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Job ID : 823 

Closing Date : 08/06/2021

Job Category : Engineering 

Location : Geismar Site 

Will relocation be considered for this position:  Yes


Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. Through our commitment to Responsible Care®, we take pride in our focus on safety and responsibility.



Nova Chemicals – Geismar Olefins is seeking a Process Engineer Team Lead to join our team at the Geismar, Louisiana site. The Team Lead will report to the Site Director and will have 6 direct reports. The Process Engineer team provides engineering and daily technical support for activities at the Geismar Plant.


 You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Provide effective people leadership to a multidisciplinary team (3 – Process Engineers, 2- Process Control Engineers, 1- Process Safety Management Engineer).
  • Provide technical support during plant turnarounds and minor outages. Team Leader is expected to provide technical support for: scope determination, facility change management, equipment inspections, and plant start-ups.
  • Monitor daily plant operation and performance looking for opportunities to optimize existing plant capabilities. Team Leader will be required to lead Process Engineering Team through process designs, economic analyses and initial front-end engineering for process improvement, process optimization and capital projects.
  • Provide technical discipline leadership during plant turnarounds and minor outages to foster collaboration, leveraging learnings, and skill development within the Geismar site.
  • Challenge the status quo and provide leadership in continuous improvement and change initiatives to drive improvement to business results.
  • Provide leadership support for designs, economic analyses and initial front-end engineering for process improvement, process optimization and capital projects.
  • Serve as the Lead Technical Authority during PHA and Risk-Based Inspection revalidations.
  • Participate in the Facility Change Management Process (FCM) by executing and completing Pre-Startup Safety Reviews, Process Hazard Analyses, and other technical processes.
  • Lead and provide technical expertise, with the ability to communicate effectively on issues across the organization, and demonstrate a collaborative work style (with peers, employees, etc.) within and across functions.
  • Gain alignment and resolve conflicts within cross-discipline work groups.
  • Knowledgeable in use of distributed control systems operator interface (TDC3000 and Experion).
  • Proficient use of DCS control data historians to develop process monitoring, evaluation and troubleshooting tools/spreadsheets.

What We Are Looking For:

The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a minimum of 10+ years of varied and increasing level of responsibility and experience in chemical processing preferably in an Olefins Manufacturing environment (ethane to ethylene cracking) and 5 years in Operations.


In addition, the successful candidate will have: 

  • Demonstrated and sustained commitment to the principles of Responsible Care.
  • Knowledge of plant operations and risks.
  • Excellence in people leadership and communication that fosters accountability, ownership, and motivation of staff. 
  • Ability to internalize values, mission, and vision of the business in order to externalize them to the organization. 
  • Strong ability to balance strategic and tactical thinking taking into account the big picture, both short and long term.
  • Formal or informal leadership experience with a demonstrated track record to achieve results, ability to drive step change improvement and influence others.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment with the ability to coach and develop teams and individuals through effective performance management.
  • The ability to adapt, learn and work in fast paced and dynamic environment.
  • Aspen Plus, Aspen EDR, Aspen Simulation Workbook experience.

You Can Stand Out If:

  • You are passionate about your work and put care and thought into all that you do.
  • You are responsible and follow through with your commitments to others and to safety.
  • You are innovative and are willing to challenge your biases when problem solving. 
  • You are collaborative, inclusive, and work well with others towards team goals. 


Additional Information:

  • This position will be located at our NOVA Chemicals manufacturing site in Geismar, LA.
  • Relocation is available for this position.

Why NOVA Chemicals?

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

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