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Project Operations Engineer

Project Operations Engineer

  • Location United States - Illinois - Chicago, United States - Indiana - Whiting, United States - Texas - Houston
  • Travel required Yes - up to 25%
  • Job category Operations Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 139465BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

Purpose of role

This is an exciting role in the project operations team that provides Operations and Maintenance leadership to bp’s global portfolio of projects. This scope of the team is global and diverse ranging from a small subsea tieback up to a new region like Mauritania and Senegal or new businesses such as Hydrogen and CCUS.

The role of Project Operations is to deliver value through four key areas.
  1. Defining the operating model and operations and maintenance philosophy on how the new asset will be operated.
  2. Providing operations and maintenance input to the design.
  3. Developing and delivering the operations readiness plan ensuring that everything required to operate is delivered in line with project milestones (this includes recruiting and training the operations and maintenance team, writing operating procedures, procuring spares, putting support contracts in place etcetera.)
  4. Leading a safe and reliable start up and handing the fully functioning operation to the asset owner.
The team is at the heart of creating the future of bp making decisions that set the new business operations up for success in delivering a transition to Low Carbon energy. This role of Operations Engineer is focused on projects at the front end in setting the strategic direction of the project by developing the operating model, operations & maintenance philosophy and supporting the project in making the large concept selection decisions. This role will be biased to supporting our growing portfolio of US projects which are key to the energy transition. These projects are varied and offer the opportunity for the right candidates to work in both traditional oil, gas & refining projects and in the new energy areas of CCUS, biofuels and hydrogen. Many of the projects in the portfolio are by nature first of a kind and this role is expected to trailblaze developing operational solutions to yet unasked questions.

Note that the teams to which the positions are assigned utilize a flow to work model and individuals will work on multiple projects at the same time.

Key Results/ Accountabilities expected from role

  • Provide support for screening of projects prior to entry into the bp’s project portfolio and through the concept development and optimize phases of the project cycle.
  • Provide early support for defining the Operating Model for the project aligned with the business objectives
  • Provided operations and maintenance input to project concepts and key trade off decisions by assessing life cycle costs, availability impacts, process safety and risk issues associated with alternative concepts to support the development of a quality engineering design.
  • Support the development of a new energy operating model and strategy which enables bp operations to be cost competitive in the emerging new energy businesses.
  • Ensure that operations and maintenance requirements are defined and built into the project statement of requirements and execution plans contributing to engineering efficiency, reliability, maximizing life cycle value and safety in design.
  • Providing operations and maintenance reviews of project technical documentation.
  • Participate in technology assessments and readiness reviews for any new technology.
  • Developing the operations and maintenance philosophy for projects including contracting strategy, logistics, condition-based maintenance strategy, maintenance management, spare parts, staffing etcetera.
  • Developing the operations readiness plan for projects detailing pre-operations activities for each stage linked to project milestones.
  • Delivering the operations and maintenance documents for the project, authoring where required.
  • Developing OPEX and availability estimates.
  • Facilitate development of project operational processes and procedures ensuring compliance with local regulations and legislation.

Key challenges faced on the role

  • This role provides an important function in bp’s transition from an international oil company to an integrated energy company. The role will support all projects aligned to existing businesses and the new energy projects which will drive bp’s net zero ambitions. Key project management processes need to be understood, combined, and made relevant to the project scope and scale.
  • Engagement with varied organizations and teams within BP
  • Engagement with outside agencies including government entities & JV partners
  • New Energy projects are in new industries, with emerging technologies and uncertain market/commercial basis. The pace of change and development will be rapid and varied.

Essential Education

  • Engineering degree or equivalent industry experience.

Essential experience and job requirements

  • 10 years industry (oil and gas, renewables, petrochemicals, hydrogen, CCUS) experience with 3-5 years’ experience in an operations or maintenance leadership role.
  • Ability to network effectively across the bp organization to access relevant data and knowledge.
  • Highly motivated and able to work as part of a diverse team without supervision.

Desirable criteria & qualifications

  • Experience in working in a projects or project operations role.
  • Experience in building strong working relations with partner companies or as part of a JV
  • Experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Economic dimensions associated with role

  • Accountable for defining OPEX and efficiency forecasts for projects.

HSSE Accountabilities

  • Ensuring that operations processes and procedures comply with local legislation and regulations.
  • Identifying, quantifying, and eliminating/reducing/mitigating safety risks for the operate phase.


At bp, we support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and challenging environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.
There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, and excellent retirement benefits, among others!
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation

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