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Kent Recruitment

Vice President, Operations, U.S.

USA - Houston Texas
Date Published

About the job:

Kent is looking for a Vice President, Operations, U.S. will drive the technical and operational aspects of the U.S. region. From an internal perspective, this includes operational oversight and business development. Externally the person will interface with current and prospective clients, suppliers and contracting partners.

Your responsibilities:

  • Fully accountable to emulate and promote the Kent Safety Culture
  • Responsible to embed Kent’s Culture across the U.S. region and embrace the collective guidance of our purpose and beliefs. Creating and promoting an empowered and agile organization based on trust
  • Provide visible, decisive leadership and guidance so that the direction for the region is clearly understood, communicated, and executed
  • Develop and encourage a team culture that recognizes and features an energetic and confident approach while maintaining a positive, balanced, and enjoyable working environment
  • Develop and enhance effective communications and relationships across the region and the globe so that there is a good network within the team and a strong sense of teamwork and trust
  • Drive empowerment of teams to collaborate and make decisions with the pace of our business environment


  • Contribute to setting the overall company strategy
  • Distil this longer-term strategy into annual business plans
  • Provide clear communication to the organization on business strategies, ensure that the business strategy is considered in our decision-making and business planning

Business Development:

  • Perform both business development and business delivery in its nature
  • Responsible for allocating operational resources to win work in line with annual and quarterly new awards targets for the region
  • Work closely with the Americas EVP to maintain a coordinated approach to Strategic Sales
  • Ensures that we can demonstrate our Value Proposition to our clients
  • Maintain contact with clients to ensure high levels of satisfaction and to keep abreast of any potential business developments within the customer base
  • Establish relationships with prospects and clients, communicates effectively with them in order to properly understand their needs and informs them of the various solutions that Kent has to offer
  • Manages existing client relationships and ensures that leverages off internal executives’ existing client relationships
  • Ensures potential cross functional opportunities are actively pursued or passed onto relevant peers
  • Ensures early positioning of Kent and participate in defining Winning Strategy
  • Travels regionally as required to support business needs and pursues business in new markets across the region, in line with Strategic objectives

Operations and Executive Leadership:

  • Responsible for the consistent safe delivery of our budgeted P&L
  • Ensures that leaders within the region are focused on developing internal talent across the region
  • Prepare & maintain country plans, on behalf of the region
  • Ensure that service lines are utilizing Cross-sector support to identify all U.S. opportunities
  • Ensures local compliance occurs within region and ensures optimum business set up
  • Maintains local Government and affiliated chamber/industry body relationships, as may be necessary and internally approved as required
  • Provide in Region support to the sector leaders
  • Acts as internal and external ambassador for the company

Human Resources:

  • The success of the region depends on employee recognition and to achieve this you will establish Kent as a leading provider of its chosen expertise
  • Ensure Diversity and Belonging is supported as we hire and retain the best and we keep the welfare or our employees at the forefront at all times


  • Ensure compliance with all Kent Management System procedures
  • Full compliance with the company policy on Anti Bribery and Corruption
  • Ensure the integrity of all HSE, Quality, Progress and Financial data
  • Review of Project reports in the region, Risk Registers, etc.
  • Feedback to proposals to ensure that we are pricing to win and execute

Your experience:

  • Bachelor or Masters degree in Engineering, Business, or other Industry related fields of study
  • A strong focus on the development of HSSE awareness and HSSE management is essential
  • Proven competency in multi-disciplinary engineering, construction, commissioning, maintenance, and operations activities, with strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and a sound knowledge of project delivery processes
  • Ability to manage complex stakeholder relationships
  • High energy and an intuitive business development / account management leader
  • Deep understanding of the energy industry in region, customer segmentation and customer base across sectors
  • Proven ability to manage the development of high value proposals and relate to the most senior level clients and is comfortable operating within a fast growth environment
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