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Chief Instrumnet Engineer - London

Job Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: Competitive

What we offer you

At ODE you will be joining a fast-moving and technically diverse environment. ODE is unique and often takes projects from feasibility to completion and beyond. We undertake an unusually wide range of work, offering variety, challenge and opportunities for original, innovative engineering that is tailored to the needs of each project.

We currently have an opportunity for a Chief Instrument Engineer based in our London Office.

The Role:

The Chief Engineer will act as the focal point and technical authority for the Instrumentation discipline

The role requires an individual who is driven to promote a culture of technical excellence, continuous improvement and innovation.

The Chief Engineer is a capable leader and is skilled at identifying key competency requirements, matching these with resources either by existing personnel utilisation/development or in the selection and recruitment of new personnel. 

The successful candidate will ensure consistency of discipline output by the implementation of corporate tools and standards.

Providing a major contribution across all phases of work from concept through to detail design, on various onshore, offshore oil and gas projects and offshore renewables, the role will best suit someone who thrives on variety and is adept at multi-tasking.  It is expected that the individual will have an in depth knowledge of instrumentation items such field devices, metering and valves with at least a working knowledge of ICSS/Fire& Gas and SIL requirements

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Be the focal point and Technical Authority(TA) for the instrumentation discipline.
  • Resolution of technical issues liaising as necessary with clients, suppliers and internal staff
  • Develop, maintain and manage the discipline manpower resource and technical capability within the London operation to support ongoing and future work
  • Staff and Contractor recruitment, selection and assignment.
  • Undertake both initial and ongoing competency assessments
  • Provision of technical resourcing support to the Engineering Manager to meet company goals and targets
  • Identification and development of tools, standards and software to improve working efficiencies and enhance discipline capabilities
  • Ensure that all discipline work is conducted by competent staff and subjected to robust reviews, checks and verifications to ensure technical excellence and timeliness.
  • Ensure project discipline staff located remotely work to the required level of review and checks.
  • Provide training, mentoring and assistance in the continuous professional development of staff.
  • Remain up to date with design developments, statutory regulations, codes of practice and offshore/onshore industry standards.
  • Keeping the Engineering Manager informed of upcoming changes/opportunities in Instrumentation
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals for new business (and project variations) including technical scope, CTR development and manhour estimates
  • Vendor selection, performance monitoring and verification/quality review of sub-contracted discipline work
  • Capable of instrument design engineering work as necessary for onshore and offshore oil and gas platforms, Central Processing Facilities and the like as well as instrumentation/controls associated with renewable energy installations
  • Development of and responsible for department adherence to, clear and consistent working processes /methods for process performance improvement
  • Routine auditing of technical work output relative to technical input and established criteria and expectations
  • In the role of Principal Engineer:  Carry out conceptual designs in support of concept selection studies.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer:  Assess the suitability of supplier offered equipment to meet client, functional, quality, reliability, environmental and safety requirements for new build projects and brown field modifications.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer: Project specific Specification writing, Data Sheet production, requisition development, bid analysis, vendor coordination & equipment testing.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer: Development of testing specifications, test procedures, acceptance criteria and performance/witness of FAT’s and SAT’s.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer:  Attend and contribute to HAZOP,HAZID, SIL review

Safety and Environmental Related Tasks

Safety, Health, Environment and Quality

  • Responsible for ensuring that all discipline activities conform to the corporate SHEQ Plan.
  • Must understand impact of Instrument discipline work on safety cases for offshore platforms

Competencies & Soft Skills:

  • Significant experience in Oil & Gas design work required
  • Experience in Renewables and HV design preferred
  • Commercial awareness
  • Strong work ethic
  • Leadership skills and management experience
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good report writing skills essential
  • Confident and outgoing individual


Chartered Engineer, Degree qualified in an electrical subject.

Your application

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to Recruitment@ode-ltd.co.uk . Closing date for applications is 9th February 2018.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in this vacancy. Your application will be carefully considered during the initial screening process. Unfortunately due to the high volumes of applicants we are unable to personally respond with everyone that applies but we will contact you if you are selected to progress in the recruitment process.

ODE is an equal opportunities employer.

To comply with immigration legislation, ODE is legally required to verify your right to work in the UK.

Candidates requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applicants. Appointments will be based upon ODE being able to provide evidence that there are no other suitable candidates for this vacancy within the EU/EEA or the role is listed on The Shortage Occupation List.


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