WS/2496 - Lead Mechanical Design Engineer - Refinery

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Engineering/Mechanical Engineering


Lead Mechanical Design Engineer - Refinery




A highly attractive TAX FREE salary plus full Ex-Pat package is on offer dependent on skills and experience.


Saudi Arabia Jubail

Open To

Preference for Western Nationalities

Start Date


Interested in TAX FREE Role? One of the largest domestic Refining Company’s in Saudi seeks a Lead Mechanical Design Engineer to provide technical support to ensure the optimum reliability, availability and technical integrity of all static and rotating equipment and line systems in your area of responsibility. Applicants invited with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, combined with a minimum of 15 years mechanical engineering experience focussing on mechanical design. Working on a Tax Free, Expat permanent role, you will be exposed to a great opportunity to develop your specific expertise working across various stakeholders on high value projects. This role is offered in adherence with Saudi Labour Law and therefore these positions are only open to Males and under the age of 58. This is a senior level role and a commensurable salary is on offer.

The Company is one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced refineries. It is a highly complex refinery at maximum crude intake as it includes (HCU) Hydrocracker Unit, (VBU) Visbreaker Unit, and Thermal Gas-Oil Unit (TGU).

Operating since the early 1980’s they have built a highly successful Company with strong values around Safety, People, Ethics and Excellence. They are ranked amongst the top leading refineries in Process Safety and Excellence worldwide and their leading edge technology boosts their international competitiveness as a firmly established pacesetter refinery. They continue on their exciting journey, with commitment and aspirations to outperform their current reputation for excellence in order to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

Jubail is a large city located in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the coast of the Persian Gulf and is easily accessible to Bahrain and Al Khobar.

This is a residential permanent position (i.e. not rotational) and the Company provides 22 – 26 days holiday (depending on grade) plus you are entitled to all of the Saudi Public holidays (circa 10 - 14 days) which provide ample time to visit family. The package is substantial, with allowances for housing / settling in / transportation, annual bonus, medical, schooling, flights home etc. The Company will organise all mobilisation / demobilisation transport.

Due to visa restrictions within Saudi, there is a preference for western nationals such as American, Canadian, Australian, Europeans etc.
Reporting to the Engineering Technical Services Manager, you will be responsible for:
  • Supporting the development, monitoring, implementation and revising the plant mechanical equipment maintenance strategies and providing technical advice where required to ensure and enhance the integrity and reliability of mechanical equipment.
  • Providing technical advice and support on mechanical rotating and static equipment issues to ensure integrity and reliability of the plant assets Defining and scheduling review teams for RCM analysis.
  • Review TSRMs and provide mechanical technical assistance to identify Bad Actors, analyse the problems/issues and provide recommendations to ensure and enhance asset reliability.
  • Providing SD/TA scope of work for mechanical support discipline to ensure and enhance availability and integrity of plant and equipment.
  • Providing support and technical assistance to relevant areas and keep the Engineering Technical Services Manager updated.
  • Monitoring implementation and reviewing input into plans to ensure equipment integrity and reliability.
  • Planning and executing TA scope of work to ensure safe and reliable operation of the plant.
  • Providing technical authority approval for the design changes.
  • Developing and maintaining the custody of the assigned (Static or Rotating Equipment) Master Plan.
  • Conducting quality check audits for maintenance and mechanical activities to ensure the work quality is maintained and hence the plants integrity and reliability.
  • Reviewing and updating the Plant Integrity assurance manual with the latest designated area data and process changes to ensure the plant integrity is maintained.
  • Ensuring the business processes and work activities, relevant to position, are executed in compliance with Company policy, procedures and best practice to achieve the business objectives in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Leading, motivating, developing and assessing the assigned team to achieve business objectives and grow capability.
  • Ensures compliance with Saudi laws and regulations.
  • Workplace (WPS) and Process (PSM) Safety, Within the position holder’s area of responsibility:
    • Ensure that measures to protect personal safety and well-being are always in place and that personal actions do not jeopardize the safety and well-being of others.
    • Adhere strictly to all IOWs, Safe Operating Procedures, and Safe Work Instructions - thus preventing potential WPS and PSM incidents at all times.
    • Apply the Company HSE Policy; the 5 Safety Principles, and enforce the 12 Golden Safety Rules.
  • Performance Indicators:
    • No personal injury or injury to a third party.
    • No WPS or PSM incident caused.
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends and technologies within your relevant field.
The successful candidate will have
  • Full time degree (no long distance learning degrees) in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent essential.
  • A minimum of 15 years’ mechanical engineering experience in the oil/gas, refinery or petrochemical industries essential.
  • Significant experience as a Mechanical Design Engineer essential.
  • Knowledge of Refinery Industry highly advantageous.
  • Previous experience in Fault finding and Diagnosis Techniques essential.
  • Knowledge of Engineering Standard Practice & Safety in Design essential.
  • Strong experience of Rotating and Static Equipment Mechanical Engineering essential.
  • Strong focus on Safety, Workplace Safety, Workplace Safety Management, Process Safety Management essential.
  • Highly analytical and problem solving skills essential.
  • Previous experience working in Saudi or the Middle East advantageous.
  • Enthusiasm and drive to stay abreast of new trends in your field.
  • Proactive, flexible and dedicated team player, able to achieve goals.
  • Strong Personality with self-confidence
  • Enjoys working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent communication skills in English with the ability to engage and work effectively with team players from various cultures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop good working relationships.
Other Information
Package: A highly attractive TAX FREE salary is on offer dependent on skills and experience. In addition, a full Ex-Pat package is available including a range of allowances for housing, transportation, settling. Flights home per year, bonus scheme, end of service benefits, Health etc. 22-26 days holiday plus all Saudi national holidays which are circa 10-14 days.

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