Project Leader/ Surface Technology Team

NLMK is one of the world’s leading steel companies and is one of the most efficient and profitable steelmakers in the world. NLMK distinguishes itself through a fully integrated supply chain, a focus on continued improvement, on serving our customers in over 70 countries and on developing our people.

NLMK has an “obsession” with Continuous Improvement and efficiency in processes.  This is one cornerstone of how we do things and has been built into what we call the NLMK Production System (NPS).

NLMK Europe employs almost 2,000 people at production facilities in Belgium, Denmark, France, and Italy with overall annual production capacity of 3.1 million tons of value-added steel products per year.  

Our business model is focused on processing steel close to customers. Key end users include the automotive, shipbuilding, construction and energy-producing companies, as well as on and offshore windmill manufacturers.

The NLMK Group created an R&D department in 2017 to support its new short-term development strategy. The main objective is to make NLMK Group one of the world's leading producers of premium quality steel, by developing a product portfolio, diversifying the product range, innovating in new products with better properties, reducing production costs and reducing environmental impact.

Several resource teams compose NLMK R&D: Computational Simulation, Microstructure Analysis, Surface Technology and Competitive Intelligence. Two additional resource teams dedicated to welding technologies and stamping processes have still to be created.

Surface technology team (ST) 

The ‘Surface Technology’ resource team located in La Louvière (Belgium) is in charge of research and development of organic and/or inorganic innovative coatings with high added value for steel as well as new/innovative production processes to obtain them.

The ST Team activities cover the entire process, from the substrate pretreatment to the characterization/evaluation of the final products.

The well-equipped lab newly established at NLMK La Louviere gives the opportunity to the team members

  • to apply and cure organic and/or inorganic coatings as well as the surface treatment;
  • to evaluate the mechanical and protective performances of the final products according to international standards (EN, ISO, ASTM and GOST) and quality labels;
  • to analyse paints and coatings for a better comprehension of the mechanisms resulting in the development of innovative, performing coatings with reduced environmental footprint.


NLMK R&D Centers are a platform for cooperation and sharing of experiences with universities, research centers and with new talents ready to take a step into the future with the global steel company. 

To strengthen the Surface Technology team, we are looking for:

  • Samples preparation
  • Realization of tests, characterizations and analyses according to the internal methods and/or international standards ISO - EN - ASTM
  • Development and adaptation of methods according to the needs and specificities of prepainted coatings in collaboration with the team leader
  • Planning of tests in function of the deadlines and equipment availability in coordination with the team leader
  • Results discussion, interpretation and presentation to the ST Team
  • Redaction of Internal reports (R&D group)
  • Daily maintenance of the Lab equipment and metrology


  • Master in sciences


  • Good English level
  • Motivated / Open minded / enthusiastic / passionate
  • Autonomous / Independent worker but team working oriented
  • Proactive
  • Be technically rigorous, curious, creative and innovative
  • Have good communication and collaboration skills
  • Excited to work and learn in an international and multinational environment
  • Ability to solve complex problems, can-do attitude


Knowledge / experience in:

  • Polymer chemistry
  • Physico-chemical characterization (DSC, TGA, DMA, Rheology, Microscopy, Colorimetry, GC, …)
  • Paint and coating industry in general and coil coatings area in particular (paint composition, binder, pigments, additives, …) is a plus
  • Corrosion science is a plus



The offer :

  • CDI full-time
  • A salary related to your experience, a company car and some extra-legal benefit
  • A pleasant and dynamic company culture. The opportunity to leave your mark on the future, within an environment where initiative is appreciated.
  • Autonomy and responsibilities
  • A possibility of evolution towards our group, nationally or internationally
  • The support of a multinational group, with investments planned in the following years
  • Many challenges

Interested to discuss this role further?