The Director of Economics & Planning is a member of our production planning team that provides leadership, guidance, and support for optimizing overall refinery operations. This role is accountable for developing, improving, and implementing production planning, processes, tools, communication strategies and overall refinery optimization plans. The Director of Economics & Planning develops operating plans, monitors performance, troubleshoots and communicates expectations and results. This position interfaces closely with process engineering, operations, supply chain, commercial, and refinery leadership and as such represents the Refinery operations regarding production requirements and commitments. This position is a key in establishing and promoting a collaborative culture focused on safe, environmentally compliant, reliable, and optimized operations. This role evaluates plant operating performance, implements recommendations for optimization, and champions improvements in support of long term sustainable profitability and performance.
- Provide guidance and leadership working with commercial, supply chain, process engineering, and operations to optimize process units, maximize liquid volume yield, and overall profitability of refinery production
- Implement monthly operating plan and operating strategies, review plant operations and laboratory analyses on a daily basis for better efficiency and compliance with operating plans; track and analyze deviations from operating plans daily
- Coordinate with commercial and other refineries on supply chain requirements, changes, and needs and optimize intermediate stream dispositions, including quality, quantity, and inventory levels.
- Develop and optimize product blend recipes to optimize refinery balances (octane, hydrogen, etc.), manage product specifications (benzene, sulfur, etc.), minimize giveaway, and meet production commitments.
- Apply LP model for economic evaluation of operating scenarios, optimization of operating plans and back-casting of operations
- Generate refinery performance reports, and industry reports.
- Ability to multi-task and communicate technical concepts and solutions effectively and at all levels of the organization
- Ensure process safety, safety, and environmental compliance by supporting incident investigations, procedure development, management of change and environmental reviews, as required
- Support turnaround, unit shutdown and tank inspection planning and execution through development of oil flow plan and support preparation and execution of the plan
- Champion projects, and programs that support refinery vision
- Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or related technical field along with or specific process engineering or process optimization experience
- Five (5) or more years of experience in process engineering and/or operations in refining
- Proven ability to lead and influence those not under direct supervision
- Knowledgeable in oil refining processes such as Reforming, hydrotreating, distillation, blending operations)
- Base understanding of industry economic drivers and demonstrated ability to evaluate economic options
- Excellent analytical capability
- Ability to effectively use structured approaches in problem solving and troubleshooting.
- Capability of producing results in both a team and individual environment.
- Demonstrate passion and tenacity for improvement of self, others, and refinery performance.
- Exhibits a working knowledge of policies, procedures, and applicable regulations.
- Advanced Computer skills: ability to access, navigate, learn, and use application software such as Microsoft Office, Excel, data acquisition/historian programs, alarm management, and quality control lab systems. Solid verbal and written communication and technical writing skills
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- Ability to interact effectively and positively with all levels of Company personnel
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to anticipate and adapt to dynamic situations
- Must pass drug test and background check
- Must be able to legally work in the United States
- Master’s degree in business, finance or other business or engineering related field
- Eight (8) years or more years of experience process engineering, operations, and/or economics and planning
- Advanced understanding of oil refining processes (FCC, Reforming, hydrotreating, crude distillation, extraction, isomerization, blending operations)
- Demonstrated experience with gasoline blending and regulatory requirements of gasoline
- Experience with yield accounting and applicable tools (Advisor, AORA, Sigmafine etc.)
- Demonstrated application of LP modeling for economic evaluation