Lead Engineer

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Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

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Job description

Position Overview

Reporting to the Project Manager, the Lead Engineer (Topsides) is accountable for the delivery of topside activity across a portfolio of projects. The post holder will provide technical engineering and leadership to a range of projects across multiple offshore assets. The post holder will also provide a key role in the company's project delivery and governance process through the projects life-cycle (Appraise to Execute stages).

This onshore role will manage the topside elements of a range of in-year and multi-year projects pre and post-sanction.


· Provide both leadership and effective management of scope, working both independently and within a multi-disciplined team

· Delivery of Topside engineering scopes with cost and time estimates

· Integrated delivery to include robust interface management with Wells elements of selected projects

Key Duties

· Maintain and promote compliance with the Project Delivery System (PDS) and the specific Project Execution Plans (PEPs)

· Work in accordance with the Project Management System Framework (PMSF) and ensure compliance with project designs and specifications

· Development of safe and environmentally sound designs, supported by HAZIDs and HAZOPs as appropriate

· Develop a comprehensive understanding of the risks and opportunities associated with scope and put in place mitigation plans as necessary

· Collaborate effectively with others and ensure robust identification and implementation of appropriate engineering and design requirements (particularly at boundary or interface limits)

· Maintain formal records relating to technical queries, concession requests, interfaces, change management and variation control

· Provide timely and accurate progress reports to the Projects Manager on a weekly and monthly basis

· Maintain proactive engagement with other projects to promote business alignment, seek efficiencies in processes and procedures, provide and obtain relevant lessons from other areas of the business

· Provide critical technical evaluation of commercial and contractual matters relating to scope, as appropriate

· Engage the services of the Independent Verification Body (IVB) as necessary

· Manage the performance of contractors to meet the project objectives and goals (including targets for HSE, schedule and cost)

· Make or propose any intervention necessary to maintain high contractor performance and realise opportunities and efficiencies

· Drive continual improvement in project delivery and associated business processes, procedures and guidelines

Education Attainment & Accreditation

· Qualified at degree level or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline

Professional Skills & Experience

· Robust technical understanding of regulations, codes, standards, guidelines and good practice for the UKCS oil and gas industry

· Significant engineering and technical experience gained in an oil and gas engineering and project delivery environment ideally with both operator and contractor experience

· Sound appreciation of industry technology trends, developments and challenges

Interpersonal Skills & Qualities

· Drive and performance delivery focus

· Work effectively within a multi-disciplined team. Ability to influence the performance of others within the wider team

· Ability to foster effective relationships with engineering contractors and suppliers

· This role requires clear communication skills and the ability to articulate complex technical issues

· Embraces change and continual improvement


· Although this is an onshore role, the ability to travel offshore is essential