Lead Decommissioning Engineer

Job Title: Lead Decommissioning Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Norwich, England
Salary: £50000 - £75000 per annum
Start Date: 2018-06-04
Reference: 80385
Contact Name: Daniel Olufunwa
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 12, 2018 10:26

Job Description

Lead Decommissioning Engineer – Norwich – United Kingdom

My client is a leading operator with operations in the North Sea and URGENTLY looking for a Lead Decommissioning Engineer on a STAFF basis within the Decommissioning team reporting directly to the Decommissioning Manager.


You will responsible for the deliverables and management of engineers. You will need to develop and maintain close working relationships with onshore and offshore teams in the definition and delivery of this work. Management of the interface between operations support and decommissioning is a key aspect to this role and at times supporting other departments/teams within the organisation will be necessary.

This position operates on a weekly basis with occasional visits offshore as required. .


Key responsibilities include:
  • Planning, design and regulatory compliance of decommissioning of offshore and onshore assets
  • Lead the engineering and preparation of the Topsides, Pipelines & Subsea items decommissioning activities and support its execution
  • Prepare and review decommissioning scopes of work for process and pipeline cleaning/hydro-carbon freeing activities.
  • Prepare and review decommissioning scopes of work for the removal of subsea items when required (exclusive of subsea wells).
  • Support the Decommissioning Compliance and Assurance team into the definition of the decommissioning strategy Prepare, engineer and support the safe removal of redundant equipment.
  • Lead a team of engineers and develop their abilities in the decommissioning area.
  • Support the offshore combined operations management team and the onshore LDE - Operations in the implementation of the decommissioning plan.
  • Ensure compliance with all health, safety and environmental legislation and best practice for all aspects of decommissioning works.
  • Continual development of methodologies / strategies. Assess potential use of alternative technologies in order to reduce decommissioning costs.
  • Manage design engineering contractors where required and provide operational interface to platforms and facilities as necessary.
  • Carry out cost estimates for forthcoming decommissioning projects and provide inputs for the AFE documentation.
  • Be able to prepare and present decommissioning strategies/costs to PUK senior management and platform partners to enable AFE approval.
  • Lead the implementation of the management of change (MOC) process for all relevant decommissioning activities.
  • Lead the tendering process and review of proposals for relevant works.
  • Develop the required part of the Decommissioning Programmes and manage the performance standard review process in accordance with the various stages of the decommissioning process.
  • Project manage / site manage offshore activities where appropriate.
  • Develop suitable contracting strategies for key decommissioning activities and provide technical inputs in the contract drafting and negotiations.
  • Contractor audit and selection for decommissioning activities.  

    Safety Critical Tasks:

    Compliance (HSE) – Ensure compliance with all health, safety and environmental legislation and best practice for all aspects of decommissioning. Responsible for discipline-specific compliance as defined by safety critical element performance standards and input and review in COMOPS performance standards

    Risk Management – Understand and manage decommissioning engineering activities at operational locations to ensure that they are not taking inappropriate risks in executing their work. This requires a thorough knowledge of HSE acceptable standards, risk management tools and practical operational experience to ensure the correct risk/benefit analysis is carried out. Attend and input into HAZID/HAZOP/TRM/SIMOPS work scopes for all COMOPS and decommissioning activities

    Safety Leader (Maintain Safety Culture) – Provide safety leadership to engineering teams by making the appropriate interventions to prevent unsafe situations or unacceptable risks being taken whilst ensuring work is carried out efficiently.


    Qualifications / Experience:

  • Degree qualified engineer or have significant experience in the oil and gas industry.
  • Knowledge of engineering, project management, planning, logistics and relevant legislation.
  • Strong major project biased knowledge.
  • Onshore / offshore experience of gas production/decommissioning/construction operations.
  • Proven leader of onshore multi-discipline teams.
  • Strong leadership skills in order to develop others, provide timely feedback and guidance to other engineers and the decommissioning manager.
  • Able to facilitate change where the tasks are complex, unclear or uncertain. In return my client offers an attractive & competitive salary with a great benefits package! This is also an opportunity to further develop your career in a Lead position in developing teams and projects.