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Extrusion & Solid Handling Expert (m/f/d)


Wesseling, Nrth Rhine Westfalia, DE, 50389

Req ID:  75171
Facility:  Wesseling-501
Department:  Process Engineering, Polymers
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

The Global Engineering and Turnarounds (GE&T) Polymers Process Engineering Group provides leadership and technical support to operations and projects for all polymer and polyolefin catalyst manufacturing plants in North America and the EAI region, including Joint Ventures upon Technology Transfer request.

The Extrusion Expert position provides global process and operational expertise relevant to Extrusion & Mixer technologies in order to achieve best in class performance in the areas of Environment, Health, Safety, Process Safety, Cost, Reliability, Energy Efficiency, and capacity utilization across all Extrusion lines globally. 

This will be achieved through; 
•    Improvements and support of manufacturing and process development
•    Functional ownership 
•    Networking and sharing technical knowledge and expertise 
•    Identifying and Development of Best Practices and Manufacturing Standards

Roles & Responsibilities

•    Conduct required studies to achieve higher potential for Extrusion lines 
•    Global Process Owner leading the Extrusion Process Network, engage in the various Polyolefin Expert Networks, and Affiliates to achieve best performance
•    Develop Best Practices and Manufacturing Standards that improve Extrusion lines performance globally 
•    Develop Extrusion performance KPIs and work with affiliates to track the performance globally and develop improvement recommendations. 
•    Follow up of the Extrusion related "Learning from Experience (LFE)“ through TKM
•    Drive vendors to provide resolution of equipment performance issues
•    Work with Extrusion Expert Group to develop strategic alliance with licensor/OEMs for technological strength, handling complexity, Operational Excellence including revamps and bottlenecks.
•    Partner with the Finishing Equipment SME to optimize critical spare parts and equipment maintenance strategies
•    Partner with the R&D Process Design team and remain updated on the current developments in the extrusion field. Support the design of new equipment and processes 
•    Participate in benchmarking activities in the areas of Extrusion and set performance improvement recommendations. Also work as consultant to affiliates to check and qualify gap closing actions. 
•    Support all networking activities emerging from the Polymer Technology Process Networks
•    Support Major Upgrade projects to ensures that the newly manufactured extrusion equipment or process gets qualified by following the written plans and review the relevant documents.
•    Disseminate knowledge and expertise to affiliates personnel through training, troubleshooting and various networking activities. 
•    Participate in complex RCAs in Extrusion area in specific and responsible for communicating the issues and coordinating the resolutions globally. 
•    Resolve Extrusion (Process) related Performance issues and Develop recommendations and make decisions by diving deep, understanding the nuance of issues and anticipating the consequences of the course of action. 
•    Participate in New Product Introduction up to commercialization. providing leadership to the organization in the development of advanced technical products or process upgrades.
•    Support the introduction of new HSE standards and initiatives in Extrusion Lines.
•    Completion of the remaining Extrusion Preferred Practices, Learning from Experience review and update and develop Guidelines (Tier-3 Documents) to close gaps.
•    Strong mechanical aptitude with an excellent understanding of the basics of mathematics and statistics; Strong analytical and problem-solving skills


•    BS or higher degree in Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Material Engineering/Plastic Engineering/Polymer Processing 
•    Strong Problem Solving Skills: Six SIGMA certified or equivalent qualification

Work Experience 
•    Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible engineering experience within the polymers industry
•    Polyethylene and Polypropylene manufacturing and processing experience


English, additional languages preferred

Other skills
•    Ability to prioritize work based on the overall value to the organization. Prioritize the most important actions or initiatives within the function and have a bias for action.
•    Solid understanding of unit operations and process safety management systems
•    Ability to identify the audience and communicate with specific intent, utilizing direct and indirect persuasion to achieve the desired result
•    Capable of influencing others in all positions, including management
•    Demonstrated ability to work independently and lead technical service activities without supervision or review; self-motivated
•    Knowledgeable in the HSE/PSM regulations and relevant company OE guidelines/procedures
•    Knowledgeable in the company’s development of Process Design Packages and project economics
•    A high level of (virtual) team working and integration across a number of LYB departments and manufacturing sites
•    Identify process improvement and close gaps to drive a culture of consistently improving performance
•    An ability to read and explain technical drawings
•    Possesses good presentation skills
•    Possesses leadership skill to influence others
•    Solicit the cooperation of site management staff
•    Capable of training new site engineers and operators 


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

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