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Economics & Planning Engineer


El Dorado, AR, US, 71730

Delek US Holdings, Inc. is a diversified downstream energy company with assets in petroleum refining, logistics, renewable fuels and convenience store retailing.  The refining assets consist of refineries operated in Tyler and Big Spring, Texas, El Dorado, Arkansas and Krotz Springs, Louisiana with a combined nameplate crude throughput capacity of 302,000 barrels per day.


The logistics operations primarily consist of Delek Logistics Partners, LP.  Delek US Holdings, Inc.and its affiliates own approximately 63% (including the 2 percent general partner interest) of Delek Logistics Partners, LP.  Delek Logistics Partners, LP (NYSE:DKL) is a growth-oriented master limited partnership focused on owning and operating midstream energy infrastructure assets.


The convenience store retail business is the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the United States and operates approximately 300 convenience stores in central and west Texas and New Mexico.

Role Summary

The Economics & Planning Engineer is a member of our production planning team that provides guidance and support for optimizing overall refinery operations. This role is a first step for 5-7  year process engineer into refinery economics, gasoline blending and crude oil management.  He/she will work as member of a cross functional team charged with developing, improving, and implementing production planning, processes, tools, communication strategies and overall refinery optimization plans.


The Economics & Planning Engineer assists with development of operating plans, monitors performance, troubleshoots and communicates expectations and results. This position interfaces closely with process engineering, operations, supply chain, commercial, and refinery leadership and as such represents the Refinery operations regarding production requirements and commitments. This position is a key in establishing and promoting a collaborative culture focused on safe, environmentally compliant, reliable, and optimized operations. This role evaluates plant operating performance, implements recommendations for optimization, and champions improvements in support of long term sustainable profitability and performance.


Job Accountabilities

  • Provide guidance and leadership working with commercial, supply chain, process engineering, and operations to optimize process units, maximize liquid volume yield, and overall profitability of refinery production. 
  • Implement monthly operating plan and operating strategies, review plant operations and laboratory analyses on a daily basis for better efficiency and compliance with operating plans; track and analyze deviations from operating plans both daily and monthly. 
  • Coordinate with commercial and other refineries on supply chain requirements, changes, and needs and optimize intermediate stream dispositions, including quality, quantity, and inventory levels. 
  • Develop and optimize product blend recipes to optimize refinery balances (octane, hydrogen, etc.), manage product specifications (benzene, sulfur, etc.), minimize giveaway, and meet production commitments. 
  • Support process unit test runs and identifying constraints and for tuning of the LP model.
  • Apply LP model for economic evaluation of operating scenarios, optimization of operating plans and backcasting of operations. 
  • Generate refinery performance reports, required regularity reports, and industry reports. 
  • Ability to multi-task and communicate technical concepts and solutions effectively and at all levels of the organization. 
  • Ensure process safety, safety, and environmental compliance by supporting incident investigations, procedure development, management of change and environmental reviews.
  • Support turnaround, unit shutdown and tank inspection planning and execution through development of oil flow plan and support preparation and execution of the plan. 
  • Champion projects, and programs that support refinery vision. 
  • Support capital project development, review project scopes, develop economic evaluations.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or related technical field along with or specific process engineering or process optimization experience. 
  • Three to Five (3-5) or more years of experience in process engineering and/or operations in refining.  
  • Knowledgeable in oil refining processes such as Reforming, hydrotreating, distillation, blending operations). 
  • Base understanding of industry economic drivers and demonstrated ability to evaluate economic options.
  • Excellent analytical capability. 
  • Ability to effectively use structured approaches in problem solving and troubleshooting.
  • Capability of producing results in both a team and individual environment. 
  • Demonstrate passion and tenacity for improvement of self, others, and refinery performance.
  • Exhibits a working knowledge of policies, procedures, and applicable regulations. 
  • Advanced Computer skills: ability to access, navigate, learn, and use application software such as Microsoft Office, Excel, data acquisition/historian programs, alarm management, and quality control lab systems.
  • Solid verbal and written communication and technical writing skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to interact effectively and positively with all levels of Company personnel. 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment. 
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Ability to anticipate and adapt to dynamic situations. 
  • Must pass drug test and background check. 
  • Must be able to legally work in the United States


Desired Characteristics

  • Master's degree in business, finance or other business or engineering related field.
  • Eight (8) years or more years of experience process engineering, operations, and/or economics and planning. 
  • Advanced understanding of oil refining processes (FCC, Reforming, hydrotreating, crude distillation, extraction, isomerization, blending operations). 
  • Demonstrated experience with gasoline blending and regulatory requirements of gasoline.
  • Experience with yield accounting and applicable tools (Advisor, AORA sigmafine etc.)
  • Demonstrated application of LP modeling for economic evaluation.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans.


It’s an exciting time to join Delek. We’re on a mission to attract, retain, and engage the best and brightest talent – those who are great team players and leaders who make it their first priority to serve. 

  • We are performance driven
  • We value a passion for excellence
  • We value teamwork
  • We value and reward hard work and dedication

Delek US offers the opportunity to provide you with more than a job – we want to help you build a career. 

Since our inception, our ability to hire the right people for the job has served us well, resulting in an impressive record of consistent growth and profitability. With more than 3,500 employees in nine states, we have brought together a diverse team of professionals passionate about investing their time and expertise in one of the most dynamic downstream energy companies in the market today. 

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