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Associate Director, TBA Business Development


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  77226
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Global TBA Business Development
Division:  Global I&D

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.


Do you want to make a difference today cleaning up the air in some of the most polluted cities in the world and become part of a global chemical industry leader? Our company has been producing fuel blending components for years which contributed to cleaning up the air in Latin America, China and Europe for instance. While the world is looking at electric vehicles as a way to reduce CO2 emissions, this is still years away from being a sizeable part of the global car fleet and many countries in the world don’t have the infrastructure and reliable energy supply to move to Battery Electric Vehicle any time soon. We can make meaningful further CO2 reductions with the existing combustion engine car fleet by increasing the fuel quality around the world as we have proven for decades already in the markets we sell to today. LYB has multiple assets globally to produce Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) and Ethyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (ETBE) using either methanol and ethanol as feedstock reacting with Tertiary Butyl alcohol (TBA) and we are actually constructing the largest TBA plant ever build in the US right now, due to come on stream in 2023

Basic Function

The Associate Director TBA Business Development is overlooking and managing the global LyondellBasell (LYB) initiatives to improve fuel quality around the world with the purpose to increase demand for MTBE and ETBE:


  • Fuel quality improvement projects led by LyondellBasell (LYB)
  • Fuel quality improvement projects led by all or one of the three regional industry advocacy teams: Sustainable Fuels (SF) for Europe, Middle East and Africa, ACELA for Americas and Asian Clean Fuels Association (ACFA) for Asia of which LYB is a member and in two cases the chair.

This role will ensure close alignment between the TBA advocacy programs and the business objectives to ensure the business development directly supports the TBA demand growth for the business by:


  • Creating new demand for oxygenates globally by developing new markets (e.g. Indonesia, Nigeria and Columbia), products (e.g. advanced MTBE) or applications.
  • Preserving existing business against current and future treats;
  • Seeking a premium (e.g. environmental, technical or political) on existing product(s) (e.g. ETBE) and new products 
  • Introduction of bio-components into our gasoline through Ethanol and bio methanol to meet the new standard of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) 2.

Roles & Responsibilities

He/She will coordinate these activities with the three LYB Managers Business Development based in Houston, Hong Kong and Milan to one global overview and drive progress against this plan through a well-defined stage gate process. He/she will lead the Global LYB Advocacy Internal Steering team meetings and support the Global Business Director TBA in managing the Global Executive Steering Team Meetings between SF, ACFA and ACELA. He/She will take the role of Chairman of Sustainable Fuels (SF) in Europe and drive the business development for MTBE and ETBE together with the vice chairman as well as the CEFIC Program Director for SF based in Brussels


For certain target countries we will use external consultancy companies for certain projects and this role will have to work closely with our Government Relations department as well as Public Affairs, and has to be current on the latest global regulatory requirements impacting TBA.

He/she is recognized and trusted by industry, NGO’s, members of parliament, civil servants and national administrations, ministers and politicians globally as one of Lyondellbasell’s main representatives in the Fuels market.
He/she drives and leads the sustainability setup and reporting for the LYB assets in order to continue to be recognized by government bodies as a sustainable producer.


External Representation: This role must represent Lyondellbasell in a way that reflects the Enterprise’s highest ethical standards, as encompassed in the Basic Elements.  This role must interact with senior political leaders (both legislative and executive) and must be capable of presenting in a favorable manner. This role should also be able to interact with third party allies in support of Lyondellbasell/chemical industry positions. This is the key role that interacts with bodies that deal with audits, bodies and certification in relation to remain a certified sustainable biofuels producer. This person chairs SF (European trade association for ethers) committees, carrying responsibility for budget, objectives, action plans and committee members’ contribution


This role will require traveling at times globally.


We are looking for a candidate with a passion for creating a better world and drive tangible results in a global environment. Someone with the potential to move further within our organization to even more senior roles as this function is intended as a stepping stone for a further career within our company.

Min. Qualifications

  • Degreed professional with a minimum of 15 years’ experience in major multinational organizations, in diversified fields such as project management, international sales / marketing and/or public affairs is preferred. 
  • A passionate personality who wants to make a difference to help the world become a more sustainable society, a gifted speaker and listener as well as a structured process thinker, who can lead and drive a broader team from strategy definition, priority setting to execution and generate results by means of additional volume demand global for ETBE and MTBE. 
  • Must have strong interpersonal and team leadership skills.  Familiar with the stage gate process to manage project progressing in a structured way. Must have the ability to negotiate with external parties and internal personnel in formulating and executing tactical work plans.  Must have the capacity to understand intricate, technical issues, and yet have the ability to translate these issues into clear, understandable advocacy positions. Fluent in English and at least one additional major European language is preferred, ideally French.
  • Knowledge and experience to assess a political and economic situation in a given field and in a given global context. Is also able to develop and implement a strategy to influence decision-making and is strong to impact and influence the different audiences. This individual is able to set priorities fully independent and brings his/her action points to a close. He/she  is always working in the context of a larger team. 
  • Must have excellent communication skills and is able to translate complex situations into simple messages to non-experts. Both verbal and writing skills need to be excellent and must be able to give presentations at any level in all circumstances in business, political or external (e.g., media) situations and needs to be culturally sensitive.
  • Excellent human relations and interpersonal skills, proven initiative and imagination, honesty (trust) and adherence to controls, and a good understanding of the international politics involved in long term decisions on environmental matters. Overall the person needs to be able to build trust with the respective stakeholders 
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical issues concerning motor vehicles and air pollution and will work closely together with different LYB technical experts on oxygenates around the world
  • Proven track record in international project management, dealing with different associations and members from around the world.


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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