Functional Safety Engineer

Business Context and Job Purpose

Business Context:

You can join the largest overall construction project undertaken by INEOS. The O&P North business plan to establish a world-scale propane dehydrogenation plan (PDH) and an ethane cracker in the Antwerp area. The plant is planned to come on-line around 2023-2024.

The Project One team will ensure the plant is delivered:

  • With zero lost time accidents, recorded injuries and environmental releases;
  • On-time and within budget;
  • Total compliance with all government laws and INEOS policies during the execution, commissioning and start-up phase.


Purpose of the Job:

The purpose of the Functional Safety Engineer is to ensure that Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), alarm management, human-machine interface and other relevant parts of the Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) installed on Project One meet National, International and INEOS standards and support delivery of a safe and reliable plant to the planned cost and schedule. The Functional Safety Engineer will also be responsible of the cybersecurity architecture of the ICSS and to ensure that it will comply with relevant standards and especially IEC 62443 - Industrial Network and System Security and the INEOS Group Guidance Note.

The Functional Safety Engineer will work as part of the Control and Automation discipline within Project One. In order to ensure that the ICSS applications are as simplified and standardised as practicable, and optimally fit for purpose, the role will liaise with the Process and Operations disciplines within the IPMT, and with the relevant disciplines in the FEED/EPC contractors and Main Automation Contractor (MAC).


Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The job holder will have the following key accountabilities:

Pre-FEED Study Role:

  • Support the Instrument and Protective Systems Team Leader and other team members to develop a clear and concise Functional Safety Management Lifecycle Plan which meet INEOS, National and International standards, and established good engineering practice.
  • Support the Instrument and Protective Systems Team Leader to develop a clear and concise Cybersecurity philosophy.
  • Support the Control and Automation Engineering elements of the Project One Standards and advise on Deviations and Waviers to the standards throughout the project.


FEED and Beneficial Engineering Role:

  • Support the Instrument and Protective Systems Team Leader and other team members in the performance of their duties.
  • Work closely with the Control and Automation team, IPMT Process and Operations disciplines, MAC and FEED contractors to ensure that all Functional Safety issues are properly resolved in a timely manner, and that designs are appropriate and comply with all Project One and statutory requirements and Stakeholder expectations.
  • Work closely with the Control and Automation team, MAC and FEED contractors to define the ICSS network and protections to ensure that the overall integrity of the ICSS is achieved.
  • Assist with detailed review of all FEED Contractors, MAC and other vendor systems, processes and procedures, including PEPs, Quality Plans, etc. for Control and Automation aspects.
  • Assist the IPMT Process and Operations disciplines, FEED contractors and MAC in assigning SIS I/O point, in developing and reviewing control narratives, logic designs, alarm requirements and human-machine interface designs.
  • Provide Instrument / SIS support during HAZOP, LOPA and other studies.
  • Review HAZOP/LOPA output to ensure validity of instrumented safeguarding claims.
  • Review and approve SIS documentation (SRS, C&E, SIL loops architecture and calculations, testing documents, drawings, etc.).
  • Conduct Functional Safety Assessments and audits.


EPC Role:

  • Support the Control and Automation team in ensuring the ICSS facilities are designed, built and commissioned in compliance with all relevant statutory and Project One regulations.
  • Support the EPC Contractor and MAC to develop, test and document fit-for-purpose designs and implementations of all ICSS configurations.
  • Participate in FAT, IFAT, SAT and HMI development.
  • Liaise closely with EPC Contractor and MAC personnel ensuring technical queries are resolved in a proper and timely manner.
  • Support factory and site acceptance testing, pre-commissioning and commissioning as required.
  • Assist in managing the relevant interfaces with INEOS stakeholders, ensuring the Operations function is well-prepared for eventual project ownership, including the timely handover of the agreed Control and Automation Engineering deliverables to support training, operations and maintenance procedure development, Maintenance Management System population, etc.



Requires the following skills:

  • Excellent team player;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and influencing skills;
  • Strong planning and organizing ability;
  • Highly motivated, achievement oriented;
  • Ability to interface effectively with people of all levels, both internal and third parties, and with wide ranging cultural backgrounds;
  • Able to define and prioritize issues and then solve the problems through networking with other team members or external sources;
  • Innovative, with an eye for identifying opportunities to reduce costs and challenge the status quo;
  • Good understanding of business drivers and ability to align design philosophies;
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English.


Background work experience:

  • Major project experience with strong design engineering background and a broad understanding of multiple disciplines and their interfaces;
  • Proven track record of delivering leading SHE performance;
  • Experience of supervising work in an EPC Contractor’s Design Office and of collaborating with a MAC or other system vendor.


Specific Role Requirements:

  • Degree qualified and chartered or equivalent in appropriate engineering discipline;
  • More than 15 years’ experience in Engineering role in Oil and gas or Petrochemical setting;
  • Operations/Maintenance of SIS experience (ABB, Emerson, Honeywell, Schneider or Yokogawa) and/or implementation for a Functional Safety Management Lifecycle Plan would be a significant advantage;
  • Seasoned and experienced Engineer;
  • Sound knowledge of key disciple areas including:
    • Knowledge of IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 norms and their practical application to projects;
    • Layer of Protection Analysis and QRA;
    • Programming languages: Function Block Diagram, Sequential Function Chart, Structured Text;
    • Alarm management;
    • Human Machine Interface;
    • Knowledge of ISA 99 and IEC 62443 norms and their practical application to projects;
    • The operation of a project with a Main Automation Contractor.