Ranked amongst the largest diversified chemical companies in the world, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is a global leader in the manufacturing of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics and metals, which are supplied to leading companies to manufacture their respective products.
The company’s vision is to become the preferred world leader in chemicals, and its success is centered on a sound commitment to sustainable investment, high quality research and development, and an ambitious global growth strategy. With the company’s organic growth and major strategic acquisitions in 2002 and 2007, SABIC has greatly expanded the scope of its European and American operations and enriched its corporate culture.
SABIC is composed of five strategic business units (SBUs): Petrochemicals, Agri-Nutrients, Metals and Specialties. Each of these business units is headed by an Executive Vice President. The Petrochemicals SBU has two pillars, Chemicals and Polymers, and is by far the biggest SBU of SABIC.
SABIC aspires to be the market leader in Europe in chemicals and plastics, with continued growth necessitating the requirement of a strong, balanced and energetic IP team.
Reporting to the Senior Manager for IP in Europe, the key responsibilities will include the following:
- Providing advice and counselling to SABIC’s businesses on all aspects of IP;
- Implementing IP strategies for the business to achieve global business objectives;
- Invention harvesting – interfacing with scientists and engineers across the world;
- Managing and assessing IP disclosures;
- Drafting and prosecuting patent applications, including outside counsel management and supervision;
- Patent/Registered Right Searching – searching databases for patentability and infringement assessments for new inventions and development projects, and in relation to IP landscape searches – in collaboration with SABIC’s IP Analysts group in India;
- Freedom-to-operate and Infringement Opinions – internally or through outside counsel;
- Oppositions and oral proceedings;
- Contract Advice – advice, drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of contracts, including:
confidentiality agreements; R&D service agreements; joint development agreements; licensing agreements; and IP advice for business acquisitions;
- Portfolio Management and Review – assisting the supported businesses in regularly reviewing their patent portfolios for best retention of commercial value;
- Assisting and supporting IP due diligence activities.
The successful candidate would ideally fulfil the following criteria:
- Possess an excellent educational background to, at minimum, MSc degree level – or equivalent – in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or other related technical disciplines;
- Be a qualified European Patent Attorney;
- Possess three to ten years of IP experience working with either a corporation or a private practice, and some experience of working in the chemicals or petrochemicals industry would be particularly relevant.