Senior Project Manager (Petrochem) – Cape Town – Ref: 1085458-2


Ref: 1085458-2

Job Description:

Our client, a well-known provider of professional technical and construction services, currently has an opportunity for a Senior Project Manager holding a relevant tertiary qualification in Engineering with 15-20 years of experience in a similar environment (petrochemical, oil & gas) together with 3 years engineering discipline experience; an analytical problem solver able to multitask, work under tight deadlines and with frequently changing priorities. 

Job Description 

  • Communicate & interface with all engineering disciplines in development & execution of the project scope.
  • Lead project kick off & progress meetings.
  • Manage progress against project deliverables and provide monthly project status reports.
  • Coordinate & lead interface and client meetings.
  • Identify & manage all project risks.
  • Identify & manage hazards / risks and mitigation around time/schedule, cost, quality and safety.
  • Manage Contractors poor performance or breach of KPI’s / terms & conditions & set performance monitoring standards.
  • Ensure & manage compliance of relevant legislation and codes of good practice.
  • Ensure & manage compliance of contracts & advise the organisation of any relevant compliance issues.
  • Adhere to and implement safety program – single client / multiple projects.
  • Lead the effort of preparing proposals including execution approach.
  • Prepare and present relevant project feedback to client through detailed presentation.
  • Implement change control system that identifies and manages all changes to baseline requirements and conditions – project level.
  • Report & lead client progress meetings.
  • Liaise & provide steer to procurement & sub-contracting department regarding purchase orders & contracts.
  • Liaise & provide steer to project controls department regarding budget, estimates & planning.
  • Review, approve & timely issue of client invoice.
  • Manage, authorise & resolve claims / disputes and change orders.
  • Manage working relationships with key client & contractors.
  • Develop, implement & manage improvement plan and reports status.
  • Perform & facilitate project quality audits & cold eye reviews.
  • Support & supervision in management of project management department.
  • Assist in managing man-hour projections and resource planning.


  • Adhere to national & international standards & specifications.
  • Adhere to & ensure compliance of HSE policies & procedures.
  • Timeous distribution of project documentation to the relevant recipients.
  • Provide steer to Project Engineers.
  • Full project life cycle management.
  • Deliverable based man-hour estimating, planning and cost control.
  • Bidding proposals & feasibility studies.

Country: South Africa
Location: Cape Town

Job Qualification & Experience:


Relevant tertiary qualification in Engineering

Relevant certificate / qualification in PM

Contracts management certificate

Project Management Professional (PMP)


15 to 20 years & 3 years Engineering Discipline Experience

Petrochemicals, Oil & Gas or Similar Environment

EPC/EPCM Projects

Relevant site experience

Field experience (Construction, Commissioning, Turn-Around) <100 000 Hrs / TIC 1000 MR

Multi-Office Experience


Extensive knowledge of MS packages

Extensive knowledge & understanding of forms of contracts

Extensive knowledge & understanding of project controls

Knowledge of quality systems (ISO 9001/QMS)

Working knowledge of multi discipline

Knowledge & application of safety policies and procedures

Extensive knowledge of procurement & expediting

Progress reporting & scheduling

Sound knowledge of sub and prime contracts planning & administration

Extensive knowledge of relevant legislation and codes of good practice (e.g. labour legislation,

OHSA) and regulatory requirements

Extensive knowledge of risk management

Extensive knowledge of claim & dispute resolution management


Excellent written & verbal communication, interpersonal & negotiation skills

Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills

Commercial acumen & technical writing ability

Maintain good ethical behaviour & practices at all times

Excellent presentation skills

Build and maintain internal and external stakeholder relationships

Team leadership & initiative

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.

Senior Project Manager (Petrochem) – Cape Town – Ref: 1085458-2

Senior Project Manager

Senior Project Manager


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