Electrical, Instrumentation & Automation Engineering Manager - Global Position

Search & Selection International Projects

The Netherlands - Global Position requires international travel, Belgium

Work From Remote Location

Ref: RP481-04

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Electrical, Instrumentation & Automation Engineering Manager - Global Position

Our client Oiltanking has been active in tank storage logistics since 1972 and is today one of the largest independent operators of tank terminals for oils, petroleum products, biofuels, gases and chemicals worldwide. The company owns and operates 41 terminals in 18 countries with a total storage capacity of more than 16 million cbm, on five continents – in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, India, and the Asia-Pacific region. Clients include private and state oil companies, refiners, petrochemical companies, and traders in petroleum products and chemicals. Oiltanking is a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls AG, an agile and independent holding company in the energy & chemical sector, founded in 1947.

With a strong customer orientation and a focus on safe, efficient and reliable services, Oiltanking employs a strategy of controlled growth of its tank terminal-based service network through acquisitions, upgrading of existing facilities and building new tailor-made infrastructure. Currently the group is in the process of developing NewCo, a carve-out out of Oiltanking which will be launched in 2022. This new company will have a very ambitious growth agenda in Petrochemicals, LNG and New Energies through significantly increasing brownfield, greenfield, EPC and M&A activities. Key priority and strategic mission is to become a front runner in Sustainability & ESG (Environment, Social, Governance). From the start its worldwide footprint will include 13 terminals located in the United States, Europe, China, Singapore and the Middle East.

• To develop and spearhead the Centre of Excellence for EI&A in the new Central Engineering Department (CED) as part of
• Assets, Operations & Safety (AO&S), Oiltanking is hiring an experienced and excellent:
• Electrical, Instrumentation & Automation Engineering Manager
• Petrochemicals, Gas & Energy - Storage & Logistics
• Global Position - Based in Antwerp or Rotterdam


• Key purpose of your role is to manage Electrical, Instrumentation & Automation engineering support to the engineering departments of the different operating companies as well as coordinating the roll-out and implementation of the group's ambitious Automation/Digitisation road map for 13 terminals worldwide. You will ensure optimal knowledge sharing from the corporate centre towards the terminals and vice versa and you will report directly to the Vice President Engineering in Antwerp. Your Key Responsibilities include :
• Leading design & implementation of electrical and automation systems, components and applications within the regions on a global scale according to CED standards.
• Supervision and development of EI&A related calculations, specifications, PID's, schemes, conceptual studies, engineering documents and reliability/availability requirements for new builds or expansion projects.
• Ensuring that state-of-the-art quality, legal, timing & planning and budgetary requirements are met.
• Coordinating with the CED team and the regional A&O Managers, the Operations, IT and Engineering Managers.
• Driving the local E&I and DCS Engineers to meet milestones and KPI's.
• Monitoring review & discussion of E&I CapEx proposals within the different regions.
• Representing the company towards customers, authorities, contractors and regulatory agencies.
• Acting as a key product owner for ISA-95 Level 1 & 2 Automation Systems and driving standardization of Control Systems in the group.


• To qualify for this role you have a Master degree in Electrical/Instrumentation/Automation Engineering or equivalent by experience
• You have a relevant and strong Electrical, Instrumentation & Automation background in the Oil & Gas, Chemicals or related industries, ideally in storage, logistics and distribution.
• You have10-15 years of experience in EI&A design, preferably for storage terminals.
• You are detail oriented with strong IT/DCS interface thinking.
• You are familiar with DCS platforms of e.g. Emerson, Honeywell, Yokogawa, Endress+Hauser.
• You are a high-impact, entrepreneurial and customer focused manager with excellent organizational and leadership skills for a demanding, multicultural and global work environment.
• You are strong in motivating and developing people, fostering teamwork and collaboration, championing change and driving innovation and operational excellence.
• You have a strong HSSE awareness and you can demonstrate superior analytical skills.
• You are a dedicated and open-minded professional with good communication- and interpersonal skills.
• You are fluent in English (spoken & written) with knowledge of German and any other languages as an advantage.
• You are based in or willing to relocate to Belgium(Antwerp) or The Netherlands (Rotterdam).
• This position requires intensive travel across the globe.


• In this global senior-level position you are the main link between the corporate Centre of Excellence for EI&A and the different terminals/regions. In return Oiltanking offers an attractive income package with benefits and incentives according to your contribution to the ongoing development and success of the company.

About the Company

Search & Selection International Projects is a centre of expertise operating from Belgium as a strategic and central European location. We have more than 20 years of hands-on experience in bespoke high-profile international search and recruitment campaigns for managers, commercial and technical specialists and young potentials. Our main geographical focus is EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) with extensions and special assignments in India, South-East Asia and China.

Our team of experts offers a centralized approach to managing and coordinating international projects in combination with a decentralized on-the-ground execution, local sourcing, screening and assessment.

A centralized international recruitment approach saves on operational costs. Instead of staffing a scattered number of local offices abroad, we invest in improving best practices and in building a powerful international sourcing database. We have developed our own web based communication and information platform for worldwide candidate management, follow-up, interaction, monitoring and screening. We go for minimal time-to-market and maximal result.

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