Plant IT Solutions Engineer

Employment basis      Full-time, permanent

Location                      London, UK

Start date                    Immediate

Salary range               Competitive package

About Process Systems Enterprise (PSE)

Passionate, visionary, collaborative and professional: these are some of the things that our customers have said about PSE. From our employees’ perspective, we operate an open, diverse and flexible culture, providing independence, opportunity to innovate, early responsibility and open and respected leadership. Therefore, people tend to stay a long time and grow with the company. PSE is proud to have a great working environment that is friendly and supportive, with a real focus on training and development. Following Siemens’ acquisition of PSE in October 2019, we are now making an additional step in growing and professionalising our business.

About Digital Application Projects at PSE

At PSE, the gPROMS Operational Excellence Solutions team work on Digital Application Projects (DAPs), aiming to design and deliver to our customers in the process industry a Digital Application as a fully deployed, working software system to fulfil an agreed function. We run DAPs for our clients’ assets around the world. Recent implementations include

  • Real-time optimization of utilities costs and CO2 emissions for a large refinery
  • Real-time yield optimization for an olefins plant
  • Operator decision support for a chemical reactor

Digital Application Projects integrate a mathematical model of the physical process - implemented in PSE’s gPROMS® Advanced Process Modelling platform - with real-time plant IT systems including plant historians, distributed control systems, SQL servers and other systems, considering plant safety and cybersecurity policies, and plant workflows. Digital Applications can run ‘open-loop’ in advisory mode, or closed-loop, e.g. as real-time optimiser.

Plant IT Solutions Engineer at PSE

We are looking for a highly motivated Plant IT Solutions Engineer for our gPROMS Operational Excellence Solutions team. As a Plant IT Solutions Engineer, you will be responsible for providing IT expertise for our growing Digital Application Projects business, focusing on the integration of our solutions with real-time plant IT systems including plant historian, distributed control system, SQL server, considering existing plant safety and cybersecurity policies and plant operations workflows.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Be an integral part of Digital Application Project teams and provide technical expertise to Digital Application Projects assigned to you
  • Liaise with clients to understand their project objectives
  • Design PSE’s Digital Applications to match client objectives and PSE’s delivery capability
  • propose a virtualization approach that enables efficient and secure deployment of the Digital Application for testing and production purposes
  • map the intended exchange of data with plant systems, bearing in mind
  • occasionally erroneous or unavailable data
  • site (cyber)security systems such as firewalls
  • plant safety policies
  • map out plant operations workflows, current and future
  • propose necessary changes to IT permissions, liaising with client IT as appropriate
  • Execute Digital Application Projects
  • based on the design, support the integration of an advanced process model of the asset with real-time plant systems including plant historians, distributed control systems, SQL servers and other systems
  • advise client and PSE team on the IT aspects of the implementation
  • adjust the design if required, liaising with the client and PSE team
  • support Factory and Site Acceptance Tests and project sign-off
  • ensure internal and external documentation is of appropriate content and quality
  • provide ongoing client support via telephone calls and visits
  • Provide post-sales support to clients for solutions already delivered
  • Feedback customer and market requirements into new product developments
  • Identify common elements of Digital Application Projects, define best practices and streamline the execution of future projects
  • General Operational Excellence activities

Required education and skills/experience

  • A first or 2.1 degree in Information Technology or related field.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of IT and cybersecurity systems relevant to process plants, including
  • managing Windows environments, including authentication, LDAP, authorization and logging
  • vulnerability reporting tools
  • communication protocols like ODBC (or JDBC), OPC etc.
  • networking: routing, access permissions, user management, protocols for OPC, including DCOM and tunneling solutions, VPN
  • security and plant cybersecurity: ports, firewalls, remote access
  • virtualisation technology, e.g. VMWare
  • familiarity with the .NET framework
  • Highly desirable: 3-5 years professional experience in chemical plant operations or plant automation, ideally with an operating company, automation company or dedicated service provider to the chemical, petrochemical or other heavy industry. Demonstrable knowledge of plant systems, including
  • Plant historians e.g. OSISoft PI, Aspen IP.21, Honeywell PHD
  • Distributed Control Systems, e.g. Emerson DeltaV, Siemens PCS7, Yokogawa Centum VP
  • SQL Server – Microsoft or other
  • Desirable: programming (PYTHON, C++, Fortran) experience
  • Desirable: demonstrable knowledge of
  • Process control applications
  • Advanced Process Control technologies such as RTO
  • Performing process control infrastructure and technology assessments
  • Good presentation and client interaction skills
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Ability to prioritise scheduled tasks and react to unexpected problems
  • Willing to travel overseas on frequent short business trips (up to 50% of your time)

What we offer you:

  • Flexible working
  • 26 days of holiday per year, plus 8 days of statutory Bank Holidays
  • Company pension
  • Medical insurance
  • Group life assurance
  • Comprehensive internal and external training programme
  • Excellent career development
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Perkbox discount platform
  • Great office environment, with free fruit, coffee and biscuits, and regular social events
  • Reimbursement of professional registration and cost of professional books
  • Internal coaching sessions with a Professional Coach

Application procedure

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