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Process Improvement Engineer

Date:  Jun 4, 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


The Process Improvement Engineer (PIE) is responsible for identifying and implementing process improvements to enhance productivity, safety, efficiency and sustainability in the manufacturing operations.  In this PIE role you are the key contact person for Process Improvements for the units in the plant you are responsible for.  You  will play a crucial role in driving continuous improvement initiatives and ensuring the smooth functioning of process improvements from initiative towards Basis of Design and for Management of Changes from start to implementation. You are the key initiative owner to coordinate and collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop and implement solutions that optimize production processes, improve EHS and reliability performance.

Job Responsibilities


Improving plant performance of production units by: 

-    Initiating and coordinating Management Of Change (MOC) initiatives. Follow-up with all relevant project members of these MOC’s from idea towards implementation. 
-    New raw material usage approvals and reviews
-    Improving the process safety performance of production units by initiating and coordinating Process Safety Management initiatives together with the Process Safety Engineer for the production units you are responsible for, such as (re)-HAZOP & LOPA studies, SIL classification studies and reviewing safety reports.
-    Providing engineering and/or technology input and expertise as Process Improvement Engineer for operations to improve stable operations of the plants, but also to collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and implement process improvements.
-    Initiate or support sustainability & energy transition related improvements via the Management of Change process & CAPEX stage gate process.
-    In the lead for Process Improvement projects during the initial phase of a capital investment project. Coordination is key to get the right multidisciplinary team on board to review the initiative and to take the correct actions to meet objective or unmet need and come up with preferred proposal for Basis of Design phase (which will be carried out by Process Engineers & Project management department).
-    Responsible as PIE for reviewing & supporting test runs in the plants.
-    Analyzing production processes and identify areas for improvement.
-    Together with Production Engineers responsible for optimal yield, utility, and reliability performance.
-    Develop and implement strategies to optimize production efficiency and reduce costs.
-    Participate in root cause analysis to identify and resolve production issues and minimize downtime.
-    Providing input on the monthly KPIs with respect to MOCs and safety performance towards the Process Improvement Manager.
-    Stay updated on industry trends and best practices to continuously improve production processes. 
-    Initiate or support improvements based on plant performance or best practices and upcoming industry trends, such as automation solutions, better quality control measures, reliability, safety, and sustainability improvements



  • Provide support/input for the improvement of manufacturing HSE policies & procedures and Process Safety Management process.
  • Responsible for defining the process safety and technology operating windows. 


  • Responsible for developing plans to improve the manufacturing targets (e.g., HSE, reliability, yield, utility consumption, quality, variable, and direct fixed costs).
  • Responsible to develop, together with key stakeholders, a long-term improvement plan.
  • Co-responsible (together with manufacturing and supply chain) for manufacturing input for operational agreements with raw material suppliers, toll manufacturers and other third parties.
  • Responsible for the improvement of manufacturing management processes. 


  • Provide support/input to improve and reduce operational costs. 
  • Co-responsible for providing input and feedback on investment costs of projects carried out and/or started. 


  • Responsible for initiation and implementation of Management Of Change items and productivity projects.
  • In the lead for Process Improvement projects during the initial phase of a capital investment project.  


  • New raw material (suppliers) approvals and reviews
  • Responsible to follow up on abnormalities to provide long term compliance to the defined operating windows, including initiation of Root Cause Analyses. 



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

  • Acts and interacts on an Academic level.
  • Technical background, work experience in chemical industry.
  • 5-10 years of working experience. 
  • Fluent in Dutch and English
  • Required specific skills:
  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills
  • Analytical & Data analytical skills
  • Independent
  • Productive
  • Gives guidance
  • Enthusiasm, drive
  • Proactive attitude
  • Team player
  • Persuasiveness


If currently an employee of the Company, you must have current satisfactory work performance and in most cases, have been in your current role for 18 months.

Disclaimer: We are not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms/employment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee about this position. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee of the Company via email, the Internet, or in any other form and/or method without a valid written search firm agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of the Company; no fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by the Company as a result of the unsolicited referral or through other means.

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