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Director of IT Product Teams - Sustainability, Circularity and Climate


Rotterdam, NL, 3013 AL

Req ID:  81495
Facility:  Rotterdamnn-548
Department:  Information Technology
Division:  Innovation


This is LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB): As a leader in the global chemical industry, LyondellBasell strives every day to be the safest, best operated and most valued company in our industry. The company’s products, materials and technologies are advancing sustainable solutions for food safety, access to clean water, healthcare and fuel efficiency in more than 100 international markets. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is Advancing Good with an emphasis on our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce. The company takes great pride in its world-class technology and customer focus. LyondellBasell has stepped up its circularity and climate ambitions and actions to address the global challenges of plastic waste and decarbonization. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year. For more information, please visit or follow @LyondellBasell on LinkedIn.

This is the role

LyondellBasell has fully committed to aspirational sustainability goals that will make a meaningful impact on the world’s most pressing challenges.  To meet these goals, technology will be needed to enable solutions, measure our progress and make controlled data visible. The Product Teams for Sustainability, Circularity and Climate will act as the foundation for enabling this new vision. 

The Director of IT, Product Teams: Sustainability, Circularity and Climate is responsible for establishing the architecture, data and solutions that propels the organization to meet their mission. This leader will oversee an  organization that provides the skills required to deliver cloud-based data-centric solutions across all functions to ensure we are meeting our aspirational sustainability goals.  


To support this broad scope, the Director will manage a global team of highly effective business relationship management and technical resources to provide strategic direction, business partnering, consulting services, requirements, architecture, design, delivery, development, project implementation, and operational support for a global portfolio. 


Position Summary: 

Reporting to the CIO, the Director – Product Teams:  Sustainability, Circularity and Climate will be responsible for leading the associated IT product teams to deliver IT solutions and applications within the space. The Director manages a team of professionals consisting of product managers, SAP engineers, analysts and developers. Team composition includes employees (both direct reporting and matrixed) and third-party partners.
The Director will have budget accountability for Sustainability, Circularity and Climate related to LRP initiatives delivering some of the key value propositions for the company.   This position will partner closely with the VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Procurement Officer, and EVP, Circular and Low Carbon Business Solutions and their staff to implement technology solutions to meet the corporate goals in these areas and support the global initiatives for the over-arching LYB sustainability effort. 

This is what you bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related field required
  • 10+ years of software development, product management or business analyst experience in a technology business with demonstrated success in sales and/or customer use through the delivery of new/evolving products
  • Typically requires experience including 10+ years leading international functional teams
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in product management
  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills
  • Ability to identify metrics/key performance measures and use data to drive decisions that enhance the customer & user experience
  • Strong product strategy, roadmap, and feature management skills. Experience with Agile methodology and tools
  • Curiosity and high energy level required to proactively engage with business partners
  • Demonstrated success in creative problem solving and proven ability to work cross functionally and build partnership to deliver results and influence change in a large complex organization
  • Proven business acumen to assess the best analytics approach given business requirements and constraints
  • Proven ability to drive, manage, and influence multiple competing priorities and projects in a fast-paced environment where deadline-oriented use case adoption and continuous innovation is desired
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. Experience working and communicating with senior executives
  • Demonstrated ability to develop business cases and track business benefits, including calculating return on investment (ROI), P&L savings, cash flow impact, and other key business metrics
  • Strong knowledge of data science and visualization tools is desired. Familiar with machine learning, AI, and advanced analytics applications
  • Experience with manufacturing and supply chain is a plus
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Demonstrated executive presence and influence, ability to build client relationships and create client satisfaction throughout the application lifecycle
  • Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Exceptionally self-motivated and directed
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities
  • Exceptional service orientation
  • Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Comfortable to perform well under pressure


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in relevant fields.
  • Chemical/Energy industry background is a plus.
  • Certifications in product development, Cloud architecture, Data Management or Data Governance a plus
  • Experience with at least one of the following: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and/or Google Cloud Platforms

This is who you are

  • Define and own product strategy and roadmaps to address unmet business needs, aligned with LYBs sustainability strategic objectives.
  • Lead the enterprise and partner with the Data & Analytics organization to define the data strategy for all data needs across the broad domain.
  • Leading, coaching, mentoring and encouraging a dedicated team to build and deploy the best-in-class software that are  available to provide the best experience for our customers.
  • Partner with diverse groups of business leaders across different functions (e.g., manufacturing, quality, procurement, planning, logistics, customer experience, sustainability) to identify and prioritize business opportunities and to deploy the products.
  • Play a key role in sustainability related workstreams associated with M&A initiatives.
  • Participate in interviewing, hiring decisions, on-boarding, and mentoring of new engineers with the goal of quickly making them productive members of the team.
  • Champion and gain buy-in for the strategy and roadmap from partner teams through collaboration, documentation, and negotiation that effectively influence peer groups and senior management.
  • Drive product platform strategy, roadmap, architecture, feature list and its adoption
  • Drive definition of scope and manage business case development and approval, requirements gathering/creation, prioritization, design review, and launch readiness of new products.
  • Develop and monitor success and service health metrics related to adoption and impact of the products, track the realized savings and business benefits.
  • Collaborate with Product Development team of CoEs to ensure the timely delivery of products per requirements.
  • Manage priorities and trade-offs between customer experience, performance and operational support.
  • Evaluate, propose and run/govern the proof of concepts for new technologies which could result in differentiating capabilities for the business;
  • Model Agile principles by maintaining a groomed backlog and providing prioritization for backlog
  • Foster a culture of safety, teamwork and excellence.
  • Build self-organizing and high-performing teams by focusing on development of the engineers
  • Establish a sustainable engineering culture to grow strong talents on both technology and business excellency 

This is what we offer

We offer an environment where we encourage personal and professional growth and where you will be rewarded for your performance and results. You will have the possibility to work with specialist on all fields to develop innovative solutions and to extend your national and international network. In addition, we offer you a competitive salary package. The Company's Global Remote Work Policy allows eligible employees the option to work up to three days a week from home. LyondellBasell is committed to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) to ensure a positive experience for all employees.


Please feel free to contact Dennie Verberne at dennie.verberne @ for more details. Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and resume via the application button. Only applications through this application button will be taken into consideration.

The recruitment process exists of an initial phone screening and business interviews before proceeding to a possible job offer. A background check will be part of the process.





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