Olefins Process Development Engineer - Lead/Staff Scientist

Olefins Process Development Engineer – Lead/Staff Scientist




Technology and Innovation Petrochemicals consists of more than 750 employees across six Technology Centers around the world. The T&I organization supports SABIC’s global businesses in realizing its objectives by providing best-in-class technology solutions.

In Europe, the SABIC Technology Center Europe (STC-E) is based in Geleen (The Netherlands) and Wilton (United Kingdom). The primary activity of Cracker Technology EUR department is to define and deploy technology development projects aimed at the optimization and improvement of existing petrochemical processes and development of new ones.


We are looking for a Lead/Staff Scientist to join our team.




As a Scientist, you will be working in the Feedstocks and Cracker Technology EUR department as part of the professional, global T&I organization.


Your tasks and responsibilities include:


  • Provide technology support to SABIC’s world-scale Olefins plants with focus on identifying and implementing technology improvement projects for overall process optimization.
  • Analyze key process trends and translate findings into actionable recommendations to enhance plant performance and increase process reliability.
  • Troubleshoot, identifying benchmarking performance gaps and developing technical solutions to close gaps based on in-depth analysis of plant data is an integral part of the role.
  • To work in a multidisciplinary setting within the T&I organization where you will collaborate with different disciplines in the business and manufacturing environment where project approval, execution and implementation need to be secured.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Identifying, developing and implementing short-, mid- and long-term technology projects in steam crackers for overall process optimization.
  • Coordinate and execute plant troubleshooting efforts to ensure effective technology solutions are provided in a timely manner to address plant improvement opportunities.
  • Apply robust scientific methodologies to analyze and interpret complex plant data, and develop and utilize simulations, predictive modeling and analysis for plant improvement purposes.
  • Conduct due diligence and feasibility studies on emerging technologies and advancements for olefins production. Translate technical knowledge into relevant recommendations and guidance for senior management.
  • Support the Business in evaluation of projects for grassroots petrochemical complexes, capacity expansions, integrations and asset improvements.
  • Capture and protect intellectual property related to mentioned activities.


Additional Responsibilities:


  • Ability to influence SABIC Europe and Global Partner(s)
  • Ability to balance supportive/steering activities at Site and European level including go to for Advice by local manager(s)
  • Ability to work and influence in multi-cultural, diverse Global Community whilst aligning with local and global policy and legal directives
  • Ability to promote local and global corporate values
  • Strong Entrepreneurial and Business Acumen working cross business and function(s)




  • Minimum Bachelor and/or Master’s Degree (Technical Equivalent) or Ph.D degree in Chemistry, MSc, EngD preferred        
  • Fluency in English (both written and verbal) other additional European languages a bonus
  • Minimum 15 years of relevant industrial experience (petrochemicals or refinery) with at least 5+ years of experience in olefins process technology
  • Experience with steam cracker-refinery integration is desirable.
  • You have experience in reaction engineering, separation thermodynamics, modeling and the use of computational tools such as ASPEN Plus/HYSYS, Petro-SIM, HTRI and others.
  • You are able to keep abreast of the state of the art in process technology and gain knowledge of associated fields and disciplines.
  • You are a team player but you are also able to work independently on your contribution.
  • You like to work in a global and multi-cultural environment and respect other cultures.
  • You have a persevering and challenging attitude towards your work environment, but you can also accept other views.
  • You are a critical observer as well as a conceptual and analytical thinker.
  • You are able to present your project proposals and results in a convincing manner to both business and manufacturing management.
  • You are keen on project management and have good project management skills


Location: STC-Geleen, The Netherlands

Travel: 25% (regionally and globally)




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: Karl Davies, Corporate Recruiter via email – karl.davies@sabic.com


The application closing-date is 31st December 2023.


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. We manufacture 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. We support our 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. Our production in 2020 was 60.8 million metric tons.


We have more than 33,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, we have 9,000+ global patent filings, and significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.


In Europe, we have over 6,000 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.