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Topsides Lead

  • Job reference: 928810
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Chemical Engineering, Oil & Gas
  • Date posted: 22/11/2019


  • Provide project management and leadership for FPU topsides covering detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and hand over to field operation team
  • Report cost, schedule, progress, and technical issues to FPU Lead
  • Lead the FPU topsides team from FEED to start-up including delivery of FPU contract requirements
  • Develop resource plans within available budgets to deliver Topsides on budget and schedule
  • Accountable for project risks and mitigation plans for Topsides
  • Define, monitor and manage work tasks with external consultants and contractors
  • Ensure implementation of Project 'digital' requirements for the Topsides activities


  • During the FEED phase, support Engineering in completing FEED design deliverables through regular interaction, timely review of documents and proactive monitoring of engineering performance against schedule.
  • During Detailed Engineering and Execution phases, supervise and control the FPU Topsides detailed engineering activities
  • Accountable for managing procurement activities together with ENGINEER including technical and functional specifications, bid evaluation, clarifications and award, surveillance of supplier progress, quality, deliverables and production, FAT and as-built vendor documentation.
  • Support all activities related to compliance with regulatory requirements (CFR) in particular with BSEE and USCG.
  • Ensure all the appropriate technical documentation related to Topsides is validated, maintained, as-built and handed over to Field Operations.
  • Participate in meetings with FPU contractors
  • Support the Hull and Mooring Lead in preparing for the Topside integration (lifting) operation
  • Accountable for any carry over work at the final preparation yard and/or offshore.

Tendering phase

  • Prepare and draft all necessary contracts or ITT documents related to Topsides elements.
  • Actively participate in the clarifications and negotiations with Tenderers for Topsides related activities in the contract(s) to select the associated Fabrication Contractor.
  • Actively participate in the evaluation and analysis of the different offers issued from the Tenderers during tender phase.


  • Provide effective leadership in identification and resolution of internal and external interfaces around the Topsides system perimeters.
  • Ensure that technical interfaces are properly defined in due time and properly interpreted / implemented by the FPU engineering contractor.
  • Ensure identification and resolution of detailed interface issues in an efficient and cost-effective manner


  • Ensure that all Topsides activities are performed in compliance with a high regard to Health, Safety, Security and Environmental requirements
  • Provide leadership within FPU Package for all HSSE performance and compliance
  • Ensure that HSSE issues are correctly handled within FPU technical documentation for Topsides systems.
  • Ensure that an adequate risk management process is visible and implemented.


  • Ensure that all work activities are performed in compliance with a high regard to Quality Assurance and Control.
  • Implement an appropriate QA/QC plan for all procurement and construction activities linked to Topsides.
  • Participate in project reviews as requested
  • Continuously seek ways to maximize the value of the project through higher quality, productivity and technical definition

Required Qualifications:

Minimum Education: Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Advanced engineering qualificationsand internationally recognized professional / chartered engineer status is preferred

Minimum Experience: 15+ years roles in Project Management positions for topsides engineering and delivery with a proven track record in engineering and construction positions. A minimum of 10 years in senior engineering roles.

Required Skills /Certifications:

  • Semi-Submersible Platform Topsides Lead- expert level of knowledge and experience
  • Structural or mechanical - expert level of knowledge
  • Instrument, Control and Safety Systems - High level of knowledge
  • Deep water developments - proficient level of experience
  • Safe working practice in fabrication yards and offshore construction projects - proficient level of knowledge and experience
  • Proficient organizational ability and performance bias
  • Strong communication skills

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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.