Data Engineer


Lebbeke-Wieze, VOV, BE, 9280

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At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role

We are currently looking for a data engineer to reinforce our global process and digital development department, responsible for improving existing and developing new processes
and the realization of digital manufacturing investment projects for the Barry Callebaut group: more than 11000 employees, 61 manufacturing sites in 30 countries.


Key responsibilities include

In your role you will leverage manufacturing big data in a smart way to gain additional process and business insight and make better decisions through data. You will scope and manage innovative proof of concept projects and the corresponding KPI’s for success in very close cooperation with process engineers and internal customers which span all layers of the business (production, controlling, continuous improvement, QA...).
● You are able to manage the entire data flow from data collection-integration to data exploration-preparation. Understand, catalogue and document new data sources and create data pipelines. Apply statistical analysis and visualization techniques, generate & test hypotheses and display drive and curiosity to understand the manufacturing process to its core. You own the related tools and applications including monitoring and maintenance.
● You will lead the setup of data analytics tools by aligning business requirements of internal users and defining functional requirements. Together with a data scientist you ensure the evolution from descriptive and diagnostic analytics towards predictive and prescriptive analytics.
● You will be based in our Wieze or Halle office in Belgium and willing to accept projects worldwide. Due to the international nature of our projects we can offer flexibility in terms of work hours and work location.


About you

  • You have a Master degree in Engineering, Computer sciences, Bio-science, Chemistry, Economy or Electromechanics with experience (2-5 years or more) in


  • You are interested to become a domain expert and having good math and computer science skills
  • You want to be passionate about our cocoa and chocolate industry and willing to master the process, collaborative and innovative mindset and curious about data
  • You have experience in data engineering to enable data access & utilization and familiar with database systems, ETL tools and others
  • You have data science expertise or are interested in becoming an expert with knowledge of statistical modelling, machine learning. Experience with Python and/or R is required.
  • You are a good communicator and able to visualize complex problems
  • You are thinking in a process oriented way. Experience in the food or process industry is preferred, manufacturing experience a must. You will be able to conduct analysis, identify and quantify improvement opportunities using continuous improvement standards.
  • You are fluent in English. Dutch and/or French are considered a plus.
  • Flexibility in terms of travel required for this function (up to 20%).
  • You are a results-oriented team player and you will moderate the various parties involved (customers, users, suppliers and contractors).
  • You have a broad interest in technology and are continuously collecting know-how to deliver state of the art solutions.
  • At Barry Callebaut, we believe in equality and are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in which our employees can be their authentic selves.   We believe that richness of diversity, be it of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin is fundamental to living our values and to the success of our business

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

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