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Job Title:  ROV Superintendent (ROV Onshore Lead)

Reports to: OR Fleet Manager. Functional line with the Operational Support Group Manager and Equipment Group Manager.

Location:  Houston


The Onshore ROV Superintendent provides continuous effective Operational & Technical Management support on ROV systems and associated equipment on board Subsea 7 Vessels and on behalf of Projects on 3rd party vessels.

Through the promotion and implementation of company safety and equipment maintenance policies, the position is responsible for achieving the critical success factors of:

•    Asset Management & Equipment Integrity
•    Safe, Reliable and Consistent Offshore Operations through Offshore crews
•    Maximized System Up-Time 
•    Maintenance & CAPEX Project Control

The role demands a self-starter who will thrive within a dynamic, exciting, and constantly changing environment.

The ROV Onshore Lead reports to the OR Vessel Manager for the team to which he/she is assigned. On a functional basis he reports to the ROV Operational Support Group  Manager and the Equipment Group Manager.

All personnel are expected to contribute to creating a positive HSEQ culture within Subsea 7 and ensure familiarity with and adherence to local HSEQ codes and practices.


•    Shore-based focal point ROV Operations with the primary role to ensure that ROV operations are carried out in a safe and consistent manner. 

•    Operational and Technical support point of contact for the ROV crew.

•    Ensure that appropriate user documentation, spare parts, equipment, and consumables are available at the Worksite to support upcoming and on-going ROV operations.

•    Equipment support issues are managed to conclusion and in a timely manner, while ensuring that safe working practices are complied with. Constant interface with the Operational Support Group for operational and technical assistance and with the Equipment Group for item related to the equipment, maintenance and spares. 

•    Report and provide regular feedback on all aspects of ROV operations including Safety, Operational Performance, Capital Expenditure requests, System Improvement Initiatives, Equipment Breakdown Trending and Crewing Issues and Concerns. 

•    Liaise and assist the Equipment Group in setting and managing the maintenance budget for assigned systems.

•    Responsible for ensuring that ROV equipment spreads are upheld in accordance with Subsea 7 equipment assurance policies and that all necessary capital expenditure requirements to support ROV equipment spreads are identified in a timely and well-defined manner and communicated to the Equipment Group Manager.

•    Develop and maintain efficient spares programs for ROV equipment in accordance with critical and operational spares methodology. Ensure ROV crew maintain control of the spares on board the vessels.

•    Ensure that equipment spreads are and remain compliant with legislative and company standards applicable within the territory of operation. 

•    During vessel visits ensure that Planned Maintenance Systems, Safe Systems of Work, Equipment Management Policies and Subsea 7 Standards are being upheld and any findings are recorded in a Vessel Visit Report.

•    Support project teams in the provision of adequate levels of information to ensure successful completion of ROV work scopes in a safe, consistent, repeatable, and predictable manner. 

•    Liaise with Vessel Superintendent / Managers, Vessel Support Teams and Project Engineers to ensure that Vessel scheduling is understood and used to a maximum advantage for ROV inspection, upgrade & maintenance.

•    Regular liaison with relevant stakeholders, specifically Vessel Superintendents / Managers, to ensure complete transparency regarding ROV equipment work scopes and ROV operational support issues.

•    Provide sufficiently detailed Dry Docking, Maintenance Stop and Equipment Upgrade specifications in a timely manner, including budget forecast and schedule of works as well as Project Progress Reports throughout the period

•    Ensure that communications protocols are implemented and maintained between key stakeholders and that incidents of significant breakdown, their cause and proposed resolution are transmitted in an agreed and timely manner to key stakeholders
•    Ensure that equipment support issues are managed to a timely conclusion through a collaborative working relationship with ROV Operational Support Group and Equipment Group.  

•    Provide adequate support, training, and guidance towards ROV crews in order to enable them to carry out their role to the fullest. Liaise with Crewing manager on the ROV crew training needs.
•    Create and maintain accurate system interface documentation for all ROV systems to enable quick responses to be provided to colleagues in projects and operations.
•    Ensure that communications protocols are implemented and maintained between key stakeholders and that project planning documentation provided by the team is provided well in advance to ROV crews. 
•    Ensure adequate manning levels for equipment maintenance and operations in conjunction with Offshore Crewing and Workshop Manager.

•    Operate within the Code of Conduct
•    Operate according to Subsea 7’s Management Principles
•    Support standards and procedures for the ROV Operational Support and Equipment Groups.
•    For level of authority see ‘Authority Limit Matrix’


Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
Key Suppliers / Vendors
Classification Society

ROV Operational Support Group.
ROV Equipment Group
Offshore ROV team
Vessel Superintendent / Vessel Manager / OR Fleet & Equipment Team 
Regional Project & Operation Team


•    An operational or technical support background with man management experience is desired.

•    Candidate should be formally trained in an engineering discipline, HNC or HND equivalent but ideally to degree level.  Consideration will also be given to those with extensive experience in ROV operations offshore.

•    Excellent verbal & written communications skills in English are desirable, as is an aptitude for reporting verbally or in writing is a part of the role.

•    Candidate should have excellent organizational skills and a proven ability to prioritise work and effectively manage their time.

•    Candidate should be highly computer literate with a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

•    Candidate should have proven problem-solving skills.

•    Candidate should display excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to communicate effectively with Offshore Crews and Onshore Management alike.

•    Candidate should have the ability to self-manage, including flexibility around workhours, in light of the operational support nature of the position.

•    Previous experience of ROV Operations (Onshore and/or Offshore).

•    Previous experience within the Oil & Gas Engineering sector preferred.

•    Candidates should be willing to develop professionally and embrace new technologies and processes

Physical Capabilities:
Ability to pass an offshore medical and survival


Travel Requirements:
Registered Passport
Occasional trips to ROV worksites, approximately 30 days per year.
Potential for short trips offshore and to worksites / dry-docks.  

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