01 Nov, 2023

Process Design Engineer

  • bp
  • Houston, TX, USA
Process Designer Petrochemicals & Refining

Job Description

Job summary


Production & Operations

Job Family Group:

Engineering Group

Job Summary:

Bp aims to be net zero across all our operations on an absolute basis by 2050 and to support countries, cities, and corporations around the world to achieve their net zero ambitions. The development of an integrated energy hub in Northwest Indiana is a key opportunity to decarbonize bp’s Whiting Refinery and provide a platform for the decarbonization of the broader region

Working closely with the project team, projects organization, and key stakeholders, the process design engineering team will lead and support the technical and engineering development of the clean hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, and refinery integration/conversion scope.

This role, reporting to the engineering manager – process, will support the process design and engineering development to upgrade the existing fired heaters at Whiting Refinery and convert the associated burners from fuel gas to hydrogen.

Job Description:


  • Verify and consolidate technical information and assumptions from site and other collaborators

  • Identify alliances and interdependencies between systems and incorporate these into the design

  • Support baseline assessments of current operations and the execution of engineering studies to enable decision making

  • Enable timely and effective engagement of other fields and experts external to the project team

  • Support licensed process technology planning and selection

  • Interpretate and clarify technical practices and relevant codes and standards, including the identification and review of deviations specific to process engineering

  • Provide oversight and technical direction to contractor resources and process licensors and ensure all process design aspects meet bp and industry requirements

  • Participate in design, project, and process safety reviews and workshops and support close out of process engineering action items

  • Interpretate and clarify technical practices, codes, and standards, and identify and review deviations relating to process engineering

  • Prepare and deliver the core process design and engineering work to enable development of the preliminary and final FEED packages

  • Provide and own the technical inputs to key project work such as schedules, cost estimates, etc.

  • Enable integration of the project with existing facilities during detailed engineering and commissioning



  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in Chemical Engineering

  • Experience working as a process engineer in design or operational roles in refining, oil & gas, or chemicals

  • General knowledge of project processes and exposure to projects/project development

  • General knowledge of engineering practices, codes, and standards

  • Experience and working knowledge of process simulation and other engineering software applications

  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a wide range of teams and engineering fields

  • Relocation assistance: Relocation may be negotiable for this role (domestic only) 

  • Travel requirement: Yes – up to 25% 



  • Qualified as a chartered, registered, or professional engineer

  • Experience working as a process design engineer on projects across all project stages with a solid understanding of front-end development

  • Demonstrated ability to integrate engineering across all fields and manage contractors

  • General knowledge of refining processes and typical flow schemes, preferably of Whiting refinery

  • Exposure to other engineering roles such as process safety engineer, unit process support engineer, operations engineer, appraisal engineer, etc.

  • General experience in new energy projects


Why join us!
At bp, we support our people to grow in a diverse and exciting environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity.

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are significant, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, excellent retirement benefits, among others!

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Travel Requirement

Up to 25% travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is eligible for relocation within country

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Collaboration, Communication, Engineering codes, standards and practices, Hazard Identification, Influencing, Inherently Safer Design, Process Equipment Design, Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), Process Optimization

Legal Disclaimer:


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.


If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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