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Deputy Technical Manager


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  76614
Facility:  Foreign Assignments-107
Department:  Process Engineering I&D POSM
Division:  HS&E, Global Engineering and Turnarounds

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

LyondellBasell is searching for a candidate to fill the Deputy Technical Manager position at the NZLC Ningbo, China facility.  This facility is a Propylene Oxide/Styrene Monomer (POSM) Joint Venture (JV) plant with ZRCC.  The assignment is a three year expatriate assignment beginning January 2022.  An anticipated start date for the successful candidate is November 1, 2021 to provide training if needed in LyondellBasell systems, processes and POSM technology. 

The Deputy Technical Manager position is a LyondellBasell secondee position within the Joint Venture with Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co., Ltd. (Ningbo ZRCC).   The purpose of the role is to provide guidance to the plant personnel on process safety, plant optimization, maintenance and operating performance as well as manufacturing budgets. 

The position reports the Manager of the Technical Department at the NZLC facility in Ningbo.  The position interface to LyondellBasell is with the Global Engineering & Turnaround Intermediates & Derivatives organization POSM Global Team Lead.
The position provides exposure to the global Intermediate & Derivative business, Asia Licensing team and JV management team.  The position requires a strong technical and manufacturing background.  It provides development opportunities in the areas of facilitative leadership, business acumen, communication, systemic thinking and cross-cultural diversity. 

Roles & Responsibilities

• Participates in the technical management of the JV, with full access to operating data, maintenance & operating performance and manufacturing budgets, and other information as required to perform duties.  Provides POSM technology expertise in these duties.
• Participates with site management in ensuring that the plant operation is within known process safety limits.
• Monitors, analyzes and reports plant performance criteria:  yields, energy, catalyst life, catalyst consumption and chemicals consumption.
• Ensures the identification & management of changes to improve plant performance.
• Provides technical expertise with planning and execution of process hazard analyses and action item closure.
• Provides support to site in analyzing incidents and troubleshooting.
• Assists in the development of plant modifications and operating plans.
• Assists in turnaround planning, execution and plant restart activities.
• Leads development and coaching of the technical team.
• Provides candid performance feedback on a team of 8 -10 process engineer as needed and in support of the annual performance appraisal process.

Min. Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering required.
• Minimum 7 years’ experience in the Chemical or Oil Industry in technical, operations and/or manufacturing support roles.
• Expertise in Propylene Oxide process technology is preferred.
• Two years leadership/supervisory experience is preferred.
• Strong technical knowledge in unit operations and process safety management.
• Proven problem solving ability.
• Good organizational / work planning skills.
• Ability to effectively communicate recommendations and achievements both verbally and written.
• Possess sound judgment and able to interact effectively with the local plant management.  This requires an appreciation of cultural differences/practices and flexibility but at the same time, assertiveness with respect to sound engineering and HSE requirements/practices.
• Knowledge of Chinese culture and able to communicate in Mandarin is an added advantage.
• Experience in a joint venture environment or supporting licensed technologies is a plus.


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.

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