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Process Safety Engineer Job


Houston, TX, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Mar 14, 2023

Arkema has established itself as France’s leading chemical producer and a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials. With annual sales of €8.8 billion and 20,000 people employed in some 55 countries, the Group pursues ambitious recruitment objectives both in France and around the world. Arkema offers diverse employment opportunities in 200 job functions and professions in four major fields: industrial, R&D, business, and support functions.

Reaching far beyond your discoveries!

Regarded as one of the world’s leading innovators, Arkema has made research one of the pillars of its strategy. For example by discovering new solutions to help reduce the weight of materials, hence cut down consumption. By developing innovative thermal insulation systems that can optimize the energy performance of buildings. Or by seeking new applications for its biosourced products at the service of greater sustainable development.

Innovative and durable solutions

Our high performance products have applications in wide-ranging areas, from new generation car batteries or telephones to recyclable wind turbine blades, from adhesives for the protective backsheets of solar panels to drinking water filtration systems, from running shoes and acrylic resins with no solvent and no volatile organic compound for 3D printing to molecular sieves for portable oxygen devices used by people suffering from respiratory failure… Joining Arkema means being part of a Group enjoying sustained growth that in little more than a decade has built up an exemplary achievement record, setting high ambitions for itself and for its employees. All our job opportunities are open to people with disabilities at equal merit or with equal skill levels.


Position reports to the Operations Manager.  Position requires direct interaction with other departmental managers and staff positions to exchange information and ideas directly related to the success of the Houston plant.


Responsible for managing the site Process Safety Management (PSM) Program.  Key responsibilities in the PSM program include the planning and completion of the Process Hazard Analysis (PHAs) for the facility as well as driving closure of site PHA action items and the execution of projects to close gaps identified during the PHA process.  Responsible for improving site process safety managements systems.  Responsible for ensuring that all AIMS HESQ policies & practices (ISO 9001, 14001, 18001 & RCMS) are followed by all personnel.  This includes compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements, (OSHA, EPA, TCEQ regulations and permits) quality systems, and safe work permit practices.  Accountable for tracking and reporting site process safety metrics.  Facilitates a healthy audit program at the Houston site.


Environmental (10%):

  • Support full environmental compliance and optimal environmental performance.
  • Ensure that permit compliance data and new permit applications are reviewed and are consistent with best engineering practices.

Safety (10%):

  • Support full compliance of all Safety related regulatory requirements including: OSHA, PSM, RMP, AIMS and Company Policies.

Process Safety Management (70%)

  • Accountable for plant PHA, eMOC and IMPACT action item processes.
  • Responsible for giving PSM guidance on all site projects and MOC’s.
  • Develop and manage the site SCS list.
  • Responsible for driving open PHA Action Items at the Houston site to closure.
  • Develop and facilitate PSM training program for site personnel.
  • Develop best practices, procedures and innovative solutions to improve process safety.
  • Drive procedure use culture at the Houston site and actively participate in procedure improvement.
  • Ensure site Process Safety Information is up-to-date.
  • Conduct timely incident investigations, event reviews and REX communications.
  • Establish and conduct routine audits of PSM processes (MOC, PHA, Procedures, Investigations, etc.).
  • Participate as the SME in AIMS/PSM/ISO audits.
  • Contribute and support all other site PSM-related activities, including (and not limited to) turnarounds, emergency operations, etc.

Operation and Technical Support (5%):

  • Support engineering project work.  Responsible for some small projects.

Development (5%):

  • Develop skills required to support Houston plant through professional development of technical skills, interpersonal relationship skills, management skills, and community relations.
  • Leads technical training and development for junior process, production, and developing engineers.
  • Ensure that specific goals are developed that corresponds with Plant objectives and initiatives.


  • Position reports to the Operations Manager.
  • The individual must have a sound knowledge of technical aspects of the Houston Plant, and of the business situation as related to the operation of the process.
  • Individual must be able to communicate on multiple levels of organization and manage multiple tasks required by the plant.
  • May participate in training and audits of other sites.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements.
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.).
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents.


  • B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering.
  • 8-10 years’ experience with chemical process unit operations.
  • A working knowledge of the following federal health and safety regulations: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals; EPA 40 CFR 68 Chemical Accident Prevention.


  • Ability and skill to understand and troubleshoot chemical processing to enable facility staff to achieve production goals.
  • Communication and presentation skills are necessary to convey interpretation of process data and recommendations for improvement.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • Strong technical knowledge and skillset.


A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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