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Contractor Safety Technical Authority

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Houston
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 21/11/2011
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The Company:
Large international exploration & production company.

The Role:
Role synopsis
The Contractor Safety Technical Authority (TA) is a subject matter expert within the Safety discipline, focused on establishing and implementing the requirements of the Group Practice for “Working with Contractors” throughout all BP businesses world-wide. The TA is responsible for the work processes, standards and practices that BP employs to effectively manage the risks associated with contractor activities. The TA must work with internal and external stakeholders to embed the requirements, develop capabilities and competencies, monitor and report performance against goals, and drive continuous improvement to deliver world class HSSE performance. Successfully managing the potential risk exposure of working with contractors is critical to BP’s future success.

The Contractor Safety TA is a role within the Central Safety and Operational Risk (S&OR) organization within BP, reporting to the Director of Safety, and up through the VP of Safety and Investigation, and the Group Head of Risk, Learning and HSSE at the BP corporate level.

There are currently no direct reports associated with this position.

Key accountabilities
Process owner of the Group Practice for Working with Contractors.
Integrates and aligns Group Practice requirements with BP the Operating Management System (OMS).
Works with internal and external stakeholders to identify and deliver work process improvement opportunities.
Intervenes where appropriate to ensure contractor safety risks are being managed appropriately.
Reviews and evaluates deviation and implementation extension requests from the businesses.
Decides whether an issue should be escalated for resolution to the HSSE Head of Discipline
Responds directly to requests from the businesses, works directly with Segment TA’s and others, providing expert advice, interpretation, coaching and mentoring.
Leads the global Community of Practice (CoP) or Continuous Improvement Forum (CiF) comprised of other BP subject matter experts embedded in the businesses. This includes frequent interaction with Deployed S&OR and similar internal Segment/Division work groups, to share successful practices and associated continuous improvement efforts, build capability and foster professional pride in the discipline.
Works with the businesses to perform gaps assessments and develop mitigation plans as required.
Benchmarks internal and external performance to identify improvement opportunities
Monitors the health of the process through metrics, KPI’s and trend analysis.
Recommends strategy, tactics and/or interventions required to improve process performance.
Actively seeks and shares learning from internal and external sources with the businesses.
Develops relevant audit and self-assurance protocols in cooperation with S&OR Audit.
Participates periodically in S&OR audits of businesses.
Decides competency requirements and monitors organizational capability (health of the discipline) within the safety community.
Focal point for developing content related to Working with Contractors to be included in any of the Group training programs (BPWay, Operations & Project Academy, Managing & Operating Essentials, etc.)
Manages an annual budget of up to $250K USD.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
Key Skills and Abilities Required

Ability to communicate and interact effectively and credibly at all levels from front line workforce to senior management and with technical professionals.
Able to coordinate and influence across Deployed S&OR and Segments/Divisions on the numerous contractor programs/process to embed consistent HSSE requirements.
Ability to drive a diverse workgroup to consensus, considering the needs of all stakeholders.
Able to analyze and align complex, interrelated work processes within and outside the safety discipline.
Must possess project management skills to enable delivery of process improvement projects, with significant experience working with contractors and/or major projects
Requires the ability to apply the concept of risk in the evaluation of contractor activities.
Able to lead in a virtual environment.


Essential Education

Degree level education in an engineering or relevant technical discipline preferred
Relevant professional

Desirable Skills / Qualifications:
Essential experience and job requirements

Requires 20+ years of experience working in the manufacturing industry with appreciable experience working at the corporate level for a multinational company.
At least 10 years spent in safety or related roles, within operations
Must have experience developing and implementing corporate-wide standards and processes.
Experience leading broad networks of technical professionals preferred.
Experience working with Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSCM) processes preferred.
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