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Technical Manager

Houston, TX
Purpose of the job:
The Technical Manager will lead a team of Process, Project, Reliability, and Operations engineers, including the Maintenance Supervisor, to provide continuous trouble shooting and problem solving services to the Plant, and develop and implement a Continuous Improvement and Capital Investment Program focused on:
  1. Safety and Environmental compliance and improvement, 
  2. Product Quality assurance and improvement,
  3. Cost reduction, 
  4. Capacity and Profit increase, and
  5. Continuity of operations. 
In parallel, the Technical Manager will work with their team to assist Plant Management in establishing a Safety and Reliability culture leading to best in class performance.
Environment/Context: Internal factors:
  • Safety Performance, specifically compliance with the Management of Change and Process Safety Management procedures
  • Product Quality and Realization
  • Plant Reliability, Efficiency, and Production Capability
  • Engineering organizational capabilities, knowledge base and know-how of
Technical Safety, Process, Project and Automation engineers  External factors:
  • SHE compliance      Plant competitiveness


Accountability 1 – SHE
  • Implements and abides by safety policies and procedures and indirectly assures contract manpower meets company and government agency safety requirements. Shows strict adherence to the company 20 Principles
Accountability 2: Assist in achieving best in class Safety Performance  Most important activities:
  • Provide Process Safety and Integrity Management expertise
  • Work with plant engineering team to achieve strict adherence to the plant’s PSM and MOC procedures
  • Actively participate with the plant engineering team in all plant safety initiatives, such as job risk analyses, prestart-up safety reviews, field safety observations, near miss and incident reporting, incident investigations
  • Work with engineering team to implement all safety items on the Engineering Work Program in a timely manner 
Accountability 3:
Provide continuous support to Operations and Maintenance and achieve best in class reliability performance:
Most important activities:
  • Ensure that systems are in place for maximizing the long term reliability of the plant and the safe execution of maintenance work
  • Take lead role in all outage related activities related to outage project scope development, outage budget management, reliability requirements, shut down and start up support
  • Work with Maintenance and Reliability Engineers to help analyze and resolve any equipment reliability issues that are presented
  • Provide engineering discipline support to the site by assisting plant engineers in troubleshooting all operational, process and equipment issues presented
Accountability 4: Develop and implement a Continuous Optimization and Improvement Program
Most important activities:
  • Co-ordinate with all plant departments, sister plants and central R&D to capture, quantify and prioritize all ideas for improvement of the current plant operations in the fields of 
    • Safety and Environmental Compliance,
    • Product Quality Assurance
    • Raw Materials and Energy utilization
    • Production Capacity
    • Purge and by-product valorisation, and
    • Continuity of Operation
    • Process Control Improvement
  • Gather feedback from team to develop present quantified and prioritized ideas to Plant Management to obtain support and approval and manage implementation 
Accountability 5: Management of Plant Engineering Department Main activities:
  • Develop annual department budget, Capital Budget, and Special Project Expenses based on resources and services needed to perform all plant support work and implement annual Engineering Work Program, 
  • Determine specific engineering capabilities of subordinates and define development plans for each subordinate as well as for department as a whole to address and surpass capability gaps on both individual as well as departmental level. 
  • Develop Performance, Training and Career Development Plans for all members of the engineering team, evaluate annually.
  • Participate as a member of the Plant Leadership Team and maintain a visible and accessible presence in the plant



  • As a minimum BS degree in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering with at least 10 years of chemical industry experience including maintenance/reliability engineering, process engineering, and project engineering or project management experience.
  • Successful candidate will have experience leading the work of plant engineering team
  • Demonstrated experience with safety analysis and management processes such as HAZOP, LOPA, SIS
  • Working knowledge of government regulations and codes and engineering specifications, codes and standards
Technical Skills
  • Strong process engineering and design skills with a thorough knowledge of flow sheeting, process modelling, unit operations, equipment design and sizing, materials of construction
  • Strong project feasibility and economic analysis skills
  • Complete understanding of the engineering documents associated with process  engineering and design such as: Process Descriptions, Block Flow Diagrams,  PFD’s, P&IDs, Plot Plans, Sectional Drawings, Equipment Specifications and Data Sheets, Instrument Specifications and Data Sheets, loop diagrams, logic diagrams, one line diagrams
  • Good understanding of Project Development and Approval Procedures
  • Demonstrated capabilities to assess work sequencing, optimize work planning
  • Experience with project cost and schedule control practices is a plus
Behavioral Skills
  • Safety minded, demonstrated strong safety and environmental performance
  • Proven people management skills (leadership, delegation and particularly networking and influencing skills)
  • Ability to organize work, manage work priorities, drive engineering team and deliver quality engineering service to the plant and the business
  • Bias for action to identify potential problems and co-ordinate their resolution before they become an issue
  • Strong verbal as well as written communication skills (upward, lateral, and downward)
  • Confident analytical and organizational skills, 
  • Stress resistant and methodical
  • Problem solver and change agent
  • Inspiring and motivating
  • Self-motivated, self-starter; able to work with minimal supervision
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