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Date posted:  Nov 23, 2022

Karratha, AU

Job Function:  Strategy & Business Development
Job Type:  Permanent
Job Requisition ID:  12251

Senior Reliability Engineer

We at Yara are part of a global network, collaborating to profitably and responsibly solve some of the world's key challenges - resource scarcity, food insecurity and environmental change.

About the Unit

Yara grows knowledge to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet, to fulfill our vision of a collaborative society, a world without hunger and a planet respected.  To meet these commitments, we have taken the lead in developing digital farming tools for precision farming and work closely with partners throughout the whole food value chain to develop more climate-friendly crop nutrition solutions. In addition, we are committed to working towards sustainable mineral fertilizer production. We foster an open culture of diversity and inclusion that promotes the safety and integrity of our employees, contractors, business partners, and society at large. Founded in 1905 to solve the emerging famine in Europe, Yara has a worldwide presence of about 17,000 employees and operations in over 60 countries.

Our operations in Western Australia have created a downstream processing precinct in the resource rich Pilbara region. We have two facilities, using natural gas as the key input, located in an approved strategic industrial estate established by the Australian and Western Australian governments. The Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant is one of the largest ammonia production sites in the world and we export ammonia to domestic and global markets from the nearby port of Dampier, which is mainly used in fertilisers to help feed the world. We have taken the ammonia process further downstream with the Yara Pilbara Nitrates Technical Ammonium Nitrate (TAN) plant. A joint venture with Orica, the facility converts ammonia into a material crucial for the mines located throughout the Pilbara. Yara Pilbara and ENGIE will also build a renewable hydrogen plant to produce renewable ammonia. As part of the ARENA Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round, the Australian government is providing strong support for this project with a A$42.5 million grant. Scheduled for completion in 2023, the facility will be one of the world’s first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen production operations.

We are always looking for ambitious and curious-minded colleagues who are keen to make a difference, whilst residing in the nearby coastal city of Karratha, Western Australia, a key community in the region with a resource focus and a relaxed, friendly lifestyle. All roles offered are on a residential basis.

Our employees from all over the world work together to achieve common goals. The pace can be fast and our challenges complex, but the atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive. Become part of a global network collaborating to responsibly and profitably solve some of the world’s biggest challenges — resource scarcity, food insecurity, and environmental change.


Looking for an exciting new challenge?

Yara are seeking applications for their permanent role of Senior Reliability Engineer.

Reporting to the Technical Services and Business Development Manager, the Senior Reliability Engineer is responsible for supervising the reliability engineering team by providing both technical guidance and leadership. They will work closely with the reliability and maintenance engineers in developing and implementing site reliability strategy.

The successful candidate will:

  • Lead a multidisciplinary team of reliability engineers, ensuring the team's performance in supporting plant operations and driving Yara’s reliability continuous improvement culture.
  • Ensure risks associated with reliability issues on the plant are identified and categorised appropriately with management approvals for continued operation when required.  
  • Lead and implement industry leading programs on the cutting-edge of plant reliability.
  • Provide leadership and direction on multi-disciplined technical issues within the reliability engineering team, to ensure the reliability and maintainability of new and modified installations.
  • Control the Management of Change (MOC) process from the reliability engineering team 
  • Ensure Yara Technical Operating Procedures (TOPs) compliance and implement Industry Best Practices as a part of Yara’s reliability continuous journey. 
  • Lead Root Cause Analysis (RCA), facilitate Criticality Ranking, conduct Failure Mode and Effect analysis (FMEA) studies, and publish reports relating to reliability concerns.
  • Conduct training for engineers and technicians, to develop reliability awareness.
  • Oversee the management of critical spares across the site in conjunction with discipline specialist reliability engineers 
  • Adhere to the Life Cycle Asset Management (LCAM) process throughout the entire life cycle of new assets.
  • Guide efforts to conduct reliability, availability and maintainability studies of equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls, and safety/security systems.
  • Professionally and systematically define, design, develop, monitor and refine an Asset Maintenance Plan that includes: 
    • Value-added preventive maintenance tasks
    • Effective utilisation of predictive and other non-destructive testing methodologies designed to identify and isolate inherent reliability problems
  • Develop engineering solutions to repetitive failures and all other problems that adversely affect plant operations, by utilising data analysis techniques including Six Sigma (6σ) Methodology, Root-cause and Root-Cause Failure Analysis (RCA, RCFA), and Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System (FRACAS) and Threat mitigation.

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  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical (Rotating, with Condition Monitoring experience) or Chemical or Process Engineering, with Masters/Honours preferred;
  • Full Member of the Institute of Engineers, Australia (MIAust) is preferred;
  • Internationally-recognised reliability and asset management certifications (such as CMRP, CRE, CRL, or CAMA) are preferred;
  • Minimum 10-12 years of experience in a similar industry (Petrochemical, Gas Processing or Oil Refining) - experience in an ammonia, nitric acid, and/or ammonium nitrate plant is highly regarded;
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated supervisory experience; 
  • SAP Power user, Intermediate/Advanced Microsoft Office suite skills, and Power BI experience;
  • Experience with reliability softwares such as PROACT, Meridium,  Apollo Reality Charting, AvSim or RCMCost (Isograph);
  • Fluent English (verbal and written) is essential.

Additional Information

We welcome and encourage women and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to apply. 
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What's On Offer

  • Industry-leading paid parental leave 
  • Excellent remuneration package including location allowance 
  • Karratha housing support
  • Relocation assistance
  • Wellness programs
  • Culturally diverse workforce with a D&I Ambassador program
  • Salary packaging available
  • Annual retention flights
  • Active Social Club
  • Utility rebates
  • Learning and development opportunities 

Knowledge grows through differences
Yara is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that creating a diverse and inclusive work environment is not only the right thing, but also the smart thing to do. To deliver on this, Yara has firmly anchored Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in our business strategy and has more than 400 employees worldwide involved in D&I ambassador networks. 

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