Company: NES Fircroft
Skills: Engineering Manager
Experience: 5 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Preston, England, United Kingdom

Purpose of the job: describe in 1 phrase what contribution the job is expected to make to the organisation's objectives

To identify, evaluate and implement projects to reduce variable cost, de-bottleneck plant capacity and improve reliability aligned with the A5 asset improvement roadmap and business strategy.  The role will also identify and implement opportunities to drive improved asset performance within existing capability.

Environment/Context: describe the most important internal and external factors influencing the job

The A5 plant is a top tier COMAH registered plant and the job holder has a key role in ensuring the assets are operated and developed in line with expectations on safety performance and operational integrity.

Year on year improvement in safety, reliability, efficiency and production capability are key measures of asset performance that need to be achieved to ensure business requirements are met.

The asset is located at the Hull, UK site which sits within a wider chemicals park operation.

Accountabilities of the job: describe the main results expected from the job
  • Develop a 5-year rolling asset improvement roadmap covering reliability, variable cost and production growth.
  • Ensure in year delivery of the asset improvement roadmap with monthly performance tracking of implemented projects.
  • Support the business development team with the formulation and delivery of the sustainability roadmap.
  • Produce monthly asset efficiency reports and assist performance engineer in setting of KPIs and annual variable cost planning standards.
  • Provide day-to-day support with respect to asset development activities such as plant optimisation and production rate trials.
  • Ownership of A5 plant process simulation models.
  • Line management of the Asset Development Chemist to deliver all chemistry support required to maximise plant reliability and efficiency and deliver roadmap activities.
  • Interface with the Technology Support Team to ensure awareness of global best practice, experience and advice to enhance asset performance and deliver improvement plans.  Direct the technology development effort in support of this.
  • Participate in audits and support incident investigations as required.
Required profile:
Level of education & experience in general
  • Degree (or higher) in Chemical Engineering or equivalent.
  • 5+ years industrial experience.
  • Experience of the application of chemical engineering skills in the optimisation of industrial manufacturing, performance benchmarking, technology development and project delivery.
  • Experience in acetyls and syngas process technology would be an advantage.
Technical Skills
  • Deep conceptual design and process simulation skills including the ability to specify thermodynamic packages and reaction kinetics, and size and rate common unit operations including reactors, heat exchangers and distillation columns.
  • Appreciation of reliability engineering concepts.
  • Effective economic evaluation skills including the development of economic models to support project option screening and technology evaluation.
  • Skilled in development of robust business cases to underpin financial and sustainability benefits of asset technical improvement proposals.
  • Appreciation of intellectual property value and protection, knowledge of patents and freedom to operate requirements.
  • Understanding of capital project processes, experience of major capital projects would be an advantage.
  • Appreciation of mechanical, materials and ICE engineering disciplines and experience of working in multidiscipline teams.
Behavioural Skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to operate across all levels in the organisation and to influence senior stakeholders without formal authority.
  • Proven ability to communicate complex technical information to audiences at all levels of the business, including those without a technical background.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including technical presentation ability.
  • Effective networking and stakeholder management skills.
  • Ability to work with little direct supervision, exercise initiative and take responsibility for achieving technical targets and delivering results.
 Performance indicators: Describe the criteria allowing to measure to what extent the results are achieved - related to the accountabilities
  • Asset annual safety, reliability, efficiency and overall production targets.
  • Delivery of roadmap projects in line with improvement targets.
  • Improved asset performance KPI's versus currently installed asset capability.

With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.With more than 100 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.