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  • Job reference: RMS0135447

Sr. Lab. Chemist

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Abu Dhabi
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 20/12/2013
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The Role:
Purpose of the Job:
Supervises all activities of the Day, Shift, ATK, Water, Sulphur, Octane, BeAAT, GUP & Analytical laboratories. Monitors performance of special analyses and studies required for an effective quality control testing programme for good operational control of various process units / plants. Certifies finished products for export.
Co-ordinates with senior Operation and Production Planning staff and Process and Inspection Engineers for analysis schedules of on-stream samples, unscheduled samples, quality control, test runs, shutdown, startup, corrosion control and technical surveys. Reviews daily lab test results of the concerned labs for any abnormalities.
Provides expertise as needed for the development of test methods, equipment lay-outs, and best Laboratory practices for upcoming projects. Also evaluates and provides technical advice to project department in the selection process of new analyzer & other Laboratory set up.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Laboratory Analysis
Monitors and reviews the day-to-day Laboratory activities such as sampling and analysis of crude oil and petroleum products.
Supervises the activities of assigned personnel in various laboratories including Octane lab, Day lab, Shift lab, ATK lab & Sulphur lab. To ensure analyses are carried out in accordance with internationally accepted / established test methods and that result are accurate and properly interpreted.
Prepares Laboratory test methods based on vendor’s equipment manuals and methods.. To ensure implementation of HSE regulations / practices applicable to Lab.
Provides guidelines for the preparations of special blends needed for various product studies. Defines testing requirements work for plant expansion such Aromatic Projects & Green Diesel Projects. To ensure prompt analysis of samples without delays.

2. Quality Certificates
Reviews and approves testing for preparation of quality certificates of finished petroleum products. To ensure products meet specifications.

3. Training
Trains Laboratory personnel on the operation of sophisticated computerized laboratory analyzers and in the proper application of test methods.
To ensure better work performance and that dependable results are obtained as well as to enhance the efficiency of subordinates.
Holds periodic training of Laboratory staff to update them on the latest analytical techniques in testing methods.
To equip Laboratory personnel with the latest technology and best practices in the business to enhance their efficiency.

4. Laboratory Information Management System / Business Objects
Participates in the application of LIMS / Business objects and do changes for schedules / testing, as required.
Initiates and updates the process of integrating all Laboratory equipment in LIMS. To ensure effective transmission of Lab. Test results to end-users.
To create data base for Laboratory test results for future referrals and to enhance efficiency.

5. Budget Planning & Procurement
Prepares Capital and Operating budget based on laboratory objectives such as computations of manpower cost, equipment cost etc.
To ensure smooth running of Octane, Day, Shift, ATK, Water, BeAAT, GUP, Sulphur & Analytical Lab.
Prepares purchase requisitions for the procurement of equipment and materials for Lab. use.
Coordinates with project department and Process Engineering Section on types of equipment to be procured for new projects.
To procure modern analyzers employing latest state-of-the-art technology.
To ensure timely replenishment of lab glassware, chemicals and availability of suitable equipment to perform required analyses and to ensure that required equipment are available on time.

6.Coordination with Production Planning and Economics Section
Follows instructions from Production Planning and
Economic Section, for the preparation of quality certificates for export and domestic cargoes. Liaises with Operations & Utilities Section Heads and Laboratory Section Head to assess quality of output from refinery operation and Utilities Department. Recommends remedial or alternative actions as appropriate.
To ensure proper loading line and shore samples are taken for testing and retention.
Ensures availability of quality certificates for vessel cargoes & retention of samples for shore tanks, loading lines & vessel cargo.
To ensure the preparation of quality certificates for the products certified.
Reviews Laboratory reports generated through Business object to monitor product quality and specifications.
To comply with product specifications and ensure compliance to client requirements.

7. Evaluation of Bids
Evaluates bids for technical acceptability of Lab. equipment, glassware, chemicals and other consumables.
To ensure technically acceptable equipment, chemicals and lab-ware are procured for efficient running.

8. ISO 9001:2000
Responsible to comply with and monitor implementation of ISO 9001:2000 in Lab.
Evaluates non-compliance reports submitted by auditors and generates reports for corrective actions.
Carries initial studies for the certification of ISO-17025 which is more stringent.
Effective implementation of ISO 9001:2000
To ensure that all Laboratory personnel adhere to the policy of ISO 9001:2000.

Supervision, Planning and Organizing:
• Supervises the activities of assigned personnel for proper functioning of the Lab.
• Organizes activities required for retention samples for shore tanks, loading lines & vessels.
• Supervises, reviews and endorses the preparation of daily and monthly test reports.
•Plans and ensures updating of Test Methods and a critical review of applicable test methods / techniques.
• Plans the collection and review of data from various units and generates statistical graphs to observe trends and advises operation management by producing status report.

Work Contacts:
Frequent contacts with Process Engineering, Operations, Production Planning, Materials, Inspection and Instruments Sections personnel up to of Section Head level to coordinate work and provide information and advice.
Regular contacts with local manufactures and suppliers of chemicals and Laboratory equipment. Occasional contacts with Lab. personnel at senior level of AGCC refinery laboratories.
Liaises with lab personnel at same level or higher of other industries in, to discuss matters of mutual interest.

About the Job:
The position of Senior Lab. Chemist is a second level position in the Laboratory hierarchy reporting to the Lab. Section Head. The Job requires a high level of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills. The jobholder should be capable of interpreting results and provide technical support to the internal customers.
The position requires a sufficient knowledge of Analytical Chemistry, and should be computer literate to oversee the application of LIMS / Business Objects and to make necessary changes as and when required. Should be capable of making thoughtful, systematic decisions and be able to generate alternative solutions to overcome obstacles as well as possess qualities of self-starting ability, resourcefulness & creativity.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
1. B.Sc. in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or equivalent.
2. 9 years experience in a petroleum refinery laboratory with a wide range of knowledge in quality control, internationally established standard test methods / testing techniques and instrumental analysis, research applicable in particular to testing of crude oil / condensate & petroleum products, of which at least 4 years should have been in a supervisory position.
3. Very Good knowledge of English, both spoken and written.
4. Computer literate.
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