Engineering Manager (Petrochem), 12 Month Contract, Secunda – Ref: 1085458-5


Ref: 1085458-5

Job Description:

Would working for one of Fortune Magazine’s joint winners of “the world’s most admired companies to work for in the category of Engineering and Construction” be of interest?

Our client, a well-known provider of professional technical and construction services with revenues of nearly $10 billion, has an opportunity for an Engineering Manager – Capital Projects. You will have single point accountability for the Technical Track and related aspects to achieve the project objectives.

The successful incumbent will hold a BTech, MTech, BSc Engineering or BEng and have over twelve years Petrochemical experience.

Job Description 

Ensure alignment of people’s thinking and total engineering effort through all the phases

  • Project framing (including scope optimisation and obtaining agreement on aspects from stakeholders).
  • Facilitate the development of an integrated engineering discipline plan and ensure execution aimed at passing gate 3 and gate 4 readiness reviews and subsequent execution phase, through to successful commissioning and beneficial operation.
  • Facilitate the development of an integrated engineering quality plan for each BD&I model phase.
  • Define end-of-job (EOJ) documentation requirements and ensure compliance.

Compile and manage scope of facility

  • Obtain agreement at framing meeting of outline scope of facilities.
  • Contract scope with all stakeholders.
  • Review cost estimate and cost contingencies and obtain stakeholder agreement.
  • Manage scope, obtain stakeholder agreement on scope changes and best solutions for changes.
  • Consult on capital cost risk assessment and agree estimating and risk contingencies.
  • Scope optimisation, including application of value improvement practices (VIP’s).

Compile engineering execution plan (EEP)

  • Team mobilisation / demobilization.
  • Jointly with PM facilitate a kick off meeting and contract roles, tasks, execution strategy, objectives, ground rules, per phase per discipline.
  • Develop a communication policy and plan.
  • Sanction an assumptions document and clarify assumptions with engineering team.
  • Agree VIP plan with various stakeholders.
  • Draft overall engineering quality plan.
  • Define technical risk management plan.
  • Reach agreement on EEP with stakeholders.
  • Manage assumptions.

Compile scope of services and evaluate bids

  • Present and obtain agreement with PM and Business tracks on contracting packages.
  • Contract technical deliverables for specific packages amongst relevant stakeholders.
  • Present technical conclusions at combined bidder selection meeting and present recommendations.
  • Compile and agree on vendors and bidders’ lists.

Manage and mitigate technical risk

  • Pro-active evaluation of project activities on a continual basis to enable effective and ongoing risk mitigation.
  • Contract risk management approach with business owner.
  • Contract integrated technical risk plan with project management team (PMT) and other stakeholders.
  • Jointly with project manager (PM) get approval from steering committee of integrated risk plan.
  • Identify, quantify, assess and mitigate new technical risk factors.

Manage the definition and implementation of quality requirements per project phase

  • Contract quality requirements with PMT and business owner.
  • Facilitate agreement of a quality plan per engineering discipline, including hold points for implementation for each BD&I phase.
  • Facilitate implementation of engineering quality plan.
  • Agree project engineering specifications with engineering disciplines and business owner.
  • Facilitate clarification and alignment of all parties on technical requirements/specifications, including suppliers and external stakeholders.

Team management and leadership

  • Selection of appropriate team members to for a knowledgeable and coherent team.
  • Build and continuously maintain team harmony, effectiveness, alignment, continuity.
  • Make input in team member performance agreement and evaluation.
  • Ensure effective communication between team members, contractor/suppliers, other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Labour relations.
  • Coaching and mentoring.

Purpose of Role/Role Intent

  • Leverage the understanding of team, customers, suppliers, internal and external stakeholders to improve project results.
  • Maintain and build relationships which are on a high standard of trust driving respect, openness and credibility.
  • Conduct appropriate assessments to measure internal customer satisfaction and ensure continuous improvement plans are in place.
  • Build win-win relationships with customers, suppliers, stakeholders and networks.
  • Maintain and develop internal and external functional networks that contributes directly to results.
  • Allow tracking/auditing of performance.
  • Realise the business intent of a project by leading, facilitating and coordinating multi-disciplinary technical, SHE (safety, health, environment) and engineering track activities across the total BD&I (business development and integration) process, from pre-feasibility (gate 2) through feasibility, basic development, execution and start-up to evaluation (gate 7).
  • Ensure overall project technical quality and conformance to plan (scope, budget & schedule).
  • Ensure Technical Track governance and legal compliance (clarification, alignment, audits & inspections). Management of external stakeholders/supplier relationships and contracts.
  • Integration, management and coordination of Technical Track activities, team members, contractors, suppliers, plant owner, internal & external stakeholders & interfaces with other tracks.
  • Compilation & management of Scope of Facilities (i.e. interpretation of business needs, definition, facility breakdown structure.
  • Value improvement practices, change management, alignment across team members, contractors, suppliers, plant owner, internal & external stakeholders & interfaces with other tracks).
  • Compilation of Scope of Service (i.e. definition, work breakdown structure, contracting strategy, bid evaluations, management).
  • Technical Track quality management (philosophy, facilitation & compilation of ETQP [engineering track quality plan], agreed project engineering specifications, deviation and concession management, assumption management, end-of-job documentation, etc.)
  • Technical Track risk management (risk management strategy & philosophy, identification, assessment, analysis, preventive & corrective actions, reporting, etc.)
  • Engineering Execution Plan (engineering execution strategy, plan, do, review, integration with PEP [project execution plan], resources, etc.)
  • Technical innovation and optimisation (VIP facilitation and implementation, scope optimisation, agreed project engineering specifications, optimal integration into existing facilities, etc.)
  • Ensure setting and upholding of sound engineering & maintenance practices and procedures.
  • Ensure ISO and SHEQ policies and procedures are conformed to.
  • Ensure compliances with relevance legistation / municipalities (e.g. waste material handling, building plans).

Country: South Africa
Location: Secunda

Job Qualification & Experience:

BTech, MTech, BSc (Engineering) or BEng.

Master’s in Project or Engineering Management.

Business qualification (advantageous).

Minimum 12 + years’ relevant industry experience, with exposure to multi-disciplinary project management and execution as well as detail engineering and applicable training and development.

Company Description:

Our client is a well-known provider of professional technical and construction services.


This advert is being advertised in collaboration with our recruitment partner MCHIR.

Engineering Manager (Petrochem), Secunda – Ref: 1085458-5

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