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Position: Survey Operations Manager, Gulf of Mexico 

Based in: Houston 

Business area: Survey, Onshore 

Contract type: Permanent Staff 

Languages in which you may apply: English 


Vacancy information 



Reporting to the Global Survey & Inspection Manager, the Survey Operations Manager is responsible for the delivery of Survey services to projects operating within Subsea 7’s Gulf of Mexico Region adding value through safety, quality, reliability and efficiency across all survey operations.  

The Survey Operations Manager is accountable for the performance of survey personnel in the delivery of survey services to both SURF and IRM projects within the Region.  

The role is a key interface with both internal and external customers and promotes a high level of collaboration between internal functions and stakeholders to achieve desired business goals and objectives. 

The role is an onshore position with occasional international travel to other Subsea 7 offices and worksites and external client offices.  

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. 

All personnel are also expected to contribute to creating a culture of ethics and integrity within Subsea 7 and ensure familiarity with and adherence to our Code of Conduct 


  • Manages regional survey department budgets, optimizing utilization of resources with regular forecasting and reporting of resource requirements 
  • Develops strategic plans as required to support the local business 
  • Provides leadership and motivates direct reports to achieve project success by reducing cost and maximizing profit without compromise to quality or safety 
  • Maintains a high level of technical & operational competence across regional Survey teams through identified training and continued professional development of self and direct reports 
  • Actively supports development and compliance with global survey & inspection standards, processes, and procedures within region  
  • Allocates work across direct reports as required to support regional tenders, operations and business initiatives as required  
  • Supports direct reports in tendering and operations in respect to lessons learned, current practices, equipment & technologies and selection, procurement and selection and management of 3rd party services  
  • Supports regional tendering as required and is responsible for the approval of costs and budgets submitted by direct reports  
  • Is familiar with the general work scopes, schedules and major risks and opportunities within local projects 
  • Liaises with Global Data Solutions to ensures that project deliverables are delivered on time and all project data is appropriately transferred, stored & archived  
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with key stakeholders in other Regions/Functions with regular interface meetings 
  • Promotes the capability of Survey & Inspection and requests regular feedback from internal & external customers to identify areas for improvement 
  • Promotes new technologies and methods with due consideration of cost, benefit and risk  
  • Ensures all HSEQ incidents related to regional survey operations are recorded and monitors closure through investigation, corrective actions and transfer of experience to other local and global projects & operations  
  • Liaises with internal stakeholders to identify, procure and co-ordinate additional or new services, methods and technologies to provide improved quality, efficiency and cost reductions  
  • Supports the local GOM Crewing Manager to ensure qualified, skilled and competent offshore personnel are available to meet demand from locally flagged vessels  
  • Informs GOM Crewing and OR Skillpool Planners of required offshore survey personnel for local projects and ensures assignment of resources best fits the needs of the regional operations  
  • Supports Equipment Group to forecast regional requirements for survey assets, optimizes utilization of internal assets and provides input to annual Survey CAPEX requirements  
  • Maintains regular contact with key suppliers within the area of responsibility and actively supports SCM to select and manage suppliers  
  • Establish and monitor Key Performance Indicators for the Regional Survey organization and recommend changes when required 
  • Assists with both global and local business initiatives as required 
  • Responsible for cost control within area of responsibility and approval of invoices where relevant in line with Company policy. 
  • Any other duties as directed 

All personnel are also expected to contribute to creating a culture of ethics and integrity within Subsea 7 and ensure familiarity with and adherence to our Code of Conduct 



Qualifications and Education 

  • A degree in a relevant Survey or Earth Sciences subject or documented equivalent relevant work experience  


  • High level of knowledge and understanding of current offshore construction/IMR survey techniques and technologies 
  • Understanding of relevant suppliers, service providers, working conditions and regulatory requirements within region pertaining to offshore survey  
  • Previous work experience with leadership and management responsibilities  
  • Working with management systems to investigate quality related incidents and implement effective corrective actions  
  • Preparation and delivery of written reports and presentations for internal & external stakeholder 

IT Systems  

  • Must be familiar with standard business applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Excel.  
  • Ability to work with Microsoft O365 applications such as Teams and SharePoint preferred  

Behaviors / Attributes 

  • Effective written & verbal communication and team working skills are essential together with a high degree of self-motivation 
  • Ability to plan and manage own work with minimal supervision to meet deadlines and other operational requirements 
  • Excellent planning, co-ordination and organizational skills with a structured and methodical approach to tasks and demonstrated ability to deliver under pressure. 
  • Flexibility in working hours and location to meet business needs 
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