Crude to Chemicals Engineering Specialist

Saudi Aramco

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.


Aramco is seeking an Engineering Specialist to join the Fuels & Chemicals R&D Division of the Research & Development Center (R&DC). The Fuels & Chemicals R&D Division is responsible for the development of new & improved technologies in the areas of hydrocarbon processing, refining and petrochemicals. 

The Engineering Specialist primary role is to lead technology development projects related to direct conversion of crude oil into petrochemicals. She/he should be familiar with simulation software packages such as Aspen Plus/Aspen HYSYS, capital cost estimation, and techno-economic assessments of R&D projects. In addition, she/he should possess sound experience in project management and strong communication and mentorship skills.

This position offers a unique opportunity to develop new crude to chemicals technologies from their initiation stage in R&D through the deployment stage.

Key Responsibilities

Apply refining and petrochemicals R&D expertise to support existing projects under crude to chemicals program and lead new technology development from ideation to deployment in fuels and chemicals. 
Utilize existing R&D facilities and tools, and leverage available/new collaborations with strategic partners to support technology development from R&D into deployment 
Conduct benchmarking of R&D projects against commercial and existing technologies  
Find creative solutions to technical problems, both working individually and within a team 
Liaise with business proponent and engineering teams within Aramco

Manage project team and integrate efforts of team members

Capture all relevant innovative ideas and protect Aramco technology IP

Present and report project updates to all levels of management

Mentor and coach young talent

Minimimum Requirements

PhD degree in Chemical Engineering.  

At least 10 years of experience in relevant R&D to refining/petrochemicals industry; experience in crude to chemicals is preferred but not required. 
Highly knowledgeable in refining and petrochemical conversion processes especially Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), Hydrocracking, and Steam Cracking. 
Highly skilled in developing chemical engineering calculations (mass and energy balances, utilities consumption…etc) and analyzing experimental data. 
Able to analyze/comprehend techno-economic assessments of R&D projects 
Experience with R&D projects, process development and deployment.
Strong interpersonal skills and the capability to work effectively across multiple functional teams
Proven track record of excellence in previous positions held 

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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