This Week’s Top Energy Jobs

on April 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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The energy industry – oil & gas sector in particular – is bracing itself for a massive wave of retirements over the short to medium term, which has been dubbed “The Great Shift Change. As the industry prepares for this turnover, companies are looking to the next generation of candidates with skills ranging from finance, geology, engineering, law, etc.

Additionally, lots of exciting opportunities are opening up in various renewable energy sectors as technological advancements rapidly disrupt traditional utility business models. The energy efficiency business is also growing by leaps and bounds, as significant cost saving benefits associated with using less energy are an easy sell for most businesses.  

With these issues in mind, Breaking Energy highlights a few interesting energy jobs on a weekly basis.   

Refinery Economics and Planning Engineer 

Shell; Port Arthur, TX, US

Job Description: 

The Economics & Scheduling (E&S) organization delivers optimized plans at our plants to generate maximum cash. E&S develops and implements new margin generating options working closely with Production, Technology, Motiva Crude Planning, Refinery System Optimization, Chemicals and Shell Projects & Technology consultants. E&S is responsible for integrating the hydrocarbons into an efficient end to end supply chain.

The Strategic Planning group within Economics and Scheduling (E&S) at the Port Arthur Refinery delivers the monthly operating plan, ad hoc case studies in support of the Production Planning group, investment project analysis, leadership for margin improvement tactics, margin variance analysis, the annual business planning process, coordination of the Solomon Survey, and maintenance of the LP model basic data in cooperation with Technology and Margin Optimization.

Desired Skills:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, or hold a valid work visa that does not require sponsorship in order to legally work full-time in the United States
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or related field
  • Minimum of five (5+) yrs of experience in refinery manufacturing or supply environment
  • Experience with refinery unit simulators, scheduling and LP modeling tools.
  • Knowledge of refinery hydrocarbon processes and economic drivers
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Skilled in managing workflow to meet deadlines.
  • Skilled in working with other disciplines (Technology, Finance, PEI).
  • Knowledge of Refinery and Laboratory information systems to retrieve process data.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills
  • Initiative and ability to challenge and question the status quo in order to find value creation opportunities

Additional requirements:

  • Maintain and update the Refinery AspenTech PIMS LP model working jointly with Process Engineers.
  • Develop tactical and/or strategic plan information each year as needed.
  • Modify the LP to evaluate refinery expansion and revamp projects.
  • Test new Aspen Technology’s PIMS software versions for the group.
  • Review and add new crude assays to the LP.
  • Coordinate new crude oil acceptance process.
  • Deliver required metrics results monthly.
  • Conduct PIMS case studies and lookbacks as needed.

Discover your strengths and invest in your future by applying today.

ITS Manager – HR & Legal Systems 

Anadarko; The Woodlands, TX, US


This position is located at Anadarko’s corporate headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, as part of Global Business Systems, within the Business & Information Technology department. As Manager HR & Legal Systems, this position is responsible for working directly with business customers to identify, prioritize and deliver HR and Legal systems. The incumbent will be responsible for the quality and performance of current systems and for working with business customers to enhance data, reporting, interfaces, process and technology capabilities.

Basic Qualifications:

Candidate will have minimum of eight (8) years’ professional work experience. Additional specific qualifications include:

  • Proven ability to build business relationships that ensure alignment of business objectives with system and data capabilities.
  • Extensive experience working with HR and Legal systems, data and processes.
  • Experience managing a technical team or a team of analysts
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and capable of prioritizing workload to complete multiple tasks while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively
  • Strong project management and leadership skills including the ability to plan, organize, and control activities
  • Ability to identify resources needed to successfully meet requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with HR systems e.g SAP’s HCM, SuccessFactors, Payroll
  • Experience working with Legal systems e.g Recommind, TeamConnect, Hiperos
  • Experience working in the Oil and Gas industry


The candidate will be responsible for managing the business relationship and delivery of systems capabilities, providing leadership, guidance, resource planning, and performance evaluation to a team of analysts. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work collaboratively with HR and Legal departments to understand business requirements and priorities.
  • Develop solutions to ensure HR and Legal customers have the functionality, performance, information and support required to operate successfully.
  • Ensure that people data is effectively managed and deployed within extended business areas e.g Travel, Security.
  • Lead a team that owns and excels in delivering solutions to HR and Legal customers.
  • Manage the HR and Legal workload and ensure that resourcing, schedules and budgets are met.
  • Work collaboratively across the IT organization to ensure that HR and Legal systems are applied consistently and leverage common infrastructure, process and data.

Education: High School Diploma/GED required; Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science / Management Information Systems

Discover your strengths and invest in your future by applying today.

Finance Operations Specialist Job 

SuccessFactors; Rockville, MD, US

SAP NS2 is seeking a Finance Operations Specialist to join our team.

  • Post vendor invoices, ensuring all supporting documentation exists and they are in agreement.
  • Create new vendors as required in NS2 systems and ensure all vendor forms are received.
  • Issue all 1099 forms
  • Partner with Business Systems team on all enhancements to NS2 ECC system.
  • Partner with Business Systems team on Supplier Self Service (SUS) implementation.
  • Initiate payments to third party consultants via SUS.
  • Develop month end accruals as necessary.
  • Support other team members as back up
  • Preparation of process documentation / working instructions as necessary
  • Posting of journal entries, maintaining and reconciling ledger accounts or monitoring, and supporting such activities.
  • Preparation, execution and monitoring of period close activities
  • Ensure accuracy in the financial records through proper execution of operational tasks

Experience & Language Requirements:

  • Experience working within a finance related field (min.3 years)
  • Working experience within a Shared Service Centre (min. 1 year)
  • Good understanding of IFRS accounting issues and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and local accounting skills.
  • Experience with SAP ERP preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word

Professional Training & Certification:

Professional on-the-job training of at least one F&A process

Must be a U.S. Citizen:

All internals must have manager’s prior approval to transfer

Discover your strengths and invest in your future by applying today.