Base Oils & Additives Technology Manager

On behalf of our client an international oil company, we are seeking a Base Oils & Additives Manager. The position will be based at the companies R&T center in Italy.

The Base Oils and Additives Manager acts as the subject matter expert on base oil and additives technologies. He/she works as the interface between Refinery to deliver increased value. He/she is responsible for screening, evaluate and technically assess new base oil and additives that can provide a potential future advantage.


  • Supports PBOM and Supply Chain as technical expert in base oils and additives
  • Works with Global Technology Managers to identify how the slate can be developed toconfer differentiation and competitive advantage upon the range of lubricants
  • Works with the Refinery team to develop technically feasible options for enhancement of theslate. Bring forward costed proposals for approval by senior management;
  • Supports marketing of base oils by producing supporting test data and approvals, working with the resources, additive companies, and external testing houses;
  • Identifies, and carries out basic screening of, third party base oils that may offer cost or technical benefit;
  • Identifies, and carries out basic screening of, new additive chemistries or lower cost sources of existing components that may offer cost or technical benefit;
  • Works with the Global Supply Chain team to reduce formulation costs and complexity by providing technical input to global RFQs and other procurement exercises.

    Key Challenges for this role

  • Identifies and assesses potential suppliers of new componentry (base oils, additives) that may give a technical edge or reduce product costs;
  • Screens new third party componentry for introduction to product development program;
  • Work directly with Group Supply Chain on tenders and implementation of results to reduce cost of goods sold;
  • Reduce formulation complexity to reduce supply chain cost and efficiency;
  • Works with Global Technology Managers to identify opportunities to deliver reduced costs or performance differentiation through optimization of the base oil slate;
  • Works with Downstream to develop feasible, costed options for the optimization of the base slate. Brings forward costed proposals to senior management for review.
  • Skills/Experience/Knowledge

  • Minimum degree in Chemistry
  • Lubrication Science
  • Lubricants Formulation & Costing
  • Base Oil Chemistry, Manufacturing and Economics
  • Lubricant Additive Chemistry
  • Commercial Acumen
  • Procurement & Tendering
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Negotiation and communication skills;