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Our Client, a Major Oil and Gas Operator in Aberdeen is seeking an experienced Development Engineer, ideally from a Chemical Engineering background. It is a PAYE contract role initially until 31/12/2024.

Purpose of Role:

Provide development engineering and management support for early-phase developments and modifications.

Proactively collaborate with and provide leadership across all North Sea functions (Production Operations, Late Life Operations, OBO & Commercial, Maintenance & Engineering, North Sea HSES, North Sea Subsurface & Portfolio) and with wider corporate functions as required (e.g. Supply Chain, Strategy, BD & Energy Transition)

The position may include being an integrated member of several, parallel working teams and may include being embedded within other functional groups

Areas of Accountability, Responsibility and Competence:

Generate and manage concept selection scopes of work, with input from internal functions.

Act as project focal point throughout initial development phases, with responsibility to generate project assurance deliverables appropriate to scale and complexity, ranging from modifications to major projects.

Manage study contractors and consultancies to efficiently deliver agreed scope.

Deliver efficient handover of development opportunities to project/execution teams at an appropriate stage (typically around FEED entry/ SG4).

Develop early phase scope-specific strategies and project governance documentation, including preliminary Project Execution Plans, Work Programmes, SORs, BODs, and functional specifications.

Develop required assurance and governance documentation ahead of Phase Gate/ MOC/ FEL reviews and ensure effective close out of any actions.

Work with discipline specialists to generate cost-estimates, schedules, and economics to support opportunity planning and business case assessment.

Prepare budget/ AFE requests and decision support packages for approval as required and maintain adequate performance reporting to relevant stakeholders.

Manage contractors to maintain performance against approved budgets and AFEs.

Ensure early phase data is properly retained, with appropriate benchmarking and lessons learned, even where opportunities are not progressed.

Develop and implement contracting and procurement strategies in alignment with the client's supply chain.

Evaluate and recommend suitable technical solutions, giving appropriate consideration of diverse alternatives and ratifying contractors' evaluation of technology. Ensure that industry best practices and appropriate advanced technologies are applied in early project framing.

Initiate and respond in a timely manner to technical queries, MOCs and deviations from Contractors, Partners, and Operations to maintain technical design integrity.

Participate in inter-discipline technical meetings, technical audits, assurance reviews and project risk management processes.

Support other disciplines to ensure inter-discipline design coherence and ensure proper technical interface management is maintained throughout the project cycle.

Provide specialist support to other engineering/ asset and business development work as required (e.g. data room support, area planning, etc).

Support continuous improvement activities with key stakeholders to promote standardisation and enhance knowledge sharing and retention.

Support consistent application of processes, systems, and procedures. Identify and source functional assistance as required to support development engineering activities.

Act as role model for colleagues, coaching less experienced team members and promoting good communication and a positive work environment.

Perform any other reasonable duty requested of you by your manager.

Qualifications and Experience Required:

Chartered Engineer with masters or equivalent degree in required Engineering Discipline essential

Chemical/ process engineering discipline preferred.

Additional education preferred in project management, economics/ decision analysis, project cost-estimating/ planning/ risk evaluation.

Significant experience across a range of facilities engineering and operations disciplines, preferably in a range of developments, including brownfield and greenfield projects, subsea, and drilling.

Previous experience in direct operations and facilities support roles preferred.

Awareness of broader business discipline requirements and contribution - e.g. subsurface/ drilling, commercial, economics/ finance and project services awareness.

Demonstrate experience with project development concepts and processes, stage gates, associated regulatory requirements (NSTA, DESNZ, OPRED), cost-estimating requirements and development planning.

Experience across a range of projects through all development phases (Appraise, Select & Pre-FEED, Define/ FEED, Execute and Operations).

Demonstrate commercial acumen, with understanding of decision and risk analysis methodologies and project measures of merit.

Experience of managing contractor/ consultancy studies.

Strong interpersonal characteristics and ability to initiate and build relationships to integrate the work of others across diverse functional groups.

Ability to represent company with JV partners and 3rd party operator organisations in the appraisal of host tie-back proposals.

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