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Turnaround Continuous Improvement Lead


Rotterdam, ZH, NL

Country/Region:  NL
Job Area:  Maintenance
Business Unit:  Turnaround Center of Excellence

Everything we do at Neste serves one purpose: to create a healthier planet for our children. Over the past ten years, Neste’s transformation journey has taken the company from a local oil refining company to becoming a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. 


Our purpose pushes us forward to search for new ways to reduce the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere, and to innovate circular solutions to reuse carbon again and again. Are you going to help us combat climate change? 


Currently Neste has production sites located in Finland, The Netherlands and Singapore. Each site plans regular outages, called turnarounds, of a unit, production line or even an entire site to execute work that cannot be executed safely on the run. The scope typically covers maintenance, inspections, catalyst exchanges, projects and repairs to ensure the plant complies with legislation and operates reliably during the next run. TA’s are always carefully planned well in advance, depending on their size and complexity.


We are looking for a Turnaround Continuous Improvement Lead (TA CI Lead) to join Neste’s global TA Center Of Excellence. 
To further develop Neste’s global TA competences and support our sites best, we are now expanding the TACOE team with the position of ‘TA CI Lead’. It concerns a global role with preferred working location in Neste’s office in The Netherlands (Maasvlakte) or Finland.
About the position
The purpose of the position is to develop, implement and maintain the structure and practices for continuous improvement of TA management and to drive global learning. TA Continuous improvement covers the assurance reviews, benchmarking and target setting, lessons learned process, maintaining the TA Principal, Standard and manual, and developing TA training.


Other responsibilities: 

  • Define/enhance minimum requirements to embed continuous improvement for TA management
  • Provide support to the sites to implement these requirements and related practices
  • Coordinate and support the planning and execution of TA Assurance Reviews, in close collaboration with the TA teams and external parties.
  • Develop/maintain internal benchmarking methodology and standard data collection
  • Liaise with external parties to provide industry benchmarks as required
  • Develop and implement TA training(s)
  • Participate in long-term site improvement plans to assess TA performance gaps and determine improvement steps
  • Develop methodology for TA target setting and support TA teams implementing
  • Develop/maintain lessons learned process and database, including global sharing (push/pull)
  • Support implementing lessons learned process, compiling lessons learned registers and facilitate lessons learned workshops

Education and experience

  • At least an HBO/Bachelor working and thinking level
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in similar industries
  • Experience in Turnaround planning and execution
  • Experience in a similar (operations) excellence role is an advantage
  • Experience with Turnaround assurance and benchmarking is an advantage


  • Turnaround management (planning phases, scope development, gate/assurance reviews, etc)
  • Continuous improvement methodologies and (operations) excellence
  • General project management
  • Database/spreadsheet knowledge
  • PowerBi

The TACOE is gradually growing the team, to ensure the right balance between TA competences in the site teams and in the TACOE.
Although the TACOE falls under NES, it is a global excellence team, supporting the Neste Business Units under the global Neste TA governance structure.
Although the role will initially be fully assigned to the TACOE, there might be future opportunities to also support Investment Projects with similar activities.
Occasional travel to the Neste locations will be part of the job (flying, different time zones and local climate).
Join us in creating a healthier planet for our children
Our success is based on our people who are the driving force behind Neste’s transformation to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. The passion that we have for creating a healthier planet for our children is what makes us unique. We believe everyone is a leader and share a natural desire for collaboration. Our three values “We care, We have courage and We cooperate” are embedded in our everyday work. Working safely and responsibly at all times is essential to all of us. If this resonates with you, we look forward to receiving your application. 
If you have any questions regarding the process or the position, please get in touch with Jacob Faber, Recruiter at Neste via 
Please submit your application by the end of July
The recruitment process will include interviews and possible aptitude testing.
Our success begins with you.
Every company needs a purpose, and Neste has a strong one: to create a healthier planet for our children. We are 4,800 dedicated professionals committed to that purpose. Everything that we do, down to the smallest detail, shows our clear commitment to tackling the challenges of climate change. As an employer, understanding and valuing wellbeing is vital for our success. At the same time, we encourage every individual at Neste to contribute towards creating a positive impact on the environment as well as on the people, communities and societies around us.
Neste’s strategy is called ‘’Faster, Bolder and Together’. It reflects the understanding that there is no time to lose in combating climate change or helping to tackle the waste plastic challenge. In order to succeed, we need to act, innovate new solutions and deliver them faster and bolder than ever before – together.
As innovation is in our DNA, we are empowered to develop pioneering solutions to make businesses more sustainable. In 2021, Neste placed 4th on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world.
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