Lead Engineer Electrical Automation, Maastricht, The Netherlands


Sappi is a global company focused on providing dissolving wood pulp, paper pulp, paper-based and biorefinery solutions to its customers in over 150 countries. Formed in 1936 in South Africa, Sappi established itself in Europe through a series of acquisitions that started in the 1990’s in the UK, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Our acquisition of M-real in 2009 provided a 50% growth of our production capacity. In 2017, Sappi Europe generated 48% of group sales.

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Europe is the leading European producer and supplier of coated fined paper, packaging and specialty papers. In Europe we have 10 papermills, 14 sales offices and 5700 employees. Within Sappi Europe the central technology & engineering department is managing Major Capex projects, Specialty CAPEX projects, Synergy CAPEX projects and projects that require specific industry knowledge.

The department is located in Maastricht and Graz and consist of ±20 experiences technologists and project managers. At the moment we are looking for a Lead Engineer Electrical Automation. The job is located in Maastricht, The Netherlands.


  • Responsible for technical and technological pre-feasibility studies and preparation of major capital investment projects for the pulp and paper production
  • Management, implementation, coordination, direction and monitoring of the detailed electrical/automation engineering process using internal and external resources
  • Responsible for budget allocation, ongoing cost controlling, contract and claim management, risk analysis and reporting
  • Performs the planning of the activities according to the scope of supply and services
  • Leading an international project team



  • BSc or MSc degree on electrical/automation plant engineering, respectively qualification on advanced technical school for applied science or HTS with specialisation in engineering with relevant experience
  • Several years of relevant professional experience as a project manager, ideally in a global corporate environment
  • Extended experiance with Electric power distribution
  • Experience in chemical/mechanical pulp and paper production processes is preferred
  • Fluent English spoken and written, other foreign languages are an advantage
  • Communication strength and intercultural competence
  • Willigness to travel and flexibility
  • Independent well structured working method, self-responsibility and cooperativeness for teamwork
  • Self initiative and entrepreneurial thinking
  • Strong negotiating and leadership skills



  • Sappi offers you a very high degree of decision-making tasks in an absolutely varied field of activities
  • An international position within a leading Pulp & Paper company  
  • A international work environment with experienced Good personal development 
  • A lot of major CAPEX projects
  • Excellent compensation en benefits 


Paper Support One is an executive search agency specialized in the Pulp, Paper, Tissue and Board industry. Sappi works exclusively with Paper Support One for the position of Project Manager / Technologist. If you have any questions, please contact Pim van Meeuwen (+31 653265511).

Looking forward to your application.