Automation Manager (Operation Technology)

Storing vital products with care

Storing vital products with care

Position Summary

This position supports and leads business development and improvement projects in existing and new locations. The scope of works captures the development of and support of Automation Upgrades and Life Cycle Management in a liquids and gas terminal setting. This position leads and guides terminals in the development of a Life Cycle Management systems and/or upgrade of automation/process control projects including project planning activities, development of technical designs and functional specifications.

Essential Job Functions

  • Abides by all safety procedures and practices applicable to location and position; participates in appropriate safety training; demonstrates commitment to and support of SH&E principles and values; champions safety as necessary
  • Coordinates all Automation related technical and engineering matters between the terminal, technical and/or engineering personnel
  • Join and support the (local) project teams with the initial objective to migrate PLC-based controls to a DCS/SIS environment. In time, take project ownership and take the lead in upgrading the Maintenance & Technical monitoring of the implemented DCS operating systems (Life Cycle Management), as well as spearheading all future upgrades and other automation projects.
  • Supports in reviewing Control System Block Diagrams, Network Diagrams, I/O Lists, Instrument Index, Instrument Data Sheets, Range/Alarm/Trip/Shutdown Schedules, Control and Safeguarding Narratives, Cause & Effects, Logix Matrix, DCS/HMI Screens, Complex Loop Narratives and Hardware/Software/Configuration guides.
  • Supports project teams in developing automation strategies and defining the scope of works based on the Vopak automation blueprint.
  • terminals/investment.
  • Participate in (C)HAZOP/PHA activities and provide Instrumentation & Control input to achieve added layers of protection.
  • Conduct meetings with Operations and Maintenance to ensure that I&C design work & changes are aligned with the specific needs of terminal operations.
  • Identify, analyze and propose improvements of existing processes within an organization during the specifications
  • Supports in reviewing control systems scope, specifications, requisitions, proposals, estimates, surveys, and designs.
  • Review vendor equipment package drawings and designs, and verify if the new control system content is consistent with facility standards and Automation BluePrint.
  • Support local team in preparing project scope, justification, cost estimates and return on investment evaluations, and lead in obtaining required expenditure approvals for implementation of the planned project stages.
  • Accountable for engineering, maintaining and improving control systems within the Division.
  • Ensure the reliability and availability of control systems by monitoring the system hardware, software and scheduling preventive maintenance actions and upgrades as needed.
  • Adopt agreed process improvements in the automation designs
  • Embed agreed process improvements in the terminal implementation plan
  • Train operators and maintenance personnel as needed for new or modified existing controls. 
  • Attend various vendor equipment training classes, and remain current with all upgrades and new equipment.
  • Performs other duties assigned by management that fall within the generally expected scope of this position.
  • Acquainted with batch automation standards as ISA 88 and ISA 95
  • Performs other duties assigned by management that fall within the generally expected scope of this position.

Experience Requirement

  • 3-6 years' of experience in automation, instrumentation, and controls in the petrochemical, refining and/or storage in the oil & gas industries.
  • General knowledge and understanding of DCS, SIS, PLC and Scada based controls.
  • Project management experience, preferably in a chemical storage or processing plant is a pre.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Experience working in a safety-critical environment; strong understanding of health, safety, environmental, and security principles
  • Knowledge of Company health, safety, and environmental policies and procedures
  • Experience working with Federal, state and local environmental regulations including RCRA
  • Ability to translate technical plans into easy-to-understand laymen's terms and communicate such translations in clear terminology; experience working with government documents
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office suite, Google Suite, various email and internet programs and applications; computer-based design experience preferred
  • Excellent English communication skills, both oral and written; listening skills; experience creating and delivering presentations, Knowledge of the Spanish language is preferred
  • Knowledge of the business activities and processes in terminal operations preferred
  • Knowledge of planning and scheduling processes
  • Knowledge of Distributed Control Systems and batch automation packages
  • Knowledge of Tank Gauging Systems and associated industry standards
  • Ability to manage semi-complex stakeholder environment
  • Willing to travel up to 40%

Education Requirement

  • 4-year college degree in Engineering from an accredited university
  • Advanced degree in technical or business field preferred


All Company Core Competencies as well as the following job-specific competencies:

  • Detail Orientated
  • Customer Focused
  • Superb negotiations/Influencing skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Managerial Agility
  • Team Player

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires an employee to be in an office environment as well as exposed to outside elements. Most extreme elements are heat in the summer months of up to 100°+ and some exposure to cold of generally no less than 0° in the winter months. here will be exposure to various chemicals and compounds, including fumes and smells, some of them hazardous. The employee may enter confined spaces and work in elevated environments. The employee must be able to wear PPE required by the location. General office noise may be experienced and louder sounds and vibrations when outside. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. All environments are safe with appropriate PPE.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, speak and hear. The employee is required to stand, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; the employee may be required, on occasion, to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee may be required to climb ladders/storage tanks up to 50' in height. The employee may be required to enter confined spaces. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The employee may be required to travel by air, rail, bus, or car.

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