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Kent Recruitment

Principal Pipelines Engineer

Epsom, United Kingdom
Date Published
About you:
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If you have world-class ambitions to reach the stars while keeping your feet on the ground, we’re the team for you. We've created a new breed of company – future-focused with reimagined ambition across all disciplines within the energy sector.

We love people who know their own potential and are not afraid to use it. We know that together, we’re far more than the sum of our parts. So, we celebrate people who want to grow and develop as we work together on some of the largest projects on the energy world stage.

Our purpose and beliefs:
As Kent, we’re tackling the greatest challenge of our time - to bring our world the energy it needs in the most responsible way ever imagined.

It’s the energy of every member of our team driven by our beliefs that is making this happen. Whatever our skill, our language, or our culture. These beliefs define and direct us every day to be the very best - for ourselves, our clients, our key stakeholders, the communities we operate in and the planet:



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Our vision for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:
We recognize that diversity & inclusion are catalysts for success. We’re heightening awareness on the benefits of people diversity, diversity of experiences and diversity of our perspectives. Creating a culture of inclusivity where all employees feel a sense of belonging.

Our combined energy is fueled by different nationalities, across 6 continents and 24 countries. Our commitment is to celebrate character – no matter what ethnic background, gender, age, religion, identity, or disability.

About the job:
  • Kent values are at the heart of everything we do. They make us unique, inspire our success, and guide our decisions and actions. The employee will be aligned to these values, striving at all times to be safe, ethical, innovative, responsive, quality and cost conscious and driven to deliver
  • Either a Lead Engineer on a project or reporting to the Lead Engineer typically on larger projects, execute pipeline engineering design activities for feasibility, concept, FEED, detailed design or EPC projects.
  • Can be technically responsible for all pipeline engineering work and allocating, supervising and directing preparation of project deliverables. Subject to project size, will delegate some level of supervision and specific checking activities to appropriate competent personnel.
  • Capable of formulating resolutions and supervision of technically challenging and/or high profile issues, with support from Consultant Pipeline Engineer/ Lead Pipeline Engineer or Project Engineering Manager, and effectively communicating with Clients and Senior Management.
  • Reviews the ITB (Invitation to Bid) documents submitted in the proposals stage, prepares man-hour estimates and provides input to project execution plan.
  • Supervises, reviews and checks the pipeline activities including: Philosophies, Specifications, Routing Studies, Mechanical Design, Material Selection, Corrosion Protection, Stress Analysis, Layouts, Drawings, Datasheets and Technical Requisitions & Bid Evaluations. Identifies and resolves discrepancies and divergences from original proposal/ contract by raising technical queries with projects / client.
  • Capable of participating in Factory Acceptance Test’s.
  • Participates in multi-discipline Engineering Design Reviews and provides all necessary pipeline engineering input and support to close out of actions.
  • Identifies a clear scope of work and supervises preparation of the Technical Document Register (TDR). Responsible for planning/scheduling the pipeline engineering activities and manpower resource. Quantifies the total number of engineering deliverables, man-hour allocation and format of delivery, and other requirements for execution of the work. Provides necessary regular project controls/ reporting input to Project Management.
  • Provides support to Procurement including long lead items enquiry: prepares Technical Requisitions, reviews vendor documentation and provides Technical Bid Evaluation support to ensure design conformance.
  • Ensures compatibility and conformance with client specifications and recommends cost effective improvements to equipment selection/specifications within the scope of client specifications and requirements.
  • Consults Quality Assurance with any quality issues ensuring compliance with Kent’s ISO Quality procedures, Project Quality Plan and Design Integrity processes and procedures. Co-ordinates Internal and client audit requests and facilitates audit procedures of engineering systems within the department. Complying with other Kent accredited frameworks such as ISO 14001.
  • Contributes to training and development of other staff including identifying employee strengths and weaknesses and recommends training and development requirements.
  • Performs related duties as and when instructed by Direct Supervisor.
  • Duties essentially performed in Main Office. Time spent in production of deliverables, supervision, planning, coordination and attending meetings. Required to travel to other Kent offices, Client’s offices, vendor workshops, and attend site visits as necessary, in accordance with corporate or project requirements.
  • Serves as the liaison for inter-discipline engineering for the project and is responsible for specific discipline related activities. Responsible for the successful completion of specific scope on schedule and within manpower and budget estimates.
  • Decisions limited to the scope of project requirement specifications. Consults with Supervisor on main issues of equipment specification and selection. May make recommendations on mobilization/demobilization of personnel. May perform recruitment tasks in identifying qualified engineers and designers.
  • Typically supervises a team of engineers to address all discipline specific requirements within the project for Onshore or Offshore/ Subsea Pipelines. Role will be predominantly Onshore focused however it will be beneficial to have Offshore/ Subsea experience to support Consultancy work in particular.
  • Capable of performing general duties with no direct supervision and within agreed schedules and budgets.
  • May undertake discrete specialist studies/ technology reviews under supervision.
  • Liaises with other disciplines to achieve design consistency.
  • Supports the Project Management Team in planning, identifying technical issues which could limit progress, impact project budgets. Interfacing with the client.
  • Provides necessary input and support to project progress and reporting.
  • Principal Engineer is typically accountable to the Lead Engineer or Project Engineering Manager, depending on size and complexity of project.
  • Corporate reporting line is to respective Departmental/Group Manager.
  • Supervise typically between two and ten engineers
​​​​​​Your knowledge/skills, education, and experience:
  • Master’s degree in engineering (typically Mechanical or Civil), Chartered Status and significant related experience working for Engineering/Client organisations in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Exposure to Consultancy, FEED/ Detailed Design and EPC projects
  • Strong Onshore Pipelines experience
  • Offshore/ Subsea experience preferred
  • Knowledge of UK and international specifications and codes
  • Knowledge of Safety and Quality procedures
  • Activity Scheduling and discipline work priorities
  • Excellent coordination, monitoring and supervisory skill
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Tactful in resolving issues
  • Cost awareness
  • Proactive approach
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player
  • Ability to meet schedules and deadlines
  • Multi-tasking abilities
  • Planning and forecasting ability
  • Analytical and problem-solving mind
the energy within.

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