Tech Specialist Crude Economist



Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2023
, India

Job Family Group:

Production and Manufacturing Downstream

Worker Type:


Posting Start Date:

Business unit:

Projects and Technology

Experience Level:

Experienced Professionals

Job Description:

  • Developing an optimized 90-day tactical plan that connects customer hydrocarbon needs with Refinery capabilities while complying with operational constraints and product quality specifications as per the Forecast & Plan Production (FPP) Process.
  • Maintaining forward planning of optimum crude runs and refinery monthly plans for M to M+3, with the objective of maximizing Gross Refinery Margin (GRM).
  • Coordinating the handshake process with Crude and Feedstock Supply (CFS) and Channel Optimization (CO) teams, culminating in a plan to be operationalised by refinery schedulers and product blenders.
  • Serving as the primary interface between the Refinery and the Crude and Feedstock Supply (CFS) team, accountable for providing and maintaining crude and feedstock purchase mandates with the intent to maximise feedstock flexibility, whilst maintaining inventories within target range. (Recognizing that for Scotford most of the feedstocks are coming from the Upgrader on site)
  • Liaising with CFS organization and internally within site to drive value through broadening the slate of acceptable crudes via appropriate CORT and MOC processes.
  • Managing Crude & Feedstock exposure to within agreed ranges and mandating hedging as appropriate within Price Risk Management (PRM) 2.0.
  • Maintaining and aligning on CAV/RSE calculations with the CFS team
  • Assisting schedulers in plan validation process and providing backfill for other E&S roles (ie Refinery Economist).
  • Supporting business plan development and advising on shutdown plans and recovery from unplanned events, with the aim of minimizing Gross Margin impacts.
  • Providing feedback to the Economic Model Coordinator (EMC) on LP performance and functionality to improve planning tool use and accuracy.


    Competency Requirements:

    • Bachelor of Engineering/Technology Degree (Chemical Engineering).
    • Minimum 5-10 years in the Oil and Gas industry (process engineering, technical support, operations) with at least two years of experience in Economics and Scheduling (operating refinery or petrochemicals plants preferred). Prior experience in Trading & Supply will be an asset.
    • Understanding of all major refined products, primary processing units, as well as crude oil and feedstock characterization and valuation.
    • Understanding key economic drivers and supply chain logistics will be required to leverage maximum value for Shell, while understanding the constraints of a Joint Venture (Scotford Upgrader is a critical customer and supplier).
    • Experience in using LP models (ie. ASPEN TECH Planning Tools (PIMS)) to develop production plans and/or make economic decisions will be advantageous
    • Ability to effectively manage the interface with many departments is critical to the success of the job.
    • Ability to influence decision-making and be capable of building effective relationships with colleagues in Chemicals & Products (Manufacturing), Trading & Supply, and Finance
    • Requires very little supervision in planning and analysis. Able to think strategically and challenge own team and other parts of the organization on how to value various options and optimize margin delivery.
    • Demonstrates ability to manage aggressive time deadlines to deliver quality work products
    • Works efficiently with large amounts of information
    • Demonstrates proficient computer literacy and advanced skill level in Microsoft Excel
    • Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills


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