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Project Appraisal Discipline Lead

Project Appraisal Discipline Lead

  • Location Germany - Lower Saxony - Lingen, Germany - North Rhine-Westphalia - Gelsenkirchen, Netherlands - Europoort - Rotterdam - Refinery, Spain - Valencian Community - Castellón, United Kingdom - South East - Sunbury, United States - Indiana - Whiting, United States - Texas - Houston, United States - Washington - Blaine
  • Travel required Yes - up to 25%
  • Job category Project Management Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 148309BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

The bp Solutions Site Projects organization is accountable for the development and delivery of projects on behalf of Refining.

The team is seeking to appoint a Project Appraisal Discipline Lead who will report to the Project Management Discipline Manager within bp Solutions.

The Project Appraisal Engineering Discipline Lead will lead a team of Appraisal Engineers in multiple locations, working across the Pre-Project, Concept Development and Optimize stages of projects while providing quality assurance during Define and Execute. This is a key leadership role for all aspects of front-end project delivery and maintains a focus on quality assurance throughout the project lifecycle. The Project Appraisal Discipline Lead also plays a supporting role in building, prioritizing, and executing the business strategies at refining sites through each project development hopper.

The role is location agnostic with a preference for candidates currently based in Sunbury, Houston, or any bp refinery site. Applicants with relevant experience from other locations will however still be considered on a case by case basis.

What you will deliver

  • Provide career guidance, coaching and technical development of the appraisal team to maintain and strengthen the health of the discipline.
  • Drive excellence in the appraisal discipline including the development of standards, roles/responsibilities, and continuous improvement.
  • Build, implement, and support the Squad Lead model for delivery of FEL 0-2 across Refining Site Projects, with a specific focus on assurance for FEL 1 & 2.
  • Ensure efficient resource management and deployment for refining site projects through the Squad Leads onsite.
  • Participate in the screening squad as a key technical member, which recommends projects for prioritization from business development submissions.
  • Maintain relationships with key refining stakeholders such as business development, project management, engineering, and operations to ensure adequate resourcing in support of the project pipeline.
  • Provide technical verification and oversight on projects, often serving as technical authority and process expert for FEL projects, including escalation paths or conflict resolution.
  • Deliver project FEL requirements consistent with the projects common process and the appraisal guide
  • Ensure the delivery model is efficient, fit for purpose, and integrated at the sites – including frequent interactions with DL-PM, DL-PDE, and the Unit Lead.
  • Work with Process Design Engineering - DL to create a joint center of excellence, including maintenance of ‘how we work’ procedures.
  • Leverage relationships and interactions with the larger appraisal community to stay connected within Production & Operations to support things like succession planning and technical info rollouts
  • Performance manage the health of the discipline through real-time dashboard reporting and self-verification.
  • Own advancements and continuous improvement in the analysis, prioritization, and execution of FEL projects.
  • Work with Procurement and Site Projects to develop a contracting strategy for routine project development services, as well as contract resource flexibility at each site.

What you will need to be successful

  • Significant experience as a project manager, appraisal engineer, process design engineer, or similar technical capability across bp’s operated sites
  • Deep understanding of refinery processes, equipment, and operations
  • In depth understanding of project stage-gated processes with a focus on engineering requirements. Within bp an in depth understanding of either Projects Common Process (PCP) or Major Projects Common Process (MPCP)
  • Analysis, prioritization, and execution of FEL projects
  • Experience in building, leading and developing diverse teams of engineers and technical professionals, including contractors
  • Expert communicator and facilitator, often being required to build consensus amongst differing opinions as well as owning alignment around difficult decisions
  • History of being able to manage up in the organization, including summary analysis, pre-reads, and other communication that drives alignment towards a group strategy
  • Ability to travel between the various refining sites to perform duties, estimated travel at 20% total, with some periods requiring extended trips (less than 2 weeks)
  • Ability to work non-routine or extended hours to support the team as necessary
  • A personal desire and passion for team building, continuous improvement, diversity, and servant leadership
It would be beneficial if you also have:
  • Project Management Certification
  • Heavy experience in business development, site business strategy, and project development
  • Experience managing a globally diverse team
  • Experience working with difficult and uncertain concepts while maintaining evergreen priorities
  • Technical people leader experience
  • Positive attitude, strong conflict resolution skills with peers and elevated tiers of the organization, and a desire to serve the team by example

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