09 May, 2023

Process Engineer

  • LyondellBasell Industries NV
  • Westlake, LA, USA
Process Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

Basic Function

LyondellBasell is staffing for a Process Engineer (Olefins) at the Louisiana Integrated Polyethylene JV site. This position requires daily interaction with operations, technical, safety, maintenance, and reliability to drive overall improvements in unit performance.  This role will lead the design and installation of long-term projects to overcome process constraints, resolve reliability issues and comply with environmental regulations.  This will include defining scope, providing front-end-loading, and incorporating process knowledge during engineering phases.  This role will also advise on initiatives to maintain a competitive advantage. The Process Engineer will monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize operating units to drive process and product improvements. During a typical day this position will apply technical knowledge to detect causes of deviations in quality, capacity, yield, and energy consumption.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with operations to identify new opportunities to remove constraints to maximize on stream time and profitability while ensuring safe, environmentally complaint, reliable operations
  • Analyzes complex operating issues and provides documented recommendations to improve performance
  • Leads capital, expense and special project scope development, execution, support, and training
  • Leads Management of Change process (MOC/PSSR)
  • Provides technical expertise in process safety including, PHAs, PSVs, safety system bypasses, and other PSM activities in the area
  • Provides technical expertise during troubleshooting, turnarounds, startups, shutdowns, catalyst changes and other non-routine unit activities
  • Reviews engineering calculations to quantify environmental and releases
  • Advocates and drive improvements in safety and environmental performance
  • Participates on cross-functional improvement teams within the site
  • Maintain strong safety and environmental compliance focus 
  • Monitor, troubleshoot and optimize operating units
  • Contribute to a team environment and establish work relationships with onsite and offsite functional groups to achieve results 
  • Balance day-to-day operational priorities with long term strategic objectives to ensure alignment with company goals 
  • Supports gap closure and continuous improvement activities by providing technical expertise, engineering calculations, and justifications for new projects and participating in capital, expense and special project scope development, execution, support, and training
  • Determines causes of deviations in quality, capacity, yield, and energy consumption
  • Analyzes complex operating issues and provides documented recommendations to improve performance
  • Develop and manage KPI

Areas of Expertise

  • Understanding of olefins process highly preferred

Min. Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical discipline (Chemical Engineering Degree preferred)
  • Five or more years of experience in manufacturing with a background in olefins, refining, petrochemical or chemical plant environments

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with olefins process
  • Background in refinery or petrochemical plants 

Other Skills

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work across multi-disciplinary teams and interact with all levels of the organization
  • Process troubleshooting ability and knowledge of tools and resources to perform such activities
  • Innovative thinking to solve complex issues
  • Self-motivation and high initiative
  • Knowledgeable in the HSE/PSM regulations including Process Hazard Analysis 


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity


LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB): As a leader in the global chemical industry, LyondellBasell strives every day to be the safest, best operated and most valued company in our industry. The company’s products, materials and technologies are advancing sustainable solutions for food safety, access to clean water, healthcare and fuel efficiency in more than 100 international markets. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is Advancing Good with an emphasis on our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce.  The company takes great pride in its world-class technology and customer focus. LyondellBasell has stepped up its circularity and climate ambitions and actions to address the global challenges of plastic waste and decarbonization. For more information, please visit www.lyondellbasell.com or follow @LyondellBasell on LinkedIn.


Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

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