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Maintenance Planner


INEOS Oligomers

Job title

Maintenance Planner



Chocolate Bayou, Alvin, TX - USA

Closing date

February 1st, 2023

Organizational context and job purpose

Organizational Context:

With LAO manufacturing facilities in Canada and Belgium, INEOS Oligomers is one of the large merchant suppliers of Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO).  LAO is used in a variety of industries, with main markets being comonomers for polyethylene, feedstock for production of lubricants, surfactants, lubricant additives, and paper sizing chemicals, and base stock for drilling fluids. PAO is synthetic lubricant.

As part of its growth strategy, INEOS Oligomers invested $500 million in a new world scale LAO & PAO production facility located on INEOS Olefins & Polymers site in Chocolate Bayou, Alvin, Texas. 

As a Responsible Care company, we encourage our employees to embrace the principles of Responsible Care® by actively practicing them, promoting awareness of Responsible Care® and encouraging others to commit to these principles.  Responsible Care® is the chemistry industry's commitment to sustainability - the betterment of society, the environment and the economy. Its ethic and principles compel us to innovate for safer and more environmentally friendly products and processes, and to work cooperatively to identify and eliminate harm throughout the entire life cycle of their products.

This position has accountability, in keeping with the INEOS Responsible Care principles and ethics, for all aspects of the operation of the Oligomers Plant, including safety/environment, people management, cost control, quality, production planning, project and process follow-up.

This position will embrace and promote the INEOS 20 safety principles.

INEOS Oligomers is hiring a Maintenance Planner, this role will report to the I&E Supervisor.

Purpose of the job:

The Planner is responsible for ensuring maintenance work is planned and scheduled in a safe, effective and efficient way.  The Planner is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the maintenance work plan and schedule.


Internal factors:

  • Company policies and procedures

  • Technical training, documentation, and tools

  • Equipment reliability

  • Maintenance budget

  • Equipment preparation and work permit process

  • Maintenance department organization

External factors:

  • Vendor support and know-how

Responsibilities AND Accountabilities

Major responsibilities for the Planner include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work safely by following all Company and Site policies, procedures, and expectations.

  • Work order planning

    • Review and validate clarity of work requests.

    • Visit job location and field verify work request requirements.

    • Develop work plans that minimize equipment downtime and maximize safe/efficient/effective use of resources.

    • Identify material needs.

    • Define scope of work for contract services.

    • Produce cost estimates and request budget approval as required.

    • Initiate procurement and track status of materials and contract services.

    • Produce the job package and documentation.

    • Develop standard plans and maintain library.

  • Initiate the review of plan performance for continuous improvement of the planning process. Facilitate daily and weekly planning & scheduling meetings.

  • Responsible for maintaining backlog

  • Responsible for planning & scheduling related KPI measures.

  • Lead planning of outages and turnarounds.

  • On a periodic rotating schedule, act as Maintenance Department contact for organizing night and weekend callout support.

  • Complete other duties assigned by the I&E Supervisor.

Skills & Knowledge Required

Level of education & Experience in general

  • High school diploma required; 2-year technical degree preferred.

  • Minimum 5 years in an industrial maintenance environment. Petrochemical plant or refinery experience required.

Technical skills

  • Ability to demonstrate strong working knowledge of process and personal safety and health practices applicable in the petrochemical industry.  This includes energy isolation, lockout tagout, work permitting, confined space entry, working from heights, hazard communication, lifting and hoisting, incident reporting and investigation, and MOC.

  • Ability to demonstrate working knowledge of electrical safe work practices applicable in the petrochemical industry.

  • knowledge of industrial plant instrument, electrical, and analyzer equipment inspection, calibration, and repair techniques.  See preferred experience requirements listed below.

  • Working knowledge of instrument, electrical, and analyzer standards as applied in petrochemical industry and general knowledge of various Codes (e.g. API, ASME, ANSI, NFPA, ISA).

  • Working knowledge of technical documentation associated with instrument, electrical, and analyzer design and equipment,

  • Demonstrated technical capability to assess vendor quotes against repair objectives,

  • Demonstrated capabilities to assess work sequencing, optimize work planning, scheduling, and cost is a plus.

  • Knowledge and experience in executing preventive maintenance plans.

  • Ability to read P&IDs.

  • Experience with maintenance work order scheduling software like Microsoft Project and/or Primavera and SAP.

  • Prefer experience with Microsoft Office and SAP.

  • Fluent in English.

Preferred Experience:


  • Knowledge of and experience with instrumentation application, installation, calibration, maintenance and trouble-shooting along with the ability to read and understand P&IDs, schematics, loop drawings, and make accurate redline corrections as necessary. Experience using HART communicator and documenting calibrator to verify settings of instruments in the field.

  • Knowledge of instrumentation relating to temperature, pressure, mass flow and level. Includes DP, Coriolis, Vortex, Ultrasonic, Nuclear, Radar and Magnetic instrumentation, along with associated equipment such as control valves.


  • Knowledge of testing and maintenance of VFDs, transformers, large electric motors, UPS systems, low and medium voltage switchgear, and low and medium voltage motor control centers.


  • Working knowledge of analyzer database software and other computer systems.

Behavioral skills

  • Safety minded, demonstrated strong safety and environmental performance,

  • Strong customer service skills,

  • Strong ability to work with others, team builder,

  • Strong verbal as well as written communication skills (upward, lateral, and downward),

  • Strong bias for action to identify potential problems and co-ordinate their resolution before they become an issue,

  • Ability to manage work priorities to deliver performance improvements and reliability in a demanding work environment,

  • Good analytical and organizational skills,

  • Stress resistant and methodical,

  • Problem solver and change agent,

  • Inspiring and motivating,

  • Self-motivated, self-starter; able to work with minimal supervision.

ADA Physical requirements, visual acuity requirements and environmental conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift at least 50lbs, walking, climbing ladders/stairs, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling. Must be able to perform climbing, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and manual operation of various size valves and equipment.

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.  Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make discriminations in sound.

Candidates are required to be fully COVID vaccinated.

Our culture is one of honesty and integrity with an emphasis on safety, health and environmental performance.On our team, people are acknowledged for embracing new practices that help create real value for customers.