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Plant Optimization Engineer

Zurich, Switzerland
Ready to join a team of visionaries who is dedicated to solving one of humankind’s greatest challenges?

Get to know Climeworks

Climeworks removes CO₂ from the air to fight global warming and protect future generations to come.

We develop, build and operate direct air capture (DAC) machines which capture CO₂ directly from the air. The captured carbon dioxide is removed from the air by safely storing it underground, permanently.

Founded in 2009 by engineers, Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks was built with a mission to inspire 1 billion people to remove CO₂ from the air, and is now spearheading the DAC industry globally. It has the world’s largest DAC facility and storage installation in operation and a team of over 300 Climeworkers determined to contribute to a net-zero future.

A true climate pioneer, Climeworks is featured as a TIME100 Influential Company 2022 and Global Cleantech 100 Company 2022, driving a revolutionary technology engineered to solve the most pressing issue of our time.

We foster a dynamic environment and are building a global purpose driven team. We are looking for disruptive thinkers, passionate achievers and inspiring leaders that are ready to take on the world’s greatest challenge.

Will you join us? 

Your mission

Job description

Your mission at Climeworks is to optimize costs through Value Engineering, leading workshops, managing data, and fostering a culture of innovation while ensuring precision in cost analysis and reporting.

Value Engineering:

  • Facilitate multi-disciplinary Value Engineering workshops to identify opportunities for cost optimization without compromising project quality.
  • Thoroughly record and manage Value Engineering (VE) Knowledge database to ensure continuous improvement of design and implementation.
  • Provide tools and implement strategies to drive continuous improvement and innovation within the engineering department. 
  • Ensure technical accuracy, traceability, and efficiency of VE investigations and decisions.

Cost Analysis and Benchmarking:

  • Conduct detailed cost analyses to identify trends, opportunities, and potential areas for improvement.
  • Establish and maintain cost benchmarking processes to compare project costs against industry standards and best practices.
  • Enable Plant Engineering team to better understand the impact of their decisions on Climeworks’ Total Cost of Ownership.
  • De-construct the engineering first principles and metrics that drive CAPEX.
  • Ensure technical accuracy, traceability, and efficiency of Cost Models.

Documentation and Reporting:

  • Ensure technical accuracy, traceability, and efficiency of all CAPEX values in our cost records.

Your story

  • You have completed a university degree in Engineering.
  • You have 5+ years of experience as a Cost Engineer or Design Engineer in the design and construction of plants for energy, food, pharma, manufacturing, automotive, or other sectors of equal complexity.
  • You have experience actively collaborating in multi-disciplinary design teams through all project phases.
  • You are a systems-level thinker with the ability to adapt to new boundary conditions.
  • You are organized, detail-oriented, and disciplined, with a structured working style and a record of delivering results in a fast-paced environment.
  • You are a leader and role model, a crisp communicator who promotes a positive working environment and motivates those around you to work together and think creatively.
  • You are willing and able to travel up to 20%.
  • You are fluent in English; German would be a plus.

What we offer: A horizontal organization, a great team, an improvement-oriented approach, and a scale-up venture with an innovative technology. Sounds like you? We are looking forward to meeting you! Apply now by filling in the online application form and uploading your complete dossier to our career’s portal:

Our promise: At Climeworks, you are accepted for who you are. As part of our ongoing journey towards creating a diverse and inclusive environment - we encourage everyone to apply! All qualified applicants are considered for positions, so bring along your knowledge, personal experiences, and fresh perspectives, and together we can solve one of humankind’s greatest challenges. We look forward to getting to know you!

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