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Function Technology Lead Engineering

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Brazil
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 01/07/2011
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Job Title: Function Technology Lead Engineering
Job Location: Brazil
Rate/Salary: TBC
Residency: BRAZIL

The Company:
Our major Oil & Gas Client is in need of a Function Technology Lead Engineering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Role:
Based in the Global Technology Centre in Rio, this role will assist in the development and coordination of the Client Engineering technology programme in conjunction with Function Head and Engineering Technology Manager. The programme scope is broad, and covers all Engineering disciplines on upstream and midstream facilities, from wellhead to point of sale. This will extend to assistance in identifying key technology requirements, the scoping of internal, external and joint industry projects, sourcing service providers, managing service contracts, coordinating field trials and disseminating and helping implement outputs. The Engineering Technology Lead has overall responsibility for coordinating the Brazil-based activities to deliver functional research programmes, consistent with the Engineering technology Strategy.

The scope of individual projects ranges from developing new technology and equipment design to the customisation and adaptation of existing technologies.

Working in tandem with the surface leader, Function Head, Engineering Technology Manager, GTAs, and technology hubs, the role holder will:
Contribute to the development of function technology strategy by the function head and Engineering Technology Manager (in alignment with AFAS) - informed by technology priorities and asset needs
Drive creation of new function-related research efforts in Brazil with principal academic and commercial providers to address asset needs
Project-manage a portfolio of projects
Own, develop and implement individual projects as necessary
Plan, define and execute function-related technology activities - integrate with other functions / hubs as required and the overall surface programme
Facilitate transition from trial to functional technical capability; initially assist function in spreading lessons learned and best practices throughout the organisation
Develop relations with academic institutions and service providers in Brazil and map their capabilities and identify potential technology opportunities and technology partners
Line manage graduates in their first or second substantive role after the IGDP

Key Accountabilities

Every individual has a duty to both themselves and those around them to ensure that safe practice is adhered to at all times. In addition to any specific accountabilities for HSSE, all employees are accountable for ensuring that they take care of themselves and adopt exemplary safe behaviours.
Identify, define and deliver internationally-based R&D projects, predominantly in Brazil, to deliver value to Client’s business
In conjunction with Function Head, Engineering Technology Manager and Engineering GTAs, help develop, coordinate and deliver Client Engineering Technology programme through project identification, development and sanction, and execution (including the dissemination of outputs and lessons learned).
Contribute to the development of function technology strategy by Function Head and Engineering Technology Manager (in alignment with AFAS) - informed by technology priorities and asset needs
Supports Client Technology Co-ordination Unit, which has responsibility for recommending to the Technology Portfolio Management Board: strategy, allocation of resources and overseeing functional programmes.
Reports on progress of projects within his/her programme to relevant parts of the Technology organization
Ensures Client’s HSSE requirements are built into project contracts and monitors partner compliance; demonstrates safety leadership to partners
Gather awareness of external and industry technical developments that may impact on Client assets and assess their potential for technology solutions
Networks and shares knowledge with Client A functional GTAs; where required, support functional GTA in rolling out new technology to assets

Authority/ Influence over Resources

Will co-ordinate a number of projects with total annual spend of c. $4mm p.a. with external providers, on projects ranging from Paper Studies to prototype development.

Responsible for recommending partners used

Special Features

This position is based in Rio de Janeiro and will require extensive travel to visit external partners and assets both within Brazil and internationally. The individual needs to be in post by latest end 2011 but, if available earlier, can start earlier in 2011

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
Unique Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Attribute


· Demonstrable experience of and credibility in portfolio and project management to ensure on-target delivery of the programme and individual projects and to report progress in a coherent manner, in terms of both schedule and cost.

· Demonstrable experience of working with external organizations including universities and service companies.

· Breadth of technology experience in relevant function across E&P and in various E&P development scenarios e.g. on-shore, off-shore, deep water, unconventionals etc.

· Experience of working with assets.

· Track record of innovation with business impact.

· Experience of working across different internal departments.

· Experience of working internationally in a variety of cultures.

Knowledge, Languages, Skills and Attributes

· Detailed knowledge of the oil and gas industry and current and

About Fircroft:
Fircroft is a leading provider of technical recruitment solutions to a number of specialist industries, active in over 30 countries worldwide. Our key sectors include: Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals & Process, Automotive & Aerospace, Nuclear & Power, Mining & Minerals and General Engineering.

For further information or to discuss any opportunities, please contact James McNeaney at Fircroft on + 44 1925 25 3500
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