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Chemical Engineer


Chemical Engineer to join our Applied Research Team

Located at the ECCO Leather HQ in Dongen, we are looking for a Chemical / Environmental Engineer to join our team in Applied Research.

Applied Research ECCO is looking into sustainable solutions reducing chemical, water & energy consumption, while reducing of solid waste streams within our tanneries. We are aiming either to avoid the use of process water or were processes water is required we would like to close the water loop. Needless to say within the same leather quality performance ECCO Leather stands for. This in order to reduce our environmental impact in alignment with our company environmental targets.

Position description:

We are looking for someone to scout and evaluate existing and innovative solutions to reduce our environmental impact. By analyzing and mapping water & waste streams of our tanneries. Conducting from lab scale proof of concept, various sizes of Pilot Scale tests up to the design phase of a full scale solution incl. hand-over and implementation support to the operational team.

Daily tasks include:

  • Sampling, analyzing and mapping water and waste streams.
  • Setting-up test plans incl. scale, resources, timeline, budget and milestones.
  • Lab scale proof of concept testing.
  • Various Pilot Scale visibility testing incl. preparations, documentation and operations incl. optimization of the Pilot Plants.
  • Support the design phase of the full scale solution incl. hand-over and implementation support of new solutions towards the operational team.
  • Documenting & Reporting results incl. conclusion outcome with recommended next steps.
  • Communication of relevant findings to multidisciplinary team and other internal & external stakeholders.

Who we need:

For you to succeed in this position it is important that you are a hands-on professional with a chemical background passionate about process innovation in a production environment.

Additional, you need to be:

  • Fluent English in both oral & written
  • Strong communicator skills
  • Strong team-work spirit
  • Problem solving skills
  • Self-driven with strong urge to deliver, pro-active and a self-starter attitude
  • Self-critical with an open mind-set, positive and flexible
  • Organized, precise and structured
  • Hands-on and with a “can do” mentality
  • Innovative / Creative Thinker

As this position is very specialized, we envision a background as:

  • Minimum Bachelor or Master Degree Chemical Engineer
    Environmental Technology Management
    Water Technology or Management
    Waste Technology or Management
    Energy Technology or Management
  • Preffered 3-5 years of work experience in related field and or production environment, no must. 

What we offer?
Besides dynamic team of colleagues and joining our amazing ECCO Leather family, we also offer you:

  • A salary that fits your experience;
  • End of year allowance of 2.1% of your gross year salary;
  • An excellent retirement fund of which 2/3rd is paid by ECCO;
  • At least 25 holidays and 4,5 ATV days when working on a fulltime basis;
  • Discount on your health insurance and an WIA-hiaat insurance (for long term illness);
  • Two annual company parties for all employees (under normal circumstances). 

Are you ready for your next challenge?
We will invite candidates for interview on an ongoing basis, so do not hesitate to apply. 

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Join us and we guarantee lifelong learning- the speed of the progress is up to you. So, if you're curious passionate and ready to make an impact, you'll fit right in. 


Department Corporate Responsibility

Location Dongen (The Netherlands)

Advertised 02. April 2024

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