that this position is based in Leuven, Belgium. You either live in Belgium or are willing to relocate. Relocation support is provided by imec.

How can we help?

The Leuven MindGate team is at your disposal for any questions about the Leuven Innovation Region. Do you want to invest, work or study in the region? We can help you find your way.

We also facilitate collaboration and innovation between companies, knowledge institutes and government within the Leuven Innovation Region, and we are happy to guide any of these stakeholders towards innovation.