Director – Offshore Operations Engineering – VAGR.2022.058

November 2, 2021
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  • Location: United States
  • Type: Permanent
  • Job #11240

DIRECTOR – OFFSHORE OPERATIONS ENGINEERING required by our Client, an energy services and delivery company, to be assigned on a permanent basis.

Geographic Location – Boston, MA

Title of Line Manager     Senior Director, Offshore Operations

POSITION SCOPE

This role will lead on the development and implementation of Operation and maintenance (“O&M”) technical requirements and methodologies in the design, construction and operations phase of the offshore projects. This role will be responsible for creating maintenance and asset management strategies for maximising the offshore wind profitability whilst minimising the technical risk of assets failing. This will include interfacing with teams from the Construction, Technical Services and O&M readiness and site teams to ensure turbines, cables, Scada, foundations and electrical equipment are designed, constructed and operated as required for the long-term profitability of the projects. 

The Offshore Operations Engineering Director will be responsible for building the team: a team of specialists from a range of disciplines (structural, mechanical, electrical, subsea, offshore equipment, logistics, performance analysis).This team will liaise with the wider O&M Global team for implementing lessons learned from Iberdrola’s group projects in the US projects and exchanging best practices.

The role is to support the O&M of the offshore wind projects under development in the USA and in the early years will consist of giving technical support to the projects’ O&M teams whilst they develop the O&M strategies and maintenance costs assessment to secure a positive Financial Close and then through the O&M readiness phase of the projects leading up to the operational phase.

Once the projects are in the operational phase, the role holds the responsibility on providing the technical expertise to contribute to the overall performance of the offshore wind farms operated by our Client, including availability, production, operational budget and revenues. 

The role will provide technical leadership for a range of engineering disciplines relating to O&M to ensure a level of standardisation of approach, delivery and quality across the global project portfolio.  Close liaison and relationships with the rest of the team will be necessary and the role will be expected to contribute and learn from the tasks Offshore Ops Engineering  covers in the management of technical support activities for already operational windfarms from our Clients affiliate companies.

Accountability Statements

Delivery of robust and cost effective engineering strategies for the operational requirements, providing engineering support, assistance and recommendations to ensure delivery within time, to budget and quality following industry best practice and observing the maximum respect for Health, Safety and the Environment to ensure regulatory and legal compliance’

Implement offshore standards, procedures, tools, best practices and quality requirements.

Develop technical specifications for maintenance agreements.

Developing technical specifications for the HSE strategies for operations and ensuring a high standard of health and safety awareness is maintained.

Provide advice on operational solutions / risk levels affecting technical integrity or asset performance to Principal Project Managers to ensure that cost effective solutions are identified, fully evaluated and the risk profile is fully understood.

Make technical recommendations to Principal Project Managers based on the analysed asset integrity status, production and other KPIs

Support the coordination of EPC interfaces and Project Services Engineering Team to ensure the operational requirements are identified, fully evaluated and actioned during project execution.

Liaise with the Global Asset Integrity Management Department Team ensuring lessons learnt and best practices are capture and shared across the different Offshore Projects.

Deliver technical due diligence to the handover from construction and the transition through end of warranty of offshore wind assets.

Ensure that all assessment, advice and recommendations are fully documented in accordance with all internal procedures and industry best practice, and that sufficient technical and commercial due diligence (whether internal or external) exists to support those business decisions.

Support the Offshore Operations team in developing the O&M strategy via:

O&M technical input into turbine selection to ensure they meet industry standards and are safe to operate and maintain.

Getting advantage of other owners and services provider’s experiences to ensure performance on the O&M strategy decisions.

Provide the technical maintenance requirements to allow OPEX costs to be built, use experience and/or analysis to estimate unscheduled costs.

Responsible for providing operational projects with technical support to best respond to serious technical issues in the windfarms in order to minimise production loss and risk to the assets.  Ensure that the experience of the Global Technical Services team is leveraged in the offshore and new technology environment.

Define the detailed maintenance required for the contracts to be placed on the foundations, cables, offshore substations and associated equipment.  Responsible for ensuring it is compliant with the requirements of regulatory and statutory bodies.

Responsible for ensuring technically competent suppliers are selected. 

Form productive relationships with key service providers; liaising with them in technical workshops and ensuring their technical service is of the highest quality.

Support the Offshore Operations Management ensuring operational risks are identified and mitigated as well as working to ensure the assets are handed over in highest quality state.

Planning and delivery of the Offshore Operations Engineering organization in the USA

Contribute to the Asset Integrity Management Strategy to identify and implement initiatives to:

Improve the way offshore projects are designed for operations.

Strengthen the technical performance of sites across Iberdrola Renewables offshore portfolio.

Actively participate in lessons learnt sessions to continually improve business practices and processes.

QUALIFICATIONS / EXPERIENCE

Relevant engineering knowledge.

Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Developed report writing, presentation skills and ability to summarize a parameters and drivers impacting the scope of works.

Good organizational and operational skills with the ability to link this awareness to

Technical judgement and decision making.

Good planning and analysis skills with the ability to look forward and anticipate problems and thereafter plan and implements mitigating solutions to negate the effect of such problems.

Ability to support the management of a scope of works which require interface and coordination.

Advice on the impact of technical/ specialist risks and issues and the viability of solutions recommended.

Experience and understanding of technical due diligence.

Experience of renewables / power generation industry preferred.

Some experience of offshore O&M.

Problem solving – dealing with conflicting requirements

Tenacity, persistence and determination to succeed in overcoming obstacles.

High capacity for change.

Experience of managing a rapidly growing team within an evolving operational environment.

Experience of working in teams involved in large projects in international environments.

Pro-active and diligent approach.

Sound relationship management skills and confidence working with senior colleagues.

Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

Analyse technical/ specialist risks and issues and the viability of solutions recommended.

A degree or equivalent in physics, mathematics or an engineering discipline;

Computer literacy, with a good working knowledge of  Microsoft Office components especially Excel and database packages, eg Microsoft Access, and programming languages as well as an ability to deal with new software.

Eligible to work in the US

Internal and External Relationships

Internal:

Coordinate support and key expertise from various Disciplines (electrical, civil, mechanical, etc.) to ensure technical compliance to minimise costs/ risks and to secure best practice and value from investments

Collaborate with Operations team members to ensure requirements are specified and delivered and assets are effectively transferred into operation to deliver business returns

Collaborate with Operations team members for effective and efficient deployment of resources and knowledge development/ retention

Collaborate with Contract Managers to aid their procurement and management of key contracts and terms/ specification to secure best value and minimise costs/ risks

Coordinate with HSQE advisors to comply with standards and minimise legal/ regulatory risks

External:

Management of Suppliers and contractors

Collaboration with Partners sharing knowledge and best practice

Management of Consultants/technical advisors to deliver key advice and compliance

Industry groups/other developers

Complexity and Creativity

Manage and resolve a range of issues on projects covering technical and operational matters related to Operations.

At short notice, act upon and deliver ad-hoc tasks/projects without losing focus on major ongoing projects.

Successfully manage the expectations of the Project Managers with regards to project delivery.

Manage wide range of data, quick analysis capacity and creativity for highlight major decision making levers.

Special Requirements (not mandatory)

Postgraduate experience, preferably in operation and Maintenance of wind farms.

Experience of offshore wind sector

Knowledge of H&S and environmental legislation associated with marine/offshore operations projects

Cultural awareness

Foreign languages (Spanish, French, German)

Knowledge and experience of engineering contracts      

Minimum Criteria (mandatory)

Degree in relevant maths, engineering or Physical Science discipline

Flexible to travel around the US and overseas

Some experience in engineering industry, academia or consultancy

Experience of the wind or electrical distribution/transmission industries   

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