Team Leader, Maintenance (Automation)



About the Company


company Sour Gas is a pioneer in sour gas field development and operates the world’s largest ultra-sour gas operation, with the capacity to produce 1.28 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day and 4.2 million tons of sulphur per year. We operate the Shah Gas Field and Plant, located 210km southwest of Abu Dhabi city, producing natural (sales) gas, ethane, NGLs, condensate and sulfur. As of 2021, we account for about 5% of the world’s total sulfur production and we are the world’s largest producer of granulated sulfur from a single site.


About the Job


  • Directs and supervises the activities of assigned personnel in the Team.

  • Coordinates and advises all matters relating to Mechanical Engineering activities associated with the plant and assists in terms of design engineering, solving problems and unforeseen operational difficulties.  RTS (Request for Technical Service), RCA and MOCs raised by Site team and other Stake holders to be resolved satisfactorily.  

  • Provides technical support to Asset Units on Mechanical equipment with respect to maintenance strategy, improvement, standardization techniques as required by Operation Excellence department.

  • Provides technical support to Asset Piping and Pipelines with respect to resolving Vibration problems, Leaks, Corrosion, Valve and flange management etc.

  • Provides technical support to resolve any chronic or repetitive failure issues of Rotating Equipment at site.

  • Provides Mechanical Engineering support to Project Divisions of the Company in, CONCEPT, DEFINE and EXECUTE phase activities for Green and Brown fields and provides expertise for review of key documents/deliverables pertaining to different projects including Philosophies, Policies, Strategies, SOR, SOW, Basis of Design, covering all VAP (Assess, Select, FEED) life cycle stages.

  • Responsible for the technical adequacy, completeness, quality of all mechanical deliverables on the project, schedule and budgeted work-hours.

  • Manages the engineering / design activities. Attends to and resolves contractor queries and provides technical guidance and expertise such that project goals are clearly understood and to minimize delays. Reviews and approves all related technical documents and supports the Manager.

  • Develops, maintains and implements department Procedures, Mechanical Engineering standards for all projects and assist in their interpretation and application. Provides technical guidance, reviews key project documents produced by the mechanical discipline and periodically review each job with the Project Mechanical Discipline Team.

  • Participates in troubleshooting of perennial and repeated failures of mechanical equipment. Assist for the development activities for modification / alteration to or installation of new systems in existing plant facilities.

  • Assist in replacement of obsolete assets with new and updated ones to the relevant engineering specifications and optimal design and economic considerations to meet the plant standards and operation / maintenance requirements.

  • Assist, develop, monitor the COMPANY’s Digitization, Artificial Intelligence program and Predictive maintenance system for Mechanical Equipment.

  • Coordinate department audits, Third Party audits, Cold eye review etc. and close the recommendations satisfactorily.

  • Coordinate and ensure all Technical Notes and Joint studies as required to be completed as per the agreed schedule.

  • Coordinate and assist Site team for Site shut down activities.

  • Mentor and develop UAE Nationals, aiding company Sour Gas in achieving Emiratization target

  • Plan and supervise the activities of the personnel and resources of the team to achieve the Department objectives in an efficient and cost-conscious manner while ensuring implementation of approved operational plans for the Section in line with Department objectives.

  • Develop the knowledge, competencies and innovative spirit in the team and support the establishment of Personal Development Plans (PDP’s), Succession Planning and Talent pipeline within the team in coordination with the Human Capability Group to continuously develop employees with emphasis on UAE Nationals to meet Emiratization targets.

  • Compile and provide input for preparation of the Department budgets and regularly monitor expenditure against approved the team budget levels.

  • Investigate, highlight and reconcile any significant variances to ensure effective performance and cost control.

  • Lead the implementation of approved team policies, processes, systems, standards, procedures and internal controls in order to support execution of the Department work programs in line with Company and International standards.

  • Implement the Company Performance Management System for individuals within the team in accordance with Company approved guidelines and continuously monitor the achievement of the Team KPIs related to the approved Annual Performance Management Contract and the Balanced Score Card.

  • Review, develop and recommend the appropriate organization structure for the Team that will best utilize human capital while proactively incorporating sustainability into the on-going work practices to meet the business objectives.

  • Encourage innovation, enhance employee motivation and support initiatives for implementation of Change Management to continuously improve operations and services.

  • Propose improvements in internal processes against best practices in pursuit of greater efficiency in line with ISO standards in order to define intelligent solutions for issues confronting the team.

  • Support the institution of an HSE culture and ensure compliance with relevant HSE policies, procedures, systems & controls and applicable legislation and sustainability guidelines across the team in line with international standards, best practices and company Code of Practices.

  • Ensure adequate HSE training and induction for all team employees to meet HSE standards.

  • Prepare all the MIS and progress reports to provide accurate and timely reports and necessary information to Company Management to effectively manage the business.


Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor’s  Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent relevant degree.

  • At least 10 years of experience in Engineering companies as a Lead Engineer/Manager for the Mechanical Equipment in the Oil and Gas Industry, plus Plant Operating experiences as an added advantage,

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