12 Jul, 2021

Process Engineer - Catalysts & Absorbents Refinery Applications

  • NES Fircroft
  • Saudi Arabia
Process Engineer Petrochemicals & Refining

Job Description

We are seeking a Downstream Process Engineer with an experience in catalysts and absorbents refinery application processes (selection, monitoring, optimization, and handling)

Primarily aims to monitor and improve catalyst/absorbents performances, manage inventories, support techno-economic evaluation and selection, pilot testing, and field technical support. The function will provide “cradle-to-grave” process engineering support on catalyst and absorbents 


Minimum Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or a related specialization. An advanced degree is preferred.

A minimum of 10 years of total experience in catalyst/absorbents application and catalytic processes (i.e., hydroprocessing, reforming, catalytic cracking, etc.) with at least five years of experience in refinery or petrochemical plants.

Exposure to different technology licensors is a plus

Fluency in English, both verbal and written.

Duties & Responsibilities

Review operations of process catalysts by monitoring key performance indicators, which include: product yields, deactivation rates, remaining lifecycle, etc. Issue quarterly performance and benchmarking reports highlighting optimization achievements, performance gaps and recommendations.

Support process technology engineers in resolving any catalysts and absorbents performance gaps and implementation of optimization initiatives.

Conduct yearly benchmarking workshops with participating Global Manufacturing facilities to highlight the year-round performances, share best practices, agree on catalyst optimization and profitability targets, and recognize facility best performers.

Maintain an inventory of Global Manufacturing catalysts and absorbents detailing the technology providers, quantity, next loading forecasts, etc.

Support and facilitate potential similar catalysts inventory exchange/synergy among Global Manufacturing facilities. Develop and/or support needed contractual agreements, as needed.

Represent the admin area in refining catalyst selection and evaluation by representing the needs of the business line according to established company procedures.

Support and coordinate with other internal stakeholders when necessary on the requirements to conduct the regular catalyst pilot testing activities.

Acts with Global Manufacturing refineries in the negotiation and acceptance of catalysts and adsorbents vendor performance guarantees.

Involvement in the performance test runs to validate vendor’s Proforma Performance Guarantees.

Manage and facilitate the spent catalyst handling and precious metals reclamation (platinum and rhenium-based) activities in Global Manufacturing. Develop and maintain the procedures accordingly.

Act as the admin area focal point in providing coordination and process engineering support on corporate catalyst strategies and related transactions.

Provide field support to catalyst related activities, process optimization, and troubleshooting, as needed, in collaboration with facility process engineers, and other stakeholders.

Lead contract cost optimization initiatives surrounding spent catalyst handling, reuse and reclamation...

With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.With more than 100 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.


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