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Project Engineer



Organizational Context and Job Purpose

Organizational Context:

INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products. Comprising 36 individual businesses, we operate 194 facilities in 29 countries throughout the world. 

With LAO manufacturing facilities in USA, Canada and Belgium, INEOS Oligomers is one of the largest merchant suppliers of Linear Alpha Olefins (LAO), which are used as co-monomers in polyethylene manufacture as well as in surfactants, lubricants and oil drilling fluids. Our technology has a clear competitive advantage over our competitors. Further developments of the technology are planned to be an integral part of this project.

Our markets are growing worldwide. Through selective investments in new assets and new technology, we intend to capture this growth to develop our business and grow with our customers. As part of this exciting growth strategy, we are investing in a new world scale production facility located in the Middle East. The plant capacity will be 420 KTA and is planned to come on-line in 2027.

Purpose of the job:

The Project Engineer will assist the Design/Project Manager for the conduct of the SELECT stage of the Project NESO.  The Project Engineer will interface with the engineering contractor and support the review of all appropriate engineering deliverables and vendor information,

This position is to support a utility project, a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Generation unit in support of Project Neptune (world scale LAO unit to be built in KSA). This position will work with the project team, operations, the engineering contractor, and construction contractor and sub-contractors to ensure that the proper codes and standards are developed and adhered to, and that the construction and commissioning are well planned and executed safely, efficiently, cost effectively, and on schedule. 

Given that this is a project role, it can be expected that the role will change and evolve during the various stages of the project. This job has potential for substantial international travel (up to 60-65%) requirements depending on the stage of the project.


Internal factors:

  • Safety Performance (SHE)
  • Attention to process hazards inherent to the process
  • Project cost, schedule, and construction plans
  • Quality of engineering standards, designs, specifications, and other requirements
  • Protection of INEOS IP and maintaining appropriate confidentiality
  • Process design quality
  • Budget and schedule
  • Business and Operational expectations

External factors:

  • Safety Performance (SHE)
  • Market for contractors & availability of technical resources
  • Purchasing environment for process equipment and bulks
  • Local laws, environmental permitting and regulations
  • Site partner interface and relationships

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Accountability 1: Front-end loading organization phase(s)

  • Prepare and distribute RFPs to Engineering contractors for FEED at the end of SELECT phase.  Evaluate their responses for quality, recommended approach, timeline, and cost, 
  • Involve in the interviews and vetting of EPC firms; evaluate the competency and availability of their technical resources for the project,
  • Review key technical documentation on the electrical engineering deliverables
  • Setup initial project WBS structure with finance and report monthly project cost, 
  • Support project siting efforts by advising on regional impacts to procurement and construction costs,
  • Support the process engineering team by advising on constructability, cost, reliability, and overall feasibility of the various technology options they are surveying,
  • Develop the Project Execution Plan and Decision Support Packages for each Gate approval,
  • Ensure that projects will produce all deliverables required by INEOS standards (IGGNs) for capital projects,
  • Lead the effort to create all project codes and standards, including understanding and implementing design codes.

Accountability 2: SELECT and DEFINE Stage Engineering phase(s)

  • Interface with discipline departments of engineering contractor on daily basis,
  • Resolve all open and emerging discipline engineering questions,
  • Implement an effective and rigorous management of change procedure,
  • Verify and approve as appropriate all detailed engineering deliverables (P&IDs, plot plan, process section lay outs, piping layouts and isometrics, equipment and material data sheets, equipment list, line list instrumentation list, I/O list, motor list,.),
  • Communicate Owners review comments and follow up on incorporation.

Accountability 3: EXECUTE Stage

  • Follow up detailed engineering and procurement of the project,
  • Support Contract and Procurement Function:
  • Prepare and deliver bidding documents according to agreed project standards for equipment and services,
  • Provide technical support to equipment and service suppliers,
  • Review offers, identify risks, handle questions, and clarify any misunderstandings between the project and suppliers,
  • Evaluate offers and recommend the best value offers presenting supporting documentation,
  • Ensure procured equipment and materials meet design standards and comply with the requirements of the Process Design Package,
  • Coordinate receipt, tracking, and storage of materials and equipment on site,
  • Provide approval of invoice payment to APP in Finance Dept.
  • Supervise construction phase:
  • Support site safety standards and safety compliance,
  • Be the principal link between project team and contract partners erecting the plant,
  • Integrate the various engineering disciplines, construction contractor, sub-contractors, site, and project personnel to ensure open and proactive communication,
  • Ensure construction and construction materials meet design standards and design requirements,
  • Evaluate quality of contract partners and intervene to improve performance as needed,
  • Monitor and compare actual with projected cost and progress taking appropriate action as required to meet cost and schedule commitment,
  • Manage relationships between general contractor, sub-contractors, and back-office engineering,
  • Coordinate construction effort with engineering construction work package delivery schedule,
  • Continually evaluate construction processes to identify cost and efficiency improvements.
  • Support commissioning:
  • Providing coordination when project is in commissioning phase,
  • Report as-built cost as related to Define Stage estimate,
  • Identify faults, technical weaknesses, and deviations from the approved design and rectify / mitigate these deficiencies quickly and efficiently,
  • Lead assets turn over to production team,
  • Drive punch listing to completion with the Process Engineer.

Accountability 4: Operate Stage

  • Support operations during start-up and the initial months of operation by troubleshooting and helping to correct any failures or deficiencies in the plant,
  • Ensure all project closeout requirements are met,
  • Ensure all project documentation is corrected to an as-built state and turned over to operations as required by company project standards. 

Skills & Knowledge Required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering,
  • Minimum 5-7 years engineering and project management experience in the petrochemicals industry,
  • Experience of close, collaborative work with and oversight of EPC firms,
  • Experience with construction management.


Technical Skills

  • Significant experience working with (within) engineering design companies on major petrochemical projects,
  • Excellent budgeting and cost control skills,
  • Proficient in either mechanical or electrical engineering,
  • Demonstrated technical capability to assess vendor quotes against project objectives,
  • Demonstrated capabilities to assess work sequencing, optimize project planning and scheduling,
  • Working experience with cost and scheduling tools is a plus,
  • Critical thinking to evaluate competing priorities and take rational decisions,
  • Capability to assess impact of specifications and standards for both rotating and fixed equipment on reliability and maintainability of production unit,
  • Fluent in English

Behavioral Skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills at all organizational levels,
  • Build networks to enhance effectiveness and share knowledge,
  • Calmly but confidently engages in debating over controversial topics, but also accepts the decision of the team once made and continues to move forward,
  • Self-motivated, self-starter; able to work with minimal supervision,
  • Tenacity and patience,
  • Team player and team builder with “can do” attitude,
  • Able to connect with people from differing cultures and backgrounds, within and outside the organization
  • Ability to work in an intense, fast paced environment,
  • The ability to work effectively with operations, maintenance, and contract personnel,
  • Set high standards of performance and ensure that they are met or exceeded,
  • Capable to manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously, with ability to prioritize and identify and focus on critical issues

ADA Physical requirements, visual acuity requirements and environmental conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and perform tasks requiring repetitive use of hands.  The employee must occasionally walk, stand and travel by car, airplane or other means.   Exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Employee must have the ability to see written documents, computer screens and to adjust focus.

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make discriminations in sound.

Work Environment:  This job is performed mainly in a temperature-controlled office environment.

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.

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