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Aberdeen - Westhill

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At Subsea 7, we take pride in being recognised globally as a leader across the Energy Industry. For 5 decades our people have delivered over 1000 projects in all water depths across our energy hubs and we continue to do so, adapting and evolving in an ever-changing world. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce and we look to offer excellent career opportunities as well as providing wide range benefits.

Our success and sustainability are only made possible by continuing to develop our assets and technology through innovation and collaboration, and importantly through the development and diversity of our people who every day ‘Make Incredible things Happen’ at Subsea 7.

Who are we looking for?

Due to our continued growth Subsea 7 are recruiting for a Pipe Lay Technical Superintendent to work in our Pipelay Group within the Offshore Resources team on a full time, staff basis based at our Westhill office. Offshore Resources are an internal service provider within Subsea 7 supporting all of the regions with the vessels, equipment and people they need to deliver projects worldwide. We support the Subsea 7 SURF & Conventional fleet currently at 29 vessels, which includes dive, pipelay and heavy construction vessels.

The main aspect of the role is to manage the technical requirements and interfaces for our Pipelay fleet, the Pipe Lay Technical Superintendent is responsible for technically managing the interface with our Vessel and Equipment Superintendents and our major equipment manufacture and the successful candidate will have knowledge and training within naval architecture and/or marine engineering or mechanical engineering. The role is accountable for contributing to the development of all Subsea 7’s policies and procedures.

What do we offer?

  • Career Development – As well as being able to offer a wide variety of projects to work on we have a dedicated personal development scheme and are committed to developing our engineers to allow them to progress their career through the organisation.
  • A Sustainable Future – Subsea 7 have been committed to the evolving energy sector for over 10 years. As the energy sector continues to evolve, Subsea 7 are playing a proactive role in developing emerging energy markets. These markets include: decarbonising offshore oil and gas, floating wind, carbon capture and storage, offshore green hydrogen production support and decarbonising our own operations.
  • Flexible Working – we offer a flexible working environment with hybrid working options available to any successful candidate.
  • Excellent Benefits - we offer highly competitive remuneration and comprehensive benefits packages, as well as sports clubs and social and recreational activities for both you and your family

What does the role involve?

Duties of the Pipe Lay Technical Superintendent can involve but are not limited to the below:

  • Daily assistance to vessel superintendents in technical matters related to structural and mechanical issues including any equipment upgrades or specific tasks.
  • Take an active role in supporting the Pipelay Manager, Technical Leads and Equipment Superintendents in their execution of department work.
  • Technical assistance in connection with break-downs and maintenance.
  • Prepare specifications, scope of work, calculations and procedures for modifications.
  • Develop RCE for any vessel equipment upgrades including assisting with the development of man-hour estimates and develop schedules for onshore engineering and offshore implementation to suit overall project plans, taking responsibility for delivery.
  • Recommendation of actions that should be taken in vessel technical related issues.
  • Inspections/Follow up changes in rules and regulations.
  • Recommend improvement related to maintenance philosophy and maintenance level.
  • Develop and maintain relationship with manufacturer/suppliers of relevant equipment.
  • Responsible for transfer of experience and know how between vessels including any lessons learned.
  • Responsible to ensure that the technical teams on new builds/projects are working to the correct standards, including but not limited to Equipment Assurance, FMECA’s etc.
  • Liaise with the Technical Leads, Vessel Superintendents.
  • Any other duties as directed by the Pipelay Technical Authority

What do you need to have?

  • Ideally you will be educated to degree level in either Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering, but relevant working experience may be considered.
  • A technical engineering background with considerable man management experience is essential as is the ability to understand and implement working practices.
  • Relevant offshore technical experience at an appropriate level in the operation and maintenance of Lay Systems and Equipment. 
  • Pleasant disposition with the capability to be authoritative when necessary.
  • Strong co-ordination, organisation and liaison skills with the ability to seek and gain consensus solutions to complex issues.
  • The ability to understand interface relationship between marine and project personnel.
  • Able to communicate effectively and articulately at all levels within the industry.
  • Previous experience of different operational technical requirements.
  • Capable of influencing technical decisions relative to the equipment owned and managed by the group.. 


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