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Shutdown Manager


Rotterdam, ZH, NL

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

Are you our next creator of change?

This is for you who wants to have a real impact on creating a healthier planet for our children every day. At Neste, you will be working for the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and a forerunner in developing renewable and circular feedstock solutions for polymers and chemicals. Let’s create transformation for a sustainable future together.
We are currently seeking a Shutdown Manager to join our Maintenance team for our Renewable Production Refinery in Rotterdam.
The Refinery in Rotterdam produces Neste renewable products, using a patented catalysing technique. The refinery is part of the Renewable Products business area. Comparable refineries are located in Singapore and in Finland. The Neste Rotterdam refinery focuses on safe, compliant, reliable and sustainable production and continuous improvement projects. The plant, situated on the Maasvlakte, has a production volume of over 1000 KTA. It has approximately 200 employees, apart from those employed on an incidental basis. In the upcoming years Neste will expand its capacity, by building a second production plant at the Maasvlakte, which requires the organisation to grow.
The plant has a Maintenance Department that is responsible for the planning and implementation of advanced maintenance systems. Maintenance and inspection are planned depending on the risk associated with the concerned section of the installation. Besides the daily maintenance works, the Maintenance Department is also responsible for major Turnarounds (TA) and smaller Shutdowns (SD). The primary scope for the SD’s is the changout of catalyst, but it normally also includes some maintenance (repairs) and project scope. The Maintenance TA team is responsible for the planning and execution of these TA’s and SD’s.
The purpose of the SD Manager’s position is to lead the SD team and to manage the SD planning and execution in accordance with the TA Manual, to meet the SD objectives (safety, quality, schedule and cost).
Together with you and your expertise, we can make an impact today and keep our promises for tomorrow.
Reasons to join
Real impact right now. We work in an inspiring and evolving business environment, where everything we do serves one purpose: to create a healthier planet for our children. To drive a growing impact as a global leader in renewable and circular solutions we live by our values every day; we care, we have courage, we cooperate.
Safety and caring. We value safety always and everywhere. We want our work to feel good and do good. At Neste, we nurture a culture where everyone is welcome and feels safe, respected and encouraged to be their unique true selves.
Exciting growth. Transformation brings new possibilities and fosters our courage and curiosity. As a global growing company we support personal development with versatile learning and career opportunities. Collaboration is the key, and we believe in flexible, smart ways of working.
Your role in our team / in creating a sustainable future:

  • Lead the SD team and secure resources.
  • Contribute to the Long term TA Strategy, working together with the TA Manager and Leads.
  • Build one ‘cohesive’ SD team which cooperates effectively with other disciplines/functions
  • Cooperate with Neste’s TA Center of Excellence (TACOE) to continuously improve Rotterdam’s SD performance and to globally share learnings and best practices between Neste sites.  
  • Ensure safe execution of SD’s, while meeting the schedule, cost and quality targets.
  • Pro-actively cooperate with other disciplines (Maintenance, Projects, HSSE, Procurement, etc) to ensure integration and alignment of SD planning and execution.
  • Ensure adequate reporting during all SD phases at different levels (e.g. SD Team, TA Manager and Steering Team)
  • Responsible for SD budgeting and cost performance against approved budgets.
  • Develop long-term TA/SD partnerships for key disciplines to secure resources and to jointly improve performance over multiple TA/SD’s.
  • Cooperate effectively with colleagues to continuously improve TA/SD performance

The ideal candidate for success in this role should possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Bachelor's or university degree in Engineering.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience in a similar industry
  • Fluent in English and Dutch

We appreciate the value of these additional qualifications:

  • Knowledge of health and safety protocols.
  • Proficiency in identifying health hazards and implementing risk control measures.
  • Experience in developing and implementing Standard Operating Procedures.
  • A track record of analytical thinking and successfully resolving complex challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead teams effectively.

Let’s get you started
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We look forward to receiving your CV and application as soon as possible.
If you have any questions regarding the process or the position, please get in touch with Jaron Pouwelse, Talent Acquisition Partner via
We will do our best to contact you within 2 weeks after the application time has ended. The recruitment process will include interviews and a possible aptitude assessment.

About Neste

Neste creates solutions for combating climate change and accelerating a shift to a circular economy. With over 75 years of refining expertise, we are now the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel and a forerunner in developing renewable and circular feedstock solutions for polymers and chemicals. We have set aspirational targets for climate, biodiversity, human rights, as well as our supply chain and raw materials. Our ambition is to make the Porvoo oil refinery in Finland the most sustainable refinery in Europe by 2030. Together with our partners we are aiming at a carbon neutral and nature positive value chain by 2040. Our success is created by 5,400 professionals working in 16 countries. Read more: Get inspired by our story.
We have a continuous enthusiasm of development. We believe in people who find new ways to do things and who are team players – people for whom safety and sustainability are parts of their professional skills. We value every individual. Come and do meaningful work in a community that has its eyes set forward!

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