Process Engineer Residue Upgrade Technologies 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, a global leader in the energy industry, is seeking an experienced professional Process Engineer who is specialized and worked heavily in Residue Upgrade technologies including Ebullated Bed Reactor and hydroprocessing technologies (Hydrocracker & Hydrotreater). The Process Engineer will be part of the Aramco Project Management Team (PMT) that is responsible and accountable for the delivery of best in class capital projects. The role of the Process Engineer for this position will be with the PMT that is responsible for managing and executing a portfolio of Liquid-to-Chemicals (LTC) projects safely, on schedule, within budget, and to the highest standards of integrity and compliance. The Process Engineer will be involved in performing all related activities during the Engineering Design, Procurement and Construction phases of various sizes ($), types and complexity of small, medium to multi-billion-dollar mega projects.

The Process Engineer primary role is to ensure that engineering design, procurement, construction and project completion is done in compliance with the project objective and contractual requirements including project schedule, cost, HSE, company standards and procedures. The role also involves review and study of grass root and brown field refining and petrochemical facilities.

The Candidate must have strong technical capabilities and extensive experience with the Residue Upgrade and Hydroprocessing operations and technologies. Also, the candidate must have good communication skills and be comfortable working both independently and with cross-departmental teams.

PMT manages and executes projects from multiple site offices or engineering contractor design offices, geographically scattered throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Duties and responsibilities

The Candidate will provide technical support in the development of Residue Upgrade and Hydroprocessing in the Liquid-to-Chemicals (LTC) projects. The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

Execute capital projects according to the scope, schedule and budget.

Provide technical support for Liquid-to-Chemicals (LTC) projects involving Residue Upgrade and Hydroprocessing units and associated facilities at various stages of execution (pre-feasibility, feasibility, basic and detailed engineering).

Be closely familiar with different Residue Upgrade and Hydroprocessing technologies and major licensors.

Be closely familiar with international standards and value improvement practices.

Maintain and enhance best practices in olefins facilities design and operation.

Provide the technical input and review of the design, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning and startup of facilities.

Be Responsible for project development: engineering studies, licensors selection, technical bid reviews, preliminary engineering, detail designs, materials procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, handover, commissioning and startup.

Manage General Engineering Services (GES) design contractor activities during the development of Pre-FEED & FEED, including definition of project work scope and schedule requirements. Development of detailed estimate leading to funding appropriation and approval.

Be familiar with international procedures of Projects Phases, Engineering Phases, Bidding procedures, Procurement Processes, Construction Requirements and up to date Best Practices.

Understand contract documents (inclusive of appendices, drawings and specifications), project execution plan, interface management, change management, construction sequencing, standards specifications and project schedule to support project manager and/or company representative in timely completion of projects.

Review and resolve day-to-day contractors’ activities related to assigned project (process) work during construction and ensure HSE compliance.

Provide problem-solving services and develop technically innovative process solutions with appropriate risk consideration.

Address technical issues arising in all phases of the project development related to Residue Upgrade and Hydroprocessing and associated facilities

Participate in developing process deliverables such as, BFDs, PFDs, P&IDs, H&MB, data sheets, C&E diagrams, HAZID, HAZOP, SIL, simulations, 3D modeling, energy optimization, startup plans, etc.

Perform change order scope definition, cost estimation and assist the Project Manager or Company representative in change management process.

Review weekly and monthly reports on the status and progress of the contracts, including project costs and schedule.

Attend project meetings e.g. progress, stakeholders, design review, plot plan, value improvement.

Review of project schedule, coordinate and monitor the assigned project progress and challenge below par performance of the contractor.

Review, coordinate, and monitor invoices (claimed vs actual physical progress checks) and contractor’s submittals.

Performs Project Reporting and implementation of company initiatives during project execution.

Review design/study process modifications to the facilities.

Provide routine process (design and construction) support to facilities such as Residue Upgrade and Hydroprocessing and related facilities.

Develop and/or review testing and commissioning procedures for process equipment especially Residue Upgrade and Hydroprocessing.

Be familiar with leading technology licensors/ Vendors, international standards and value improvement practices.

Uphold engineering ethics and maintain high standards of professional behavior and conduct.

Minimum requirements

As the successful candidate you should have a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and a higher degree is preferred.

you will have at least Fifteen (15) years of experience in the Refining and Petrochemical industries with a specialty in Residue Upgrade and Hydroprocessing, such that the incumbent is clearly recognized as an expert in this field. including a minimum Five (5) years of field experience including construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning, startup, and operation. With Excellent English communication skills (verbal and written) and, presentation, interpersonal and networking skills and Must have Engineering Design & Construction phase experience with a thorough knowledge of engineering practices and economic principles in the applicable International Codes, Standards and Specifications. With Dynamic attitude towards project improvements and savings, PMP Certification is desirable but not mandatory. Ability to work in a diverse working environment, with multinational teams, and mobilize to different locations, both domestically and internationally, including remote areas as needed.

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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