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Lead, Technical (Utilities)


Westlake, LA, US, 70669

Req ID:  79502
Department:  LKO Engineering UO&I
Division:  Americas Manufacturing


Basic Function

The position as Technical Lead (Utilities) is responsible and accountable for providing tactical and strategic support to a new world scale Polyolefins production site. The position leads a team of process engineers providing technical guidance, continuous improvement and troubleshooting expertise to the Operations department responsible for the efficient and safe operation of an integrated multi-utility infrastructure dedicated to VHP steam supply, raw water supply and treatment, cooling water supply, instrument and plant air supply, firewater supply, demin water supply, condensate collection and treatment, waste water treatment, steam turbine power generator, ethylene import/export, wet air oxidation of spent caustic, benzene waste water stripping, flares and thermal oxidizers.  


This position requires daily interaction with Operations, HSE, Process Controls, Maintenance and Reliability personnel to drive overall improvements. This role will lead the planning and design of long-range capital projects to overcome process constraints, resolve reliability challenges and comply with environmental regulations. This will include defining scope, providing front-end-loading and incorporating process knowledge during engineering phases.  This role will also advise on initiatives to maintain a competitive advantage, inputs to the site asset strategy and closing gaps identified in industry benchmark studies.


The Technical Lead provides leadership, development, and coaching to direct reports to achieve business results, create value, and optimize the site. This position reports to the Site Technical Manager.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Advocates and drives improvements in safety and environmental performance
  • Participates, leads, and implements local, regional, and corporate initiatives
  • Sets clear performance expectations, coaches and mentors technical personnel
  • Understands the importance and appropriate utilization of teams and teamwork in achieving business objectives; fosters teamwork and collaboration; demonstrates ability to mold and build team spirit, working relationships, and decision-making processes required in a dynamic and competitive business environment
  • Supports gap closure and continuous improvement activities by providing technical expertise, engineering calculations, and justifications for new projects and participating in capital, expense and special project scope development, execution, support and training
  • Develops and maintains a Long-Range Capital plan for the Utility operating units
  • Collaborates with Operations to identify new opportunities to remove constraints to maximize on stream time and profitability while ensuring safe, environmentally complaint, reliable operations
  • Provides technical expertise during troubleshooting, turnarounds, startups, shutdowns, catalyst changes and other non-routine unit activities
  • Reviews engineering calculations to quantify environmental and releases
  • Balances day-to-day operational priorities with long term strategic objectives to ensure alignment with company goals
  • Determines causes of deviations in quality, capacity, yield, and energy consumption
  • Leads and/or engages in efforts to build a strong LyondellBasell brand

Min. Qualifications


Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (Chemical Engineer preferred)
  • 10+ years of chemical plant or refinery Operations experience


Other skills

  • Strong people and organizational leadership acumen demonstrated through previous experience within manufacturing and across the organization
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and the ability to interface with multi-disciplinary teams and interact with all levels of the organization
  • Innovative thinking to solve complex issues
  • Knowledgeable in the HSE/PSM regulations including Process Hazard Analysis
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications


Preferred Qualifications


Preferred Work Experience:

  • Previous supervisory and/or leadership experience is preferred
  • Experience working at a Polyolefins chemical facility (Ethane Cracker units, downstream derivatives units and Utility units) is preferred


Preferred Areas of Expertise:

  • Understanding of major utility stream generation including high purity water/steam treatment and waste water treatment is preferred


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

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 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.


We have the potential — and responsibility — to use this scale and reach to make a positive impact across our value chains. That’s why we are working to make meaningful progress to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as reducing plastic waste in the environment, helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to a thriving society for our employees, the communities where we operate and the people who depend on our products. To learn more, click here.

Nearest Major Market: Lake Charles

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