Lead Development Engineer

Our Client, an international independent E&P Company, is looking for a Lead Development Engineer to join them in their busy Aberdeen office.

Role Summary:

The Lead Development Engineer will be a key position within the Projects and Engineering group. The role will be responsible for progression and timely delivery of production growth opportunities from exploration / appraisal into production by providing surface facilities input into development planning activities The Lead will work closely together with the P&E Manager, project management team and other key stakeholders.


  • Provide subsea, pipeline and topside engineering input to new developments, prospect evaluation and business development opportunities.
  • Prepare and manage contractors / 3rd party operators scope of work, contractor evaluation and selection process.
  • Develop field development concepts and cost estimates.
  • Provide input on identification of key long lead items and their lead times for integration into development plans.
  • Co-ordinate peer reviews / assists and relevant check point reviews.
  • Co-ordinate work with the subsurface, production chemistry, commercial, drilling and project controls to generate technical, commercial and economic field development solutions.
  • Optimise the value of the solutions through the application of and participation within the field development process.
  • Review, coordinate input and ensure consistency between key development technical deliverables e.g. FDP, BOD, etc.
  • Coordinate the development, implementation and overall planning activities & appraisal of the Major CAPEX projects as per schedule and within budget.
  • Assessing the economic impact of various development and operational strategies, both short and long term.
  • Working with Operations, Accounting, and Finance in the company's corporate capital budgeting process, including clear technical justification of capital projects to the Executive team.
  • Ongoing investigation of the practical viability of emerging technologies as it relates to field development planning.
  • Provide support to all other disciplines as required, notably: corporate third-party reserves, M&A activity, due diligence activities.
  • Provide Support on Decommissioning activities at the early concept / feasibility stage.

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering with a minimum of 5 years of Oil & Gas experience, including experience in a field development engineering role.
  • Familiar with technical work as well as project cost estimating, schedules and development economics.
  • Experienced with and knowledgeable of formal project management and information management systems, including the principles and associated processes, practices, or tools.
  • Proactive, delivery focused, can operate in a high paced environment and is adaptable to working in a transformative organisation.
  • Good communication, networking, facilitation & presentation skills.
  • Team player with ability to build strong working relationships between the various Project Teams, Company Business Groups and 3rd party contractors.
  • Highly competent interpersonal and influencing skills to tactfully and diplomatically manage ambiguity, conflict and uncertainty in a culturally diverse environment.