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Principal Development Engineer

  • Job reference: 923259
  • Location: Perth CBD, Western Australia
  • Salary: AUD160000 - AUD200000 per annum
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Sector: Chemical Engineering, Oil & Gas
  • Date posted: 08/01/2019

Principal Development Engineer - Perth WA

Purpose of the Role

  • Execute the technical scope of the study in line with the client's business philosophy and the relevant business processes.
  • Maintain a good client relationship, ensuring they are informed of study technical progress.
  • Should any technical issues arise, ensure both business management and the client are informed at the earliest opportunity.
  • Support the development of systems thinking strategies and models
  • Contribute best practice to the study
  • Support the development of commercial proposals to Clients (CTR estimate generation) Key


  • Accountable for surface facilities and flow assurance work on the study performed by the Developments team
  • Manage the project execution of high-quality FEL1 & FEL2 phase scopes for clients. This work is to be performed whilst working in accordance with the client's policies, standards, procedures and guidelines, and relevant regulatory requirements.
  • All work is completed ensuring that specific tasks are performed safely, effectively and in compliance with agreed objectives.
  • Maintain a strong focus on budgets/costs and ensure all team members understand and apply similar principles to deliver optimum value solutions for the study
  • Manage the development of Facilities CAPEX, OPEX, and schedule estimates for field development concept & select stage study
  • Lead the project risk identification, mitigation and quantification elements through the applicable project phases. Core Competencies Skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a multi-discipline team to understand and interpret client needs and generate and recommend field development solutions for both Greenfield and brownfield onshore and offshore projects.
  • Ability to estimate scopes of work and execute projects within schedule and budget.
  • To be able to use the applicable software tools including Hysys (and other AspenTech software), Pipesim and Olga.
  • Good interface skills with clients and the ability to prepare presentations, briefs and ad-hoc reports as required.
  • Plans work program and keeps the study team abreast of progress
  • Coaches junior personnel and provides feedback to the team/individuals
  • Business awareness, and ability to identify potential areas of commercial and technical risk. Identifies future business opportunities with the client
  • Willingness to develop/share best practices, work processes, system and tools.
  • Full command of English language written and spoken
  • Detailed knowledge of process engineering and field development for onshore and offshore facilities including Greenfield and brownfield work scopes.
  • Detailed knowledge of flow assurance for feasibility, conceptual and pre-FEED design phases.
  • Experience with Integrated Production Modelling (IPM) considered advantageous


  • Builds relationships
  • Encourages teamwork and collaboration
  • Results oriented
  • Analytical / Problem Solver
  • Communicates and persuades
  • Commercially astute
  • Must be willing to travel

Qualification & Training

  • Chemical Engineering Degree or equivalent.
  • Chartered Engineer (preferable)
  • 10 + years of experience in process engineering, field development and flow assurance
  • At least 5+ at pre-FEED (i.e. business planning, feasibility and concept) level

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.