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Senior Control Systems Engineer – LHR Américas – Rio de Janeiro

Período Integral

LHR Américas

Rio de Janeiro
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Ranked among the world’s largest petrochemicals manufacturers, SABIC is a public company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 70% of the company’s shares are owned by Saudi Aramco, with the remaining 30% publicly traded on the Saudi stock exchange. SABIC’s growth has been nothing short of miraculous. Today, the company has operations in around 50 countries with a global workforce of over 31,000 talented individuals.


The role operates as a Global Engineering expert as part of the Control System and Instrumentation team within the Electrical and Automation department of Asset Technology Centre, with the purpose to drive Manufacturing vision for fostering continuous improvement in reducing operational risks, increasing revenue and optimizing cost across all SABIC sites worldwide, through:

  • Expertise deployment for Control Systems solutions & improvements
  • Development and deployment of world class practices and functional expertise
  • Identifying and implementing improvement opportunities through internal and external networks, systems, benchmarks, and assessments
  • Networking & knowledge management and providing training


The following are the key accountabilities for which only this role is accountable:

Technical Leadership

  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend improvement needs for Control Systems safety aspects.
  • Identify, evaluate, and develop Sabic Manufacturing Standards (SMS) related to Control Systems assets.
  • Identify, evaluate, and develop engineering Best Practices (BP) related to Control Systems.
  • Ensure timely review for SABIC Engineering Standards (SES) related to Control Systems.
  • Monitor the market for latest ideas, innovations and identify novel solutions for life cycle management of Control Systems within SABIC.
  • Engage with key OEMs to address design issues affecting asset reliability and to maintain knowledge of upcoming technological improvements.
  • Lead/participate in Control Systems Expert Group.
  • Lead technical global initiatives/project in his area of expertise.

Strategy and Planning

  • Support Control Systems and Instrumentation lead to develop and manage the Control Systems annual and five-year work plans with specific deliverables for this area of expertise.
  • Conduct regular Performance Killer analysis based on actual production loss data and RCA’s to generate Resolution Plans (PKRP) that recommend specific actions to mitigate common failure modes.

Technical Support and Engagement

  • Provides technical support to the Control Systems Expert group.
  • Evaluates Control Systems technologies and applications analysis.
  • Evaluate outputs of study, compare with observed behavior, and offer resolution to Control Systems issues.
  • Work with Regional Asset Support (RAS) team by providing technical support & consultation to resolve chronic failures/issues at sites globally.
  • Support SABIC Manufacturing in technical audits/assessments/cold eye reviews and remaining life assessment initiatives.
  • Participate in failure analysis and support RCA of actual/potential incidents with C1/C2 classifications.
  • Provide expert knowledge on safety and reliability related programs applicable to SABIC OMS.

Knowledge and Network Management

  • Communicate critical business cases in the form of Technical Alerts (TA) and High Value Learning from Incidents (HVLI) to Global Manufacturing.
  • Lead internal and participate in and/or lead external technical networks, forums, conferences, and committees that have considerable Control Systems content.
  • Manage the Control Systems Expert Group ensuring adherence to Operating Rhythm Charter for Networking and Knowledge sharing.
  • Assure the change management of developed SMS’s, solutions, and recommendations 20%

5 Competency Development, Mentoring and Coaching

  • Develop and delivery of specialized, quality training to SABIC manufacturing engineers globally.
  • Develop, maintain, and retain top-quality Control Systems expertise by effective training, mentoring and coaching.


  • Comprehend and apply legal guidelines in the Control Systems and Instrumentation section.



Cost and/or revenue budget with exclusive authority. Recommendations from this position reduce risk with an effect of more than SAR 10 MM per year Size: # of employees across layers reporting up to this role.

  • Direct Reports (Full-Time): 0
  • One-over-one reports (Full-time): 0
  • Virtual team (regionally and globally): > 20

Geography: # of sites, countries, or regions w/direct accountability. Global, 30+ major chemical sites/affiliates across all regions

(KSA, America, Europe, and Asia) and 30+ compounding sites. KPIs: Key indicators that this role is accountable for.

  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • Assets Performance Management KPIs: Maturity Levels
  • No of Manufacturing Standard
  • Manufacturing reliability (UPSD)
  • No of High impact successful technical resolution.
  • % of MSR’s resolved.

Problem solving/Decision making: Other context describing complexity of role, problem solving, decision making.

  • Manage cultural differences (language, time zones, background, social, religions) to ensure effectiveness of Expert Group and Value-Adding Initiatives.
  • Broad technical knowledge of Control Systems equipment hardware and software
  • Communicate effectively and confidently to all levels within SABIC from Executive Level to Operator Level.
  • Deal with Affiliates on-site both locally in KSA and Globally.
  • Use influence to achieve objectives (management complexity).
  • Participate in troubleshooting of complex Control System problems
  • Conduct complex studies involving various inputs and options and making optimal decisions for resolution
  • Contributes significantly to provide technical solutions for high risk events pertaining to Control Systems.

Internal Contacts:

  • EVPs
  • Affiliate and Site Leadership (President, Technical GM, and Asset Engineering Sr. Manager)
  • Other functions of Corporate Manufacturing (EHSS, P&P, PEM, HR/LMS, T&I, GPS, and SBU`s.)
  • Sites experts
  • Shared services
  • E&PM

External Contacts:

  • OEM’s, Vendors:
  • Standards, Regulation bodies
  • Peers in industry, external bodies and end-user organizations
  • Process Licensors Vendors


Minimum Qualifications: (Degree, training, or certification required)

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering preferred, with extended education and experience in the expertise area.
  • Manufacturing Experience (Technical engineering, Maintenance Management, Reliability and Project Management).

Minimum Experience: (Technical, functional, and/or leadership experience required)

  • At least 15 years of experience with at least 7 years in Petrochemical and Oil and Gas industry.
  • Global expert on Control System applications and projects as demonstrated by significant accomplishments and contributions acquired over a period of minimum 15 years (BS/MS).
  • Experience areas shall include cost/benefit analysis, technical design, implementation, commissioning, start-up, maintenance, sustainability, trouble shooting, failure analysing, and overhaul dedicated to the Control System area of expertise, with proven experience on project execution and maintenance of:
  • Continues, batch and discrete process control systems,
  • Advanced Regulatory control,
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems,
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC),
  • System interfaces and communication protocols,
  • Life cycle management. New generation of systems.
  • Experience of people management and ability to use influence to achieve results.
  • Flexible and able to re-prioritize tasks based on changing business need.
  • Desire and ability to self-teach new software programs or system.

Job Specific Skills: (Key functional, leadership, or business skills required) As per SABIC Job Skills guidelines and framework applicable to this Career Line and Grade.

  • Knowledge of petrochemicals Control System engineering.
  • Contribution to RCA on expertise area failures.
  • Knowledge on Control Systems during all phases of the Life Cycle.
  • FMEA review of equipment in relevant areas of expertise.
  • Development of company standards on relevant areas of expertise.
  • Participation in international conferences and publishing of papers in relevant areas of expertise.
  • Coaching of engineers to bring them to master level
  • Proficient in MS Office® applications (with advanced knowledge of MS Excel®).

Competencies: (Key functional, leadership, or business competencies required) As per SABIC Competency guidelines and framework applicable to this Career Line and Grade

  • Strong leadership and ability to work with and lead diverse / multi-cultural groups of professional employees across regions
  • Team player and being able to motivate and drive cross-cultural teams towards achievement of Expert group objectives.
  • Able to work in a global organization.
  • Result oriented and ability to work under pressure to meet the deadlines of deliverables
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Strong technical background
  • Passion for continuous improvement and strategy development
  • Pro-active mindset.

LOCATION: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jubail City

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