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PRODUCTION ENGINEER / ASSISTANT MANAGER - REFINERY in Qatar

Primary Purpose of the Job

Plan, manage and lead a team of Heads, supervisors and operators to ensure production by maximum utilization of the feedstock of Kerosene, Benzene, pygas and reformate to bring adequate profits to the company by ensuring safe operation of the units with on-spec products and minimum adverse impacts to health, safety and environment in line with the Production department look ahead plan to meet local and export market demand. Responsible for optimal operation of chemical plant processes, process troubleshooting and enhancement of product yields with min losses.

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Direct, control and supervise the activities of personnel in the Chemical Plant; guide the staff in specifying the unit operating conditions, feed capacities and providing special instructions required pertaining to safety and operations to ensure uninterrupted and optimal unit operation: Performs supervisory functions and exercise financial authority at the level established by Management for this position.
  2. Ensure safe production in chemical plant by maintaining it in a safe and reliable operating condition, including co-ordination of both day-to-day breakdown maintenance and ongoing planned maintenance at higher levels and ensures adherence to the operations safety procedures during normal and emergency situations. Ensure achievement of targeted/planned production/processing rates and profits of assigned units as per department look ahead plan. Identify in conjunction with subordinates, production planning personnel, areas requiring change or adjustment / optimize of the operating conditions to meet the Company’s requirements / targets.
  3. Ensure that top safety risks are managed and visible to all staff. Review and monitor all critical operating data covering the previous 24 hours and approve the shift supervisor logbook. Review the laboratory results for the quality of the products and intermediate products. Review daily performance summaries prepared by subordinates for the operating areas, which record essential operating data for the previous 24 hours.
  4. Approve start-up, shutdown, emergency, critical operating procedures and standing instructions for assigned units and ensures that any MOCs are updated according to practical experience gained, with a view to ensure high operation of safety and reliability levels. Provide instructions to subordinates to ensure that situations are handled in accordance with correct procedures.
  5. Ability to identify safety and production critical equipment and ensure right prioritization on PM and CMs are executed by maintenance crew and supported by engineering. Participate in all aspects of maintenance, shutdown planning and implementation, including review of plant shutdown and turn-around programmes and accepting maintenance schedules in the light of operational requirements. Approve maintenance requests, raising the flag on repeat work and delays, monitor work in progress and ensures timely completion. Adhere to safe operating procedures and ensuring correct sequence; Ensure that units are safely decontaminated and isolated prior to handover to Maintenance during turnaround activities; Maintain overall review of work being carried out and accepts handover from Maintenance and plan start up.
  6. Coordinate with Technical team for unit performance monitoring, optimization, troubleshooting and corrosion control in consultation Asset integrity team and process engineers. Participate in identifying bottlenecks in the plant operation and rectifying those by initiating programs and projects.
  7. Direct and participate in studies on modifications to the existing operating facilities in operating units to improve plant operation, profitability, flexibility, reliability and safety of his area. Assist in the definition and scope of new or modification projects. Check for the feasibility and provide the process design. Review new or modified designs to ensure that safety requirements and optimal cost are maintained.
  8. Coordinate with the projects directorate, engineering companies, vendors, process licensors, etc... on matters related to process design and operating data provision, for new and revamped projects. Keep abreast of new technology in the field. Direct evaluation of such technology in the light of existing one and raise recommendations for adoption with a view to maximizing efficiency, minimizing cost and keeping pace with modernization.
  9. Participate in departmental personal and process safety, health, environment and security meetings. Perform walk the talk safety walks to demonstrate visible leadership. Monitor or patrol work area and enforces safety regulations. Initiate action plans to improve the standards of safety within the plant. Review and approve work permits. Participate actively in safety mock drills; Instruct subordinates for plant Shutdown or evacuation and co-ordinates to deal with the situation in a safe manner, during emergencies; Inspect facilities to ensure that the integrity of the plant is maintained, and where it is impaired for any reason, propose remedies to resolve the problem; Participate in ISO and safety audits and follow up on the corrective actions recommendation.
  10. Audit the stock status of chemicals and catalyst; Follow ups for the procurement of catalyst/ chemical for future requirement based on reactor performance. Periodically revise the safe stock quantity of chemicals and catalyst for uninterrupted unit operation. Perform trials for catalyst and chemicals and recommends alternate vendors.

Decision Making Authority

The incumbent under Chemical Plant Manager is accountable for all the decisions taken by the crew under him for safe operation of the units with minimum adverse impacts to health, safety and environment.

In the event of major emergency the incumbent decides to shut down the production facility to protect the assets of the organization that can have great influence on the Company’s economics and impact on local supply of petroleum products.

Context / Special Features / Challenges

The Refinery and Chemical Plant is an unique entity that cater to local supply of Petroleum products and chemical products hence assumes strategic importance. The job holder encounters challenging issues around staff management, interacting with various stakeholders and ensuring meeting day-to-day operation targets. The incumbent has to be more vigilant on the job and make critical decisions during non-working hours as the need arises as he is on-call duty round the clock. The incumbent must be able to envisage the problems proactively so that safe and smooth operation of the units is ensured to achieve highest possible production with high level of safety with minimum conversion cost. In addition, he may be required to deputize the role of Chemical Plant Manager during his absence.

Qualifications / Knowledge / Skills / Experience

  1. Degree in Chemical Engineering or related engineering discipline.
  2. 15 years broad experience in the Oil & Gas industry including 8 years in a Refinery/Chemical Plant at a senior Supervisory level.
  3. Ability to demonstrate process safety elements and implemented initiatives.
  4. Ability to interface with other departments to get prioritization of work done.
  5. Good communication/presentation skills.
  6. Good negotiation skills.
  7. Excellent in English language.
  8. Very good analytical, creative, management and motivational skills.
  9. Conversant with computers and computer applications.
  10. Wide perspective with respect to Refining and Chemical Economics.

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