Group Science & Technical Manager

Job Title: Group Science & Technical Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Barendrecht, Netherlands
Salary: Negotiable
Start Date: 2019-06-13
Reference: BH-109976
Contact Name: Sander Schuitman
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 13, 2019 10:00

Job Description

NES Global Talent is currently recruiting for a Group Science & Technical Manager to work internationally in a permanent staff position.  

Role Purpose

  • This is a global role providing a technical lead on the provision of marine fuel quality advice to customers through the laboratory testing of marine fuels based on interpretation of results;
  • IMO2020 S Cap is a key gamechanger driving the need for this role to enable our client to maintain leadership position in marine fuel and advisory services;
  • The internal focus of this role will be via the Group Managing Director, working closely with Lab Managers and Technical Advisory Managers;
  • The external focus of this role will be via the Group Commercial Director, working closely with Sales Managers.
Role Description

  • Lead the Technical teams globally on advising customers of marine fuel and oil quality;
  • Work closely with Technical and Lab Managers to investigate significant customer fuel quality problems and develop new testing methods;
  • Analysing fuel & lubricants quality data for trend analysis, new fuels/lubes, etc for inclusion into reports, papers and presentations, working closely with Group Commercial Director;
  • Advising on fuel characteristics with regard to the 2020's changes;
  • Writing technical papers regarding all aspects of marine fuel/lubricants quality;
  • Presenting at global conferences on topics relating to marine fuels/lubricants quality;
  • Representing our client on industry bodies such as Intertanko, IBIA, CIMAC, ISO and reporting the activities to relevant teams;
  • Support Group MD with prioritisation of Lab CAPEX by advising on the viability of new chemical analysis techniques, methods and instrumentation and horizon scanning future testing technologies;
  • Provide a greater depth of chemistry knowledge to support Sales Managers.
Reporting Line & Location/Travel

  • Reports to the Group Managing Director;
  • No direct reports but functional lead for Technical teams and Lab Managers (Rotterdam, Singapore, Houston, Fujairah);
  • Extensive global travel >70% of time, covering laboratory locations in Rotterdam, Singapore, Houston and Fujairah as well as customer locations across Europe, Americas, Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Knowledge & Skills

  • Essential - Minimum Degree level qualifications, with Masters level preferred;
  • Essential - A deep understanding and knowledge of marine fuel, lubricants chemistry and testing, with minimum 5 years marine fuel testing experience, along with good marine engineering knowledge;
  • Desirable – Knowledge and experience of technologies employed in testing marine fuels and oils.
Deliverables from Role

  • Provide a deeper and more rounded technical service and support to the clients;
  • Have a stronger voice within industry bodies and therefore greater influence;
  • Chemistry issues are handled with expertise and knowledge for TA, Commercial and Clients alike;
  • Industry conferences see a recognised Technical Expert presenting technical papers;
  • Shipping Media receive papers from the leading marine fuel testing company’s, leading technical expert;
  • Chemistry takes its place alongside marine engineering in importance and consideration from our client;
  • All the above increase our client's credibility in delivering sound technical advisory support.
Important note: Only EU-citizens are considered for this position!  

If you are available or interested in a career switch, please don't hesitate to apply directly or contact Sander Schuitman at +31 (0) 70 808 0147 for more information.