Refinery Economist – Norco, LA

Shell - Norco Refinery, Louisiana

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Job ID 136920BR_EN

Where you fit in?

The Refinery Economist is part of the site’s Economics & Scheduling team. The team has the primary responsibility of providing the right economic steers for the optimization of the hydrocarbon production of the site, based on accurate, fit-for-purpose planning and scheduling models. Our goal is to deliver the right product to the right place on time and maximize the integrated margin for the site and across the different lines of businesses.

What’s the role?

The Refinery Economist is responsible for understanding and providing economic direction to the refinery with focus on the current month optimization, working closely with other economists and schedulers on site. This role also supports growing the margin capability of the site, through economic and yield studies as well as site wide economic communication. The position works closely the wider process engineering, process control and production teams on site to help push constraints and identify opportunities to improve site economics.
Economist roles are intended to have rotational responsibilities assigned based upon competency and overall resource mix to cover E&S activities to allow for both learning & development as well as deliver superior business results. The scope of these shared responsibilities typically ranges from commercial hydrocarbon optimization economist (Dark oils/Light Oils product coordinators), refinery planning economist, and the margin performance economist.

  • Supports delivery of the optimal monthly operating plans and implements the day-to-day optimization of the site in close operation with the scheduling team.
    • Provides weekly margin steers to the refinery including values of key constraints and cut points
    • Supports analysis on feedstock and product economics including cargo economics, product quality optimization, opportunity feedstock evaluations, and overall hydrocarbon margin optimization efforts for the E&S team.
    • Provides input to the site process control group for on-line Optimizer economics as needed w/changes in market pricing
    • Monitors market product pricing, key market indicators (such as inventories), and regional competitor operating constraints.
    • Provides forward view around feedstock & product markets for longer term refinery economic decision making
    • Assists the Crude Economist in delivering the monthly operating plan.
  • Grow margin
    • Monitors site performance against agreed plans, and derives direction for opportunity identification
    • Explores & conducts business development opportunities locally for margin growth projects
    • Partners with supply chain partners to develop & support E2E margin projects
  • Margin Appraisal
    • Supports the Margin Variance Analysis (MVA) monthly process
    • Performs analysis by comparing business /operating plans to actual performance.
    • Communicates insights and supports the refinery in understanding lost business opportunities
    • Identifies and supports the implementation of improvement opportunities, including specific incident tracking

Required Qualifications

What we need from you -
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelor's Degree is required; MBA is a plus.
  • Minimum five (5) years in Refining or Chemicals industry
  • Prior experience in Manufacturing (Technology) or Economics & Supply is essential.
  • Understanding of Linear Programming-technique/usage in a refinery/supply chain environment.
  • Knowledge of supply chain economics and refining processes.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills combined with analytical ability and attention to details are essential to manage multiple working interfaces at various levels.
  • Ability to provide clear communication on economic direction whilst considering the feasibility aspects too.
The individual should be able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in an ever-changing and fast paced environment. In order to drive Optimization across organizational boundaries this role requires effective engagement with a wide range of refinery and Trading & Supply stakeholders.

As the E&S department assists the operations department, coverage 24/7 is required and weekend/night coverage is required, but rotated amongst the team.

Preferred Qualifications


Company Description

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

Additional Information

  • Job ID
  • Post Date
    Mar 17, 2020
  • Employee Type
  • Relocation Eligible
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