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Process Technology Associate

Company:

INEOS Oligomers USA LLC

Organizational Context and Job Purpose

Organizational Context:

INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products. Comprising 36 individual businesses, we operate 194 facilities in 29 countries throughout the world. 

INEOS products make a significant contribution to saving life, improving health and enhancing standards of living for people around the world. Our businesses produce the raw materials that are essential in the manufacture of a wide variety of goods: from paints to plastics, textiles to technology, medicines to mobile phones - chemicals manufactured by INEOS enhance almost every aspect of modern life.

Purpose of the job:

This position is part of the Oligomers Global Technology Organization at Marina View, TX and reports to the Global Technology Manager for INEOS Oligomers.  This role focuses primarily on providing broad business support, knowledge, and expertise primarily in Poly Alpha Olefins (PAO) process technology, but also secondary process support for the other Oligomers product lines as needed.

Environment/Context:

  • Serve as knowledge manager of our PAO process technology
  • Provide process technology options to the Oligomers business to effectively enhance margins and growth opportunities
  • Develop detailed tactics to support business strategy
  • Work with plant sites to identify and implement both near term and long range technology enhancements
  • Support business with timely process and economic evaluations for business options
  • Provide technical insight to differentiate our processes and products from the competition
  • Influence the manufacturing organization to proactively improve process and product performance
  • Provide competitive intelligence on customer technology capabilities
  • Interact with other functional groups (e.g., Sales, Operations, Marketing) to meet customer needs
  • Establish, maintain and enhance process simulation and modeling tools
  • Mentor process engineers across the Oligomers organization in the necessary fundamentals and in-depth knowledge of Oligomers technologies
  • Ensure technology learnings are shared and transferred across the Oligomers organization

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Demonstrates a high level of expertise and makes a significant contribution through innovative solutions to complex technical problems
  • Provides expert process engineering support to the business, projects and plants
  • Provides deep expertise in Ineos Oligomers process technologies
  • Provides expertise and leadership in establishing process modeling tools for the Oligomers technologies
  • Provides expertise and solid judgment in the economic assessment of new processes and process improvements
  • Champions development and implementation of innovative and leading edge technology
  • Demonstrates the ability to evaluate opportunities, utilize problem solving skills, and has a proven track record of delivering results
  • Interprets competitive technologies through surveillance of patents and other publications and communicates impact thereof to the business
  • Provides input into the assessment of competitor technologies, capabilities, and impact
  • Participates in developing and maintaining IP strategy for Oligomers’ product lines
  • Develops understanding of markets, customer’s technology, and the impact of our product on customer’s process
  • Identifies opportunities to develop long range technology goals to insure Oligomers has the best in class process technologies
  • Mentors process engineers both in Global Technology and the sites in essential process knowledge for Oligomers technologies
  • Identifies best in class methods to insure technology learnings are shared and effectively transferred across the Oligomers organizations

Skills & Knowledge Required

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering required, advanced degree a plus
  • Minimum 10 years experience in the chemical industry
  • In depth knowledge of Oligomers technologies preferred
  • Fluency in English required, French a plus
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required
  • Proven influencing skills are essential

Skills/Competencies

Technical Skills

  • A high level of process and product knowledge for Oligomers technologies
  • Possesses a high level of process expertise and is recognized as an authority within Oligomers
  • Possesses a strong working knowledge for use of process engineering simulation tools
  • Possesses a strong working knowledge for developing process and project economics
  • Knowledge of IP processes and the use of IP to defend our businesses
  • Ability to provide high quality technical support to manufacturing sites
  • Ability to evaluate opportunities, utilize problem solving skills, with a proven track record of providing innovative solutions which add business value
  • Understanding and use of staged gate processes
  • A solid understanding of both business and technical objectives and strategies
  • Solid technical leadership and networking skills through technical network participation
  • Understanding of INEOS Oligomers’ technology (both theory and application), experience, and ability to lead/conduct plant tests
  • Knowledge of competitive technologies and their economics

Behavioral Skills

  • Provides Safety Leadership by Example
  • A thorough understanding of product stewardship issues
  • Demonstrates HSE sensitivity which includes an understanding of the HSE requirements in the design or modification of processes
  • Maintains Personal Integrity and Ethical behavior
  • Communicates proactively with technology and manufacturing team members and stakeholders to avoid surprises, and to seek stakeholder buy-in into Technology projects
  • Effectively uses informal power and influence to achieve results (as opposed to formal authority)
  • Fosters collaboration broadly across the Global Technology team and the broader organization
  • Demonstrates the ability to consult with other INEOS Businesses to advance the Oligomers business and technology agenda
  • Self Development: Continues to sharpen and develop technical and leadership skills (e.g., influence, leadership style, communication, vision)
  • Seeks out and shares best practices: Always looks for broader applications, benchmarks with intent to find best in class practices, leverages personal networks (internal and external) to add value
  • Embraces change and positively challenges the “status quo”
  • Proactively and positively manages conflict
  • Ability to work under pressure with competing demands
  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary teams in complex technology/product development project

ADA Physical requirements, visual acuity requirements and environmental conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and perform tasks requiring repetitive use of hands.  The employee must occasionally walk, stand and travel by car, airplane or other means.   Exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Employee must have the ability to see written documents, computer screens and to adjust focus.

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.

Work Environment:  This job is performed mainly in a temperature controlled office environment.

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.

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