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Process Control Engineer

Ineos Acetyls is a business engaged in the entire petrochemical value chain from manufacturing through to marketing and sales. It is one of the world's leading manufacturers of acetic acid and its derivatives, and owns & deploys its leading technology in Europe, Asia, and US. 

Ineos Acetyls Hull Site is the European manufacturing facility and is of strategic importance to the global business, with a focus on manufacturing petrochemicals as well as research & technology.

The European Acetyls market is forecast to grow steadily over the next few years and the business is committed to a sustainable growth agenda to capture a substantial portion of this market growth. Our core product range is Acetic Acid and Acetic Anhydride. 

Key Accountabilities:

The incumbent is expected to be the designated engineer covering all aspects of process automation for a specific asset. This includes a requirement to maintain and develop process automation techniques, included but not limited to:

  • Process control
  • Safety instrumented systems (SIS)
  • Distributed control system (DCS) hardware strategies
  • Procedures, standards and documentation

Process Control

  • Regulatory control design, implementation, and maintenance to provide robust, stable control of the plant processes.
  • Traditional advanced control design (excluding multivariable), implementation and maintenance to provide robust improvement of plant profitability and asset optimisation.
  • Continuous improvement of plant process control including alarm management and use of associated applications.
  • Graphic User Interfaces (GUI) implementation and support for operator and engineering functions.
  • Control modelling and data analysis to supplement control strategies and gain useful information from large volumes of data; and
  • Software installation and maintenance to ensure up to date and reliable operation of control applications.


  • Provide specialist engineering support for SIS systems, for life cycle phases of design, development, modification, commissioning and ensure compliance with industry and company standards.
  • Responsible for identifying, evaluating and implementing opportunities to improve the safety, reliability and operability performance.
  • Support manufacturing team SIL reviews and MAF development; and
  • Ensure that the integrity of the site’s SIS logic solvers are maintained to the appropriate standard.

DCS Hardware

  • Design, implement and document DCS hardware changes ensuring compliance with Hull site procedures and working practices.
  • Manage the DCS systems including system configuration, backups and general system reliability and cyber security.
  • Conduct DCS system maintenance routines and manage site DCS spares and hot spares system.
  • Provide interface support for equipment linked to the process controls, such as shutdown systems and switchgear; and
  • Investigate, diagnose and repair faults on DCS related systems.

Technical Skills:

  • DCS/SIS engineering experience, including Honeywell TPS/Experion control system and FSC/SM safety systems gained whilst working on continuous refinery/chemical processes. Honeywell DCS hardware knowledge, fault finding and troubleshooting.
  • Design and implementation of Honeywell graphic user interface (GUI).
  • Regulatory control, implementation, and maintenance:
  • Knowledge of control system algorithms and functions.
  • Design of classical regulatory control strategies.
  • Tuning and troubleshooting.
  • Advanced control design, implementation, and maintenance:
  • Knowledge of traditional advanced control techniques.
  • Understand algorithms and process economics to achieve control objectives.
  • Control modelling and data analysis:
  • Design and implementation of dynamic or steady state models to supplement control strategies.
  • Statistical analysis to gain useful information from large volumes of data.
  • Safety instrumented system, implementation, and maintenance:
  • Solid concepts of reliability, availability, functionality, SIL, risk reduction and SIS in the process industry.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Honeywell FSC/SM technology and interface with TPS/Experion.
  • Knowledge of safety system algorithms and functions.
  • Knowledge of SIS design standards (company and industry) and principles.
  • Familiar with cause-and-effect matrix charts for safety instrumented systems.
  • Knowledge of the chemical engineering processes.
  • Plant commissioning support.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems.
  • Maintain fully supported and fit for purpose process automation solutions at lowest cost
  • Maintain compliance with all regulatory requirements within process automation field.

Behavioural Skills:

  • Performance bias.
  • Partnership and teamwork.
  • Deal with complex technical (and ambiguous) situations,
  • Innovative.
  • Sound understanding of maintenance practices to manage petrochemical plant availability.
  • Maintain fully supported and fit for purpose process automation solutions at lowest cost
  • Maintain compliance with all regulatory requirements within process automation field