24 May, 2023

Process Engineer

  • Shell Oil
  • Pernis, Netherlands
Process Engineer Chemicals Petrochemicals & Refining

Job Description

What’s the role?

The Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam is a great place to work with many learning and development opportunities for employees who are looking for deepening and broadening their professional- as well as their leadership skills in a complex and diverse organization.

We expect our site to undergo a radical transformation in the decades ahead as we facilitate the energy transition and work towards net zero CO2 emission. Shell energy & chemical Park Rotterdam has developed a strategy and plans for a drastic reduction of emissions  and the first world scale projects are already being built.

In order to thrive and accelerate this transition we are looking for enthusiastic and capable professionals  who are looking to make their mark. We are paying for these projects with the profits of today, which make it imperative that our existing refinery operates safely, reliably, and efficiently. The scale of our ambition means that the technology department is looking for Process Engineers and Process Technologists at all levels.

A career in Technology and Process Engineering at the Shell Energy & Chemical Park Rotterdam places you at the centre of where the energy transition is taking place and is guaranteed to be both challenging and rewarding, providing ample opportunities for professional growth as you build your career.

Process Engineers (and Process Technologists) work closely with operations, inspection, economics & scheduling, Engineering disciplines & Contractors, and the project organization. They perform key roles in providing support for the production units through daily optimization & troubleshootingor giving assurance on the Management of Change process, process safety evaluations or developing and implementing projects. From billion dollar projects to set point adjustments of cut points our Process Engineers and Technologists provide a guiding hand to a vast array of activities taking place on and off site. Investments in all categories are being developed by process engineering professionals to improve the safety, environmental performance, reliability, and profitability of the Shell energy & Chemicals Park Rotterdam.

The Technology department comprises approximately 80 Shell staff across several different teams, the majority of which have a process engineering background. The teams are separated into 3 Process Technology teams supporting day to day operations of the Refining and chemical units, 3 Process Engineering teams supporting longer term project development and change assurance for the same units. A dedicated process safety team, a Utilities, Energy & CO2 team and a Business Opportunity Team. Many of our process engineers move on within the site to roles in operations or economics departments or further within Shell after rotating through a number of Technology/Process engineering functions.

The process engineering roles broadly consists of the following three categories:

  • Process Engineering Assurance
    • Participate in process safety studies (HAZID, HAZOP, LOPA, etc.) in design phase of projects or periodic reviews during operate phase, Lead process safety studies for plant modifications, test runs and (complex) work instructions
    • Participate in (or lead) PSSR (Pre Start-up Safety Reviews) for new projects or Turnarounds
  • Project Development
    • Conducting scouting and feasibility studies on proposals from Operations or Technology.
    • Project development in liaison with engineering contractors and ensuring end-result is supported by asset owner
    • Provide support to construction and startup.
    • Ensure proper implementation and performance when integrated into existing operating units.
  • Short & Long Term Unit support
    • Daily optimization of operating parameters together with colleagues in operations and the wider asset team
    • Contributing to process integrity of installations via proactive technical monitoring to ensure the safe, environmentally sound, reliable, and profitable operation of the units.
    • Developing strategies and tactics for the mitigation of threats
    • Provide support for preparation and execution of unit turnarounds. Provide ad-hoc support for unit trouble shooting and participate in turnaround work supporting a larger team.

What we need from you

Prior manufacturing experience is a benefit along with process engineering experience and experience with the development of projects. You are expected to:

  • Master ChE degree (or equivalent).
  • Proven track record in refining/chemical/utility plant process engineering on an operating site and/or design office.
  • Good knowledge of refining, chemical and/or utility processes in general
  • Critical thinking to use your external perspective to help us identify ways to improve how we work
  • Strong communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to cooperate with external parties (clients, Engineering contractors, etc.).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Core Values: Value and Respect all People/Integrity/Customer Focus/Act for the Greater Whole.
  • Manage a diverse work list with varying length of timelines, varying levels of urgency, interrelationships, and varying stakeholders.
  • Develop/guide lesser experienced team members in their development program.
  • Be proactive, working closely with Operations, Maintenance, Inspection, and the other SNR Engineering disciplines as well as the Engineering Contractor counterpart to ensure thorough and complete communication of process issues at hand.
  • Facilitate problem resolution when the problem requires Process Engineering knowledge and expertise.
  • Ensure Process Engineering activities are conducted fully in line with Shell Group and governmental regulations.

Company Description

Shell Nederland BV is a platform for international collaboration, with Shell offering direct employment to around ten thousand people in the Netherlands alone, including roughly 2,800 non-Dutch employees from around 80 countries. Diversity is key at Shell Nederland, and our employees reflect the innovation that stems from a diverse workforce. By joining Shell Nederland, you will benefit from an unrivalled industry-leading development programme that will see you tap into a pool of expert knowledge that will help propel your career. Shell Nederland is the holding company of most Shell companies operating in the Netherlands. Shell Nederland also has an advisory and coordinating role in numerous areas.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we’re nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills and reach your potential.

  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.
  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

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