Plant Manager Flagship

24 januari 2022 Avantium

For this exciting part of our journey to achieve a fossil-free world, we are looking for an experienced plant manager with a pragmatic attitude to operate in an exciting, fast-paced technical environment. The plant manager will be responsible for building the organisation, designing the processes, managing the commissioning, start-up and running of the flagship plant.

Avantium is a pioneer in the emerging industry of renewable and sustainable chemistry. We are an innovation-driven company dedicated to developing and commercialising breakthrough technologies that will transform the chemical and plastics industry. Our focus is on revolutionizing polyesters, and other chemicals, enabling the production of fully circular plastics that can be indefinitely recycled. We believe this is the area with the most potential to drive the industry towards becoming fossil-free. Our plant-based materials can be used in packaging, textiles, film and more – everyday items fit for today’s world. Aside from being fully scalable, our products are economically competitive, fully recyclable and superior in performance.

The Renewable Polymers business aims to commercialize our proprietary plants-to-plastics YXY® Technology, which is used to produce furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) - the main building block of the high-performance, plant-based plastic polyethylene furanoate (PEF). We have fully proven the technology in our pilot plant in Geleen and we are now starting the construction of the world’s first commercial FDCA plant in Delfzijl, which will be operational in 2023.

Responsibilities

For this exciting part of our journey to achieve a fossil-free world, we are looking for an experienced plant manager with a pragmatic attitude to operate in an exciting, fast-paced technical environment. The plant manager will be responsible for building the organisation, designing the processes, managing the commissioning, start-up and running of the flagship plant. The flagship plant is an investment of approximately €115 million and will produce 5 kilotons FDCA with the end state plant crew of approximately 50 FTE. This position offers the unique opportunity to build the flagship plant and the team.

This includes;

  • establishing and developing a high performing plant organization and a positive, engaging, safe and productive work environment,
  • working with the engineering team to secure on-time and within-budget commissioning and start-up of the flagship plant,
  • contributing to the manufacturing vision and framework (QHSE, BRZO, process & quality control, maintenance, waste management, packaging) and ensuring compliance to the standards,
  • supporting the set-up of the supply & demand chain and logistics (systems, processes, organization, third parties),
  • managing the daily operations and production in the flagship plant, optimizing processes, motivating the crew, developing local relationships.

What do you bring?

The flagship plant manager will need to have a proven track record of managing a processing plant in a safe and efficient way. Including proven experience with authority inspections such as WABO and BRZO. In order to meet the ambitious goals of this project, the right candidate demonstrates an engaging leadership style that drives a high-performance culture in which people evolve, grow and succeed. Dutch is required for the role as that is the working language in our plants.

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