Regional Operational Technology Systems Lead (Location: Open)


Port Klang, 10, MY, 42000

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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

  • As part of the Go4Zero vision of Barry Callebaut, secure and robust Operational Technology is an important component.
  • Standardized, secured, and monitored Operational Technology (OT) provides the backbone for a safe, reliable, and trusted production process. It decreases the risk of a security breach and as such avoids financial loss and reputational damage. Furthermore, it is the core of any digital industrial application and therefore a necessity for growth in digitalization.
  • The mission of a Regional Operational Technology Systems Lead is to drive the change program that will bring the aspired security levels to Barry Callebaut and contribute to realizing the Go4Zero vision.
  • Report to the Global Head of Operational Technology and Energy Systems


Key responsibilities include

  • Lead in Creating, Defining, and implementing site-specific OT improvement plans at Barry Callebaut production plants, in accordance with the global roadmap for OT security and standardization. The goal is to achieve compliance with global OT standards. This implies changes in people, processes, and technology.
  • Supporting BC production sites during troubleshooting and incident response in case of an OT (security) incident (= level of escalation).
  • Evaluating the level of compliance to global OT standards of BC production sites, and defining gap analysis and remediation plans.
  • Supporting regional and local E&A engineering teams in implementing OT standards in growth and productivity projects.
  • As a team of regional OT Systems  Leads and global OT systems Leads, Improving global OT standards, implementing regional and local feedback and market evolutions.
  • Increasing awareness, educating, and advocating for OT Security at the regional and local level.
  • Participating in expert communities with OT professionals working at local, regional, and global levels.
  • Direct internal stakeholders are plant managers, site OT champions, regional E&A managers and project engineers, and regional and local IT teams.
  • Member of the global Value Chain Design team and reporting to the Global Head of Operational Technology and Energy Solutions. Part of a global team of OT systems engineers.
  • Direct responsibility for operational technology programs in 15-20 BC production sites. Involved in all 62 BC production sites, a total of over 8,000 digital assets, with ages up to 35 years, and a multitude of dedicated software applications. Failure of each one of these assets impacts production and potentially shuts down an entire factory. OT security is identified as one of the principal business risks for BC.


About you

  • You have a master's degree in engineering; automation specialization degree
  • 10 years of working experience
  • 5 years experience of working in industrial automation (OT) environment
  • Prepared to travel (approx. 30%)
  • Experience working in a multinational business context
  • Experience in managing complex projects
  • Expert knowledge of OT systems, networks, components, and protocols.
  • Knowledge of international standards for industrial cyber security (ISO27001, NIST, IEC62443) is an advantage.
  • You are a strong communicator, able to interact with various stakeholders, often with different business objectives and operating at different levels in the organization (global, regional, local).
  • You create a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement.
  • You have strong organization skills, setting up and managing multiple projects in parallel.

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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