Shift Supervisor

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Petroplan are currently recruiting a Shift Supervisor for a client in Qatar.

Principal Accountabilities
1. Supervise and control the activities of all assigned units, co-ordinate with Maintenance, laboratory and Safety & Fire personnel to accomplish the task. Performs supervisory functions at the level established by Management for the position. Implements the daily instructions to meet production targets.

2. Execute strategies, implement daily/standing instructions, expedite jobs, ensure plant runs smoothly, efficiently, safely, and profitably to meet Operations look-ahead objectives. Ensure crew follows all department and refinery policies and procedure. Conduct daily safety and start of shift meetings with his crew. Set daily priorities for crew and follow up to ensure completion.

3. Lead a team of operating personnel in shift. Ensure all operating personnel of his shift crew are available. Utilizes available resources to reduce overtime generation. Prepare time sheets and unplanned overtime. Justifies overtime. Review the leave application of the subordinate based on the leave plan and forward to Operations Superintendent for approval. Arranges suitable cover should absenteeism occur. Takeover shift from out going Shift Supervisor with details of any operational irregularities or changes made during previous shift. Hands over shift with completed supervisor logbook in an orderly and effective manner to incoming Shift Supervisor highlighting what has changed, what has been done and what needs to be followed up on.

4. Read all logs and instructions from previous shift and all future requirements with respect to production planning. Use RIS and LIMS to
Job Description
ensure conformity and to issue work permits. Communicate with shift controller, other area shift supervisors and panel operators to identify concerns. Communicate with field personnel to ensure all identified concerns from the field are addressed; explain maintenance activities for the day and what is expected of them. Follow-up on maintenance activities and corrective actions for off-spec analysis.

5. Shift supervisor is in-charge of his section in the shifts. He is responsible for handling all types of emergencies of his section which may include tripping of an equipment, gas or hydrocarbon leak, fire and natural calamities (like earthquake, typhoons, high wind etc). He is accountable for making an appropriate and prompt decision to save the corporation assets, "associated employees & neighboring residents lives" and ensuring on spec-production all the time.

6. Attends daily shift meeting headed by shift controller. Put forward all the concerns related to safety, process and maintenance. Request for support required for urgent and must do jobs. Based on the status criticality, priorities are revaluated. Prepares daily summary reports.

7. For any incident, fire, injury or accident (including motor vehicle) that happens during the shift, online safety incident reports are prepared. Ensures compliance by subordinate personnel with all safety and fire regulations, personal protective equipment as per Refinery safety procedures, carryout weekly fire alarm testing, ensure good housekeeping in the units, ensure that flaring and slopping is minimised.

8. Initiate maintenance requests / malfunction notifications in SAP for all routine, non-routine and emergency repairs. Monitor the progress of the maintenance work carried out on operating, shutdown and start up units. Approve work permits for maintenance related activities as per PTW (Permit to work) procedure. Play active role during Turnaround to safely handover the unit to maintenance, safely replace the catalyst of the reactors and safe start-up after completion.

9. Takes predictive & corrective actions to avoid unit tripping / shutdown. Identifies day-to-day problems and suggests suitable solutions to Asst. Manager. Use analytical trouble shooting skills to quickly and accurately pinpoint the source of the problem in order to minimize the negative consequences. Review operating data, trends, monitors general operational and maintenance activities, on a daily basis to pre-empt problems and to identify the process deviations, which can leads to product off-spec and equipment damage. Initiate corrective action to maintain the units at optimum level. Review laboratory daily results to ensure that products meet specifications. Ensure lab update is done on daily basis and informs the APC section if any problem is observed.

10. Train Qatari developees and assist them to take independent charge. Prepare annual leave plan of the employees. Give feedback to Operations Superintendent of the high performing employees during annual performance rating review. Bring forward the difficulties faced by the shift crew and report to Operations superintendent / Asst. Manager.
Decision Making Authority

The position holds great importance as he is leading the shift crew. The position is accountable for all the decisions taken during Refinery process upsets or emergency with the sole aim of minimizing the production loss and protection of assets based on Operating manuals, Daily Instructions and Refinery procedures. Inefficient work or wrong decisions could cause substantial loss of product and / or lives and have considerable upstream and downstream repercussions, which could have impact on economics & safety.
Context / Special Features / Challenges
Refinery process units are main production units. Job requires being more vigilant, envisage the problems beforehand and take appropriate, correct, accurate decision to minimize production loss during the shift.
The work schedule is an 8-hr rotating shift often unsociable hours, including some weekends and holidays. Extra hours may be required during Turnaround and emergency.
Work nature involves office work in Central control building (CCB) and fieldwork inside Refinery in adverse climatic conditions involving operation of hot Furnaces, high sound areas and dealing with toxic gases.
Qualifications / Knowledge / Skills / Experience

1. Degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent.
2. 8 Years of operations experience in Refinery with 3 years of experience in supervisory level.
3. High degree of oral and written English.
4. Able to generate reports and use customized software.
5. Strong leadership skills, quick troubleshooting skills, decisiveness, sharp analytical and computer skills.
6. Ability to interact and coordinate positively within & other departments in a direct and professional manner.


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Michael Clark
Michael Clark
Senior Recruitment Consultant