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Senior CAPEX Project Director

Job Category:  Operations and Production
Work Location:  Flexible
Office Location: 

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2194

Corbion develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.



We are the global market and cost leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives. To further strengthen Corbion's position we are investing >$ 200 million in the construction of a new 125,000 metric tons lactic acid plant in Thailand, which will operate at the highest sustainability standards and cost efficiency.


For this project and for future CAPEX projects, we are currently looking for a Project Director to join our global Operations team.


As Corbion’s new Senior Project Director, you will be overall responsible for safe execution of the Eagle project from design to hand over to operations and for reaching the operational objectives of the project as stated in the business case while meeting project schedule and budget.


You will have a reporting line to the COO and you work closely with the Technology & Capex Director and RTO (Ready -To-Operate) Director. You will have a dotted reporting line to the Site Director Thailand.

In order to execute the role properly you are willing to be full-time located in Rayong, Thailand (greater Bangkok area) as per 1 January 2022 until the expected project end date (estimated November 2023). Corbion is open to organize his assignment on a temporary basis, permanent basis, Expat construction or local hire.





  • Secure safe execution of all activities during engineering, construction, commissioning, RTO and startup of the Eagle plant 


Project execution

  • Ensure proper organization of the execution of the Capex project, according to Corbion standards
  • Manage cost of the capex project to be within budget
  • Manage scope of the capex project according to agreed procedure and secure scope change procedure is followed
  • Ensure that risks of TSS technology implementation are managed and mitigating actions are executed
  • Ensure that project timelines are met
  • Organizes and install proper cost control of the project
  • Align with existing Thai organization to ensure proper integration of the new plant into existing operations
  • Ensure proper organization to execute the RTO activities for the new plant
  • Manage RTO project organization to secure timely execution of activities



  • Frequently report on safety, cost and progress to Eagle steering committee and Exco
  • Keep track and report progress of the realization of operational objectives as stated in the Eagle business case
  • Ensure corrective measures are taken in case of deviations from schedule or budget



  • Manage process to obtain the required permits for construction and operation
  • Obtain incentives from the government and make sure that relevant requirements are met
  • Ensure that CSR program is developed and executed



  • Keep internal and external stakeholders up to date of the project and its progress
  • Ensure frequent communication to project team and Corbion organization about the project and its progress




As our Sr Project Director you work in collaboration with the team, are able to adopt change (flexibility), are eager to make the difference, driven for results and have the courage to challenge the project team on assumptions, risks and outlook.

In addition a successful candidate possesses the following qualifications:


  • Experienced (> 10yr) in the execution of large (CAPEX) projects (>100 million euro) and startup of plant operations
  • Experience (> 5yr)  in managing and developing operational, multi-cultural organizations (> 200 FTE)
  • Technical background with knowledge in areas as supply chain, quality and IT
  • Strong leader and communicator, used to working across all hierarchical levels and to get things done
  • Able to work in Thailand for longer periods of time
  • Good understanding of project management methodologies
  • Good understanding of plant design, capex procurement and construction
  • Able to identify and analyze financial risks and prepare forecast of complex CAPEX projects
  • Good understanding of (process) manufacturing and experienced in setting up financial systems for new operations.
  • Excellent proficiencies in English, verbal as well as writing (Dutch is a pre)
  • Proficient SAP knowledge is preferred
  • Ability to work in matrix organization
  • Currently residing in, or willing to relocate to Rayong (Bangkok area, Thailand)


 Our offer

We offer competitive remuneration and benefits. What makes Corbion special is the way we consciously create that connection between the product of our work and our individual lives and use it to shape our choices and our priorities as a company. We have a great company made up of talented, dedicated people – people who share a purpose and a vision. When we all understand how we intend to get there in the same way, there’s no telling how far we can go. We offer you the chance to join a company with a:

  • Culture to empower people and where your initiatives and ideas make a real difference
  • International focus  with truly diverse teams
  • Unique possibility to be trained by our internal expertise in the world of biobased products.
  • Besides training on the job we have a developing plan ready for you. We invest in relevant training courses related to your particular discipline, that will give you the opportunity to grow into an industry expert
  • Lastly, we offer a friendly, informal culture in a demanding professional environment


In addition, we actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute toward our shared objectives and values. By joining Corbion, you will become an employee in a company where you can feel pride in your achievements and develop your career with global prospects.




About Corbion 

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2020, Corbion generated annual sales of € 986.5 million and has a workforce of over 2250 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information: www.corbion.com


Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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