WS/2642 - Senior Process Engineer - Refinery

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Engineering/Process Engineering


Senior Process 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 a largest domestic Refining Company’s in Saudi seeks a Senior Process Engineer to provide technical advice and develop solutions for problems in the assigned asset area (C/D/R), by utilising simulation and modelling techniques to meet future requirements &/or to improve current profitability. Applicants invited with a degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent, combined with a minimum of 15 years process engineeringexperience, of which 5 should be within a refinery. 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. Please note: The client are looking at interviewing for this position in London on the 5th and 6th July so early applications advisable.

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 Manager, Process Engineering, you will be responsible for:
  • Provide professional engineering advice and technical expertise to support development and optimization of unit operational plans.
  • Provide ongoing professional engineering advice, technical expertise and troubleshooting assistance to maintain and enhance operation and throughput of the unit.
  • Provides technical input for advanced process control applications to enhance operation of the unit.
  • Lead the incident response efforts in case of emergency and communicate with external parties where necessary to report any upset that affects either the Company or neighbouring companies and vice versa.
  • Monitor operating parameters to ensure unit streams are within specified limits and IOW.
  • Provide professional engineering advice and technical expertise for Company business units and departments to support project development, engineering studies, SD/TA plans and activities, materials and contract procurement, I&R improvement programs.
  • Execute assigned inspection activities and monitoring of catalyst loading during SD/TA to support QA/QC and ensure compliance with agreed work practices and methodology.
  • 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 Company policy, procedures and best practice to achieve the business objectives in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Lead, motivate, develop and assess the assigned team to achieve business objectives and grow capability.
  • Act as a coach / mentor to your subordinates and be heavily involved in the on-job training and development of Saudi Nationals to take their place in the organization.
  • Undertake technical studies and evaluates solutions on both technical and economic merits, to ensure the best possible solution is selected to maximise profitability.
  • Assist operations with the preparation of start-up and commissioning procedures for proper start-up & minimum downtime.
  • Contribute to the uninterrupted operation of the plant and assist in maximising profits / margins.
  • Provide up-to-date process engineering support to the production team.
  • Be aware of new developments in your field of expertise through attendance at seminars, training courses and communication with a network of peers in the industry.
  • Ensuring the business processes and work activities, relevant to the 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 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, All relevant leading and lagging HSE KPIs Within the position holder’s area of responsibility as identified in:
    • The Company HSE Business Plan
    • Area SPIRIT Plans
    • Site and Area HSE Dashboards
The successful candidate will have
  • Full time degree (no long distance learning degrees) in Chemical Engineering or equivalent essential.
  • A minimum of 15 years’ experience in process engineering essential.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a refinery essential.
  • Strong theoretical knowledge essential.
  • Strong background in Process Engineering practices 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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