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Naphtha Reforming Process Specialist

Job Description and 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