Senior Process Engineer,

United States, Texas, Deer Park

Business unit: Polymer Chemistry

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


We currently have an opening for a Sr. Process Engineer for our Battleground (Houston, TX) facility. Battleground primarily produces metal alkyls, sold primarily as co-catalysts to major thermoplastic resins and rubber manufacturers (producers of polyethylene, polypropylene, and EPDM). The product line is complex with over 30 metal alkyl products (plus formulations) produced at Battleground. Products are extremely hazardous (pyrophoric, meaning they ignite on contact with air) and are highly reactive with water. The site also manufactures High Purity Metal Organics (HPMO) for the semi-conductor and LED industries.

Key Objectives/Principal Accountabilities

Key Objective of Position: To provide technical services in the form of process engineering for the manufacture of organometallic compounds with emphasis on project conception, design and implementation. Other emphasis will be on plant technical support which will include but not limited to: SPC, material balances, process safety to include hazard analysis, yield tracking and improvements, operating specific production sections, and troubleshooting and resolving process problems.

Principal accountabilities
1. Implement Process Safety requirements on manufacturing units.
2. Conduct, document and resolve findings from hazard operability and hazard analysis.
3. Train plant personnel on SPC theory and techniques. Implement and monitor process plotting.
4. Develop and implement process engineering projects, studies and evaluations. Provide heat and material balances, equipment sizing, relief valve calculations and raw material yield calculations.
5. Provide technical services and operating support for plant special needs such as unit start up. Assist operations with troubleshooting of unit problems and resolving process problems.
6. Other duties and assignments as directed by the Operations Superintendent.

Health, Safety, Security & Environmental Specific Responsibilities

1. Understand and help implement the site’s Operating Policy, and HSSE goals and objectives.
2. Support and participate in on-going HSSE improvement activities and committees.
3. Be aware of potential health, safety, security and environmental impacts in area of responsibility and the consequences if an upset occurs.
4. Understand and implement any parts of the Battleground Environmental Compliance Plan and Waste Management Plan that apply to area of responsibility.
5. Participate in the site’s on-going Pollution Prevention Process.

Quality Specific Responsibilities

1. Understand and help implement the site’s Quality Policy, Quality goals and objectives, and the Quality Improvement Process (MTQ).
2. Be fully aware of your specific quality assurance responsibilities.
3. Be familiar with site-wide document control, internal quality audits, corrective action, non-conforming product and record keeping procedures.
4. Be sure employees under supervision, if applicable, are aware of and are adequately trained in quality procedures.

Vacancy data


Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

Vacancy number



North America


United States




Deer Park

Business unit

Polymer Chemistry

Sub business unit

Polymer Chemistry_Americas

Job family


Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

• Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and 6 to 8 years chemical plant experience, or Master’s degree in chemical engineering and 4 to 6 years chemical plant experience experience.
• Chemical manufacturing experience required
• Must be able to climb stairs and ladders
• Must be able to read, write and communicate in English
• Good computer skills
• Must be able to wear respirator, steel toed shoes, safety glasses and hard hat as required

As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).