Shell Senior Refinery Process Chemist - Houston, TX in Houston, Texas
Senior Refinery Process Chemist - Houston, TX
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The Refinery Process Chemist provides day to day as well as medium to long term support to Refinery Operations at the Deer Park Site (Distilling, Coker, Catalytic Cracker, Hydrocracker, Hydrotreaters, Reformers, Alkylation, Saturate Gases, and Effluent Treater. He/She understands the processes, impacts from changing feedstocks, impurity build ups, fouling potentials, product quality impacts/risks to ensure safe production and reliable operation.
The role combines multiple skills in analytical chemistry, process chemistry, process engineering, reaction chemistry, and corrosion chemistry skills to understand what is occurring in the production units at the molecular level. This skill set supports the Production Team with process impurities identification and reporting/routing (feedstocks, mid stream, products, byproducts, and effluents); corrosion control, fouling, process additives, stream physical and chemical properties, reactive hazards, and reliability improvements.
The process chemist works closely with Production, Process Engineering, PEI, and I&PC disciplines to achieve Production objectives. He/She provides process troubleshooting expertise, optimization support, and supports test run initiatives. He/She provides guidance for product quality issues and chemistry related issues that impact unit reliability. Sample schedule reviews with Production Team for fit for purpose sampling and analysis (sample rationalization) is conducted at least annually. The process chemist can be called upon for consulting for chemical cleaning/decon for Turn Around work, supporting product quality investigations, and specialist sampling requests. The process chemist is the SME for sample station design and use.
In the lab environment, supports Goal 0 in actions and behavior. Champion’s safety in lab, finds and escalates safety issues through safety engagements, FIM, and safety snapshots. The process chemist is the subject matter expert for product specifications and the analytical methods used for product measurements. He/She is the subject matter expert for HSSE issues in the lab (chemical compatibilities, health risks). Works with Industrial Hygiene and Safety department as needed. The process chemist provides the highest level of technical assurance in the lab, working closely with application specialist and analytical chemists.
The role also has a supervisory dimension with day to day direction of two lab specialty technicians.
Challenges in the role is balancing Production needs from multiple units on a daily/weekly basis. Abilities to manage multiple competing priorities is essential for success. Effective communication is critical for managing stakeholders and teams in production, the Disciplines, and the Lab.
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Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry required; MS or PhD preferred
Minimum ten (10) years’ experience in unit processes support (e.g., distillation, catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, hydrotreating, reactors/conversion units, and effluent treating) is required
The successful process chemist is skilled in a variety of analytical methods (e.g., GC, GC-MS, S/N, IC, Speciated sulfur methods, D86, D2887, D4052, XRF/ICP, titrations).
Must have Refinery operations support experience.
Key Deliverables (this role supports a 24/7 manufacturing):
Direct day to day (and medium to long term support) to Refinery (or Chemicals) Production Units. This encompasses routine monitoring, production tests, product quality, process troubleshooting, and abnormal situation unit support.
The role combines multiple skills in analytical chemistry, process chemistry, process engineering, reaction chemistry, and corrosion chemistry skills to understand what is occurring in the production units at the molecular level. This skill set supports the Production Team with process impurities identification and reporting/routing (feedstocks, mid-stream, products, byproducts, and effluents); corrosion control, fouling, process additives, stream physical and chemical properties, reactive hazards, and reliability improvements.
Supporting of Site, Production Units, and Lab annual initiatives.
Challenges in the role are balancing Production needs from multiple units on a daily/weekly basis.
Abilities to manage multiple competing priorities is essential for success.
Effective communication is critical for managing stakeholders and teams in Production, the Disciplines, and the Lab.
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