Tech Specialist - Prod Optimization

The Role

The Margin Optimization Advisor is responsible for developing and maintaining up-to-date planning and scheduling models that provide a fit-for-purpose representation of the refinery/base chemical capabilities and constraints. 

The economic models that MO maintains are a critical tool for refinery economic evaluations and decision support, both in operational and long-term horizons. The MO works collaboratively with the economists, schedulers, technologists and operations to assure the integrity of the models and the quality the output.


•    Ensure all activities are conducted in accordance with agreed Health, Safety and Environment practices and procedures as outlined in the Asset Management System (AMS) Forecast Plan and Production (FPP) Procedures and Work Instructions.

•    Support and maintain the basic data for all hydrocarbon management systems including but not limited to:
1.    Planning/LP Model (Aspen PIMS)
2.    Scheduling Systems (Aspen Petroleum Scheduler/Orion)
3.    Data generation system for PIMS/APS (CSi Crude Cutter, Flowsheets, and Unit Tracking; Unit Base+Delta models)
4.    Crude Intelligence (CSi Spiral Assay)
5.    Crude Acceptability Matrix (CAM)
6.    Visual Management Tools for Margin and Basic Data

•    Basic Data:
o    Basic Data comprises mass balance data, process unit yields/capacities, utility consumption, blending correlations and stream physical properties of a manufacturing site.
o    Drive the basic data analysis (Collect, Track, Review, Generate) for site processing units (Distillation, Conversion, Treating, Blending).
o    Work closely with the TAO Proactive Technical Monitoring (PTM) team and basic data focal point to assure valid plant data is collected.
o    Use a combination of digital tools to accelerate data gathering and analysis.
o    Seek to understand shifts in data fit including identifying potential operating issues by collaborating with technologists. Assurance with site team on Refinery Yield Accuracy (RYA) and trigger of offsets or model updates.
o    Where not in place, develop and conduct analysis utilizing other planning tools such as APS (Orion) to identify potential data differences between LP, Scheduling, and actual site performance.
o    Lead process of Generate new models if required with MSE/site assurance (and P&T).
o    Act as local champion for Basic Data: maintaining the focus and ensuring priority is given by technical staff.

Crude Intelligence:
o    Update planning and scheduling models with crude oil assay data consistent with information used by Trading for pricing
o    Monitor qualities of crude oil cargoes received, feedback results to Crude Advisor and technologists then update scheduling model when changes will have significant impact.
o    Act as focal point for collection of crude oil assay information and securing approvals for processing of new crudes nominated to the site by providing initial assessment via the Crude Acceptance Matrix (CAM).

•    Planning:
o    Serve as the custodian of the planning/PIMS/LP model (operational and long-term models), responsible for its integrity.
o    Update planning model/s as necessary based on results of basic data analysis and additional inputs from economists.
o    Incorporate new process models and validate. Assist with testing new models for site acceptance.
o    Assure clean handoff of working model to crude economist for streamlined MOP cycle.
o    Conduct pricing analysis reviews.
o    Diagnose structural issues with the LP model and initiate development of solutions with Planning Advisor.

•    Scheduling:
o    Update scheduling/APS model/s as necessary based on results of basic data analysis and additional inputs from schedulers.
o    Ensure consistency of units and streams with planning model. Enlist support of Scheduling Advisor as necessary.
o    Use digital tools to import stocks/validate qualities.
o    Bring crude/feedstock receipts and product movements from OMM/other systems into scheduling tool (APS/Orion) each workday and adjust crude tank compositions.
o    Contact 24/7 site logistics operations as needed to clarify identified items.
o    Issue a summary assurance report including identified issues for follow up by site scheduler/s.

Support Responsibilities:
o    Assist in LP (PIMS) runs to assess site actual performance vs planned performance using the Margin Variance Analysis (MVA) process. Identify any pricing and obvious UPDT variances and flag for follow up.
o    Provide support to economists in LP analysis, in particular develop/adopt techniques for post-mortem analysis and robust crude cargo analysis.
o    Assists the economists in Monthly/Weekly Plan Handshakes, Crude Purchasing Nominations and Annual Business Plan activities.
o    Develop and maintain report templates for PIMS/APS results to aid economists/schedulers in interpretation then communication with key stakeholders.
o    Support for minor growth projects & initiatives.
o    Assist with the continuous improvement and implementation of standardized work processes for basic data, crude intelligence, planning, and scheduling. Advance and support improvement in digital reporting and support digital efforts including potential creation of new Power-BI reporting visualization tools.

o    Maintain full history of Basic Data changes and updates to planning/scheduling model as well as securing LOD approval prior to implementation.
o    Liaise with other Regional Basic Data and EMCs to share and adopt best practices and ensure consistency of approach.
o    Participate and comply with all safety programs and stay current on mandatory training.

Skills & Requirements
•    Engineering degree or equivalent, with relevant refinery oil and gas experience.
•    Minimum 8 years experience either in refinery planning and scheduling space working with planning tools or Software Industry associated with developing product and tools for Refinery Planning and Scheduling space
•    Expertise in LP Model Tuning and ASPEN PIMS tools usage and modelling
•    Proficient in VBA (Excel integration) and PowerBI
•    Has deep knowledge around the utilization of hydrocarbon and refinery economic value drivers
•    Able to demonstrate commercial mindset to identify and drive margin opportunities to delivery
•    Advanced skill level in MS Excel
•    A high level of comfort in using computer-based tools as well as unit simulators. Advanced spreadsheet skill required.
•    Good interpersonal and communication skills, analytical skills and attention to details are essential to build a strong team and working spirit within the team.
•    Strong aptitude for Learner Mindset
•    Flexibility to move quickly across changing priorities and manage multiple Projects/Programmes
•    Ability to independently, resourcefully, and creatively research and implement new solutions
•    A good understanding of the Upstream/DS/IG business and how it works.
•    Continuous Improvement

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