BP Americas, Inc. Project Development Engineer in Whiting, Indiana


Job title:

Project Development Engineer



Role synopsis:

The Project Development Engineer is responsible for supporting the Project Development Team in proposing and advancing capital projects at Whiting to deliver the objectives of the refinery and North American Fuels. Working with partners in the Projects, Technical, Commercial, and Operations teams at Whiting, the North American Fuels Strategy team, RLT, and external consultants, he or she will help create business cases and participate in the early project development activities to achieve the long-term strategies of the integrated business. He or she will work extensively with partners in the Projects team, the Production and Functional teams, and the Project Development Leads (PDLs) to assure optimal project selections and help achieve positive project outcomes.

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United States - Indiana - Whiting

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:


Key accountabilities:

The Project Development Engineer will be accountable for delivering the following:

Project and Strategic Leadership:

  • Helping to manage a large portfolio of projects though business case identification and early development

  • Supporting capital projects through the Appraise and Select stages

  • Working with the PDLs to evaluate project options and recommend the best solutions based on safety, operational reliability, economics, and technology.

  • Addressing key open scope issues and driving them to timely completion using technical, commercial, and cost evaluations.

  • Participating in meetings with project Gatekeepers

  • Learning and utilizing the project processes (CVP/PCP) effectively.

  • Authoring key project documents, including Setting Business Priorities, Statement of Requirements, and Inherently Safer Design.

  • Partnering with the Projects Team to detect and close gaps in the project development process

  • Working with Production Teams to understand specific unit issues and proposing project options to mitigate them.

  • Performing process design activities on projects

HSSE and Compliance:

  • Assure that Inherently Safer Design principles (GP-48-04) are incorporated broadly and effectively into all projects early in the Capital Value Process

  • Engage HSSE experts in early project concept discussions to assure we understand the implications of regulations, and follow all legal and internal guidelines in our designs.

  • Follow the financial guidelines for project approvals.


  • As a member of the Project Development Team, participating in initiatives to identify process safety issues in the refinery and flag them for mitigation.

  • Contributing to the best practices for project development as our team grows its role in the refinery.

Essential Education:

  • Bachelors of Science in Engineering required

  • Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering preferred

  • Advanced Engineering Degree or Masters in Business Administration preferred

Desirable criteria and qualifications:

  • Leadership and Influence: Capability to progress project development steps effectively both with and without formal authority over resources.

  • Communication: Ability to communicate complex technical and commercial concepts, objectives, and recommendations effectively to all levels of the BP organization.

  • Networking: Comfort in engaging a larger community of leaders, experts, and influencers across the business

  • Decision-Making: Ability to recommend wise, timely project decisions, especially when confronted with ambiguity and disagreement.

  • Project Management: Fluency in project management and knowledge of Capital Value Process and Projects Common Process

  • Refining Process Knowledge: Refining process technology fluency and integrated refinery process flow understanding

  • Economics: Ability to understand and apply economic evaluation techniques to project option analysis

  • Operations: Demonstrated capability to influence change in an operating environmentHSSE: Familiarity with process safety and environmental regulatory requirements

About BP:

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future

The BP Whiting Refinery is located on the south-western shore of Lake Michigan and the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal in the communities of Whiting, East Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Whiting Refinery is the second largest refinery in the BP refining system, and the 6th largest refinery in the United States. Operations began in 1889, prior to the advent of the automobile.

Today, BP is investing several billion dollars in Northwest Indiana to modernize its Whiting Refinery for the processing of heavier crudes. The modernization is essential to the long-term viability of the refinery, and includes well over a billion dollars in environmental improvements. BP Whiting Refinery employs thousands of full-time employees and contractors. The Whiting Refinery Modernization Project is employing thousands of additional contractors. The modernization project will provide for greater energy security in the Midwest, as conventional supplies of the lighter crudes diminish, and are replaced by heavier crudes.

As we progress with the project, the health, safety and security of our employees, and of those who come into contact with our operations and products, remains our highest priority. Our policy is that no job is worth doing, unless it is done safely, while protecting our shared natural environment.

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Process Engineering

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Countries (State/Region):

United States - Indiana


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Essential experience and job requirements:

Prior hydrocarbon operations, technical, commercial, or strategy/project experience preferred (4 years minimum)

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Eligibility Requirements:

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.