Lead Inspection Engineer

Our client, an Operator based in Aberdeenshire, is recruiting for a Lead Inspection Engineer on a long term contract basis.

This position is the most senior discipline engineer within the maintenance and inspection department of the asset and will lead a team of discipline engineers (outsourced and internal) in the provision of technical/engineering advice and support in relation to inspection activities. Responsible for ensuring legal compliance of installations with pressure vessel / inspection related legislation (PSSR, PED, etc) and execution of mandatory inspection activities related to Safety Case and COMAH report commitments.


Key Responsibilities


  • Perform role of SECE Guardian to define and continuously maintain the means of assurance activities required to achieve and maintain the performance standards over the asset life cycle.
  • Participate in/contribute to safety studies/HAZOPS, etc.


  • Prepare and manage the discipline budget and ensure closure expenditure is within acceptable % of original budget
  • Manage the cost control process within budget for discipline for routine and non routine jobs and modifications
  • Manage the approval of requisitions through the Company system


  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with site personnel through effective communication and by making regular visits to operated assets
  • Manage the development of skills and knowledge of the team onshore and offshore to deliver best performance from both an individual and team perspective
  • Manage the appraisal process for team, identifying technical and business training needs


  • Provide technical input to contract tenders and negotiations relating to inspection services
  • Manage technical application of contract services, taking a lead role in the involvement/co-ordination of, and interface between, onshore/site/offshore teams/contractors ensuring effective communication and understanding between appropriate parties
  • Manage / Facilitate SQM meetings
  • Develop positive and constructive relationships with contractors and suppliers. Identify opportunities to improve contractor/supplier performance, reduce costs and improve the quality of services/products supplied


  • Contribute to the development of strategies for the maintenance, inspection and operation of plant/equipment to ensure that all plant and equipment meets verification and compliance requirements, in accordance with maintenance philosophy L2-OP-11-004.
  • Apply LEAN process to optimise maintenance in accordance with minimum maintenance guidelines (OPSFORM300).
  • Technical assessment of planned maintenance change requests and technical justification deferrals of CAT A maintenance/Inspection PMs.


  • Lead a team of Inspection engineers Onshore and Offshore (OIE + Inspection Techs), with responsibility for providing work direction and technical guidance, checking work/project progress, identifying team resources, setting priorities and time schedule. Validation of Inspection Reports and review of Workpacks.
  • Provide specialist technical/engineering advice and guidance to site/offshore personnel on the operation and maintenance of plant/equipment ensuring highest safety standards, a timely response to queries and minimal disruption to operations
  • Encourage the reporting of all incidents, ensure that incidents are investigated and action incident close-outs as appropriate
  • Conduct ad-hoc technical surveys on site/offshore and at vendor/repair locations, providing detailed technical reports identifying problems and solutions and ensuring optimum performance from contractors
  • Ensure all relevant operations and maintenance procedures and documentation are maintained in an accurate and current status and are available on request
  • Ensure that inspection activities are appropriately prioritised within operations maintenance plans
  • Prepare/Review scopes of work and economic justification for modifications ensuring they are correctly engineered, documented and reported, and that all maintenance activities/modifications are implemented in accordance with statutory/Company standards and correctly closed-out. Manage actions in stream in accordance with priority and target end dates
  • Prepare/Review scopes of work for vendor services, make recommendations on preferred contractors and co-ordinate vendors, materials and equipment for planned and unplanned activities, monitoring and controlling manpower usage, vendor/contractor performance and expenditure. Lead, as appropriate, in vendor/contractor audits
  • Ensure that all activities are carried out in a safe and effective manner and that all interventions are controlled by authorised persons, satisfy statutory and Company standards and that no hazardous incidents or events occur
  • Undertake in-depth analyses/studies of problems and recommend longer-term solutions and/or options and make recommendations to line management for approval. Investigate more complex problems by leading multi-discipline teams/projects in conjunction with other operations personnel or Technology Department
  • Contribute to the development of plant/equipment monitoring tools and strategies, proactively monitor, review and analyse plant and equipment performance and provide feedback to Line Management, identifying obsolescence problems, opportunities to maximise production and performance and share best practice


  • Lead the team and ensure the provision of specialist technical/engineering advice and guidance to site/offshore personnel
  • Takes a lead role in technical decision-making process relating to Inspection findings
  • Manage the Inspection budget
  • Ensure highest safety standards and continuity and optimisation of hydrocarbon production
  • Develop and maintain productive and constructive relationships with site-based/offshore personnel, onshore operations/technical teams and external contractors/vendors
  • Ensure company maintains full compliance with the requirements stipulated by regulatory bodies (e.g. HSE)

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • Suitable qualifications in Engineering/Inspection Discipline. CSWIP/Plant Inspection Level 3.2
  • Extensive discipline experience in the oil & gas industry, including offshore/site experience
  • Has completed training and has familiarity with FAME+ RBI
  • Detailed knowledge of legislation/regulations relevant to discipline
  • Good knowledge of maintenance/inspection systems, practices and techniques
  • Recognised level of Company expertise in technical discipline
  • Significant knowledge of offshore/terminal plant and equipment and maintenance systems