Title:  Advanced Process Control Engineer

Job Req ID:  13911

Aramco energizes the world economy.

Aramco occupies a unique position in the global energy industry. We are the world's largest producer of hydrocarbons (oil and gas), with the lowest upstream carbon intensity of any major producer. 

With our significant investment in technology and infrastructure, we strive to maximize the value of the energy we produce for the world along with a commitment to enhance Aramco’s value to society.

Headquartered in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and with offices around the world, we combine market discipline with a generations’ spanning view of the future, born of our nine decades experience as responsible stewards of the Kingdom’s vast hydrocarbon resources. This responsibility has driven us to deliver significant societal and economic benefits to not just the Kingdom, but also to a vast number of communities, economies, and countries that rely on the vital and reliable energy that we supply.

We are one of the most profitable companies in the world, as well as amongst the top five global companies by market capitalization.


We are looking for an experienced Advanced Process Control (APC) professional to join our team at the Global Manufacturing Excellence (GME) under the Assets Technical Solutions Department (ATSD). 

At GME, we offer top-notch technical support to refineries, NGLF, and petrochemical plants owned by Saudi Aramco and its affiliates worldwide, including facilities in Saudi Arabia.

As an APC expert, your main responsibility will be to provide expert guidance and support to optimize operations using Advanced Process Control technologies such as DMC3, PACE or Profit Suite. You will lead improvement initiatives for all operating departments within our Global Manufacturing Portfolio.

Key Responsibilities

•    Streamline APC objectives with corporate objectives and develop programs, best practices, and monitor KPIs to improve APC and economic performance.
•    Analyze data from various sources, such as process variables, instrumentation, and control systems, to identify opportunities for improvement.
•    Develop inferential (linear and non-linear) to improve refinery operations, efficiency and reduce costs.
•    Implement APC strategies, perform feasibility studies and establish new business cases to optimize refinery operations and maximize the yield of desired products.
•    Conduct pilots and evaluate new APC technologies such as Real-Time optimization, Machine Learning, and AI to contribute to yield improvement.
•    Analyze chronicle problems and debottleneck complex APC to improve process operations and economic benefits.
•    Provide subject matter expertise to operating facilities Operations, Maintenance, and Engineering teams by consulting, provide awareness sessions, and participating and leading technical exchanges and conferences.
•    Lead technical sessions such as the design review, model review, and commissioning. 
•    Perform periodic assessments and evaluations to assess the performance and effectiveness of real-time optimization solutions.
•    Work closely with the optimization team (Real Time optimization engineers, Simulation engineers and automation engineers and ensure optimization requirements are met. 
•    Lead pre-and post-performance baseline evaluation for APC technologies.
•    Monitor economic benefit Key performance indicators and provide recommendations.
•    Review standards and General Instructions on behalf of the GME departments and act as leading SME.

Minimum Requirements

To be considered for this role, you must possess a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or a related field. Additionally, a minimum of 15 years of experience in APC is required (20+ years preferred).
Moreover, you should possess the following abilities:
•    Demonstrated expertise in APC, control systems, and OPC communication.
•    Comprehensive understanding of refinery economics, mass and energy balances.
•    Familiarity with international standards and specifications for advanced process control. 
•    Exceptional analytical and troubleshooting skills in the field of advanced process control.
•    Strong leadership skills to effectively manage technical discussions and guide technical teams.
•    Working knowledge of oil/gas-related plant processes
•    Ability to work under pressure
•    Fluent is English, oral and written 

Working environment

Our high-performing employees are drawn by the challenging and rewarding professional, technical and industrial opportunities we offer, and are remunerated accordingly.

At Aramco, our people work on truly world-scale projects, supported by investment in capital and technology that is second to none. And because, as a global energy company, we are faced with addressing some of the world’s biggest technical, logistical and environmental challenges, we invest heavily in talent development.

We have a proud history of educating and training our workforce over many decades. Employees at all levels are encouraged to improve their sector-specific knowledge and competencies through our workforce development programs – one of the largest in the world.


Country/Region:  SA