Title:  Real-time Optimization Engineer

Job Req ID:  13912

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 Real-time optimization professional to join our team at the Global Manufacturing Excellence (GME). 
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 a Real-time optimization expert, your main responsibility will be to provide expert guidance and support to optimize operations using real-time optimization technologies. You will lead improvement initiatives for all operating departments within our Global Manufacturing Portfolio.

Key Responsibilities

As the successful candidate you will be required to perform the following:
•    Streamline Real-time optimization objectives with corporate objectives and develop program best practices, and monitor KPIs to improve performance.
•    Conduct real-time optimizations in refinery operations to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
•    Analyze data from various sources, such as process variables, instrumentation, and control systems, to identify opportunities for improvement.
•    Implement advanced process control strategies to optimize refinery operations and maximize the yield of desired products.
•    Lead the development of new strategies along with feasibility studies and established business cases.
•    Collaborate with other engineers, operators, and vendors to develop and implement real-time optimization solutions.
•    Monitor and troubleshoot real-time optimization systems to ensure smooth and reliable operation.
•    Stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in real-time optimization techniques and technologies to continuously improve refinery operations.
•    Provide technical support and training to engineers, operators and other personnel on real-time optimization systems and processes.
•    Perform periodic assessments and evaluations to assess the performance and effectiveness of real-time optimization solutions.
•    Identify and address potential safety, environmental, and reliability risks associated with real-time optimization processes.
•    Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop and implement long-term improvement plans for refinery operations.
•    Conduct benchmarks, business case studies, and pilot and evaluate new advanced process control technologies such as Machine Learning and Al to contribute to yield improvement.
•    Lead technical sessions such as the design review, model review, and commissioning.
•    Lead pre-and post-performance baseline evaluations.
•    Assess plant operation and recommend actions for improvements and system optimization.
•    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 Advanced Process Control or Real-time Optimization is required (20+ years is preferred).

Moreover, you should possess the following abilities:
•    Demonstrated expertise in advanced process control solutions, and refinery economics.
•    Comprehensive understanding of refinery facilities, feedstock/product movements, margins, giveaways, process yields, and mass and energy balances
•    Familiarity with international standards and specifications for advanced process control process modeling.
•    Exceptional analytical and troubleshooting skills in the field of advanced process solutions.
•    Strong leadership skills to effectively manage technical discussions and guide technical teams.

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