Process Engineer Pilot Plant

16 mei 2022 Avantium

Avantium is an innovation-driven pioneer in the emerging industry of renewable and sustainable chemistry. The company offers unique technological solutions to reduce plastic waste, new chemical processes for the bio-based economy and R&D equipment and services to accelerate the development of new catalytic processes. The company headquarter is in Amsterdam, employing approximately 240 people representing 20 nationalities, with extensive R&D laboratories and pilot plants in Geleen and Delfzijl, the Netherlands.

We are looking for a Process Engineer for our Pilot Plant in Delfzijl. In the Delfzijl Pilot Plant several technologies are being developed, amongst others our Ray Technology™. This technology is a highly efficient process that converts plant-based sugars into Ray plantMEG™. This is an important chemical building block for PET or PEF resin for bottles and packaging; fibers for apparel, furniture and automotive; and solvents (e.g. paint and coatings) and coolants. You will participate in operating & troubleshooting of pilot scale process and process equipment. The Process Engineer is a key member of the pilot plant team, and an important link between the Process R&D Team in Amsterdam and the Pilot Plant operational team. You will translate process development requirements into runs that can be performed in the pilot plant and execute, analyze and report the results of these runs, ensures the process safety of the Pilot Plant with QHSE,  and assist with building a technical package for subsequent engineering activities.


You are part of the pilot plant team and responsible for:

  • Technological support of pilot plant processes and equipment,
  • Developing, configuring and optimizing the pilot plant processes,
  • Ensuring compliance with both internal and external protocols and regulations,
  • Preparation and participation in different HSE studies,
  • Translate process development requirements into runs that can be performed in the pilot plant and execute, analyse and report the results of these runs,
  • Researching, designing and developing new pilot plant equipment,
  • Project leader role for equipment modifications in the pilot plant,
  • Coaching of pilot plant colleagues on technology and process matter.

What do you bring?

  • University or HBO degree in Chemical or Process Engineering, or Chemistry,
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Chemical or Process Engineer in the chemical industry,
  • Experience as Project Manager in the chemical industry,
  • Track record in scaling-up new chemical processes and operating pilot plants,
  • Pragmatic hands-on attitude focused on problem analysis, decisions, planning & organizing solution implementation,
  • Strong communication skills to align with various stakeholders.

What do we offer?

As we are a small company, we also offer you a unique chance to learn a lot about many fields, not only science, but also business and management, leading people and operations, market strategies, quality and last but not least safety. Learning paths can be steep and we do not offer you predefined career paths and development tracks. You are in the lead of your career, what you bring to the table will be noticed and taking initiative is rewarded and recognized. We have an informal culture, a flat organization and we recognize and celebrate the many cultures that we represent. And on top of that we offer good primary and secondary benefits.



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