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Development Manager


Rotterdam, ZH, NL

Country/Region:  NL
Job Area:  Production
Business Unit:  Rotterdam

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? 
Neste Netherlands is part of the Finnish parent company Neste. The plant in Rotterdam produces renewable fuels. Together with 150 colleagues we are working everyday to operate, maintain, and improve the plant in an efficient and safe manner. 
We are looking for a Development Manager to join the Project Portfolio department in Rotterdam (Maasvlakte).
Your part in Neste journey 

In your role, you will be responsible for business, projects and operations at various points. As such, the Development Managers functional role may be viewed as a hybrid function that changes over the lifetime of the project, starting with an acting-owner role (Idea creation and Pre-study) – in which the Development Manager is responsible for many of the advices that the owner is accountable for – shifting to a project lead role (Feasibility) in which the Development Manager integrates technical, business and operations functions to develop and finalise the project scope and maintaining a site integrator role (Definition, Execution, Commissioning and Start-Up).
Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • During early stages of a project such as Pre-Study and Feasibility Study, the Development Manager has responsibilities and accountabilities for specific tasks and deliverables of assigned projects. 
  • Prepare business opportunities statements including, economic analysis, risks, product market life, market forecast, update regulations and permit requirements, develop commissioning, startup and handover plans, and assemble documentation for plant operations.
  • Support and best practice sharing to other projects and developments in the Project Portfolio.
  • Responsibility and authority to develop the investment case and project scope based on the set objectives and execute and lead the early phases of the investment project until end of Feasibility.
  • Responsible for safe and compliant execution of PM activities 
  • Developing and maintaining the project portfolio safe, within schedule and budget.
  • Conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • Defining goals, timelines and priorities and indicating the time, actions and resources required to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences. 
  • Using appropriate methods and a flexible interpersonal style to help build a cohesive team; facilitating the completion of team goals.

While this role is highly dependent on the project team (owner, Development Manager and Project Manager) most of the decisions have to be discussed within this team. Final decisions on the project are made by the Investment Jury. Transparency of the decisions made by the Development Manager are key to make sure the project is fulfilling the objective of the projects.
Our work combines accountability, cooperation, and the desire to develop and renew. Working safely at all times is essential to all of us.
Keys to success in this role
The best combination of experiences, skills and background is: 

  • Master degree (MSc) in a relevant engineering discipline;
  • At least 5 years relevant experience in a production environment;
  • Strong and effective stakeholder management and communication;
  • Effective communication skills in English (mandatory) both verbally and in writing. Preferably command of the Dutch language;
  • Strong commercial knowledge and acumen;
  • Experience in Renewable Processes is an advantage.

What can you expect in return? 

  • A work environment where people Care, Cooperate and have Courage;
  • A company that cares for your work-life balance by offering a variable amount of holidays and options to work from home;
  • A manager that supports and empowers you, and helps you to develop yourself in your professional career;
  • Participate in a pension plan where Neste will pay a high contribution;
  • Participation in the company's Short Term Incentive program;
  • Healthcare allowance;
  • Travel allowance.

Please submit your application before the 31st of March

If you have any questions regarding the process or the position, please get in touch with our corporate recruiter Guidor ‘t Lam on

The recruitment process will include interviews and possible aptitude testing.

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. We are also committed to carbon neutral production by 2035. The passion that we have for creating a healthier planet for our children is what makes us unique.
We have set high standards for biodiversity, human rights and supply chain. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies.
To carry out our strategy and business growth, our values guide our work. We support, develop and take care of the wellbeing of our people to enable them to grow, innovate and build our future.

We care. We have courage. We cooperate.
At Neste we want our people to feel good and do good. We provide clear and transparent targets, development opportunities, empowering leadership as well as rewards based on role and responsibilities.
The world is going through changes. At Neste our strategy reflects the understanding and mindset that we can be in charge of these changes to serve our purpose: to create a healthier planet for our children.
In the end, it is the people who make the company. We are Neste.
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