Naphtha Reforming Process Specialist

Job Description

Req Number: 17763BR

Position Description:
We are seeking a Naphtha Reforming Process Specialist to join the Downstream Process Engineering Division of the Process & Control Systems Department.

The Downstream Process Engineering Division is responsible for providing process engineering support to Saudi Aramco and Saudi Aramco Joint Venture facilities.

The primary role of the Naphtha Reforming Process Specialist is to provide process expertise in technologies for the reforming of naphtha for the production of gasoline blend stock or aromatics.

The expertise will be in support of preliminary project evaluation, project and technology selection, design reviews, commissioning support, process troubleshooting and process optimization.

Minimum Requirements:
As the successful candidate you will hold a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from a recognized and approved program. An advanced degree is preferred.

You will have a minimum of fifteen years’ experience in refinery or petrochemical operations and engineering, including at least ten years in Naphtha Reforming technologies for the production of reformate including Naphtha Hydrotreating and Catalytic Reforming (Semi-regen, cyclic or Continuous Catalyst Regeneration (CCR).

You will have at least five years’ experience with CCR technologies and be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of operation of the CCR and be able to explain and teach that understanding to others.

Experience with more than one operating facility is strongly desirable, as is experience with more than one process licensor technology.

You will have a solid background in the comparison of alternative catalysts and technologies for production of naphtha reformate, including the advantages and disadvantages of semi-regenerative reforming, cyclic reforming and CCR.

You will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the impact of new reforming catalysts and technologies from all major licensors and their potential application to Saudi Aramco assets.

Ideally, you will also have a background in the Isomerization technologies, as well as with downstream uses of reformate such as gasoline blending and aromatics complexes.

You will have a strong background in process simulation of naphtha reforming technologies for use in process studies, design reviews, and optimization.

You will possess strong mentorship skills with the ability and drive to guide the development of junior Naphtha Reforming process engineers as well as strong teaching abilities.

You will possess strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to summarize and explain complex processes and technologies in terms suitable for economic evaluations and strategic management decision making.

The ideal candidate will have authored publications or patents in the field of naphtha reforming technologies.

Duties & Responsibilities:
You will be required to perform the following:

Conduct process configuration/feasibility studies for naphtha reforming technologies.

Participate in the development and review of Design Basis Scoping Protocols for naphtha reforming projects.

Maintain and review list of approved process licensor technologies for naphtha reforming.

Review detailed designs for naphtha reforming technologies.

Participate as process subject matter expert in PHA and HazOp reviews.

Support construction, commissioning, and startup of new naphtha reforming facilities.

Support post-commissioning troubleshooting and optimization of naphtha reforming facilities.

Organize Technical Exchange Meetings, Community of Practice Workshops, and other knowledge sharing activities for naphtha reforming.

Coordinate vendor training courses, develop and teach new naphtha reforming courses.

Develop and update Best Practice documents for naphtha reforming technologies.

Participate in Research & Development activities for new naphtha reforming technologies, including Stage Gate Reviews, Catalyst Testing, and development of new process technologies.

Develop, troubleshoot and maintain steady state simulation models for naphtha reforming process units.

About us:
The Engineering & Project Management (E&PM) business line studies, plans and oversees the construction of the Company’s new facilities, including some of the biggest and most complex projects in the petroleum industry. Recently, Saudi Aramco completed the largest capital program in its history that included new or expanded oil, gas and petrochemical facilities, raising maximum sustainable crude oil production capacity to 12 million barrels per day and significantly increasing gas production and processing capacities. Among the recently completed projects was the largest crude oil increment in the history of the industry: Khurais, with a production capacity of 1.2 million barrels per day. More challenges lie ahead, with a slate of new or expanded oil, gas, refining and petrochemical projects in the works. E&PM also manages the Company’s Research & Development Center where scientists investigate topics such as the desulfurization of crude oil, advanced fuel formulations for next generation combustion engines, and reservoir nano-scale robots (Resbots™) for injection into reservoirs to record their properties.