Technical Manager – Olefin Study


HSB Solomon Associates LLC, a subsidiary of Hartford Steam Boiler and Munich Re, is seeking candidates for a Technical Manager – Olefin Study position to work in a dynamic, fast-paced business environment. Solomon is the leading performance improvement company for the global energy industry, serving clients in nearly 80 countries, with global headquarters in Dallas and regional offices in Houston, London, Manama, and Singapore. Solomon provides data-driven, strategic insight across the energy industry, leading to greater efficiency, reliability, and profitability.BASIC FUNCTIONThe Technical Manager – Olefin Study is responsible for stewarding the technical roadmap of Solomon’s industry leading olefin benchmarking study to enable long-term market growth and business objectives. This position owns and leads enhancement of the Worldwide Olefin Plant Performance Analysis (Olefin Study) technical scope, benchmarking methodology & calculations, and study insight generation. The Technical Manager – Olefin Study resides within Solomon’s Chemicals Business Unit, and it is integral to the overall management of the Olefin Study.Responsibilities
  • Industry Trends & Market Intelligence
    • Responsible for keeping abreast of olefin industry trends and key client initiatives and applying that market intelligence to evolve the Olefin Study offering
    • Conceptualizes, defines, and implements changes to study scope, metrics, and deliverables to address current and future industry challenges
    • Increases client value by expanding and deepening the insights that clients receive from study participation
  • Application of New Technologies & Analytical Methodologies
    • Responsible for applying new technologies and analytical methodologies to uncover new classes of insights from Solomon’s intellectual property and databases. This mandate includes, but is not limited to, new insights pertaining to sustainability for the olefin industry
    • Responsible for defining infrastructure improvements that increase the efficiency of both client study participation and Solomon study execution, as well as reducing the effort required to obtain meaningful performance insights.
  • Internal Collaboration
    • Proactively collaborate with the Olefin Study Manager, Benchmarking Product Manager, Executive Vice President of Intellectual Property, and Technology Team in coordinating technical study improvement activities in alignment with company timelines and resource availability
    • Supplements the Olefin Study consultant team during peak execution phases of the 2-year study cycle, including input data review, study deliverables creation, and client results presentations


  • Required:
    • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering
  • Preferred:
    • Master’s degree and/or advanced professional degree preferred (e.g., MBA, PhD, etc.)
Work Experience
  • Required:
    • 15+ years of career experience in a chemical operating company or petrochemicals division of an integrated oil company
    • 10+ years of olefin manufacturing experience in technical support, process economic, and/or production roles
    • Significant experience with olefin plant performance management, including strategic planning, goal setting, metric design, implementation, and stewardship
  • Preferred:
    • 15+ years of olefin manufacturing experience in technical support, process economic, and/or production roles
    • Career tenure spanning multiple olefin production facilities
    • Career tenure spanning assignments in multiple countries
Technical Skills
  • Required:
    • Technical Knowledge – Strong technical understanding of olefins manufacturing from a process, operational, and asset perspective
    • Data Analysis – Strong data and performance analysis skills, with keen attention to detail
    • Olefins Processing – Hands-on experience with olefins process simulation, yield modeling, and/or feedstock optimization
    • Olefins Manufacturing – Strong knowledge of olefins manufacturing economics, cost structure competitiveness, and capital investment justification
    • Olefins Manufacturing Functional Knowledge – Working knowledge of olefins manufacturing functions, including plant operations, maintenance and reliability, technical support, and planning & optimization
    • Technical Communications – Capable of representing complex technical concepts into simple business terms
    • Microsoft® Office Products – Proficient in Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel®, and PowerPoint®
  • Preferred:
    • Understanding of Solomon Olefin Study and metrics from client perspective
  • Required:
    • Cultivates Innovation – Comes up with useful ideas that are new, better, or unique; introduces new ways of looking at problems
    • Customer Focus – Gains insight into customer needs; builds and delivers solutions that meet customer expectations
    • Manages Complexity—Acquires data from multiple and diverse sources when solving problems; uncovers root causes to difficult problems
    • Resourcefulness — Marshalls resources to get things done. Orchestrates multiple activities simultaneously to accomplish a goal
    • Collaborates – Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives
    • Communication Skills – Interpersonal and communication skills including excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills
    • Interpersonal Skills – Excellent people and leadership skills with the ability to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team environment
  • Willing to travel approximately 20% of the time, both domestically and internationally
  • This position would be based in Solomon’s Dallas or Houston office. Remote US locations will also be considered.

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