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Process Chemist

Company Name:  Equistar Chemicals, LP

Matagorda, TX, US

Req ID:  71621
Facility:  Matagorda Ops-Lyo
Department:  MTO- Lab & Quality
Division:  Americas Manufacturing

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500. LyondellBasell ( manufactures products at 55 sites in 17 countries.  LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve the quality of life for people around the world including; packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.

Process Chemist - Matagorda Plant

We are currently seeking to fill a Process Chemist position at LyondellBasell’s Matagorda site located 13 miles south of Bay City, TX. Our Matagorda site has approximately 225 employees and contractors and is a world class chemical manufacturing facility with 4 operating units that produce high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic resins. At the Matagorda site we provide a collaborative working environment that supports personal growth, development, and recognition. GoalZero Safety performance is a core value for LyondellBasell. This is an excellent growth opportunity for a degreed chemist professional assigned within the site’s technical organization.

The Matagorda area is also renowned for its fishing and outdoor activities, which makes it a hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts, and without all the traffic and congestion of a big city. LyondellBasell was named in 2018 by Forbes Magazine as one of the worlds most admired companies. We offer a competitive base salary, bonus, 401K matching, generous benefits package, employee discounts and pension plan. Relocation is available.

Basic Function

The Process Chemist leads new product development efforts for the HDPE production at Matagorda. The individual provides expert assistance to trouble shoot production and laboratory development challenges and opportunities.  The Process Chemist is also responsible for the continuous improvement of the Quality System including customer, regulatory and optimization impact for the site.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • In conjunction with the Polymers R&D group, develop and implement new products for the Matagorda HPDE plant.  Execute needed modifications for the Plant Process and Laboratory functions
  • Serve as interface between Business and Plant Operations for the Pressure Pipe and Film Market Segments.
  • Provide an expert source of technical information for efficient troubleshooting efforts for the site process, laboratory and quality efforts.  
  • Implement and maintain the site’s compliance with Operational Excellence, ISO 9001, and other quality standards.
  • Effectively communicate with Site Management, as well as Senior LyondellBasell Management.
  • Coach less experienced site personnel and provide training for others.
Min. Qualifications

• BS degree in Chemistry, Advanced degree preferred
• 8+ years of experience in a refining, petrochemical, or chemical environment
• Excellent written & verbal communication skills
• Strong personal leadership skills
• Ability to prepare and deliver complex technical reports and presentations
• Capable of influencing others in all positions, including management
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Proven ability to devise new approaches to problems encountered and to drive team consensus
• Knowledge of polymer processes 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.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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