Refinery Crude or Product Planner, United States – Washington – Blaine

Req ID 94985BR

Job category Engineering

Countries (State/Region) Washington

Location United States – Washington – Blaine

Role synopsis

BP is looking for talented, innovative and driven individuals to join our team. We support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and challenging environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. BP is committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, so we offer benefits to enable work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy and others.

The Refinery Crude or Product Planner leads the process of optimizing the Cherry Point refinery crude or product schedules based on market conditions, unit availability, feedstock supply and containment storage. They maintain a lead role in ensuring crude or product quality is on target, and co-ordinate movements by pipeline, rail, truck, and ship/barge.

This position is part of the Refinery Optimization Department located at the Cherry Point Refinery, and reports to the Refinery Optimization Manager. The role provides an excellent opportunity to develop scheduling capability and commercial awareness.

The Refining Optimization Department works closely with refinery operating units, technical engineers, and Supply to develop and execute the short and long term refinery operating plan.

The successful candidate may be responsible for either Crude or Product planning depending on business capability and development needs.

Key accountabilities

  • Responsible for the planning and optimization of all refinery crude or product production:
  • Publishes the Cherry Point TMPL or Olympic Pipeline schedule.
  • Publishes crude delivery or product rundown plan twice a week.
  • Optimizes crude slate or product recipes.
  • Optimizes the crude or intermediate and product tankage plan around constraints.
  • Monitors Cherry Point crude blend or product pool balances and works with appropriate groups to make property adjustments.
  • Tracks daily crude or product movements from each tank.
  • Tracks and verifies that product tanks are finaled by the quality assurance lab for product release.
  • Works with technical department to set crude or product blending related unit specs – Communicates to refinery any crude or product related plan variations -Manages all crude or product blending issues (viscosity, pour point, cloud, sulfur, distillation, RSH, etc.).
  • Participates in crude or product / component approvals process and other initiatives.
  • When necessary, coordinates the scheduling and logistics aspects of certain intermediates and feed-stocks.
  • Shares responsibility for new business development around feedstock and product issues.
  • Works closely with Cherry Point Lead Refinery Planner and Supply to optimize Cherry Point and West Coast refining and supply business.
  • Works closely with refinery operations and Supply to properly manage and mitigate both operational and commercial risk.
  • Leads efforts around crude quality or product quality giveaway reporting and reduction.
  • Train backfills, maintain Orion/MBO documentation and work with Orion/MBO developer to continuously improve Orion/MBO scheduling tool.

Essential Education

A Bachelor’s Degree is required. Preferably in a technical discipline.

Essential experience and job requirements

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience in a refinery setting.
  • Must be able to operate effectively within a multi-discipline team environment.
  • Strong communication and interactive skills, flexibility of approach, and personal commitment to the safe operation and commercial performance of the Cherry Point refinery is essential.
  • Must have strong skills in the areas of organization, networking, influencing, and leadership.
  • Attention to detail and data integrity is critical for this role.
  • Must have the ability to make decisions based on incomplete information.
  • Must be available to field calls and work issues 24/7 if/as circumstances warrant.

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Desirable criteria & qualifications

  • Delivering high quality output, while managing competing priorities for multiple clients in a fast moving environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; frequent, efficient communication with internal (refinery) and external (Supply) parties is a core responsibility of this role.
  • Strong interpersonal, networking and facilitation skills
  • Highly credible and able to foster trust and commitment across the refinery and Integrated Supply & Trading (IST)
  • Broad understanding of financial concepts, solid analytical skills and mathematical ability are required
  • A bias for performance and action
  • Business awareness combined with operations experience to allow for sound judgments in tight time frames
  • Understanding of refinery economics and commercial impacts highly desirable.
  • Understanding of refinery processes and volume/quality impacts desirable. Previous scheduler/backfill experience preferred.
  • Must be able to make decisions based on incomplete data sets, and avoid getting lost in the details when pressing issues develop.
  • Team player willing to work mainly self-directed and take on additional assignments and increased accountabilities without being asked.

Relocation available

Yes – Domestic (In country) only

Travel required

Yes – up to 10%

Is this a part time position?


About BP

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world’s ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. It is the product and service-led arm of BP, made up of three businesses (Fuels, Lubricants, and Petrochemicals).

We aim to run safe and reliable operations across all our businesses, supported by leading brands and technologies, to deliver high-quality products and services that meet our customers’ needs.

Disciplined execution of our strategy is helping improve our underlying performance, capture opportunities for further growth, generate attractive returns and create a more resilient business that is better able to withstand a range of market conditions; and create opportunities for future growth.

The 4,400 employees of BP’s Fuels, North America business refine, store, move, deliver and market a wide range of distinctive and high-quality energy products that drive economic growth. Our U.S. refineries in Indiana, Ohio and Washington have a net daily processing capacity of 746,000 barrels. We manage more than 3,200 miles of pipeline and, through our interest in BP Midstream Partners LP, have an ownership stake in nearly 1,500 additional miles.

We also have a growing network of retail stations that provide fuels and convenience products to consumers at around 7,100 BP- and ARCO-branded sites, and close to 1,000 ampm convenience stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.




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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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.

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