17 Aug, 2023

Lead Engineer, Chemical Process Eng.

  • Geleen, Netherlands
Lead Engineer Chemicals

Job Description


The Manufacturing site Geleen encompasses 7 plants: 2 Naphtha crackers (Olefins 3 & Olefins 4), a Logistics unit for Chemicals & Intermediates, a Polypropylene unit (PPF), 2 Polyethylene units (LDPE & HDPE) and a Logistics unit for Polymers. The Naphtha crackers produce amongst others ethylene and propylene which are mainly used as feedstock for the successive poly-olefins plants. Our polyethylene product range includes all of the commodity thermoplastic polymers, linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE). The polypropylene product range includes block copolymer and specialty automotive grades.


These 7 operational plants are organized according to the PMT-model (Plant Operations, Maintenance and Technical). Plant Operations is responsible for a safe and reliable production within the defined Safety Health & Environment / License to Operate goals. Maintenance is responsible for specification, scheduling and execution of the activities in the plant. The Technical department is responsible for the design of the asset, the asset life plan, the operating window and the continuous review of the asset performance, of which asset integrity, process safety and legislative requirements are key factors.


The cross-functional Plant Improvement Team (which includes Plant Operation, Maintenance and Technical) identifies, selects and allocates resources to deliver a balanced portfolio of plant improvement opportunities that add the greatest value and focus on the most important activities. The purpose is to obtain strong functional teams to improve plant operations, reliability and sustainability.


To enhance our workforce we are looking for an enthusiastic a Process Engineer for the Polymer Process Engineering team.




The main challenges of a Process Engineer are:


  • Responsible for an adequate level of expertise for dedicated process technology of a specific plant or process sections.
  • Responsible for the process engineering integrity of specific plant(s) or process sections by:
  • Review of SHE-studies;
  • Review and maintain of plant operating window.
  • Review and analyze Asset performance and provide feedback;
  • Develop and propose manufacturing or business driven technological improvements;
  • Prepare and initiate process improvements & optimizations, including process engineering scoping of projects by means of:
  • Defining scopes;
  • Feasibility studies;
  • Bring in specific plant or engineering knowledge during EPC;
  • Review engineering scope.
  • Member of HAZOP committee and PHA studies;
  • Responsible for translating external case history into actions for specific plant or process sections;



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree Chemical Engineering;
  • Up to 5 years of relevant experience in the petrochemical industry, preferably in the field of Manufacturing or R&D;
  • Preferably knowledge of polymer plants
  • Experience in developing, designing and optimizing chemical installations;
  • High standards for (process) safety.
    As a person you:
  • Show ownership and are eager to reach the agreed results
  • Are able to balance sound technical solutions vs. required delivery timings
  • Are flexible and can easily comprehend new things
  • Are a good communicator and you have well developed social skills
  • Are able to closely cooperate with relevant counterparts in the Operations and R&D department
  • Are able to speak and write fluent English and Dutch.



A pleasant working environment with colleagues who know how to get to work. Many colleagues have been working at SABIC for quite some time, so you can learn a lot from them. And they can learn from you!


Besides a competitive salary and excellent benefits, we at SABIC take personal development for granted. We provide this through a technical or managerial career path, in which we pay attention to developing professional expertise and personal growth.



Interested in this position?

Please apply online by sending us your CV and motivation letter in English. Due to data privacy reasons we do not handle any applications sent by email. For additional questions you can contact: Anke Bovens via anke.bovens@sabic.com. The application closing-date is 30th of September 2023.


Please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment are part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending on the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request depending on local regulations. 

Responses from employment agencies will not be considered.




SABIC is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products:  chemicals, commodity and high performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals.

SABIC supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy.

Production in 2021 stood at 58 million metric tons.

The company has more than 31,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 10,090 patents and pending applications, and has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.

In Europe, we have over 5,000 professionals running multiple world-scale production sites and 4 technology and innovation centers. We are present in almost every European country. Major locations within our broad network of innovation, production and marketing are: Teesside (UK), Cartagena (Spain), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Geleen (the Netherlands), Bergen op Zoom (the Netherlands) and Genk (Belgium).

SABIC is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and as such will not discriminate in its employment practices, including recruiting and hiring practices, based on a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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