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PAD Engineer Innovation


Bornem, BE, 2880

Req ID:  83974
Department:  PAD Cons & Ind Masterbatches Europe
Division:  Global APS

A.Schulman Plastics BV, part of the LyondellBasell group, is an international supplier of high value polymer compounds and masterbatches, used as a raw material to functionalize polymer film & sheet applications mainly used in food industry. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to FORTUNE Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year. Our Bornem site has around 200 employees.

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


                                                                                                                          Product & Application Development (PAD) Engineer Innovation

Basic Function

As a PAD Engineer Innovation you are responsible for developing and driving the implementation of new innovative APS products and applications (masterbatches) that meet the current and future needs of the market (internal and external). You will work according to the European and Global APS Product line (masterbatch) business strategy & needs.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Responsible as a project manager (at European and/or Global level upon the project time and breath) for the full product development or application development. This should be done taking into consideration set targets; regulatory aspects (food contact, REACH,…), safety, cost aspect, industrial scalability as well as assessing IP.
  • Developing and implementing new innovative masterbatch products that fulfill the requirements of the current & that anticipate future market needs according the business strategy within a set timeframe.
  • To ensure speed to market, align and work in close collaboration with New Business Development, ADTS and Business for successful project completion and successful new product market introduction.
  • Developing market and application trends understanding to be able to proactively propose and initiate new product developments that  diversify APS innovation pipeline offering new solutions to the market and contribute in establishing APS as a technology leader.
  • Keep up-to-date with recent developments (state-of-the-art) in the area of raw materials (polymers & additives/new chemistries that could be used to provide new functionalities), masterbatches and compounding technologies by reading literature, patents, attending conferences & fairs.
  • Close engagement with key suppliers, survey new suppliers for innovation ideas/developments.
  • Identifying opportunities, and establish technical collaborations with universities, technical institutes, and/or start-up for med-long term opportunities targeting creation of industry leading technology in APS products. Lead consequently Cross-Divisional (LYB, University, Institute) collaborations in relation to the joint innovation projects that will be selected fitting our business strategy.
  • Reporting including giving regularly project updates to relevant stakeholders.
  • Preparing and presenting technical papers at relevant conferences to promote and advertise APS leadership in new product development and/or related to studies carried out relevant for the industry.


  • University Master degree in Chemistry, preferably PhD
  • 10 years of relevant experience in R&D and project management, within a technical environment
  • Knowledge of additives and polymers is a must, good understanding of the polymer applications is an asset
  • Knowledge of business-specific software (Accolade, SAP, PLM) is nice to have
  • Basic knowledge of compounding and extrusion techniques (blownfilm, castfilm, …)
  • Critical & Analytical mindset
  • Teamplayer
  • Strong organizational skills with a drive for results
  • Fluent in English


  • Permanent Contract
  • Competitive salary & extra-legal benefits
  • Dynamic organization
  • Interesting learn & career opportunities

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