Sr. Engineer, Process Safety

Title: Sr. Engineer, Process Safety

Position ID: 14007092

Location: Ottawa, Ill



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Job Summary


Lead Process Safety Management (PSM) compliance and improvement programs at the Ottawa Manufacturing site. Develop, implement, maintain and manage programs to ensure compliance with OSHA and SABIC requirements. To monitor and continuously improve the Ottawa Process Safety Management System. To coordinate and participate in Process safety Management (PSM) efforts at the site, including PHAs, PSM audits, Process Safety training, MOCs, PSSR, Facility Siting, SIL/LOPA, QRA and investigations. Provide technical expertise to operating units to evaluate risks and cost-effectively resolve PSM issues.



  • Provide direction, technical support and a high level of expertise to the implementation of Process Safety Management (PSM) policies, standards and best practices; work with the site to ensure compliance with government regulatory requirements, applicable international standards, internal SABIC Policies/Standards and Responsible Care codes.
  • Assist with the development, evaluation, monitoring and reporting of PSM performance targets for the sites; Support the development of actions for improvement.


How You Can Be the Impact

  • Lead Process Safety Management (PSM) compliance and improvement programs at the site.
  • Coordinate the implementation of PSM policies, standards and strategy to establish a high level of protection for SABIC operations, incident prevention and compliance with government regulatory requirements, international standards and Responsible Care codes.
  • Support PSM auditing with respect to PSM implementation, measure performance, and compliance with global SABIC policies and standards and applicable regulatory requirements, including Responsible Care.
  • Provide strategic leadership for the upgrades of current PSM programs, including process development, permitting activities, incident investigations, corrective actions and employee education.
  • Oversee the site "management of change" processes; evaluate engineering procedures for safe plant startup and shutdown.
  • Support PSM aspects of SABIC's safety compliance audit program; support selection of and training in the use of PSM tools; support investigations of major incidents.
  • Develop, implement, maintain and manage programs to ensure compliance with OSHA and SABIC requirements. Specifically, this involves the implementation and maintenance of the risk management process named SAFER that is part of the SHEM (Safety Health and Environmental Management) system within SABIC. With this process, risks across the site are ranked and managed accordingly.
  • Lead and participate in Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) for the site’s PSM covered processes and balance of plant. Maintain associated documentation and Process Safety Information for site use. Present PHA results to site leadership as they are completed per schedule.
  • Developing guidelines to set control limits for critical operating parameters. Define safe operating parameters and control limits. Reduce process variability.
  • Collaborating with operations during the design of advanced process control Systems.
  • Selecting the correct mechanical integrity level for safety critical devices.
  • Evaluate new equipment / process designs to ensure process safety compliance. Design operator training processes and programs related to PSM programs. 
  • Provide technical guidance to site and business leaders regarding compliance issues.
  • Conduct training on "mission critical" elements (eg. Management of Change, Pre-start up reviews, Mechanical Integrity, Process Hazards Analysis, etc.)
  • Lead improvement efforts (eg. operating procedures, equipment design, control limits, etc.)
  • Maintain, submit and communicate PSM related information and records as required by regulations and policies
  • Conduct Process Safety reviews, including FMEA, Process Hazards Analysis (PHA), Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA), and fault Tree Analysis.
  • Ensures compounding extruder standard and powder standard implementation.
  • Maintain, submit and communicate PSM related information and records as required by regulations and policies


What Matters to SABIC

  • BS - preferred Chemical Engineering or related engineering with experience
  • Minimum of 7 years or professional experience
  • Petro or Chemical Industry operations or PSM experience with a manufacturing operation.
  • Experience within multiple Manufacturing roles (operations, maintenance, process and project engineering) is strongly desirable.
  • Proficient with Microsoft, prefer knowledge in SAP, Gensuite or Compliance & Risk Management software
  • Good knowledge of Chemical Manufacturing Processes.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral communications, including public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Good interpersonal and influencing skills.
  • Ability to effectively monitor regulatory developments and industry trends.
  • Strong quantitative & analytical skills.
  • Strong written & oral communication skills.


Eligibility Requirements

  • 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
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work for SABIC in the United States on a full-time basis.


Work Availability

Regular, predictable attendance is an essential function of this position. Applicants must be regularly available and willing to work during assigned hours of operation and such other hours as the company determines are necessary or desirable to meet business needs


We are proud to be a diverse and an equal opportunity employer. We are fully committed to a culture of respect and inclusion.