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Associate Director, Energy Transition


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  79308
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Strategic Materials & Sust. Solutions
Division:  Global Business Services


Basic Function

The Associate Director of Energy Transition will lead a global team of 4 that will cover renewable energy, alternative fuels and carbon capture (transport and sequestration). This role will develop, implement and drive the energy strategy, positioning our company within chosen CCS and/or Hydrogen commercial projects and/or consortia. This will allow LYB to be ready to implement Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and CCS projects at company sites. 


A focus area will be the execution of renewable energy virtual power purchase agreements, equity investment and tax equity programs. The majority of the coverage needed will be in the US and the EU. Another area of focus will be an analysis of the transition of natural gas to alternative fuels which includes but it not limited to natural gas and hydrogen blends, hydrogen and other alternatives. Carbon capture will also be needed in this transition to reach the LYB goal of net zero by 2050. 


The team will execute detailed and comprehensive analyses of the commercial projects involved including technology (in partnership with R&D), commercial partners, project structure risks, economics, benefits and cost performance. This position will collaborate actively with internal stakeholders throughout the various functions and businesses. 


The individual in this position must possess a span of knowledge which would allow for sufficient review, both economic and risk, of the key technologies and pathways for decarbonization and/or the energy transition. The individual must have an understanding of the evolving commercial and industry renewable energy, CCS / H2 landscape as well as strong skills in the areas of strategic vision and thinking, risk, technology and economics assessment, collaboration (multi-functional and cross-geographic), communication, organization and drive for results. 


Roles & Responsibilities

  • Monitor the evolving landscape in the Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Carbon Capture space while engaging stakeholders internally and externally
  • Develop, communicate and execute the energy transition strategy that will meet our 2050 goal of a net zero C2 footprint 
  • Develop relationships with key commercial providers, in order to define appropriate LYB participation
  • Assess multiple pathways for renewable energy including VPPA, consortia, equity investment and tax equity participation 
  • Assess the commercial opportunities for Green, Blue and Turquoise Hydrogen with a high level understanding of the technology and a detailed look at the infrastructure development
  • Liaise with R&D to assess pre and post combustion CC technologies, as commercial relationships for transport and sequestration develops
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities for involvement in CCS or H2 partnerships and consortia, defining the appropriate strategy 
  • Key external stakeholders include: industrial gas suppliers, midstream suppliers, renewable energy developers, consortia, CO2 transport and sequestration service providers and other applicable forums
  • Sustainable solutions developed will contemplate the understanding of equity considerations around the energy transition and how they can be addressed by the business community
  • Key internal stakeholders include: global and regional procurement, O&P and I&D business management, R&D, manufacturing, SP&T, supply chain, legal, government affairs, corporate communications, and finance
  • Consider in commercial evaluation opportunities, benefits and risks. Ensure well managed and appropriate balance between risk and reward.  Willing to think broadly in seeking solutions.  
  • Display agility and appropriate sense of urgency in order to operate as quickly and effectively as possible in achieving targets.
  • Represent LYB as appropriate in external forums, alliances, and industry associations


  • University degree in chemical or mechanical engineering , chemistry, technology and energy management, or other related disciplines  
  • Master degree in Business preferred  
  • Minimum of 20 years gained in the petrochemical or steel/aluminum or energy/utilities or technology/engineering & construction companies, having developed a proven significant exposure to decarbonization and low carbon technologies preferred. A specific experience in the hydrogen and/or carbon capture space will be a plus
  • Experience in project development and/or analysis, preferable in a multi stakeholder (e.g. consortia) environment
  • Fluent in English


  • Demonstrated ability in establishing, developing and implementing strategies 
  • Experience in developing partnerships and managing relationships 
  • Demonstrated ability in creating effective networks 
  • Solid understanding of value drivers in the B2B industrial value chains  
  • Demonstrated ability in developing business cases, evaluating technologies and assessing opportunities
  • R&D and Technology skills 

Critical Behaviors

  • Managing Vision and Purpose – Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of developmental purpose; talks beyond today; talks about possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone; can inspire and motivate entire units or organizations. 
  • Strategic Agility – Sees ahead clearly; anticipates future consequences and trends accurately; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods, can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans
  • Drive for Results – Steadfastly pushes self and others for results; works with passion and a sense of urgency; seeks opportunities to improve results and processes in a proactive manner; contributes to the goals and profitability of the company.
  • Business Acumen – Knows how businesses work; knowledgeable in current and possible future policies, practices, trends, technology, and information affecting his/her business and organization; knows the competition; is aware of how strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • Organizational Agility – Knowledgeable about how organizations work; knows how to get things done both through formal channels and the informal network; understands the origin and reasoning behind key policies, practices, and procedures; understands the cultures of organizations.
  • Managerial Courage – Doesn't hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and "actionable" positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary
  • Priority Setting – Spends his/her time and the time of others on what's important; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can quickly sense what will help or hinder accomplishing a goal; eliminates roadblocks; creates focus.
  • Developing Direct Reports and Others – Provides challenging and stretching tasks and assignments; holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each person's career goals; constructs compelling development plans and executes them, pushes people to accept developmental moves; will take on those who need help and further development; cooperates with the developmental system in the organization; is a people builder




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

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.


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.


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.

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