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(Senior) Reliability Engineer

Technical Department


The Manufacturing site Geleen encompasses 7 plants: 2 Naphtha crackers (Olefins 3 & Olefins 4), a Logistics unit for Chemicals & Intermediates, a Polypropylene unit (PPF), 2 Polyethylene units (LDPE & HDPE) and a Logistics unit for Polymers. The Naphtha crackers produce amongst others ethylene and propylene which are mainly used as feedstock for the successive poly-olefins plants. Our polyethylene product range includes all of the commodity thermoplastic polymers, linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE), low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE). The polypropylene product range includes block copolymer and specialty automotive grades.

These 7 operational plants are organized according to the PMT-model (Plant Operations, Maintenance and Technical). Plant Operations is responsible for a safe and reliable production within the defined Safety Health & Environment / License to Operate goals. Maintenance is responsible for specification, scheduling and execution of the activities in the plant. The Technical department is responsible for the design of the asset, the asset life plan, the operating window and the continuous review of the asset performance, of which asset integrity, process safety and legislative requirements are key factors.

The cross-functional Plant Improvement Team (which includes Plant Operation, Maintenance and Technical) identifies, selects and allocates resources to deliver a balanced portfolio of plant improvement opportunities that add the greatest value and focus on the most important activities. The purpose is to obtain strong functional teams to improve plant operations, reliability and sustainability.

In order to strengthen the Asset Performance Team we are looking for a (Senior) Reliability Engineer (focus Root Cause Analysis)

Job Purpose & Responsibilities

The main challenges of a (Senior) Reliability Engineer are:

•    Responsible for developing, implementing and driving reliability improvement plans and programs in order to improve plant reliability, integrity and availability within the boundaries of EHSS and cost requirements. The Reliability Engineer is also responsible for guiding efforts to lead the asset’s continuous long-term improvement plans and cost optimization efforts.

•    Develops a multidisciplinary long-term asset investment plan (according to SABIC’s Aging Assets Assessment program) to give a comprehensive overview in the long-term strategic investment needs, to initiate the periodic investment budget process and to initiate replacement projects in order to ensure continuous long-term reliable and safe asset operation.

•    Functions as a facilitator in applying root cause analysis (RCA) methodology for incidents and chronic failures, to identify root causes and to setup an action plan to prevent reoccurrence.

•    Provides periodic analysis reports to the plant management and site leadership team highlighting past asset performance, possible areas for reliability improvements and progress on reliability initiatives.

•    Acts as a methodology expert for RCA, RCM, RBI and/or RIS methodology, and actively works together with European and corporate methodology experts to develop common strategies and to share best practices and learnings.

•    Systematically defines, develops, monitors and refines asset maintenance strategies using reliability centered maintenance (RCM) methodology that includes value added preventive & predictive maintenance tasks and strategic spare part definition.

•    Acts as site representative during corporate/industry/insurance and legal audits in the area of asset performance & maintenance and contributes to periodic industry benchmarks by analyzing/delivery of historic asset performance data.


•    Bachelor or Master Engineering degree or equivalent.

•    Minimum 5 years of reliability, maintenance and/or engineering experience in oil & gas, petrochemical and/or energy production industry.

•    Risk based analytical mindset and experience in facilitation and chairing of multi-disciplinary meetings.

•    Good understanding and knowledge of methodologies such as RCA, RCM, RBI, RIS, Criticality Assessment and concepts like ageing assets assessment or reliability in design.

•    Practical experience/knowledge of SAP, Meridium (or equivalent APM software package) and MS Office systems.

As a person you:

  • Show ownership and are eager to reach the agreed results
  • Are able to balance sound technical solutions vs. required delivery timings
  • Are flexible and can easily comprehend new things
  • Are a good communicator and you have well developed social skills
  • Are able to closely cooperate with relevant counterparts in the Maintenance department
  • Are able to speak and write English, whereas fluency in Dutch is a strong advantage.


Further Information

For more information about this role you can contact: Glenn Duggert, Corporate Recruiter on +31 (0)6 15887339.

Important notice: please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment is be part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request dependant of local regulations. 
Responses from employment agencies will not be considered.