BP Americas, Inc. Area Process Safety Engineer in Whiting, Indiana


Job title:

Area Process Safety Engineer



Role synopsis:

The Area Process Safety Engineer is a technical position for engineers assigned to a specific operating area. The focus of this position is mid- term support of the operations (24/7) organization through a wide range of process safety topics and programs, with assignments having an Operating Area focus, as well as an overall Refinery focus.

This role provides the ability to lead process safety risk management for a wide-range of topics, across multiple process units, while driving programmatic risk reduction for the entire refinery. The roles interact across a multitude of organizational levels inside the refinery, including the site Senior Leadership Team, and with BP subject Matter Experts outside the refinery.

To be successful, the Area Process Safety Engineer needs to have strong technical and operational knowledge base in refining to understand process risk and drive technical and management system solutions.

The Area Process Safety Engineer is focused on continuous improvement of process safety risk identification, and process safety programs and work processes for the site in a systematic manner; in line with best practices and compliance standards.

Req ID:



United States - Indiana - Whiting

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:

Negligible travel

Key accountabilities:

  • Understand and engage in a wide array of technical elements utilizing influence across the plant to clearly and robustly identify risk and risk mitigations to manage risk across multiple process units; driving consistent and continuous risk reduction for the site.

  • Improve and develop PSM practices and systems across the site that are efficient and drive consistent behaviors and systematically control PSM risk and compliance.

  • Provide expertise on Process Safety risk assessment and risk management processes, methods, and standards; leading process safety risk assessment across the site, coaching others in risk management methodology, and ensuring OSHA PSM compliance.

  • Influencing the organization and leading improvements in the site’s process hazard awareness, layers of protections and management processes (i.e. IPL’s, SORA, SOL/SDL), ensuring a consistent and core tie to risk assessment and a strong technical foundation.

  • Interface with external BP, professional organizations, and regulatory agencies on WBU process safety management best practices and compliance requirements.

  • Deliver consistency to Process Safety management approaches and assessments across the site, with other US Sites, and BP standards; driving best practices.

  • Maintain and develop systems to monitor PSM program performance and drive performance improvements based on leading and lagging indicators.

  • Identify and lead deeper discussions for situations where additional risk analysis and/or expertise are needed.

  • Facilitate/provide expert guidance on the selection and use of the appropriate risk assessment techniques for hazard analyses of refinery processes and proposed changes.

  • Participate and/or facilitate risk reviews including MOC, LOPA, PSSR, for complex plant changes, issues, and start-up’s.

  • Provide expertise and guidance on reporting and investigating root causes of near misses and process safety incidents

  • Provide design input for process safety related systems (RV, SIS, IPLs, and other safety layers)

Essential Education:

Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering

Desirable criteria and qualifications:


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.

Application close date:



Integrity/Maint/Reliability Engineering

Job category:


Countries (State/Region):

United States - Indiana


If you are selected for a position in the United States, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-placement drug test (and alcohol screening/medical examination if required by the role) as well as pre-placement verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process. The drug screen requires a hair test for which BP must be able to obtain a sufficient hair sample for analysis (4 cm/1 ½” scalp, or > 2 cm/¾” body – arms & armpits/legs/chest).

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Essential experience and job requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Technical Support engineering and Process Engineering roles OR equivalent experience and skill development in a different role

  • Demonstrated Technical Leadership skills across multiple technologies and in plant wide situations

  • Deep understanding of refining processes and hazards

  • Demonstrated Leadership skills and consistent achievement of extraordinary results over a wide range of situations

  • Able to communicate passionately about Process Safety and impact the culture is a very positive way.

  • Able to communicate and network well at all levels of the organization, including Senior Leadership, the Central Team, and the front line.

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.