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23/01 Santhosh B S
Chairman and Managing Director at Kepio Engineering Services Pvt Ltd

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Group Lead Simulation & Modelling - Chemical (4-20 yrs)

Mumbai Job Code: 39193

Job Purpose :

- To identify the long term needs of the organization in the area of Simulation & Modelling and provide world class simulation models to the manufacturing sites with the objective of troubleshooting current challenges as well as developing future ready capabilities of the site.

Job Accountabilities :

- Implement best in class solutions, benchmark internal systems, keep up to date with future developments in the world, and conceptualise unique solutions that keeps us ahead of the competition.

- Develop a Competent and Responsive team that excels in all activities of the group in an inclusive, ethical, and transparent manner respecting all the values and behaviours of the Reliance.

- Establish a good functional relationship with site Technical services, GMS technology teams ,Operation, R&D and Project execution teams and various other stake holders as required to cater their Simulation & modelling needs.

- Team working : Mentoring and Standardising to ensure knowledge continuity and transparency; recruiting and grooming the best industry talent in Simulation & Modelling area.

- Keep up to date with new technologies evolving which are relevant to Simulation area by interacting with external agencies &attending relevant conferences.

- Assist to optimize operating/new upcoming plants by developing steady state simulation models/ dynamic simulation models/ digital twin etc

- Any other activity which is not listed above but required to meet the RIL mission and Vision.

Planning and Scheduling Function :

1. LP sub-model review and corrections required

2. Kinetic model calibration and keeping the unit model updated.

3. Running LP utilities for LP sub-model generation.

4. Analyzing Retro analysis report released by EPS for

- Retro - Actual reasons for deviation, for crudes selected

- For secondary units replacing reported feed by actual feed properties and check the deviations.

- Suggest corrective actions if required.

5. Assisting EPS in Annual Plan generation activities.

6. Auditing, Training and assisting Site CTS in kinetic model and LP sub-model generation.

7. Running PIMS for economics of new work carried out by R&D.

8. To act as an interface between EPS-Mumbai, Business development group, R&D and COE-Jamnagar/Site CTS

Development Function :

1. Study the planning model for recurring constraints.

2. Relax the constraints to track objective function.

3. Develop PIO/MOCs for relaxing constraints.

4. Support in-house model building based on true kinetics and molecular species.

5. Integration on in-house developed Reactor models with platform like KBC, Aspen plus.

6. Extend the in-house developed models to other units. Explore the possibility to utilizing platform provided by UDEL to other reactor in Petrochemical domain.

7. Provide direction to R&D projects by doing economic analysis.

8. Improve/develop Refinery wide optimizer.

9. Incorporate / Develop new vectors based on operating variables like Unit Throughput for inclusion in unit sub-models for PIMS.

10. Performance monitoring and improvement Crude cutting activity by SPIRAL.

11. Incorporation of new properties of various cuts in Spiral based on R&D work to increase profitability

12. Evaluate new economic planning and decision making tools like Spiral planner ( PIMS counterpart)

13. Coordinate with FCA,EPS for exact product and intermediate transfer pricing to ensure proper economic evaluation.

Data Management :

- Ensure compliance with internal management systems

- Decide access-control for information to other users

Technology Management :

- Stay updated with the technological advancements and upgrade the simulation & modelling strategy accordingly

- Manage multiple third party engagements

- Manage interactions with institutes/agencies for specialized model development

HSE & Other Regulatory Compliance :

- Ensure strict compliance with HSE procedures/practices.

- Ensure compliance with applicable local environmental site, statutory regulations applicable.

Learning & mentoring :

- Good hold in various technological aspects

- Mastery in project execution & troubleshooting

- Mentoring all subordinates & team members to ensure knowledge continuity

- Identify learning needs of Simulation & Modelling team

Skills Required (Knowledge and Skills) :

- Thorough knowledge & proficiency in all areas under the ambit of Simulation & Modelling

- Strong influencing and stake-holder management skills

- Thorough in Chemical Engineering Fundamentals, Thermodynamics, Programming languages, simulation& optimization.

- Expertise in using at least two commercial simulators for Steady & Dynamic simulations in Oil & Gas, refinery, petrochemical, Polymer & energy industry.

- Advanced knowledge of Thermodynamics & fitting experimental data to thermodynamic models.

- Development of entire plant single as integrated model& use of the same for revamps & optimization.

- Experience in complex simulations like extractive /azeotropic/reactive distillation, Divided wall column simulation etc

- Experience in developing reactor models from first principles & linking the same with flowsheet.

- Awareness of Data models, hybrid models & simulations for renewable energy.

- People management skills, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.

- Interaction with external related agencies, publications & presentations.

- Strong analytical skills, quick learning and with passion/ persistence to excel in Simulation & Modelling.

Key Attributes (Experience and Qualifications) :

Must : BE/B Tech in Chemical Engineering from a reputed institute

Preferred : Master or Doctorate degree, min 15 - 20 years of experience in Simulation & modelling, experience in CTS/Operations/Technology.

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