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Process Safety Engineer

Job ID 11481 The Woodlands, Texas, United States;
Regular

Solvay is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €10.2 billion in 2019. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels (SOLB) and Paris and in the United States, where its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program. Novecare develops and produces formulations that alter the properties of liquids. It offers solutions to the oil and gas industry using an extensive range of surface chemistries combined with applications expertise. Novecare also provide specialty solutions for certain industrial applications, agricultural, and coatings markets.

Job Overview and Responsibilities:

The Role: Process Safety Engineer 

The Process Safety Engineer will drive performance improvement at various SOLVAY Novecare USA plants with main focus on plants involved in the Oil & Gas business. The position will need to work both in an office and production plant environment.   The position will operate under minimal supervision and oversight by the Global Process Safety Manager. The position will interface with plant personnel ranging from the plant manager to maintenance and production workers and with other NA Process Safety resources at GBU Novecare and at Corporate and with Technology and Process Engineers.  

Responsibilities
  • Lead (facilitating, conducting, documenting) Process Hazard Analyses at Novecare plant sites (being a guarantor for the risk assessment process); applying risk-reduction strategies to mitigate process risks associated with Process Hazard Analyses
  • Support plant on compliance requirements for OSHA PSM & EPA RMP and local/State regulations
  • Review projects, changes and activities to ensure Process Safety issues are identified and addressed.  
  • Ensures Process Safety incidents are adequately addressed. Participates in and/or validates medium level and above investigations as assigned. 
  • Support plants during FM Global Insurance audits; Provides technical expertise to sites towards FM Global expectations and recommendations in the process safety field
  • Help assigned plants implement the Process Safety Management aspects of Solvay’s management system  
  • Longer term: participates in internal Dakota regulatory compliance audits 
  • Keeps current with process Safety requirements and regulations
  • Maintain high HSE culture in the SOLVAY Novecare USA sites
  • Reviews activities to ensure Process Safety issues are addressed adequately
  • Follow all site safety rules and procedures
  • Ensure that Health, Safety & Environment standards are observed and maintained.



Education and Experience:
  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree (B.S.) in Chemical, Mechanical, or Environmental Engineering.  Specific education or training in Process Safety Management, Regulatory Management is a plus.  
  • Strong chemical and process background which enables the person to lead, develop, and review the technical and regulatory requirements for the plant.  A minimum of 3 years of experience in an industrial setting within the chemical industry or Oil & Gas is required with an emphasis on Process Safety. Practice of Process Hazard Analysis tools (Hazop, LOPA,...) is a plus. Familiarity with batch and continuous processing is a plus.
  • Must have the ability to travel from 50% - 70%



Skills:
  • Strong aptitude in interpretation and implementing existing and new regulations
  • Good understanding of compliance requirements and governmental audit processes
  • Good understanding of HSE Management Systems designed to promote continuous improvement in process safety, and HSE in general
  • Good understanding of  internal and external audit procedures and incident investigation techniques
  • Organized and reliable, produces rigorous work
  • Ability to produce results on own and through others
  • Autonomous & takes easily initiatives
  • Collaborative & open minded
  • Solutions & achievement driven
  • Able to adapt his/her communication to different levels; not afraid to bring bad news
  • Ability to work in complex and changing environment
  • Any foreign language is a plus in a multi-national company like SOLVAY


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