Group Energy and Utilities Manager


As a Group Energy and Utilities Manager, you will be responsible to define and implement the strategy to understand and improve the energy and utilities at Group level (Bakery Frozen and Bakery Fresh). In this role, you will be responsible to set up a program to monitor, analyse and optimise all energy usage in the different international production sites, set up and implement the best maintenance methods for the existing utilities as well as initiate and lead several strategic improvement projects. You will report to the Group Technical Service Manager and work closely together with the specialists from Group Engineering and in the different sites.
Your main tasks and responsibilities will include the following:
  • You will be responsible to design and implement a structured approach to monitor, analyse and improve all energy usage for all production sites of the Group. For this you will work closely with the local Technical Service Managers and Energy/Utility Engineers across the various sites and make best possible use of the Scada systems available in the sites;
  • You will support to obtain the right operation and the right maintenance of all utilities;
  • You will be responsible to define and implement La Lorraine Bakery Group's Energy Management Strategy in order to continuously improve the consumptions until stretched goals can be formulated and reached;
  • You will be responsible to set up and implement continuous improvement projects and continuous improvement processes across the various sites. For this you will train and manage the local teams;
  • You will ensure that new engineering projects are implemented with the right fit into the existing utilities and with the correct focus on the roadmap for energy and utilities. For this you will work together and get support from specialised external suppliers when required;
  • Using your expertise and insight regarding energy and utilities combined with inspirational leadership, you will act as a change agent to achieve energy improvement measures which can be applied throughout the organisation and will be adopted by everyone.


Your profile

  • You have a technical educational background (e.g. civil engineer), 5 to 10 years’ relevant experience within energy management and improvement as well as managing the operations and/or maintenance of utilities within a complex, industrial manufacturing context;
  • You have broad knowledge of different large scale utilities (cooling NH3, CO2, steam, hot water, air-pressure, CO2, …) and able to learn fast on others;
  • Experience in fast moving industry (food or similar) and/or experience in a multi-site environment is a plus;
  • As a good negotiator, you know how to approach the possible tension between the local plants and the Group within an expanding organisation;
  • You combine a well-developed analytical and conceptual approach which you can translate well on the shop floor;
  • Next to your good knowledge of the technical elements, you have a pragmatic, no-nonsense and entrepreneurial personality;
  • You are solution-oriented but can also think on a tactical and strategic level;
  • You have well-developed leadership skills and are familiar with indirect leadership and managing teams remotely;
  • You are flexible, dynamic, decisive, driven and you offer a high level of service;
  • You know how to express yourself fluently in English (both written and spoken); Additional knowledge of Dutch in particular or another language is a plus;
  • You are prepared to spend 30% of your time travelling to the international manufacturing sites in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Turkey, etc. The rest of the time you will work either from the Ninove and/or Erpe-Mere head office or from one of the Belgian sites.



  • La Lorraine Bakery Group offers you a fascinating and varied role with growth opportunities and the chance to focus on developing areas co-defined;
  • La Lorraine Bakery Group is a dynamic, growing organisation returning excellent growth figures year-on-year, which contributed to the company winning the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2012;
  • You will join a growing and financially stable company, where innovation is key and entrepreneurship is valued;

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