Vacancy ID: 1031211
Created Date: 21.01.2020
Job Title: Chemist
Salary Competitive Rates
Temp or Perm: Contract Role
Region: North West
Sector: Oil & Gas
Consultant: Duncan Lowe
Consultant Phone: 01483 302 133

Job Description:
NRL are currently looking for a Process Chemist to work with an Oil & Gas operating company based in Barrow.

About the role:
To provide Chemical Analysis and Laboratory support within the EIS operations.

  • Assists in the measurement of all site emissions in order to maintain compliance with authorisation limits set by Environment Agency.
  • No direct supervisory responsibility, but occasionally responsible for overseeing contractors and responsible for supernumerary trainees.
  1. Monitor and maintain process fluids against specification through routine and non-routine analysis, advising Operations and Lead Chemist of necessary corrective action.
  2. Ensures that the ongoing integrity of process plant safety and performance is maintained and operationally effective.
  3. Assist in reviewing plant performance by devising and performing laboratory trials, maintaining records of findings/results and prepare/present reports of tests with any appropriate conclusions and recommendations.
  4. Identify areas for improvement or rationalisation of process plant and develop supporting rationale.
  5. Assist in analytical test procedures and laboratory Standards of Competence ensuring their quality and validity and that all laboratory standards are maintained to ISO 14001 requirements.
  6. Provide specialist technical advice and assistance to personnel within Production Operations and liaise with a diverse range of external analytical services and contracts enhancing in-house analytical expertise.
  7. Conduct laboratory trials in support of commissioning activities supporting the new gas production facility.
  8. Assist Operations in the sampling of liquids and solids for routine and non-routine testing from designated sample ports
  • Routine analysis schedule maintained with accurate results produced
  • Completion of Laboratory results form for review prior to issue
  • Laboratory processes maintained to ISO 14001 standards
  • Use of Process and laboratory chemicals minimised
  • Safety, production and environmental risks are observed and managed in accordance with company policy
  • Routinely assess the effects of current activities advising measures to identify hazards, prevent pollution and minimise health and safety risks and environmental impacts to senior management.
  • On the basis of risk assessment provide safe, healthy and environmentally friendly working conditions, supported by laboratory systems.
  • Reduce and where feasible eliminate discharges, emissions and waste that may have an adverse effect on the environment.
  • Use energy, chemicals and natural resources with increasing care and efficiency.
  • Co-operates with line managers, operations and supervisors in the prevention of work-related accidents and ill-health, and the promotion of environmental good practice by adopting appropriate behaviour.
  • Adheres to health, safety and environmental instructions and procedures.
  • Reports unsafe practices, behaviours and equipment, and health, safety and environmental concerns and incidents.
  • Supports a positive health, safety and environmental culture, offering improvement suggestions and participating in review of work practices and procedures.
  • Endeavours to apply good housekeeping in work areas.
  • Supports and participates in HS&E improvement initiatives.
  • Ensures correct PPE is worn for work activities.
  • Promotes continuous improvement on health and safety performance.
  • Promotes continuous improvement in environmental performance for demonstration of commitment to the ISO 14001 externally certified EMS.

  • Reporting to the Lead Chemist the job holder applies his/her knowledge and experience in the field of gas production processing, his/her understanding of the principles and practices of process engineering, his/her familiarity with the operational plant, his/her knowledge of sampling and analysis techniques to monitor plant performance, identify and investigate problems, develop and implement solutions and determine approaches to improve performance.
  • The job holder will monitor the quality of process fluids from both offshore and onshore, and either undertake sampling him/herself or otherwise obtain the requisite samples, will conduct analysis and exercise judgement in determining any actions necessary to ensure achievement of specification.  He/she will assist in the designing, planning and implement plant performance trials for both onshore and offshore which will require the selection of appropriate equipment and the supervision of designated personnel.  Such activities require planning to ensure a proper interface with their operational activities and the safe execution of such activities within the 'Permit to Work' system.
  • The job holder will use his/her knowledge and experience in proposing and devising modifications to testing procedures for new gas production facility.
  • The job holder will assist in reviewing proposed plant modifications and input in the preparation of appropriate statutory operational procedures for the approval of the Technical Authority. He/she may be required to specify, mobilise and co-ordinate specialist contractors in plant trials / commissioning.  He/she will be a member of a small team of Technical Assistants (Process) and chemists which will be active in analytical testing and terminal operations.  The job holder will collate and provide information, with the Field Chemist, to various Government Agencies, such as Environment Agency, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and HM Customs & Excise.
  • The job holder will be required to take part in a call-out rota for Chemistry support and Incident management and provide assistance and advice to shift staff/emergency services in response to high pressure, fast changing and hazardous situations.  This requires a commitment to respond and/or work out of normal hours and particularly when undertaking condensate tank ship loading.
  • The level at which he/she operates will depend on the depth of experience and breadth/depth of competencies gained from practical experience in the operations and activities within the jurisdiction.  The job holder will provide on-the-job training to other job holders with lesser experience and will assist in supervising their development. 
  • The extent and detail of the requisite knowledge of the offshore installations and/or Barrow Facilities will underpin the level of work undertaken 
What you will need:
  • Degree in a Chemistry related discipline. (Desirable)    
  • BTEC Higher level qualification is acceptable when balanced with extensive operational experience, providing the underpinning knowledge.
  • Must have a background in laboratory analysis techniques, ideally within a complex process or chemical plant.        
  • Possesses good communication skills, both written and oral, recognising the range of internal and external parties that he/she will liaise with.       
  • IT software will support activities in recording/maintaining data and preparing reports, therefore knowledge of current PC software applications is needed.     
  • Job holder must undertake a range of specialised technical and safety training including the use of self-contained breathing apparatus.           
What’s in it for you?
  • Long term contract
  • Chance to work with an oil and gas operator

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