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Process Engineer


INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA

Interested in joining a winning team? A team whose employees are empowered to make a difference?

Job Title: Process Engineer

Grade: 32-35 (commensurate with experience)

Location: Battleground Manufacturing Complex – La Porte, TX

INEOS is a global chemical company. Our products touch every aspect of modern day life. We comprise 36 businesses with 194 sites in 29 countries throughout the world.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA operates from 14 sites in the USA, manufacturing and marketing four main product lines: Olefins, High Density Polyethylene resin, Manufactured Polyethylene Pipe, and Polypropylene resin.

With an annual manufacturing capacity of 15.3 billion pounds of petrochemicals and polyethylene pipe, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA is a major participant in the North American chemical industry. A workforce of over 1800 makes up our employee team. They staff our Marina View headquarters in League City, Texas; our fractionation facility located between the communities of Seminole, Texas, and Hobbs, New Mexico; our major manufacturing plants at La Porte and Alvin, Texas; our West Coast manufacturing facility in Carson, California, and eight pipe extrusion plants located across the US.

Our efficient, integrated assets earn us strong North American market positions. Our facilities are as follows:

  • Battleground Manufacturing Complex in La Porte, Texas
  • Carson Polypropylene Plant in Carson, California
  • Chocolate Bayou Works in Alvin, Texas
  • Hobbs Fractionation Complex in Gaines County, Texas
  • Marina View Headquarters in League City, Texas
  • WL Plastics Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 9 WL Plastics manufacturing sites throughout the US

The 300-acre INEOS Battleground Manufacturing Complex (BMC) was originally built in 1956 and is located on the Houston ship channel east of Houston, Texas. The site is comprised of 7 polyethylene lines; 1 polypropylene line; a 20 MW Cogen facility; and a state-of-the-art polyolefin technical center that supports research and development, technical services and quality assurance. In 2017, a new world-scale bimodal polyethylene unit was brought online to manufacture high-density polyethylene.

Purpose of the job:

The successful candidate who fills this position will work as a member of the BMC Operations Team in La Porte, TX, consisting of engineers, specialists, and hourly technicians who report to Operations Management in PE, PP, and Utilities.

The specific unit assignment will be decided once the recruiting process is complete, in order to adequately balance the levels of process engineering experience among the BMC units (PE, PP, Utilities).

Responsibilities & Accountabilities

Most important activities:

  • Demonstrate safety and environmental leadership:  strive to improve the safety and environmental performance of the unit; participate is site SHE initiatives and programs including Process Safety Management through PHAs, MOCs, incident investigations and operator training.

  • Accountable for understanding and putting into practice the INEOS 20 Principles.

  • Demonstrate a cross-functional technical understanding of the polyolefin business

  • Provide process engineering expertise.

  • Act as the technical leader for small to mid-size projects.

  • Provide leadership role in developing and improving INEOS O&P USA operations and reliability.

  • Identify areas for improvements and champion ways to create value and reduce costs.

  • Help troubleshoot process issues and support plant needs

  • Lead the design of small capital projects. Ensure their delivery and implementation.

  • Act as the FEL lead for capital projects

  • Ensure acquisition and sharing of best practices within INEOS O&P USA. 

  • Create connectivity (internal and external) to leverage internal knowledge for problems.

  • Mentor less experienced process engineers

  • Track key process and quality measures for unit operations and recommend corrective actions.

  • The ability to work with a cross functional group to successfully resolve operational challenges, develop and implement new technology and/or products into the polyolefin processes using data oriented problem solving tools.

Skills & Knowledge Required


  • Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in chemical engineering preferred, other Technical BS degrees with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience in a polymers manufacturing facility will be considered.

Most Important Skills & Knowledge

  • A strong drive, sense of urgency, and problem-solving abilities will be critical for the success of this individual. 

  • The ability to work across all disciplines and throughout all levels of the organization in a persuasive and credible manner is necessary.

  • Innovative and technically astute - understands what is required to deliver projects and achieve business objectives.

  • Act wisely within the organization and team to achieve goals.

  • Environmentally aware - Understands the competitive environment and relative values of alternative technology options

  • Displays strong technical skills and knowledge as required in the polyolefin process technologies.

  • Able to work and influence in a project mode.

  • Strong work ethic. Dedicated and willing to work the hours needed to accomplish a task.

  • Ability to prioritize work – ensure the important items are done

  • Strong planning and organizational skills

  • Ability to manage interfaces with other internal and external groups

  • Comfortable and effective with communicating to ALL levels in the organization

Since the nature of technical support includes troubleshooting unexpected problems or upsets, the person for this job must be able to work long hours that can extend into nights and/or weekends if the need arises.  In addition, some shift work will be expected on an occasional basis for items such as training, troubleshooting, or project commissioning. 

ADA Physical Requirements, Visual Acuity Requirements, and Environmental Conditions

The process engineer must be able to work in a variety of environments that include both fieldwork and deskwork.  Minimum requirements include:

  • Maintaining constant awareness of personal safety and the safety of all other personnel.  This includes knowledge of unit operation, procedures, and rules.

  • Being able to work in a safety sensitive environment that includes large rotating equipment and hazardous chemicals. 

  • The manufacturing facility is located outside in the Houston ship channel area.  As such, the process engineer must be able to withstand both high temperatures and high humidity while wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.

  • In addition, the engineer must be comfortable working in a loud or dusty environment that could include exposure to fumes / odors or vibration from surrounding equipment.

  • Being able to ascend and descend a barrel ladder with continuous vertical length of up to 35 feet. 

  • Being able to climb and descend stairs up to a total structure height of 150 feet.

  • Being physically able to wear and navigate through the unit with a respirator if needed.

  • Being able to pick up a 50 lb object such as a fire extinguisher.

  • Being able to work at a desk and operate routine items such as a computer and calculator.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA is an equal opportunity employer.

If you are selected for a position, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-employment drug screen (and alcohol screening/medical examination if required by the role) as well as pre-employment verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process.

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them, or to any third party representing job seekers.

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.