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Sr. Technical Manager

JOB TITLE: Senior Manager, Technical

ORG UNIT NAME: Manufacturing 

LOCATION: Burkville, AL


SABIC is a global leader in chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From making cars and planes more fuel-efficient, to helping conserve the world’s water supply and enabling colorful smartphone cases, we find solutions to the challenges of today to help our customers achieve their ambitions and build a better tomorrow.



At SABIC, we combine a rich track record of doing what others said couldn’t be done, with a deep understanding of our customers. But our true impact is as a partner who can help our customers achieve their ambitions by finding solutions to their challenges. We call this ‘Chemistry that Matters™’




The Site Technical Leader leads the Burkville Site Asset Engineering, Process Engineering, Process Control Organization, Capital Management & Project Execution Organization, Quality & Lab Organization, and Contractor Programs.  This position is a primary contact for various business functions in developing the site’s multi-year plan in alignment with the overall Business Strategy.  It is also responsible for strategic vision and leadership of significant projects and programs that deliver proactive solutions to improve Environmental Health/Safety/Security (EHS&S), Stability, Quality, Service, and Cost performance. This position will require working closely with the Plant Manager, Unit Managers, Engineers, EHS/PSM Leaders, global peers, and others across the business. The Site Technical leader is also a key stakeholder in setting the strategic direction for the Site’s R&D efforts and will interface extensively with the Global Technology Organization and the Global Process Engineering Center of Excellence (COE).  As a member of the Plant Leadership Staff, this position is responsible for providing technical guidance to the Plant Manager and other Business Leaders and responding as necessary to meet critical business needs.


Job Purpose & Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for the Site Process & Asset Engineering Teams, Process Control Team, Project & Construction Management Teams

  • Lead recruiting efforts and deliver effective leadership and coaching to develop the site’s technical talent

  • Provide leadership in OE/OMS efforts. Own Technology Application Management (TAM) and Small Project (SP) rollout for the site.

  • Work with site leaders to develop the Unit Technology Plans and Site Infrastructure Technology Plans and manage teams to execute to these plans

  • Own the Site Manufacturing Technical Career Path (MTCP) and organize site Principal Engineers in maintaining and advancing MTCP efforts

  • Assist Site and Global Training Leaders in identifying, acquiring and/or developing and delivering important technical training

  • Ensures Best Practices are shared across the company

  • Provides input into the development of the Business Technology Plan

  • Interfaces with the Process COE on gap analysis to identify future technology opportunities

  • Serves as the Gatekeeper in assessing value of opportunities from other work processes

  • Ensure solid technical support for EHS&S goals

  • Set an example by leading important community and volunteer efforts and encouraging team involvement


Operational Effectiveness Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates organizational effectiveness by modeling, reinforcing and coaching the elements of the Commitment Model and Critical Organizational Behaviors.

  • Provides appropriate coaching and mentoring to ensure the work processes are delivering meaningful business results.  Swim lane owners should be first point of contact for relevant information.

  • Demonstrates Commitment Model leadership by empowering the appropriate people to make effective decisions within their areas of responsibility

  • Ensures the transformation to a work process centric organization is achieved and sustained.

    • Leaders consistently articulate, demonstrate and reinforce the following behaviors; operating from a mutual purpose, acting with good intent, creating success for others, open advocacy, active listening, authentic inquiry, listening to understand, reflecting on meaning, and alignment that advances the game.

    • Leaders assist employees in removing real or perceived barriers to implementation and/or use of the work processes.

    • Based upon an understanding of the work processes and designed roles, leaders assign roles to personnel with the required competencies, provide training for required knowledge and skills, clarify responsibilities, allocate resources, measure performance and provide feedback.

    • Leaders consistently require and ensure that work is performed using all elements of the work processes as designed and consistently coach to close behavior-related performance gaps

    • Leaders make information available, charter & use cross-functional teams, and engage in conversation with people about their use of shared learning to create an environment in which employees value and implement shared learning’s.

    • Leaders create an environment in which commitment to identify and resolve the true root causes of performance gaps authentically pervades the organization.

    • Leaders create an environment in which commitment to a "resolve it myself first" mind-set authentically pervades the organization.

    • Leaders authentically embrace and use conversation in a challenge process to eliminate low-value work and to manage rather than avoid risk.

    • Demonstrates Commitment Model leadership by empowering the appropriate people to make effective decisions within their areas of responsibility.




  • BS/MS degree in chemical engineering (other disciplines considered but in depth understanding of unit operations, process equipment and technology essential)

  • Minimum of 10 years experience in a chemical industry

  • Understanding of business drivers and economics to make decisions on competing opportunities

  • Effective communications, interpersonal, organizational, and matrix skills at all levels (operations, maintenance, engineering, management, cost and quality leaders)

  • Leadership experience with demonstrated ability to inspire, guide, and encourage others

  • Demonstrated results oriented focus and track record for delivering on commitments

  • Familiar with Capital Planning Process demonstrated project management skills

  • Experience with Process Safety Management (PSM)


Desired Skills:

  • Ability to inspire and guide others toward identifying and achieving vision and goals; provides purpose and direction.

  • Ability to give encouragement, guidance and direction to others to improve performance.

  • In depth understanding of unit operations, process equipment and technology.

  • Ability to modify interpersonal style, to use listening and feedback skills to build understanding, and effectively manage conflict.

  • Ability to listen generously and practice open advocacy; ability to provide people the information to perform their assigned roles by spoken word.

  • Ability to provide employees the written information necessary to do their job correctly; ability to make relevant information known in a responsive and effective way



  • You must submit your application for employment online to be considered. Please submit your resume using the “Apply Now/Apply” option on this page.

  • You must be 18 years or older

  • You must be willing to take a drug test as part of the selection process

  • You must be willing to submit to a background investigation as part of the selection process

  • You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States

  • Relocation if available



SABIC is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and as such will not discriminate in its employment practices, including recruiting and hiring practices, based on a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Disclaimers (USA):

SABIC is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee of SABIC about this opening. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at SABIC via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of SABIC; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by SABIC as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means




Nearest Major Market: Montgomery