Mechanical Technical Authority

Job Title: Mechanical Technical Authority
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Salary: negotiable salary
Start Date: 2018-03-26
Reference: 78447
Contact Name: Martin Hughes
Contact Email:
Job Published: February 28, 2018 13:23

Job Description

Mechanical TA - Permanent (can be based Stockton or Aberdeen)


The Technical Authority (TA) will act as the senior engineer for mechanical engineering within company operations. For this role, mechanical engineering is a broad field including, but not limited to, pressure containment, storage tanks, rotating equipment, civils and structures. The TA will ensure engineering risks are managed and will assure adherence to sound engineering practices, standards and processes across all operations related to their discipline. TA duties will occupy approximately half of the role holders time. Remaining time will be used to company operations, capital projects and / or Engineering Consultancy. The TA will provide a range of technically acceptable alternatives and risk and value assessments to support the business achieve its objectives related to their discipline. The TA will be responsible for establishing and maintaining required group level discipline engineering practices, standards and processes which will be incorporated within the Company Operating System. The TA will provide discipline engineering verification of studies, projects and modifications. The TA will ensure appropriate performance standards are established and maintained by assets/sites for safety critical equipment with approval of any deviations and maintenance deferrals. The TA will support the EA in establish and maintaining a process and schedule to verify compliance with group engineering practices, standards and processes related to their discipline. The TA will support the EA in monitoring and maintaining the health of the discipline engineering capability in the organisation and may lead and provide guidance to their discipline network.

MAJOR DUTIES: - Provide leadership to the Mechanical engineering discipline, to ensure engineering related risks to people, the environment, plant and the business are understood and managed systematically and effectively across company operations and projects. - Work effectively and positively with  employees and contractors to promote a positive safety culture and high awareness of process safety. - Monitor the health of the discipline engineering capability across group and support the necessary resourcing and development of engineering staff. - Resource competent 3rd party contract support for technical assurance and other activities related to their discipline as required. - Establish and maintain required discipline engineering practices, standards and processes in line with legislative requirements and good engineering practice. - Lead a cross discipline engineering network to ensure sharing of best practice and alignment across the discipline. - Provide, through the discipline network, guidance and support as required to enable the sites to establish and maintain site specific (level 3+) discipline engineering practices, standards and processes. - Provide, when required, suitable and sufficient discipline engineering verification for studies, projects and modifications and provide technical assurance as required to operations. - Lead assurance activities related to their discipline concerning compliance with level 2 engineering practices, standards and processes. Monitor audit conclusions for wider group learning and follow-up actions. Participate in other audit or assurance activities as requested by the EA - Develop performance indicators for the operating sites through which the risk from a failure related to the discipline can be flagged. - Participate in reviews and root cause analysis for incidents or serious near miss events. - Provide discipline engineering guidance and mentoring as required and support the competence development for the sites discipline engineers. - Define performance standards for safety critical equipment. - Review and endorse deviations from a performance standard for safety critical elements. - Review and approve maintenance deferrals for safety critical equipment. ? Positively represent company at internal and external forums requiring discipline Engineering Authority presence. To provide positive contributions and incorporate wider best practice and learning into discipline engineering practices, standards and processes. N.B. This list is not exhaustive and additional responsibilities may be undertaken, dependent upon business needs.