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Global Head of AI Engineering (m/f/d) for #ClimateNeutrality & #FullyCircular



Software Engineering, Data Science
Leverkusen, Germany
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2023

We are Covestro. We are curious. We are courageous. We are colorful. We refine chemical material solutions with game-changing products. Let us empower you to push boundaries. Join us and our 18.150 colleagues now and together we will make the world a brighter place.


With our vision of a fully circular economy, we are pioneers in the chemical industry. We are aiming for climate neutrality by 2035. To achieve this, we need bright and ambitious minds to help us realize this vision and revolutionize the field of AI. The AI, Advanced Analytics and Autonomy department has the task of allowing Covestro to reinvent itself in the light of AI. By fully leveraging AI, ML, data science and autonomous systems and agents, we directly contribute to Covestro's vision to become fully circular and create competitive advantage along the way.

As Global Head of AI Engineering (m/f/d) you will play a central role in realizing this vision with your deep technical expertise and passion. You will lead Covestro's global AI engineering activities and drive the use of methodologies such as MLOps and AIOps to accelerate the deployment of AI, ML and data science solutions and the broad use of autonomous systems. You will generate additional EBITDA impact from data generated by Covestro and others. You will report directly to the Chief AI Officer. You will shape the future of an innovative global DAX company using the technologies you are passionate about!

Your tasks in detail:

  • You will be responsible for a five-person AI engineering team and lead it in defining, developing and implementing standards for the operationalization of AI, ML and data science solutions to enable the scaling of these solutions. In doing so, you will align it with the strategic AI future and thus create a culture that promotes continuous learning and innovation

  • You will establish a company-wide practice model for the operationalization and operation of AI solutions, including tracking model/data deviations and establishing autonomous retraining mechanisms. This will expand organizational use for maximum impact

  • Close exchange with external research institutions, universities, vendors and start-ups is also your responsibility, expanding the impact of the AI engineering team

  • In your role, you will expand the global Covestro AI network and drive awareness of AI engineering and autonomous systems. You will establish proven systems as company-wide standards

  • In addition, you will ensure that autonomous carrier platforms are evaluated in relevant, real-world scenarios, complying with or modifying existing internal and external policies to ensure safe operations


  • You have a university degree (preferably a Master's or PhD) in computer science, systems engineering, computational engineering or a related field

  • You have many years of relevant professional experience, preferably in the field of AI engineering, in management positions in an international environment and with virtual teams

  • As a result, you have already gained experience and proven ability in the introduction of AI engineering best practices and autonomous systems, especially in regulated industries

  • You also have cloud knowledge with a strong preference for the AWS ecosystem as well as good knowledge of the ecosystem around autonomous systems

  • You enjoy working in a fluid, dynamic and fast-paced environment and are keen to shape the future of AI engineering and autonomous systems in a global DAX company

  • Entrepreneurial thinking is in your DNA and you enjoy working on a variety of different business challenges. You also have a flexible mindset that encourages fast and continuous development. You can apply this in sound project management skills and SCRUM methodologies

  • You are open-minded, enjoy working in a team and can communicate clearly, openly and enthusiastically across departmental boundaries and management levels, up to CxO level

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and the willingness and ability to travel internationally round off your profile

If you want to take Covestro and the chemical industry to a new AI level, you've come to the right place. We look forward to receiving your application, of course without a cover letter or possibly also by quick apply via LinkedIn.

Let us know if you have any questions for us. Please get in touch with Markus Sierant (

Are you curious, courageous and colorful as we are? If so, we can offer you exciting career opportunities. We look forward to receiving your application including a cover letter, your resume, certificates as well as your salary expectations and your notice period. Become part of our Team - apply now!

Anyone who wants to contribute to a better world with Covestro can also expect a lot.

We want you to feel at home at Covestro. To feel you’re treated fairly and transparently. That means financial security, a healthy work-life balance and generous benefits.

Specifically, it means for us: flexible working hours, the compatibility of family and work, active health promotion and the ability to convert part of your salary into long-term or retirement savings. And that's not all.

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