Albemarle is hiring a Project Manager, Engineering in Houston, TX

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When you join the Albemarle team, you contribute to a better tomorrow. You will play a role in powering many of the world’s largest and most critical industries, from energy and communications to transportation and electronics. We are putting innovation to work to improve people’s lives and we want YOU to be a part of it.

Job Description

Role Description

The Project Manager is to provide project management leadership for front-end engineering design, define and detailed design phases, construction, and commissioning and start-up. He/she is responsible for planning, leading, and managing all engineering activities associated with a capital project. The Project Manager integrates the total engineering effort over the total project life from inception to commercial operation. The Project Manager is a member of the Project Leadership Team and is accountable to the Project Director for project engineering success and for engineering functional excellence and competency.

The Capital Project Manager, in alignment with Albemarle’s Project Process (APP), is responsible for execution of front-end engineering design, detailed design, procurement, construction, commissioning & startup. This includes execution of procedures such as management of change (MOC), HSE, CSR and pre safety start up review (PSSR). He/she also develops proposals in collaboration with operations, process engineering and discipline representatives. In addition, the Capital Projects Manager will assist with mechanical start-up plans and procedures, support training and assure technical documentation and knowledge transfer.

The Project Manager reports to the Engineering Director, Capital Projects.

  • Leads and manages Project Team(s). He/she gives direction and establishes clear expectations
  • Establishes and manages effective communications within the Integrated Project Team to ensure alignment among business and project objectives and the Design Basis
  • Provides interface between the Project Leadership Team and the Business Unit Steering Team
  • Conduct periodic team leadership meetings, document discussions with resulting action items list and due dates
  • Develops project personnel roles and responsibilities definitions, and ensures each functional team member understands their role and deliverable(s)
  • Manage and support completion of associated with Albemarle Project Process (APP) deliverables (stage gate review and approval process)
  • Support and lead (as necessary) all gatekeeping reviews and ensures all front-end (basic engineering) development deliverables are met for ISBL and OSBL.
  • Support Lessons Learned program based on industry experience and best practices
  • Assist in developing scopes of work and request for proposal packages for engineering work
  • Assist in resolving issues with vendors, evaluating bids, and developing procurement strategies
  • Support negotiations with key contractors and vendors as needed
  • Monitors third party engineering contractors to ensure quality engineering and decision making for: scheduled deliverables, and management within budget
  • Ensures independent or corporate resources for project quality assurance processes and execution with respect to engineering, procurement and construction activities
  • Travel to monitor engineering contractor activities and field construction progress
  • Leads safety, including setting expectations and being visible in the field
  • Support the Project Director regarding overall project controls, including expenditures and schedule to meet business expectations
  • Accountable for integrated engineering design and procurement schedule
  • Collaborate with Project Controls and management in reviewing financial data for projects on a regular basis to identify and address trends, challenges, and opportunities
  • Review and provide guidance on project changes and controls associated cost within the approved budget amounts per the established project “no-change” policy (Change Management Process)
  • Support ongoing planning definition process, specifically through establishing milestone targets, effective deadline management and resource allocations
  • Drives capital project work processes and practices

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks; willing to delegate.
  • Leader in compliance with Company Safety, Health and Environment and Business policies, regulations, and standards
  • Good understanding of the business, the process technology, and manufacturing process
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Understanding and appreciation for the various functions and disciplines involved in capital projects and capability to build the strong engineering team necessary for project success.
  • Experience and expertise in project processes from project concept through commissioning and start-up, and closeout
  • Ability to align project objectives and justifications with various stakeholder groups.
  • Results oriented and disciplined to follow project processes and best practices.
  • Identifying and managing potential risks and liabilities
  • Document management through all project stages
  • Knowledge of contracting and contracting strategies
  • Extensive knowledge of Project Management principles
  • Ability to judge the quality of engineering and construction documents.
  • Ability to supervise multi-disciplined teams.
  • Thorough knowledge of project controls and cost forecasting
  • Ability to prepare and analyze critical path schedules.
  • Thorough understanding of engineering and construction productivity measurements
  • Estimating skills and knowledge of engineering and construction cost structure
  • Thorough understanding of design and constructability reviews along with other Value Improving Practices (VIPs)
  • Demonstrated experience managing multi-disciplined projects.
  • Understanding of stage gated work processes and deliverables.
  • Keen focus on project change management
  • Effective negotiation and dispute resolution skills, analytical and decision-making skills
  • Working knowledge of construction labor planning
  • Working knowledge of engineering design tools – 3D CAD, Caesar II, etc.
  • Working knowledge of materials management, procurement, receiving, warehousing, etc.
  • Knowledge of construction safety requirements and measurements
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft products such as Access, Excel, Word, and Project
  • Familiarity with commercially available plant design products such as Autodesk’s AutoCAD, Intergraph PDS, Bentley Micro-station, etc.
  • Working knowledge of Primavera and SAP (PM/PS modules)
  • Excellent people skills (Customer focused)
  • Experience in culturally diverse organizations
  • Effective at promoting teamwork.

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, Electrical, or other equivalent engineering discipline
  • Minimum (10) ten years direct experience in the specialty chemicals, petrochemical, or chemical industry with at least (8) eight years of direct project management experience
  • Previous experience managing (start to finish) Brownfield and/or Greenfield projects (up to $50MM USD)
  • Must have experience managing engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors.
  • Experienced in supporting Quality Management programs.

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