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PAD Engineer


Bornem, BE, 2880

Req ID:  79470
Department:  APS Cons & Ind Masterbatches Europe
Division:  Global APS and Supply Chain

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.


To further expand our professional team in Bornem we are looking for a:


Product & Application Development (PAD) Engineer


Basic Function:

As a PAD engineer you are responsible for developing, improving and driving implementation of new products (masterbatches/compounds) or improving and maintaining existing products that meet the needs of the customer (internal and external). The work activities are performed according to business strategy & needs. Within your own responsibilities you have a European and global impact on our business.

Responsibilities & accountabilities:

  • Develop, improve and implement new and existing masterbatch products that fulfill the requirements of the market needs according the business strategy within a set timeframe. Responsible as a project manager for the full product development taking into consideration set targets considering all regulatory aspects (food contact, REACH,…), safety, cost aspect, assessing IP as well as processability. Tasks include (but not limited to): defining recipes, setting up test plans, coordinating application testing, coordinating and evaluating physical properties as well as analytical testing, feasibility check for new product development ideas, business case calculations, raw material choices and production feasibility check
  • Reporting including giving regularly project updates to different stakeholders (including but not limited to gate review meetings, monthly and bi-yearly project updates)
  • Technical responsible for a dedicated product and/or additive range which includes support to internal (global) and exceptionally external customers
  • Support in case of customer complaints related to the dedicated product range/additives
  • Scientific & state-of-the art: Ensure to be up to date with recent developments (state-of-the-art) in the area of raw materials, masterbatches and compounding technology by reading literature, patents, attending conferences, fairs and regular meetings with suppliers


  • Master in Sciences or Engineering, preferably PhD
  • >5 years of relevant experience needed in product development & project management
  • Knowledge of extrusion, raw material and polymer knowledge is a must
  • Knowledge of business-specific software (Accolade, SAP)
  • Critical & Analytical mindset
  • Strong organizational skills with a drive for results
  • Fluent in English and basic knowledge of Dutch



  • Permanent contract in an international environment
  • Competitive salary & extra-legal benefits
  • Dynamic organization
  • Interesting learn & career opportunities


We have the potential — and responsibility — to use this scale and reach to make a positive impact across our value chains. That’s why we are working to make meaningful progress to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as reducing plastic waste in the environment, helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to a thriving society for our employees, the communities where we operate and the people who depend on our products. To learn more, click here.

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