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Commercial Optimization Engineer

Commercial Optimization Engineer

  • Location United States - Washington - Blaine
  • Travel required Negligible travel
  • Job category Engineering Group
  • Relocation available Yes - Domestic (In country) only
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 131068BR
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Job summary

About us

At bp, we’re reimagining energy for people and our planet. With operations working across almost every part of the energy system, we’re leading the way in reducing carbon emissions and developing more sustainable methods for solving the energy challenge.

We’re a diverse team of engineers, scientists, traders and business professionals determined to find answers to problems that must be solved. But we know we can’t do it alone. We’re looking for people who share our passion for reinvention to bring a new perspective, collaborative spirit, and to challenge our thinking in our ambition to achieve net zero!

Role Synopsis

The Commercial Optimization Engineer (COE) is an integral role to the profitability of the Cherry Point Refinery. The COE works across the Optimization/Commercial Organization and the Technical Organization, owning the overall optimization of the process system for which they are accountable. This includes identification and facilitation of system opportunities, closure of gaps between plan and actual, providing leadership and developing the commercial capability of the system team.
The COE engages with a variety of customers daily in the refinery and within Fuel Supply & Midstream. In this role, the COE will gain an understanding of refinery economics and exposure to trading. This is an exciting development opportunity for engineers who want to expand their influence and breadth of understanding across the refining business.

Key Accountabilities

  • Leads communication between commercial and technical groups to develop the Campaign Plan goals and strategic drivers, and supports the lead refinery planner to develop operating guidance for the shift teams
  • Accountable for identifying and facilitating opportunities to saturate or alleviate the most leveraging process constraints to release value.
  • Develops/initiates new commercial project ideas. Provides business case and basic scope for project development. Serves as system SME supporting the business development team as they evaluate and develop projects.
  • Owns Linear Program (LP) unit representations, derived from process models, and their assurance, ensuring the LP accurately reflects the capability and optionality of the units.
  • Supports the development and maintenance of unit process models and other predictive tools (heat exchanger fouling, catalyst performance, etc.), working closely with central engineering teams. Uses these tools to evaluate equipment performance and potential physical modifications.
  • Aids Asset Economist Engineers with monitoring unit performance against the current plan (both short and long term), communicates when/why not operating per plan, and assists in the development of future operating plans that support refinery goals.

Essential Education

Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering Field

Essential Experience and Job Requirements

  • Minimum 4 years relevant refining or industry experience
  • Demonstrates bp’s Leadership Expectations, including Maximize Value and Building Enduring Capabilities
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to influence

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant experience working in roles supporting distillation or coker petrochemical units
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Resourceful with unit process data from various refinery systems, including but not limited to PI datalink, LIMS (lab system), DCS and field (pressure surveys, etc.)
  • Awareness of Spiral LP model or Orion / MBO scheduling tool

Additional Information

This BP location requires access to secure areas regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act. All employees must have a valid TWIC card (Transportation Workers Identification Credential).

Why join us

At bp, we believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.
There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are meaningful, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life, including a generous paid parental leave policy and excellent retirement benefits, among others!
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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