Dawid Schimmel Assistant Plant Manager

Name: Dawid Schimmel

Job title: Assistant Plant Manager at INEOS, Cologne

University/college attended: FH Aachen (Aix la Chapelle)

Degree qualification and year of graduation: B. Sc. Mech. Eng. 2011

Postgraduate qualification and graduation date: Start EMBA Program in part-time, 2016


How did you find out about the INEOS grad scheme/your job, and what attracted you to apply?

I was recommended by my line-manager after working here on a placement.

How did you find the application/interview process?

The assessment centre was a very exciting day for me. There were about 40 participants and only a few were invited to the interviews. I was overwhelmed when I got the final confirmation.

What does your role involve? What are some typical activities/key responsibilities?

I am co-responsible for all production issues/ tasks. In our case, as power plant, we produce steam and electricity 24/7 to provide the different steam levels needed for the other production plants.

We are a central organization. The energy department is responsible for the waste water management, steam network and internal electricity grids. Without having us, the site would be dark. We have the responsibility to have 100 % plant availability.

Some operations are a bit tricky, especially if your plant has to run continuously. For special cases we have to think about work processes in detail to make sure that we can go home as well and fit as we were when we started our day.

What other roles have you held since joining INEOS?

Since I started at INEOS I have worked for the rotating department, the material inspection department, and have been part of the cracker team. I started working for the energy department, where I am today, in December 2013.

What training have you received?

I have been on a lot of workshops necessary to understand how our planning software works. I have also had training to understand management processes, technical issues and safety issues.

What do you hope/expect for your next couple of years at INEOS?

I am currently preparing myself for a part-time EMBA-Program, which feels like the next logical step in my career. I then hope to move into a managing-position in the not too distant future. That’s my ultimate goal.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I wake up every day excited about my job. I can develop myself, working on my weaknesses and strengths. If your job is exciting every day, it keeps you focused and it doesn’t feel like “you have to work”. I have the freedom to work on my own projects and issues.

What are the highlights of your time at INEOS so far?

  1. That I was part of the graduate program.
  2. The experience of being part of the cracker TA-team
  3. That I am part of the project team to build a new gas combined cycle plant

What challenges have you faced in your role so far, and how have you overcome them? What support has been provided?

During the time of planning the major turnaround in 2012, I was responsible for the whole planning team of 15-20 people. It was very exhausting but at the end it gave me a lot of energy back. Now I know how to carry myself through big challenges.

The asset manager of the energy department gives me a lot of information and feedback, and my line manager constantly supports me as well, which feels great.

Why do you particularly like about working at INEOS, and would you recommend it to future graduates?

Working for INEOS is very exciting. I got a lot of trust and responsibility since the first day. INEOS gave me the space to develop myself. I would definitely recommend INEOS as an employer.