WS/2628 - Lead Inspection Engineer - Refinery

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Engineering/Maintenance Engineering


Lead Inspection Engineer - Refinery




A highly attractive TAX FREE salary is on offer dependent on skills and experience. In addition, a full Ex-Pat package is available.


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 Inspection Engineer to plan and execute activities to ensure the optimum reliability, availability and technical integrity of all static equipment and piping systems in his area of responsibility. You will be responsible for developing technically sound and cost effective maintenance approaches, consistent with the company’s operating requirements and safety standards. Applicants are invited with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, combined with a minimum of 15 years inspection experience, of which a minimum of 5 should be within refineries. 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 45.

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 Integrity and Inspection Manager, you will be responsible for:
  • Develop, review and execute area inspection plans to ensure integrity and reliability of the plant assets.
  • Provide support and technical advice / assistance to Operations, Maintenance, Technology, Engineering, Projects, Contractors to ensure plant integrity and reliability.
  • Develop, monitor implementation and review input into plans to ensure equipment integrity and reliability.
  • Provide the maintenance and shutdown / turnaround teams with required recommendations to ensure continuous availability and integrity of plant.
  • Plan, prepare and execute scope of work to ensure safe and reliable operation of the plant.
  • Review and update the Plant Integrity Assurance (RBI) Manual with the latest designated area data and process changes to ensure that plant integrity is maintained.
  • Audit the quality assurance quality control plans to ensure the work quality and hence the plant integrity and reliability.
  • Provide relevant information and advice to support the development of a sound departmental business plan.
  • Ensure the business processes and work activities, relevant to position, are executed in compliance with the company’s policies, procedures to achieve the business objectives in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Review and approve the quality assurance quality control documents to ensure the work quality and hence the plant integrity and reliability.
  • Raise plant change proposal for upgrading the metallurgy to enhance equipment reliability and integrity.
  • Perform root cause analysis in case of any abnormal finding from inspection that is not aligned with equipment design basis.
  • Manage and motivate teams within your department and act as a champion for all company policies and procedures particularly in the areas of human resources and health and safety.
  • Ensure compliance with Saudi laws and regulations.
  • Workplace (WPS) and Process (PSM) Safety, Within the position holder’s area of responsibility:
    • Ensure that the safety & well-being of employees, contractors, and others are always the first consideration in decisions on cost, production, quality and productivity.
    • Enforce operational discipline by ensuring all workplace and process safety procedures and practices are understood and implemented in order to avoid potential WPS and PSM incidents occurring.
    • 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’ inspection engineering experience essential.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in refineries essential.
  • Strong previous experience in risk-based inspection essential.
  • Knowledge of International inspection codes (e.g. API, AWS ASNT....) essential.
  • Experience of International Design Codes (ASME, ANIS.._) essential.
  • Experience of Reliability Centre Maintenance (RCM) essential.
  • Knowledge of Non-Destructive Testing essential.
  • Understanding of Materials/Corrsion, Process Operations and Operations Maintenance essential.
  • Previous experience using Quality Management Systems 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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