Umbilical Lead Engineer

Posted 30 April 2024
Salary Negotiable
Job type Contract
DisciplineOil and Gas Recruitment
Contact NameGary Chapman

Job description

We have a current opportunity for a Umbilical Lead Engineering on a contract basis. The position will be based in Paris, France (full time residential). For further information about this position please apply.


  • Graduate in Engineering (Masters level), in Petroleum Industry. Depending on experience, candidates with BSc may be also given consideration

  • Languages: English (fluent verbal & written)

  • Professional Experience: minimum 12 years

  • Experience within projects: minimum 10 years 10+ years' experience in experience in umbilicals and flexible engineering (and associated ancillaries) for deepwater EPCI/EPSCC projects with demonstrable engineering aptitude.

  • Excellent knowledge of international umbilicals design codes / standards (API/ ISO series in particular) and general specifications.

  • Good sense of organization, ability to prioritize activities, to identify critical aspects, to propose way forwards, to lead specialists or third parties, to summarize and present complex design issues including transverse and interfaces matters

  • Some basic knowledge in electrical / fibre optic cables, material, corrosion, coatings and hydrodynamics, flow assurance will be also valuable

  • Good communication skills

  • Ability to work efficiently under high workload, prioritize in a fast-paced project and meet schedule requirements.

  • Available for technical missions worldwide

  • Ability to work on projects in a complex and multicultural environment

The service holder shall oversee and lead all Engineering design, Equipment and Materials selection of Umbilicals, DEH cables and flexible pipe systems, associated ancillaries (topsides and subsea) including interfaces with DEH system, existing facilities etc. for the Field Development Project during the FEED, CFT and EPCI preparation phases, within the Deep Offshore organization.

he activities of the Umbilical Lead Engineer include, but not limited to:


  • Liaise daily with counterpart on Contractor side to monitor the progress of FEED deliverables, anticipate / highlight delays and propose corrective actions when needed.

  • Assist to manage matters on SOR changes, technical queries and derogations to General Specifications, related to Umbilicals and flexible systems, associated ancillaries all associated interfaces (including Other UFR systems, existing facilities, flow assurance, etc.).

  • Assist in managing all Umbilicals and flexible systems, associated ancillaries' interfaces with all other concerned FEED packages (Topsides, SPS, Other UFR systems, Flow Assurance, Safety and Field Operations etc..) 

  • Provide technical support as necessary to the SURF team on all matters relating to Umbilicals and flexible systems, associated ancillaries' interfaces with all other concerned FEED packages (Topsides, SPS, Other UFR systems, Flow Assurance, Safety and Field Operations etc..


  • Reviewing and approving all relevant Engineering documents, which typically includes cross section design, dynamic analyses, installation analyses, components design (steel tubes, armours, carcass, polymer sheathes, electrical cables, fibre optics, etc ...),umbilical and flexible mechanical characteristics and capacities validation, manufacturing analyses, fatigue analyses, transportation analysis, pre-commissioning analysis, umbilical ancillaries design (Bend Stiffeners, Bend Restrictors, Topsides and Subsea Termination/Interface Hardware, catenary management systems etc.)

  • Assisting, in Qualification activities pertaining to umbilicals and flexible systems and ancillaries components.

  • Assisting in resolution of interface issues as necessary, such as umbilical/flexible terminations design, installation, hook-up, pre-commissioning, commissioning etc.

  • Assisting in analysis of Contractor technical queries/deviation requests and preparation of comments and proposed answers to these queries

  • Ensuring that Engineering activities are performed in line with FEED Contract requirements and Project Specifications, General Specifications (prepare proper derogations, if required) and the Schedule during the FEED.

  • Ensuring that HSE requirements are taken into consideration during design

  • Liaising with other Team engineers to ensure technical consistency of all interfacing systems constituting the development as well as the existing facilities.

  • Getting assistance from Specialists, or third parties, if required, for specific topics (such as geotechnics, hydrodynamics, structural, material & welding, corrosion & coating, etc ...)

  • Participating in various technical reviews (Hazids, Hazops, Project Technical Reviews etc …)

  • Other tasks as assigned by hierarchies

Call For Tender & EPSCC Preparation

  • Collaborate with the SURF & Contract team to ensure that EPSCC Contract Exhibits include all necessary requirements related to Umbilicals and flexible systems.

  • Assist in preparation of relevant elements of Invitation to Tender and Technical evaluation criteria.

  • Assist in timely review of Umbilicals and flexible systems technical deliverables submitted by Tenderers

  • Advise the SURF team on all non-compliance, risks, inconsistencies in the contractors' submission

  • Assist in answering / closing Contractors' technical clarifications/qualifications

  • Assist in performing technical evaluation of Contractors' EPSCC offer submissions

  • Assist the preparation of the EPSCC project execution plan with strong emphasis on the SURF execution - procurement, fabrication, transport, installation and pre-commissioning of the Umbilicals and flexible systems

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.