19 Mar, 2024

Process Engineer - Catalysts Management

  • Aramco
  • Saudi Arabia
Process Engineer Petrochemicals & Refining

Job Description

Job Req ID:  11894

Aramco energizes the world economy.

Aramco occupies a unique position in the global energy industry. We are the world's largest producer of hydrocarbons (oil and gas), with the lowest upstream carbon intensity of any major producer. 

With our significant investment in technology and infrastructure, we strive to maximize the value of the energy we produce for the world along with a commitment to enhance Aramco’s value to society.

Headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and with offices around the world, we combine market discipline with a generations’ spanning view of the future, born of our nine decades experience as responsible stewards of the Kingdom’s vast hydrocarbon resources. This responsibility has driven us to deliver significant societal and economic benefits to not just the Kingdom, but also to a vast number of communities, economies, and countries that rely on the vital and reliable energy that we supply.

We are one of the most profitable companies in the world, as well as amongst the top five global companies by market capitalization.


We are seeking a Downstream Process Engineer with experience in refining and petrochemical catalyst & absorbent technologies management including catalyst selection, performance monitoring, pilot testing, performance optimization, and handling. You will be joining our Global Manufacturing Support Department (GMSD) under our Global Manufacturing Excellence Center.


GMSD’s technical team is a multi-disciplinary team responsible for providing the required high-quality technical support to our Global Manufacturing operating facilities (Refineries, NGLF, and petrochemical plants) inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & across the globe. Our Global Manufacturing Excellence Center supports and oversees the performances of Saudi Aramco’s global manufacturing assets.


Your primary role will be to monitor and improve catalyst and absorbents performances, manage inventories, support techno-economic evaluation and selection, pilot testing, and field technical support. You will provide ‘cradle-to-grave’ process engineering support on catalyst and absorbents for Global Manufacturing facilities.

Key Responsibilities

As the successful candidate you will required to perform the following:

Review operations of process catalysts by monitoring key performance indicators which include but not limited to 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.
Act with Global Manufacturing refineries in the negotiation and acceptance of catalysts and adsorbents vendor performance guarantees.
Assist with 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 such as loading & unloading, regeneration & rejuvenation, pre-sulfiding & activation, process optimization, and troubleshooting, as needed, in collaboration with facility process engineers, and other stakeholders.
Support the pilot testing or field demonstration of commercial catalysts and in-house developed catalysts in Saudi Aramco facilities in collaboration with R&D and other corporate technical entities.
Lead contract cost optimization initiatives surrounding fresh catalyst procurement, spent catalyst handling, re-use, and metal reclamation.

Minimum Requirements

You must hold a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering or a related specialization.  An advanced degree with specialization in catalysis is preferred.

You should have a minimum of 10 years experience in refining and petrochemical catalyst and absorbents application and practical experience in supporting or operating catalytic processes (i.e. hydroprocessing, reforming, catalytic cracking, etc) with at least 5 years’ experience in oil refinery or petrochemicals plants.

Exposure to different technology licensors is a plus.

Experience using process engineering simulation programs is also required.

Working environment

Our high-performing employees are drawn by the challenging and rewarding professional, technical and industrial opportunities we offer, and are remunerated accordingly.

At Aramco, our people work on truly world-scale projects, supported by investment in capital and technology that is second to none. And because, as a global energy company, we are faced with addressing some of the world’s biggest technical, logistical and environmental challenges, we invest heavily in talent development.

We have a proud history of educating and training our workforce over many decades. Employees at all levels are encouraged to improve their sector-specific knowledge and competencies through our workforce development programs – one of the largest in the world.

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