OSS Engineering Manager VARG.2022.174

November 2, 2021
  • Location: United States
  • Type: Permanent
  • Job #11241

OFFSHORE SUBSTATION (OSS) ENGINEERING MANAGER required by our Client, an energy services and delivery company, to be assigned on a permanent basis.

Business Unit    Renewable Offshore

Geographic Location     Boston, MA / VA Beach, VA


The Offshore Substation (OSS) Engineering Manager is a critical role within the Offshore Business focussing on the delivery of large-scale offshore wind projects (large packages) in the US, working with Multinational Partner(s) and Contractors ensuring that Company position is suitably protected at any agreements.

Belonging to the EPC Services Team and Reporting to either the Head of Project Support or a technical discipline Department Manager, the OSS Engineering Manager will be responsible for defining the design, tendering, negotiating and managing multi-million offshore substation, planning, leading delivery phase including management of multiple offshore contractors and associated interfaces, defining company and business standards and acceptance criteria, and ensuring quality, best practices and excellent H&SE performance are applied. The candidate will be managing delivery activities and decisions from a senior global perspective across the offshore portfolio.

The individual will be working as part of a global business with activities in many countries across Europe and the rest of the world.  The position may require travel to various locations worldwide during development, contracting and delivery of projects (large packages) the individual should be prepared to manage teams working at different project locations.


Co-ordinate the overall OSS project design

Ensure the OSS design meets the requirements and expectations of Iberdrola and satisfies the provisions of industry standards, including health, safety and environmental;

Ensure the OSS design is sufficiently robust for the whole project life cycle, i.e. construction, installation, commissioning, operation and decommissioning and technical risks are mitigated to an acceptable level;

Ensure the design maximizes the returns of the investment during the whole project life cycle; 

Support Project Manager and Project Director in meeting Project objectives in H&S, Quality, Program and Budget.

Support implementation in the Project of Engineering Procedures/Guidelines and Project Execution Plan.

Engage with Business functions when required.

Ensure all lessons learnt regarding offshore delivery are captured and shared across the different offshore projects (large packages). Establish the right mechanisms for this process and ensuring the teams and project implement them to capture and enhance business value.


Proven offshore projects management experience within a delivery orientated environment in the delivery of large-scale projects

Experience on HVAC/HVDC connection projects and electrical technical background is highly valued.

Significant delivery preparation and management experience in offshore environment.

Significant “hands-on experience” within a delivery project management environment ideally in a commercially focused utility service and/or delivery business.

High degree of competency in future planning. Proven experience in delivery and contracting management and programming.

Experience in offshore windfarm, marine works or oil and gas delivery and marine operations.

Significant experience in leading tendering processes, contract negotiations and detailed commercial delivery contracts.

Experience in dealing with health and safety and environmental legislation associated with delivery, marine and offshore projects (large packages).

Proactive people manager, leader and motivator.

Sound relationship management skills and confidence working with Project Directors and Senior Management.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to influence and develop key project and business decisions.

Excellent report writing, presentation skills and ability to summarize key parameters and drivers impacting the project and business.

Ability to work, manage teams and manage decision making process under pressure and to tight deadlines

Sound planning and analysis skills with the ability to look forward and see/ anticipate problems and thereafter plan and implement mitigating solutions to negate the effect of such problems.

Innovative and creative thinking.

Problem solving – dealing with conflicting requirements.

Tenacity, persistence and determination to succeed in overcoming obstacles.

High capacity for change and experience of leading others through change.

Contribute (or ensure resources are available) to early development projects (large packages), providing key knowledge to development teams on build ability / delivery issues.

Recruit staff necessary to deliver the projects (large packages) over the above timescales.

Liaise with Project Directors across the business to ensure all delivery aspects are appropriately considered during the project planning and execution.

Ability to manage complex projects (large packages) and contracts which require interface and precise coordination with multiple disciplines (structures, turbines, electrical cables, offshore substations, ports, vessels).

Ability to manage teams in multiple sites.

Balance technical detail with commercial needs and provide recommendations, considering all relevant risks.

Ensure that all recommendations are documented, and due diligence exists to support decisions (whether internal or external diligence).

Internal and External Relationships


Coordinate support and key expertise from Discipline Leads (electrical, civil, mechanical, etc.) to ensure project and contracts technical compliance to minimise costs/ risks

Collaborate with all Technical Services Team to secure key inputs are accounted for

Lead and instruct Engineering team members for the on time and on budget delivery of the OSS as per our Clients requirements

Collaborate with O&M to ensure requirements are specified and delivered and assets are effectively transferred into operation to deliver business returns

Collaborate with Project/EPC Director for effective and efficient deployment of resources and knowledge development/ retention

Collaborate with Contract Management for procurement of key contracts and terms/ specification to secure best value and minimise costs/ risks

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


Management of Consultants to deliver key advice and compliance

Management of major equipment suppliers to ensure project/ contract delivery.

Collaboration with Partners aligning investment plans, sharing knowledge and best practice and delivering projects/ assets.

Criteria Essential

Degree and professional qualification in relevant engineering discipline

Substantial postgraduate experience in industry with significant experience in Offshore substation constructions

IT literate with the ability to operate MS Office systems and other IT based project management software.

Flexible to travel to attend meetings and work at different project

Deep knowledge of health, safety and environmental legislation associated with offshore/marine delivery projects (large packages).

Deep knowledge of offshore procedures, standards and guides.

Experience in managing high skilled teams.

Deep knowledge of electrical standards (IEEE, NFPA, NESC etc)

Deep knowledge in electrical equipment sizing, testing and specification  Essential



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