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Chemical Engineer - PDP Program

Date:  May 28, 2024

Pernis, ZH, NL

Company Overview


Grounded by a history that is deeply rooted in innovation, Hexion is a global employer committed to building and protecting the future by producing innovative performance materials.  Our materials are the building blocks for critical industries, including construction, agriculture, energy, automotive, and infrastructure protection. Everywhere you look, you will find our materials and people at work to help customers make products that are stronger, safer, and cleaner. When you work for Hexion, you’ll join a team that is committed to operating safely and with integrity to build a more sustainable future for all, our associates, our customers, and the communities where we live and work.  

Position Overview


During this 30 months PDP program, you will learn all the ins-and-outs of many of the relevant manufacturing processes within Hexion VAD business, after which you will have the opportunity to continue to grow into a challenging Chemical Engineering role at Pernis.


Your focus will be to deliver improvement projects for the Versatic Acids & Derivatives business at Hexion VAD Pernis and Moerdijk sites. 


Your sponsor will be the site manager and he will be your guidance and direct manager for the duration of the program. 


Per assignment (with a duration of 4 to 6 months) you will carry out several productivity improvements projects. Guidance per assignment is via a mentor.  

Job Responsibilities

  • The program is divided in 4-6 assignments of 4-6 months each. During this structured program, you will experience different functional areas of our company.
  • You will be challenged to demonstrate your abilities in chemical, chemical engineering or related analytical or engineering/technical subjects.
  • You will handle projects and deliver assignments independently under the guidance of a Mentor, assigned to your specific assignment(s). The project assignments will help you gain insights into Manufacturing and VAD business, while being involved in daily operations as well.
  • A diverse and continuing training-on-the-job supports your professional and personal development during the Development Program. Training includes Six Sigma tools, Project management tools, Personal Leadership Essentials, Finance Basics and Presentation Skills among others.
  • You will be assigned to a personal Sponsor who will help you achieve your individual goals through personal advice during the program.
  • Regular performance review sessions during and after each assignment will be offered to steer your development.



Strategic Focus and Direction:

  • Builds relationships with customers and internal partners.
  • Understands the division’s / business unit’s strategic plan.
  • Understands relationship between business plans and team/unit and role.
  • Identifies problems in attaining planned goals or work and proposes solutions. 

Trust and Teamwork:

  • Displays correct, professional business etiquette in all interactions.
  • Understands that there are different approaches when making decisions and utilizes as appropriate.
  • Compiles and presents information in a manner easily understood by others.
  • Collaborates to enhance team efforts through personal contributions. Places team success above personal success.
  • Communicates directly, honestly, and respectfully to gain cooperation and resolve conflicts with others. 

Personal Leadership:

  • Evaluates and plans the use of resources to obtain efficiencies wherever possible.
  • Accepts responsibility for the consequences of personal actions.
  • Acts in a manner consistent with Hexion’s core values.
  • Displays a positive and willingness to make the necessary effort to accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrates accountability for own work, personal and professional development.
  • Recognizes and considers cultural differences in a respectful manner. 

Achieve Business Results:

  • Accomplishes assignments on time and contributes to continuously improve workflow and workprocesses.
  • Plans, organizes, and completes projects and functional work to accomplish goals and assignments.
  • Accomplishes expectations and delivers goals and work timely and efficiently. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • As a minimum Masters Degree, good academic records with Major in Chemical Engineering;
  • Between 0 to 1 years of working experience in the chemical industry;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Dutch & English.


Additional technical skills:

  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills
  • Capability to produce process mass / heat balances
  • Clear thinker with excellent analytical skills and are critical about data.
  • Analytical problem solving & techniques;
  • Knowledge of process simulation techniques; 
  • Can produce reactor / plant concept on basis of reaction mechanism, reaction kinetics, mass/heat transfer limitations
  • Capability to come to separation concepts on basis of thermodynamics and physical properties


Other skills:

  • Independent
  • Enthusiasm, drive 
  • Proactive attitude
  • Team player
  • Persuasiveness
  • Project leadership
  • Passionate about finding creative solutions and have a “Can do” attitude.
  • Mixes good business sense with entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with people of different cultures and functions.
  •  Leadership potential.
  • Hands-on mentality, a pragmatic view of life, self-propelled/driven.
  • Like to work in multidisciplinary teams and combine common sense with a sense of humor.

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