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Instrumentation Specialist




Lima, OH

Interested in joining a winning team? A team whose employees share in the ownership of the business and are empowered to make a difference?

Organizational Context and Job Purpose

INEOS Nitriles is a global chemicals business with sales volume of 1200 kte and revenue in excess of $2.4 billion.  The Nitriles business has 2 manufacturing operations in the US and 1 in Europe along with offices and headquarters in Rolle, Switzerland and Aurora, Illinois near Chicago. The Nitriles Business primary products include acrylonitrile, hydrogen cyanide, and acetonitrile. Additionally, Nitriles also has a Plant that produces catalyst for internal use at the Lima Site, globally within INEOS, and for other Acrylonitrile producers. The INEOS Nitriles Plant at Lima is part of an industrial campus which includes a refinery and chemical complex. INEOS shares services, utilities, products, and feedstocks with four adjacent manufacturing facilities:  Nutrien (ammonia, urea, nitric acid), Fort Amanda Specialties (chelates), Ashland (1,4-butanediol), and Cenovus Refining (propylene, fuels, and refined oil products).

The Instrumentation Specialist works as part of the site’s Technical Engineering team and uses his/her technical expertise to manage the operation of the site’s instrumentation to proactively promote process safety and reliability initiatives. The incumbent interacts with Operations, Engineering, Maintenance, Safety, Environmental personnel, and third-party contractors. The scope of work includes all aspects of maintaining and further development of the site’s instrumentation systems, instrument upgrades, and assisting with troubleshooting and repair of instruments and equipment.  The employee would also provide back-up support to the site’s Analyzer Specialist.

All job activities should be executed in a safe and efficient manner consistent with the INEOS 20 Principles.  The position is also accountable for asset engineer responsibilities for the integrity of instrumentation and safety systems as set out in the INEOS 20P.   

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Provides technical support for the site’s Process Safety Management (PSM) program.
  • Promotes the INEOS 20 Principles, INEOS Life Saving Rules and the implementation of the INEOS Group Guidance Notes (IGGN’s). Takes ownership of Safety Instrument Systems and Safety Integrity Level IGGN for the site.
  • Champion the instrument mechanical integrity program and ensure compliance in his or her designated area.
  • Ensure all instrumentation is designed, installed, maintained and functions as intended.
  • Support of all Operations units and Maintenance I/E technicians to provide problem solving, troubleshooting, and training.
  • Collaborate with members of Controls/Instrumentation group and other departments regularly.
  • Ensure the list of PSM Critical Instruments is maintained and the method for maintain the list accurate is effective.
  • Track all SIS testing requirements and ensure zero overdue SIS testing for the responsible areas.
  • Develop and track KPIs related to instrumentation reliability, projects to upgrade bad actor instrumentation.
  • Develop and maintain written procedures, checklists, and acceptance forms for testing and documenting equipment performs properly.
  • Identify, scope, and implement projects, provide technical support to other site projects related to instrumentation.
  • Develops context and understanding of impact of related work to unit operations and identifies opportunities for future continuous improvement projects.
  • Provide back-up to the Analyzer Reliability Specialist.
  • Remains on call for emergency trouble shooting and operations support. 
  • Networks with other site process control leaders to share and leverage knowledge and solutions.
  • Ensures all work is done in a safe manner consistent with company, local, state, federal and health, safety and environmental regulations and procedures.

Skills & Knowledge Required

In compliance with INEOS COVID protocols, candidate must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past last dose of COVID vaccine) prior to start date.


  • BS Degree in Engineering and 5+ years of operations/process control experience in the chemical industry,
  • Or 10+ years of experience in Process Instrumentation.
  • Expertise in field instruments – pressure, temperature, flow, level, control valves, shutdown valves
  • Experience in preparation of instrument drawings, P&IDs
  • Process Hazard and Layer of Protection Analysis experience
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis


  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computational and data analysis skills
  • Strong IT skills with process modelling and process simulation software
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Good negotiator and influencer
  • Good team leader and motivator
  • Willingly takes the lead when challenges occur
  • Builds networks to enhance effectiveness and share knowledge
  • Looks for ways to do things better, faster, and more efficiently

Expected Salary Range

$85,000 - $110,000 based on experience

Our culture is one of honesty and integrity with an emphasis on safety, health and environmental performance.On our team, people are acknowledged for embracing new practices that help create real value for customers.