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         The fundamental purpose of our business is safe and efficient project delivery. The GoM Region is known for having a varied client base and a wide spread of project scope and complexity.  To ensure successful subsea project outcomes, front end activities must be carried out in a robust manner to ensure all early strategic decisions are of high quality, such that an optimum solution is selected and considered for developed.


         To this end, Subsea 7 Houston established a Field Development Group to engage with our clients at the earliest stages of the development cycle. We review and optimize development options, provide the Client with indicative costs and schedules, identify key risks, opportunities and provide recommendations.  Often, studies will be performed in close collaboration with our alliance partner.


         The Field Development Group in Houston also networks with our peers in other Subsea 7 offices around the globe, so that we can leverage and include best practices and lesson learned. 


         The Subsea Controls Engineer will be assigned various tasks by the Field Development Technical Director in support of the overall strategy and requirements of the Field Development Group and Regional Business Units.


  • Provides specialist skills, integrity and knowledge in key areas of discipline engineering, including design codes, legislative requirements and current good engineering practice. Strive to understand clients' needs; identifies and addresses design parameters and problems; proposes develops and implements economically viable solutions.
  • Deliver the technical input as well as support establishing the cost basis for all studies and (pre)FEED/FEED proposals.
  • Support the Field Development Group to deliver the technical strategy with regards to client needs on tenders and projects.
  • Undertakes responsibility for production of deliverables, which may include engineering support to the Drawing Office, design calculations, specifications, procedures, analyses, input on progress reports, bid evaluations, study reports and various 3rd-party submissions
  • Manage any resource assigned by the Engineering Department and other functions as and where applicable and needed for the successful execution of studies and projects.
  • As and when required by the Field Development Director, may be required to act as a Lead on smaller scopes of work.
  • Review own work and work performed by resources assigned on a continuous basis, to ensure that
    • The technical scope is being delivered in accordance with the budget and schedule
    • The technical scope is being delivered to the quality standards expected within Subsea 7 and addressing the specific needs and expectations of the client.
    • Risks are being identified and mitigation strategies put in place.
    • Opportunities are being captured and recorded appropriately.
    • An efficient resolution (or set of resolutions) is developed for technical issues slowing progress and/or affecting performance. As appropriate drive higher level management support and actions.
    • Lessons learned are captured and recorded appropriately.
  • Foster a strong HSEQ culture within the teams.
  • Encourage use of the Lessons Learned and Synergy systems for continuous improvement.
  • Attendance at Design Reviews, HIRA’s and Project Meetings as required.
  • May also be assigned to projects that have transitioned to EPCI to provide expertise to the BU that is executing the project.  These assignments may include oversight of subcontractors/vendors activities and system manufacture.


  • Utilize resources assigned to studies and projects, within the budget assigned for those studies and projects.
  • Operate within legal framework, budgets and safety procedures.
  • Operate within Subsea 7’s Management System, policies and strategy.


CAPABILITY PROFILE – Subsea Controls & Systems


  • Candidate will have a university degree in an appropriate Engineering Discipline (Electrical, Electronic, Computer preferred). A degree in Mechanical Engineering will be consider with a good experience covering various electrical/electronic systems as well.
  • It is preferable that candidates can demonstrate a commitment to Continuing Professional Development activities.


  • Technical:
    • Candidate should be computer literate and familiar with Microsoft office.
    • In-depth knowledge and the ability to interpret the design codes used on subsea systems including API (17F, 17E, 17N, 17O, 17V, etc.), ISO, DNV, ANSI, IEEE and others. Strong understanding of the boundaries and conservatism of the basic codes, but also when and how to employ the “alternatives” typical found in the addendums and appendices.
    • Proven experience in building screening/design tools in Excel, MathCAD or other software packages based upon the various applicable codes.
    • Well versed in reading, evaluating, optimizing and creating P&IDs, PSDs and PFDs. Preference for capability with AutoCAD or similar drafting application(s).
    • Previous exposure to various subsea interlock and shutdown schemes supporting the long term operation of the subsea systems and the ability to work with the client to develop project-specific operational schemes.
    • Firm understanding of various data acquisition methods as they relate to reservoir management and system integrity.
    • Must be able to understand, interpret and guide detailed design and installation engineering, where such work is performed by other specialist engineers.
    • Must be able to collaborate with project management as well as other engineers on knowledge/experience gaps, technical &/or safety risks or other hindrances to the efficient execution of tasks related to study or project deliverables.


  • Interpersonal:
    • Sound communication skills; oral, written and electronic.
    • Self-Management - Ability to prioritise own and others' workload, manage time and change control accordingly and direct team members where constraints will affect a project in terms of program or budget.
    • Ability to manage interfaces within a project structure, including other disciplines, drawing office, document control, project management, client and suppliers.
    • Strong understanding of the system design and team approach.  Understanding of the interdependency of the various elements and the required interfaces to support the whole solution.
    • Desire to branch out beyond core technical expertise, to learn and gain a better understanding of the other disciplines and thus a better understanding of the “whole subsea production system”.

Experience and Behaviour

  • It is essential that candidates must have 10 to 15+ years of progressive subsea controls & systems engineering experience.  Significant experience with a subsea controls manufacturer/provider is a plus.
  • Experience detailing/specifying umbilical components (cores) supporting the control systems.
  • Technical knowledge and experience in design, installation and procurement for projects including SURF, Conventional and IMR.
  • Core behaviours of:
    • Set a clear example in terms of personal conduct and adherence to HSE rules and guidance.
    • Ability to develop others potential, share your knowledge
    • Encouraging production of new ideas
    • Encouraging a culture of transparency by acting consistently with integrity
    • Ability to isolate core issues within complex problems and able to move easily between the big picture and the details
    • Ability to listen and be insightful in identifying the needs of the customers and stake holders


  • Majority of the work is carried out in the local office site in Houston, Texas.
  • Requirement for occasional travel to clients or other Company offices or sites.
  • Possible manufacturing site visits as needed to support specific project requirements.
  • Working hours according to local regulations and Company's policy.