(Sr.) Permitting Engineer


SABIC Europe is committed to conducting its activities in a manner that protects the safety and health of all employees, customers and (local) communities in which we operate. We also take responsibility for environmental aspects and the integrity of our company assets. Within this framework, EHSS SABIC Limburg BV advises and supports management in the execution of SHE-policies, requirements and standards in the field of Safety, Health and Environment to ensure that organizational entities are conducting their activities in a responsible and sustainable way with respect to License to Operate, creating an Injury and Incident Free working environment.

To support manufacturing management site Geleen in achieving these objectives we are looking for a Permitting Engineer to reinforce our EHSS SABIC site Geleen department.


Job Purpose & Responsibilities

Maintaining or strengthening SABIC's License to Operate by advising and coordinating on the basis of knowledge and expertise in obtaining and complying with permits, developing and implementing thematic environmental (policy) plans for SABIC and acting on behalf of SABIC leading consultations/negotiations with the government.

Among other things, the following tasks can be distinguished:

    • Project leader of multidisciplinary teams for writing, revising and applying for appropriate environmental permits (including Installation Safety Reports (IVRs) in relation to the SEVESO directive);
    • Monitoring legislation and regulations relevant to SABIC, identifying relevant developments and changes, advising on actions to be taken and coordinating the implementation of environmental legislation for SABIC;
    • Contributing to the preparation, development and implementation of the environmental policy (including external safety) of SABIC Limburg B.V. taking into account the Chemelot Site regulations;
    • On behalf of SABIC Limburg B.V. coordinating communication with the various competent authorities, as well as providing an active relationship with these stakeholders;
    • Coordination and advice regarding regulatory inspections of various governments;
    • Assessing the feasibility of new activities from an environmental point of view by testing the expected environmental impact against current environmental policy SABIC resp. government environmental policy/legislation and the environmental space available within the Chemelot site. In this context, advising the plants with regard to the measures to be taken and investments to be made;
    • Advocacy on behalf of SABIC resp. the Chemelot site in connection with the development of new policy and new legislation by the government, for example through participation in (national) working groups;
    • Monitor the License to Operate in relation to the environment together with the Environmental Engineer.



    • A bachelor degree, preferably in Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering.
    • At least 3-5 years in the implementation of environmental legislation and as project leader of multidisciplinary teams for obtaining and environmental permit.
    • Excellent Dutch speaking, reading and writing skills
    • Good knowledge of Dutch and European government policy, legislation and regulations with regard to the environment and external safety
    • The ability to analyze complex safety and environmental issues, convincing internal and external stakeholders to follow the proposed strategies and tactics
    • Maintaining a good network of relevant internal and external stakeholders and expertise holders
    • Customer focused, team player, decisive and result oriented, self-propelling and a strong drive for Responsible Care ® and EHS improvements


Further information

Interested in this position?

Please apply online by sending us your CV and motivation letter in English. Due to data privacy reasons we do not handle any applications sent by email. For additional questions you can contact: Anke Bovens ; email Anke.Bovens@sabic.com.  


Please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment are part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending on the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request depending on local regulations. 

Responses from employment agencies will not be considered.




SABIC is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products:  chemicals, commodity and high performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals.

SABIC supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy.

Production in 2021 stood at 58 million metric tons.

The company has more than 31,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 10,090 patents and pending applications, and has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.

In Europe, we have over 5,000 professionals running multiple world-scale production sites and 4 technology and innovation centers. We are present in almost every European country. Major locations within our broad network of innovation, production and marketing are: Teesside (UK), Cartagena (Spain), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Geleen (the Netherlands), Bergen op Zoom (the Netherlands) and Genk (Belgium).

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.