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Process Control Applications Engineer


Fife, FIF, GB

Company:  ExxonMobil

Job Role Summary

We are currently seeking a qualified and experienced Process Applications Engineer to join our team at Fife Ethylene Plant which is 25 miles north of Edinburgh.

Process Applications Engineers are responsible for developing on-line control applications to control operation of the process units, to maintain product quality and to maximise productivity. The key responsibilities are to:

  • Provide technical support to the Operations Department on process optimisation issues
  • Work closely with Process Technical teams to provide on-line control and optimisation applications consistent with unit economics, production targets and operating limits.  This will include development of new applications and modification of existing applications to meet the changing business requirements.
  • Provide support and training to the Operations Teams on control objectives and online control schemes
  • Develop continuous improvements to operator tools to support safe and effective operation of the process units


The role is based at our Mossmorran site, near Edinburgh, which is the one of Europe's largest and most modern ethylene plants.  The successful candidate will work with a small team of  3 engineers, which is part of the larger Engineering Specialists Group (ESPEC). The ESPEC Group comprises of approximately 25 multidisciplinary engineers and technicians, and provides technical support across the facility.

Job Role Responsibilities

To be eligible for this role, you must:

  • Hold an engineering degree in chemical engineering, or an equivalent subject.
  • Be, or be working towards being, a Chartered Engineer, as defined by the Engineering Council or equivalent. 
  • Have relevant experience developing and modifying on-line process control applications, preferably in a refining or petrochemical environment (five+ as a guide). Candidates with less than five years’ experience, but who have a high degree of relevant industry experience will also be considered.
  • Have strong IT skills, specifically being an experienced and competent user of Microsoft Office – including Excel and Word.


Desirable experience could include:

  • Hydrocarbon processing  in a refining and / or petrochemical environment
  • Development and sustainment of DMC controls or equivalent.
  • Use of simulation tools (PRO-II or equivalent) for process optimisation
  • Honeywell Experion C300/ACE
  • An in depth knowledge of refining and petrochemical processes is preferred, but training will be provided.
  • Successful candidates should possess a broad range of personal effectiveness and leadership skills, with the ability to facilitate and influence business decisions in a team environment.



Conditions of Employment
Successful candidates will be made a conditional offer of employment. The conditions include, but are not limited to: a satisfactory criminal records disclosure; satisfactory employment references over five years (where applicable); verification of qualifications, including any professional accreditation stated in the application; completion of a pre-employment medical, including a test for illicit or unprescribed drugs in accordance with the Company's safety policies; and the legal right to work on the agreed commencement date.


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

ExxonMobil and its United Kingdom subsidiary companies, Esso Petroleum Company, Limited, and ExxonMobil Chemical Limited, are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. All applicants are offered equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities during our recruitment processes, therefore, please contact the Recruitment Team if you wish to discuss any particular requirements to enable you to complete our recruitment process.

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