Company: Prax
Skills: Chemical Engineering, Plant Operations Engineer, Refinery Specialist
Experience: 5 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: North Lincolnshire, UK, United Kingdom


The Prax Group is a British multinational independent oil refining, storage, distribution, and sales conglomerate dealing in crude oil, petroleum products and bio-fuels. Our success has been achieved through our entrepreneurial spirit, dynamic team and lean structure. We are driven, forward thinking and passionate about our products, with a perpetual quest for quality performance across the board. We strive to limit our carbon footprint and to embrace the advent of transitional fuels.


Prax Lindsey Oil Refinery located in North Lincolnshire is a key asset for Prax and is a world-class supplier of quality fuels. Constructed in 1968, it has the capacity to process up to 5.4 million tonnes of crude oil per year (109,000 barrels a day) and currently employs around 415 staff in additional to a similar complement of contract personnel. The refinery extends over 500 acres and incorporates some of the most advanced refining and conversion processes in Europe, supplying products by road, rail, sea and pipeline.


The Refinery is recruiting for a Head of Performance Control within our Valorisation department. The position is part of the Extended Leadership Team and reports directly to the Valorisation Manager Manager. The successful candidate will manage the Performance Control section ensuring that refinery valorisation is optimised, refinery receipts, shipments and mass balance are produced in line with PRAX and Revenue & Custom requirements.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Responsible for identification, analysis of refinery performance to drive improved refinery valorisation.
  • Promote and facilitate improvements to refinery optimisation (weekly and monthly performance analysis and meetings).
  • Manage the Performance Control Team
  • Responsible for the maintenance and development of the refinery LP model to ensure that this key tool for refinery optimisation is fit for purpose.
  • Position holder has the global responsibility for the mass accounting of all refinery receipts and shipments and production of Prax Lindsey Oil Refinery's mass balance which is the starting point for calculation of refinery economic result and also the amount of duty to be paid by Prax Lindsey Oil Refinery to the UK Government.
  • Responsible for the production of Oil Warehouse reports for Revenue & Customs.
  • Responsible for the production of bio-fuels accounting reports for Finance and Head Office.
  • Ensure that refinery mass balance process is performed correctly by the team (processing of outturns for receipts & shipments, tank stocks and unit mass balance). Monitor mass balance accuracy and identify improvements to process
  • Check and validate actual weekly feedstock and product draws from 3rd provider on a weekly basis to ensure they are correct.
  • Ensure refinery LP model is maintained & updated by use of simulation exercises and working with unit process engineers and head office teams.
  • Oversee production of standard reporting (including monthly result) for internal, head office and external use plus benchmark reporting
  • Support other study work as required.



Applicants will be a degree qualified Chemical Engineer with 5 years+ relevant refining experience or suitable professional and technical competence demonstrated through experience. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent business acumen with knowledge of linear programme models and Refinery economics coupled with proven success of leading a team. You will be a self-starter who is able to problem solve with an analytical approach. Collaborating with teams across the refinery you will communicate effectively to achieve common objectives for safe, successful optimisation of the business asset.


A comprehensive remuneration package is offered for this position which will includes a competitive salary and attractive employee benefits such as company pension, private healthcare, staff bonus etc