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Reference ID R103243 Updated 03/02/2023 Employment Type null Experience level Experienced Professionals
Country Germany Work Location (City) Cologne

The Role

Where you fit in

The Shell Chemicals and Products portfolio of assets is transforming into six highly integrated Energy and Chemicals Parks out of which Rheinland is a key player in the European market. The market itself is characterized by low margins and increasingly sees “non-traditional” competitors entering. As a business we thus need to improve our cost efficiency whilst maintaining a very high standard of our license to operate and relentlessly pursue “Goal Zero”.

  • The role reports to the Manager Instrumentation and is part of a multidiscipline Technical Support team and supports especially the transition projects of the Energy and Chemicals Park.
  • Facilitate and design Safety Instrumented Function according to IEC 61511 as Functional Safety Engineer in Rhineland.
  • Participate in technical audits and reviews.

What’s the role?

As a Functional Safety Engineer for the Rheinland Energy and Chemicals Park & Transition projects, you will support the team to improve the required Functional Safety across Rheinland Energy and Chemicals Park to meet German regulatory expectations. You will also provide discipline expertise to the development of the required Processes and documentation.

More specific responsibilities include:

  • Functional Safety Engineer and Expert in the Energy and Chemicals Park for Projects, Maintenance and Engineering
  • Custodian for functional safety databases and responsible for the overall quality of the content
  • Support the development of proof test procedures across Rheinland Energy and Chemicals Park
  • Functional Safety Assessment (FSA) assessor for asset/project changes where appropriate independence can be demonstrated.
  • Leading multidiscipline team and ensure same way of analysis through all units and projects

What we need from you?

We are keen to hear from individuals with substantial experience in an instrumentation and control role within the oil and gas industry with specific focus and experience in Functional Safety management across the safety lifecycle. You must possess high knowledge of process safety and safety systems of petrochemical plants. You’ll also call on your degree in Engineering (Discipline Engineering, Electrical/Automation or technical equivalent education).

We also hope you possess the following skills or experience:

  • TUV Functional Safety Engineer or equivalent experience
  • Extensive Knowledge of Functional Safety and the application of IEC 61511 to projects and operations
  • Knowledge of safety reviews like HAZOP, LOPA, ROGA etc.
  • Successful experience leading or working as part of a team, self-motivated to learn/develop.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to listen effectively
  • Results oriented/Customer focused / cost aware
  • Good knowledge in field instrumentation, pneumatic and electrical actors
  • Good knowledge in Process and Safety Systems (DCS/SIS)
  • Good IT Skills (SAP, MS Office, MS Teams etc.)
  • Fluent in German and English
  • Well-versed and highly interested in international and national standards


At Shell Germany, our drive is to employ world-class individuals. We employ 4,200 people whose careers have benefited from our industry-leading career development programme and unrivalled inhouse access to local and global experts. We are active in many areas such as Gas, Gas Marketing, Manufacturing & Distribution of oil products, Petrochemicals as well as Research & Development. Shell in Germany is one of the biggest retailers of energy products and one of the largest refinery operators. Our extensive R&D facilities in Hamburg allow us to offer a broad range of expertise on Retail Fuels, Lubes, and Marine, Power and Engine Vehicle Technology. Shell began operations in Germany in 1902.

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Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in oil, gas and renewable energy to meet demand, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

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  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.
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  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

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We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

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