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Principal Engineer - Separations

  • Job reference: 921134
  • Location: Sunbury-On-Thames, Middlesex
  • Salary: GBP70000 - GBP75000 per annum + Car Allowance + additional benefits
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Oil & Gas, Process Engineering
  • Date posted: 13/08/2018

Join a global team of technical experts within a wide range of disciplines, supporting a worldwide refining portfolio. Working with site engineering and operations groups to improve process safety, reliability, and commercial performance of Crude and Vacuum distillation units, as well as other distillation processes throughout the refinery.

This role reports to the Desalting, Separations, and Coking Discipline Leader in the Engineering branch of Refining Technology & Engineering, and is a key contributor to the Separations Continuous Improvement Forum agenda and performance.

While part of a global team, this role will focus predominantly on client European and Australian refineries.

We recognise that we are strengthened by diversity and we encourage applications from women. We are committed to the provision of agile or flexible working arrangements. Agile or flexible working encompasses a wide range of working options which support individuals to their full potential.


Provide focused short-term support for distillation units and processes, including start-up and shutdown, turnaround, and process optimization and troubleshooting.

Provide medium and long-term support by means of process safety improvements, project evaluation and assurance, and implementation of new technology options.

Conduct technical training and mentoring for refinery engineers and operating staff.

Contribute to client Separations knowledge base by participation in peer assist discussions, contributions to the Q&A forum, and additions to client technical handbook.

Provide technical support for the planning and onsite execution of separations/distillation unit turnarounds (TARs), including equipment inspection, coordination and interpretation of sample analyses, and written documentation of findings and recommendations.

Support the Discipline Leader and Separations Advisor in providing technical leadership to the Separations Continuous Improvement Forum.

Be an active participant in appropriate industry forums

About you

Bachelor's degree in science or engineering

One or more prior assignments supporting the operation and/or optimization of separations/distillation units at a refinery or chemical processing facility.

High levels of mathematical, literary, and interpersonal skills are required.

Candidate's background should reveal a proactive track record of improving safety, reliability, and commercial performance of distillation units.

Refinery process engineering experience is preferred.

In addition, the following skills and experiences would reflect favorably on the candidate:

- Knowledge of capital project development and execution using a staged-gate process.

- An understanding of commercial impact from unit performance and how this affects operating strategy.

- Familiarity with Continuous Improvement techniques, Root Cause Failure Analysis, and/or Failure Modes and Effects Analysis.

- Process modelling skills using a flowsheet application such as Hysys and/or Petro-Sim.

- Experience using simulation models for supporting commercial decisions.

- Knowledge of distillation process design and experience in project engineering.

To apply or for further information, please submit CV applications.

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.

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