Senior Operations Specialist - PDH (HPC)

Inter Pipeline - Sherwood Park, AB (15 months ago)

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We are a major energy infrastructure business that has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. This growth has provided our employees with stability, positive challenges, new career paths and opportunities to work in a dynamic team environment. As one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers we are proud to say no matter where your role at Inter Pipeline may lie, you are provided ample opportunities for valued contribution and innovation, with a strong emphasis on employee growth.

The individual in the Senior Operations Specialist – PDH role will report to the Operations Manager, Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH). The Senior Operations Specialist – PDH role will assist the Operations Manager - PDH, during the pre-operational phase to prepare the facility for operations. This will include tasks such as development of commissioning and operational procedures, onboarding and training of new hires, system walk downs and turnover from construction. During the operational phase, the Senior Operations Specialist - PDH utilizes operational knowledge, expertise and skills to improve plant performance and operating discipline. The Senior Operations Specialist - PDH works closely with the shift team and technical staff on a daily basis and acts in coordination with the Shift Supervisor to provide leadership to shift operators in the execution of operational targets, goals and plans.

Key Activities and Responsibilities:
Provide support to project teams to plan, construct and commission projects allowing for smooth transition and hand-off to from project to operations and maintenance
Provide input to project(s) to ensure the safe, compliant and reliable design of all project assets
Provide input to commissioning planning, facility systems definition and turnover sequences
Assist in the development of standard operating procedures and emergency procedures for facility operation
Utilize expertise and subject matter knowledge towards solving complex operational problems. To become recognized as an operations expert in PDH technology
Monitor and optimize process conditions through data analysis (PI Historian, DCS, etc.) and application of experience to ensure plant production and quality is maximized in a safe and efficient manner
Assist in coordination of reliability & maintenance activities; preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance
Provide input to Shift Supervisor and Operators to ensure process safety, reliability, efficiency, cost control, product quality and environmental compliance is achieved on a daily basis
Troubleshoots issues within the PDH process assets, as well as has understanding of impacts from upstream and downstream operations relating to troubleshooting
Support to ensure PDH quality targets are met; working with laboratory & analytical staff, and interpret product quality results
Assist in start-up and shutdown activities as required (i.e. preparation and execution of procedures for equipment isolation, maintenance preparation, etc.)
Ensure timely review and updates to operating procedures, including management of change for procedures
Participate and support initiatives to improve safety culture at all levels of operations
Provide operations coordination and input for expense and capital projects
Active member of the Emergency Response Team on site
Effectively communicate & collaborate with, mentor, motivate, and develop the operations shift team
Lead and/or provide training to operators and plant personnel (control room training, equipment training, procedural training, critical task training, etc.)
Provide input to Operations Manager for annual O&M and Capital projects budget development.

Education, Skills and Experience:
Must have 15 or more years of industry-related petrochemical experience
Previous experience with Oleflex licensed technology is an asset, but not a requirement
Previous experience with processes such as ethane crackers, platforming, CCR, olefins production is an asset
Previous experience with equipment such as large steam turbines, large scale fired heaters, separation systems / coldbox technology, and fractionators will be considered
Strong technical understanding of plant processes and equipment, maintenance practices, process safety, chemical safety, emergency response plan, work order process, the incident reporting process
Certificate in power engineering (minimum 3rd class) and preferably post-secondary education
Strong analytical skills, communication, technical writing abilities and attention to detail
Must demonstrate interpersonal skills, leadership and teambuilding qualities
This position requires the ability to work rotating, 12-hour day/night shifts.

As this position is identified as safety sensitive, employment of a final candidate will be conditional upon completion of pre-employment medical and drug/alcohol assessments with satisfactory results.