Instrument & Control Technical Authority

Ref: TBR-788

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

Type of Role
Permanent only
Job Function
Aberdeen, UK
Job Description


Nominated Instrument Technical Authority for TAQA Bratani assets providing technical assurance in relation to lifecycle integrity and acceptable technical risk.

Scope of equipment covered includes field instrumentation, process control and shutdown systems, fire and gas detectors/systems, actuated & control valves, shutdown & blowdown valves, PSV’s alarm management and cyber security. Scope also encompasses equipment from the wellhead wing valves and includes the import or export pipeline safety valve boundaries.


  • Lead the team of Instrument and Control engineers in the Projects and Engineering team. Responsible for managing Instrument and Control engineering resources for successful project delivery.
  • Functional lead of the Instrument and Control asset support engineering team. Maintain oversight of the work carried out by the support engineers to ensure they work to the required standard. Provide direction, technical advice and support as required.
  • Acts as Contract Holder of discipline vendor support contracts, ensuring contract performance reviews are undertaken and all materials and service orders are technically approved.
  • Provides specialist Instrument technical support to Operations Teams in the resolution of key integrity and operational issues.
  • Ensures Technical Compliance in accordance with TAQA Integrity Management Standards, Safety Management System and all relevant Statutory Instruments, Codes and Regulations.
  • Maintains the lifecycle technical integrity of the offshore installations within the Instrument discipline by developing, maintaining and approving appropriate maintenance and integrity strategies, engineering standards, procedures and guidance documents.  Ensures periodic review and continuous improvement.
  • Owner of Instrument performance standards, their upkeep and compliance.
  • Ensures all temporary or permanent modifications are technically assessed, meet appropriate standards and correctly endorsed.  Attends factory acceptance tests as required.
  • Assesses deviations from standard, material degradation reports and maintenance deferrals, ensuring risk levels are acceptable and endorsing continued operation where appropriate.
  • Assesses and approves Operational Risk Assessments, ensuring adequate controls and mitigations are in place to manage the risk, and an acceptable recovery plan is in place,
  • Has oversight of the long term reliability of equipment through ‘lookahead’ planning, review of the relevant strategic plans and makes recommendations relating to strategic facilities improvements.
  • Acts as the technical approver for discipline modifications.
  • Works with reliability engineers to monitor the reliability and availability of Safety Critical Elements and ensures remedial actions are put in place when required.
  • Undertakes routine offshore visits, performs safety and technical site audits, etc.
  • Participates in incident investigations to determine the root cause, ensures actions resulting from investigations are resolved within the given time frames
  • Ensures Safety Critical Elements are designed, installed and maintained to ensure that the items are fit for purpose.
  • Ensures HSE and IVB audit findings relating to technical integrity are followed-up.
  • Maintains discipline specific competency assurance process for technicians.
  • Acts as the Company Representative in relation to relevant Industry and governing bodies as required.
  • Coach and develop all direct and functional reports, where appropriate, and ensure succession planning is effectively managed.
  • Oversee the performance appraisal and mid-year appraisal process for all direct reports and collaborate with the Maintenance Superintendents for functional reports ensuring that the correct expectations, behaviours and quality performance elements are being addressed.


Financial Authority: None

Budget Responsibility: None



  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification in relevant engineering discipline or significant experience in a similar role
  • Current Offshore Medical and Survival Certificate


  • Chartered Engineer status with an appropriate engineering council registered body



  • Significant experience within specialist engineering discipline at a senior level with a high level of knowledge of UK offshore operations and infrastructure
  • Thorough understanding of key legislation and regulatory framework applicable to UKCS offshore regime with detailed knowledge of major accident hazards, performance standards, assurance and verification activities.
  • Proven track record in the development of maintenance strategies and the use of maintenance management systems.
  • Sound knowledge of engineering practices, codes and standards and their application to development and management of lifecycle asset integrity assurance programmes.
  • Good knowledge of other discipline functions e.g. operations, maintenance, inspection, engineering, process
  • Sound knowledge of hazard identification and risk assessment techniques and management of change processes and tools


  • Previous Technical Authority experience in the UKCS
  • Experience of managing high value engineering/maintenance budgets
  • Experience of managing technical teams
  • Experience of the management of vendor services contracts


  • Proactively shares best practices and knowledge
  • Proven ability to plan and manage resources to deliver results
  • Computer literate with high level of competence in the use of Microsoft Office packages, e.g. MS Excel, MS Word, and MS PowerPoint as well as discipline related software
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to develop highly effective working relationships
  • Willingness to travel offshore 


Operations teams – onshore and offshore
Other Engineering/Technical teams
HSSEQ team


Industry and governing Bodies such as Oil and Gas UK, HSE and DECC

  • IVB
  • Specialist Engineering Consultants
  • Key engineering/ maintenance contractors/ service providers
Closing Date

This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

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