Pilot Plant Manager
Stora Enso
Gent, Vlaanderen, Oost, BE
14 uur geleden


Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper globally.

Stora Enso division Biomaterials decided to invest EUR 9 million to build a pilot facility in Belgium, located at Stora Enso’s Langerbrugge Mill in Ghent.

The pilot plant will convert plant-based sugars into FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid), the renewable building block required to make PEF (polyethylene furanoate), a bio-based plastic.

This PEF will be used as a barrier in transparent packaging, mainly targeting the food and beverage industry. In addition to its renewable nature, PEF’s attractive barrier and his mechanical and thermal properties opens new packaging opportunities, such as small liquid containers for soft drinks, juices and other beverages.

The investment in bio-based chemistry further strengthens Stora Enso’s opportunities to replace fossil-based materials with renewable and recyclable materials.



We are looking for a Pilot Plant Manager who takes ownership of this investment. As Manager, you will lead the implementation of the pilot plant investment and coordinate the pilot operations during the next years, in close collaboration with the Innovation Manager of Stora Enso Langerbrugge and the Innovation organization located in Stockholm (Sweden).

In the implementation phase, you will steer the work of the various suppliers and the engineering team of the Langerbrugge mill.

Once operational, you will lead the team of engineers, operators and chemists running the pilot and align the scope of work with the innovation project team.

Role :

  • You coordinate site modifications to host pilot operations, as well as the installation and SAT (Site Acceptance Test) of the pilot.
  • During the startup you recruit, with the support of the local HR-team, the operational team of 5 to 20 people. Once production is up and running, you will manage this team.
  • Initially, the process will run in dayshift. Afterwards the production will run 24 / 7.

  • You have a leading role in the development of a maintenance program and in the efforts in identifying and implementing upgrades to pilot plant facilities and utilities.
  • Together with the process engineers you are responsible for the installation of new process equipment and process modifications following project guidance.
  • As Plant Manager you are safety lead. You are responsible for securing safe and efficient operations. Under your lead and supervision, the plant is always up-to-date and compliant with all company and regulatory requirements for safety, environment and best practices.
  • You leverage internal and external resources to accomplish needs for operations and maintenance projects.
  • You maintain R&D pilot plant process equipment, facilities and utilities in optimal working conditions.
  • Qualifications

  • You are Master in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering with 10+ years of experience, preferably within R&D in the chemical, food or pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience in process control / automation is preferred.

  • You have solid project management skills, making you flexible to handle and lead both long-term projects and ad hoc challenges.
  • Critical analytical thinking and root-cause problem solving are competences you have.
  • You have demonstrated good people management skills. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are a necessity. Also the ability to constructively interact with colleagues within the company, as well as with outside contractors.
  • You have solid written and oral communication skills. You can create solid reports that drive decision making.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English.
  • About Stora Enso in Belgium

    In Belgium Stora Enso has 5 entities, mainly active within the paper division. Located in Ghent : Stora Enso Langerbrugge, Stora Enso Belgium and Vlar Papier, active in sorting, producing and selling newsprint and magazine paper.

    Stora Enso Amsterdam Belgian Branch (logistics) and Lumipaper (sheeting plant) are located in the Antwerp harbour.


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