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For an Aluminium Smelter Plant we are currently seeking a Distributed Control System (DCS) and Process Information System Manager to be assigned to an Aluminium Production plant located in the United Arab Emirates.
  Manager DCS & Process Information System
Work location
Type of work
Long term assignment or Permanent
Start date
July 2015
Job description
Essential duties:
  • To manage the installation, configuration, and maintenance of the Distributed Control System (DCS), and oversee refinery-wide process control and process data generation in order to enable permanent visibility on the refinery operations’ health, and the continuous monitoring of operational performance, thus ensuring that any risks or deviations are rapidly mitigated to meet production, quality and business continuity objectives.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of functional policies, systems, processes, procedures and controls covering the Distributed Control System section so that all relevant procedural/legislative requirements are fulfilled while delivering a quality, cost-effective service in a consistent manner.
  • Prepares and recommends the Distributed Control System section budget by preparing analysis and data related to specific elements as directed.
  • Monitors the financial performance of the Distributed Control System section against budgets so that areas of unsatisfactory performance are identified and rectified promptly and potential performance improvement opportunities are capitalised upon.
  • Measure, monitor and improve Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Supervises the day-to-day operations of the Distributed Control System section to ensure that work processes are implemented as designed and comply with established policies, processes and procedures.
  • Interact with other stakeholders like Process Engineering, Operations and Maintenance teams to ensure understanding of issues and initiate timely actions.
  • Analyses DCS software changes requests received from the Process Engineers across the different refinery areas (digestion, clarification, precipitation and calcination), and contributes to the review process in order to ensure that all potential modifications are carefully assessed, their impact on process data collection and analysis is adequately evaluated, and that they are properly communicated to the refinery.
  • Manage the roadmap of DCS and recommend necessary actions after conducting cost vs. Benefits analysis.
  • Manages the implementation of approved DCS changes through the configuration and adjustment of parameters, and the coding of relevant control modules to ensure that all parameters are aligned with engineering end-users’ needs. 
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  • Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering or equivalent qualification.
  • 10 years of experience in Distributed Control Systems development and support
  • 5 years of experience in alumina refinery operations highly desired
  • In-depth knowledge of all alumina refinery operating areas
  • Process optimisation using modelling, simulation, etc.
  • Knowledge/Experience of lean principles and tools
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

To apply for this job please send your updated CV by e-mail at
ACZENTA International GmbH
Badenerstrasse 580
8048 Zürich - Switzerland
Phone +41 (0)44 342 30 10
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