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We’ve always believed that it takes special people to make a difference. They need ingenuity, brilliance and the freedom to turn their ideas into reality. At SABIC, this is our culture. We find open-minded, gifted and questioning people. Then we create the conditions for their talent to flourish: fulfilling work environments, state-of-the-art technology and the empowerment they need. So when you work for SABIC, you’re the person who can find new solutions and possibilities that change the world for the better.
SABIC, headquartered in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Petrochemicals, Specialties, Agri-Nutrients, and Metals. We supply these materials to other companies, who use them to make products on which the world has come to depend. At SABIC, we believe in using chemistry to power the ambitions of our customers, business partners, employees and societies we live in. We call this “CHEMISTRY THAT MATTERS™”.

In Europe, SABIC employs over 5,000 professionals and is running 6 world-scale production sites and 4 technology & innovation centers. We are present in almost every European country. Major locations within our broad network of innovation, production and marketing are: Teesside (UK), Cartagena (Spain), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Geleen (Netherlands) Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands) and Genk (Belgium). Based upon this strong fundament, we are a key producer of olefins, polyolefins, engineering thermoplastics resins, films and sheets. Discover more at sabic.com/careers

Functieomschrijving (inclusief taken en verantwoordelijkheden)

Technology Identification & Acquisition, part of the Corporate Technology & Innovation organization, plays a key role providing a structured innovation capability, responsible for identifying and realizing technology options, either to reinforce the current SBU’s asset core or to create new businesses at a corporate level for future (S)BU’s. 
To this end, Technology Identification & Acquisition focuses on start-up companies developing innovative technologies. In order to get access to such technologies it has several instruments at its disposal:

  1. Joint Development Agreement: jointly investing funds and resources to co-develop a new technology, product, service or application

  2. Venturing: investing equity in start-up companies, usually in the form of minority shares and fulfilling Board seats in them.
  3. Licensing-in: acquiring a license permitting the use of technologies developed by start-up companies/universities or institutes.
  4. Acquisition: acquiring start-up companies, usually private companies, which are light in assets. Both full acquisitions can be done and partial ownerships, Joint Ventures, can be formed.

The TI&A department is global and comprises of Investment Managers, Technology Managers, and Deal Flow Officers in the key geographies; North America, Europe, and Greater China. The TI&A department has corporate support functions required to successfully execute deal flow: Legal Counsel, Intellectual Properties Counsel, Controller for Planning & Budgeting and Control and a Senior Financial Expert from SABIC Capital for financial due diligence.

Job Purpose & Responsibilities

  • The purpose of the Technology Manager role is twofold; ‘Bottom-up’ to create deal flow within the strategic areas of interest to SABIC; and ‘Top-down’ to lead and manage the regional interface with internal need owners (i.e. SBU’s and Corporate Programs) and external (technology) innovation solution providers.
  • The Technology Manager screens and prioritizes (‘kiss or kill’) opportunities for joint developments, investment, licensing-in or acquisition, in collaboration with the SBU’s, within the region they are responsible for. Depending on the opportunity in question and with the approval of the Director of TI&A, the Technology Manager may own the deal flow process.
  • The Technology Manager is the primary internal expert responsible for coordinating the preliminary due diligence process and ensuring SABIC T&I representatives are not contaminated from an intellectual property perspective during early partner engagements.
  • The Technology Manager identifies future technology developments at external technology providers that SABIC is not aware of and present them to the relevant SBU, Corporate Platform, Future Business Team and/or T&I organization.


  • To create deal flow in the strategic areas of interest for SABIC within Europe.
  • Screening of joint development, investment, licensing-in and acquisition opportunities starting from hunting grounds of SABIC’s Corporate Platforms, Future Business and SBU’s.
  • To conduct preliminary evaluation of the technology, its use, its uniqueness as well as applicability to SABIC’s existing and future strategic businesses (strategic fit) and the level of commercial feasibility.
  • Taking prompt decisions to kill obvious non-feasible opportunities at early stage before they go to sponsors; thus helping to provide focus on feasible opportunities. This also implies that technology manager is responsible to have upfront understanding of SBUs or Corporate Platforms technology needs and constraints.
  • Responsible for following the deal flow process and required documentation.
  • To develop a strategy for interfacing and interacting with potential solution providers, developing preliminary assessments vs. strategy and providing shortlists of potential solutions to the need owner.
  • To build and maintain internal relationships with functions required for deal flow process, such as domain technology experts within T&I, Legal Counsels and with SBU’s.
  • Assist, as requested, the SBU, Technology Venturing, or Corporate Program need owner to develop hunting grounds for finding potential solutions.
  • Contributes to the development of a sustainable pipeline of technology options/opportunities to meet the T&I and SBU technology needs.
  • Conducts technical due diligence and assists in IP due diligence for any identified deal opportunities.
  • Supports Investment Managers as required to execute the deal flow process and close deals.

Profiel van geschikte kandidaat

  • BS, MSc or PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or preferably materials science.
  • Training in business development, intellectual property and legal agreements
  • ± 10-15 years of industrial experience in (petro)chemical industries preferably within SABIC
  • At least 5 to 10 years of experience in a technology development related job.
  • Experience with new business development/starting technology ventures is a plus.
  • Good understanding of SABIC strategy, Businesses/SBUs and needs (e.g. technology roadmaps).
  • Strategic decision making; able to take decisions on what is relevant for SABIC 3-10 years from now.
  • Broad understanding of strategy development, innovation, corporate finance and Legal (venturing).
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, networking and influencing skills, combined with a sound understanding of cultural differences, to build strategic working relationships and partnerships both inside and outside SABIC.
  • Innovative and lateral thinker; ability to think out of the box and dares to challenge status quo.
  • Organize for success: Ability to drive initiatives across the entire SABIC organization to induce/ strengthen the innovation focus and capabilities.

Overige opmerkingen

For more information about this role you can contact: Ingrid Schellens, Recruiter, tel 0031(0)646103085

Important notice: please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment is be part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request dependant of local regulations. 
Responses from employment agencies will not be considered

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