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R&D Engineer - Evaluations


Channelview, TX, US, 77530

Req ID:  77315
Facility:  Channelview-Htc-130
Department:  HTC Strategic Programs R&D
Division:  Research & Development, Technology & Sus

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 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year.

Basic Function

This position’s primary role will be to help drive decisions on selecting and developing Sustainable / Low Carbon technologies that will advance LyondellBasell’s goal of achieving zero carbon emissions by 2050. Focus will be on conducting techno-economic evaluations of emerging and/or improved technologies and potentially managing external projects or collaborations.

Roles & Responsibilities

•    Evaluate new or emerging technologies, growth opportunities, and plant improvement projects. Scale of projects to be evaluated ranges from minor retrofits of existing units to evaluating major grassroots investments
•    Techno-economic evaluations of Sustainable / Low Carbon technologies including carbon footprint estimation will be a particular focus.
•    Responsible for developing conceptual process flowsheets including heat and material balances, sized equipment lists, process simulations, and capital and operating cost estimates to support R&D, Business and Sustainability opportunities.
•    Life cycle analysis coordination with external consultants
•    Coordination of external programs and collaborations
•    Provides financial analysis to I&D and Olefins R&D supported businesses by analyzing competitive intelligence from consultant reports and commercial contacts, updating cost of production models and industry cost curves and presenting results to R&D and business management.
•    Develop a good understanding of our competitors’ processes and drive technology leadership internally
•    Work effectively with Researchers, Global R&D, Manufacturing, Global Engineering, Sustainability and the Businesses for alignment of activities and efficient execution of R&D and Sustainability / Low Carbon projects.
•    Lead or participate in multi-functional project teams to support local or worldwide business and sustainability objectives.
•    Develop and maintain forecasting models for necessary raw materials, products, and utilities and interact with various business groups to ensure alignment of R&D’s tools with business beliefs. 
•    Successful candidate will have or develop deep understanding of the company’s core technologies and will contribute to identifying new opportunities for business growth, cost reductions, and improvements to company safety and environmental performance.

Min. Qualifications

  • BS in Chemical Engineering required, advanced technical or MBA degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant experience in chemicals, petrochemicals, or refining industries
  • R&D or engineering experience required in addition to experience in one of the following disciplines: R&D, engineering, business development and/or manufacturing
  • Strong process simulation skills a must, ideally with experience using ASPEN Plus and ASPEN Capital Cost Estimator.
  • Life cycle analysis experience is preferred.
  • Planning, evaluation, project management and/or business analysis experience is preferred.
  • Strong analytical and evaluation skills with the ability to handle complex analytical assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required to work with senior management and to operate effectively on global multifunctional teams.
  • Advanced PC skills, including spreadsheets, database, graphics, statistical forecasting, and modeling.



Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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