Process Specialist

11 - 15 years experience  •  Business Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/02/17
Port Arthur, TX
11 - 15 years experience
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/02/17

The Process Specialist (PS) provides process engineering support to multiple Production Organizations within Port Arthur Refinery to ensure excellence in Process Safety, Reliability, Margin/Energy Optimization, and Threat Mitigation.  This position entrepreneurs for process innovations that deliver bottom-line results, champions for long-term improvements in capacity utilization and variable costs that deliver world-class performance, delivers long-term technology direction consistent with business strategy, and is a high-end technical resource to the production organization.  This position is also key to mentoring the Operational (OSE) and Technical Support Process Engineers (TSEs) and providing technical continuity to the Production Organization.


  • Mentor and coach OSEs, TSEs, Operations Technical Leadership and peer Discipline Engineers/Team Leads
  • Identify new technologies or best practices for application at PAR
  • Develop long-term improvement plans using best available technologies
  • Provide Process Technical Assurance to OSEs/TSEs during test runs, abnormal situations, and unplanned outages
  • Responsible for “selling” their services by maintaining contact and good relations with their customers (Production Team and Project Depts)
  • Collaborate and align with Corporate Subject Matter Experts and 3rd Party Technical Service Providers on technical issues
  • Develop and implement plans to mitigate threats to unit availability
  • Utilize sound Causal Learning methods for problem solving and participating in or leading investigations
  • Lead, participate, and provide technical review level assurance in the Management of Change to ensure robust Process Safety Management for changes to be implemented
  • Identify opportunities for Margin and Energy improvements and drive changes to capture these opportunities via established work processes
  • Provide process engineering support and challenge to Turnaround Scope to ensure Reliability and TA objectives are met
  • Provide support to capital projects to ensure proper design premise, implementation and performance when integrated into existing operating units and systems
  • Become an active member of the Unit Performance Team or Steering Teams for the assigned areas
  • Participate in monthly Proactive Technical Monitoring discussions with OSEs, TSEs, and SMEs
  • Active participant in catalyst testing work and selection
  • Actively involved in Technology Benchmarking
  • Actively involved in Process Modelling and LP Model Updating


  • Provide long term technical support and assurance for assigned process unit(s)
  • Act as an agent of the business to maintain safe, reliable, and profitable operations that are free of environmental consequence
  • Works to identify and mitigate threats to operating units via the Unit Performance and/or Steering Team
  • Able and willing to stop unsafe work at all times
  • Able and willing to coach and mentor OSEs, TSEs, Process Engineering Team Leads and operations personnel
  • Must be capable of being the Responsible Person (RP), and provide a technical review level of technical assurance to all assigned or initiated MOCs

*Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering required
  • Minimum 12 years of relevant process engineering experience
  • Minimum 6 years of manufacturing site experience with strong operation interface
  • Expert in Reforming, Hydrocracking and Hydrotreating Technology
  • Good organizational and planning skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
  • Understands how to manage critical knowledge and information to stakeholders
  • Proficient in process modelling software such as Hysys/KBC.


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