Location Belgium, Zwijndrecht

About the Role

As an Inspection engineer, you have a key role within the Asset Management department.
You are responsible to manage the inspection system in order to stay compliant with applicable legislation and standards.
You ensure that required compliance matters are taken care of by organizing the processes related to this activity. As well, you will take care of initiating actions out of inspections.
You will be working closely with the maintenance and SHE department as well as being a main contact for 3rd party inspectors and compliance auditors.

You will be based in our production plant in Zwijndrecht (Antwerp), Belgium. In this role, you report to the Asset Manager. Your internal piers are the maintenance and production engineers and SHE department. You also cooperate closely with maintenance foremen and Ineos inspection department and use their experience for improving inspection plans.

Your responsibilities include management of regulatory inspection plans, piping, static, rotating, electrical, and instruments, …
• Maintain inspection procedures.
• Optimize and rationalize existing inspection plans in order to identify inspection class and frequency by means of risk-based inspection practices.
• Maintain & review inspection plans to adjust periodicity & task lists by following activities:
o Review inspection reports & signal degrading issues. Initiate required actions by maintenance.
o Provide advice for LTAP on equipment replacement planning (EOL / corrosion)
o Incorporate compliance-related actions which are the outcome of RCA sessions.
• Prepare new inspection plans from various kinds of risk analysis originating from a safety or plant reliability perspective (Hazop, Lopa, FMEA, RCA, …)
• Manage incoming inspection reports and assign actions required (short and long term) to be executed as a result of inspection findings. If needed, you will consult with different departments to determine the best path forward.
• Monitor, signal and prioritize risks for potential regulatory compliance issues,
based upon inspection reports, data analysis/trending, safety and regulatory rules.
Suggest improvement concepts.
• Support further improving engineering standards for EVAL Europe.


You obtained a master’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering and you can rely on experience preferably in a similar role. Experience as a 3rd party inspector is an additional benefit of this role.
Experience in managing similar activities within SAP is another benefit.
Kuraray is looking for an open-minded team player that is willing to deal with the challenges and opportunities a growing organization brings.

Skills & competences:

 Data management: details and correctness matter when managing compliance and inspection programs.
 Risk management: signal risks about compliance and being able to propose options on the path forward.
 Analyzing and optimization of existing systems.
 Communication: you manage to build good contacts (internal and external) and you can easily communicate at all levels within the organization.
 Reporting: translation of inspection information that is available in SAP towards a clear periodical report.

About the company:

Kuraray / EVAL Europe, located in Antwerp, is manufacturing and selling EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer) resin under the trademark EVAL™. EVAL Europe is a fully owned subsidiary of Kuraray (Japan – employing 10,000+ people globally) and a world leader and trendsetter in EVOH production, development and sales. EVAL™ is one of Kuraray’s core businesses and is produced globally in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific.
EVAL™ (EVOH) polymers are characterized by their unique gas barrier properties and excellent extrusion processability. High technological innovation has led to an extended range of different grades of EVAL™ resins for food packaging, building & construction, and automotive and industrial applications. EVOH is a material capable of replacing non-recyclable polymers in many applications, making final products using EVOH recyclable and in this way live up to requirements of circular economy requirements the future brings.
The innovative high-tech production plant in Antwerp started up in 1999 supplying the European, Middle Eastern and African markets with EVAL™ resin and has currently more than tripled the initial production capacity in order to meet the EVAL market demand.
From a people perspective, a unique feature is that the EVAL Europe team is highly entrepreneurial – supporting initiative and creativity – while obviously remaining compliant to the expectations stakeholders have in terms of safety, engineering standards and high customer expectations.
In recent years, an investment program has been started with the purpose of making the plant fit for circular economy applications and producing EVOH that is recycle-ready.
Our offer
Kuraray is a growing and dynamic organization based on the following principles: respect for the individual, cooperation to common goals and creation of values. As an Inspection engineer, you will be part of a challenging work environment and an enthusiastic team of experienced professionals. You will get the opportunity to build a long-term career within a successful organization.

In return, we offer an excellent salary package, with full support for training and development. In this position, you have the opportunity to assist in developing a system that manages reliability and compliance.

For more detailed information on this vacancy, please contact our recruitment partner Liesbeth Eynatten from Flowtec Solutions.

+32 (0) 468 07 18 81
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