Subsurface Project Lead - VR/29574

Status: Permanent
Location: Aberdeen
Rate: Available Upon Request

TMM Recruitment is working with a prestigious energy sector operator to support their search for a new Subsurface Project Lead on a permanent basis based in Aberdeen. Strong leadership and project delivery experience is required along with an in-depth technical data management knowledge.


This is a leadership role within the IM Department, reporting to the Information Centre Team Leader.

The Project Lead is responsible for leading the Management of Well Information Project and managing the subsurface data management team. They will provide line-management to identified Information Management personnel and will work with the Information Centre Team Leader to develop a highly performing team, striving for “world class” IM performance across all scopes. The Project Lead will promote a culture of sharing best practices and lessons learned, seeking innovation and learning both internally and externally, in order to continuously improve efficiencies for MOWI project and our IM service. This role is responsible for supporting regulatory compliance and continuous improvement initiatives in support of IM best practice. Working in compliance with Company policies and procedures under the guidance of the Information Centre Team Leader.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • Responsible for delivery of MOWI project, plus joint responsibility for the overall success of all DCWS and G&G related activities, working with the wider team to ensure campaigns and activities are executed safely, within budget and on schedule.
  • Demonstrating excellent stakeholder engagement by working together with the DCWS and G&G teams to ensure all IM processes and interfaces are delivering IM best practice and meeting the needs of the leaders and their teams.
  • Working together with contractors, the regulator and all functions to promote and ensure a cohesive and collaborative team environment in which to deliver successful and efficient IM support.
  • Line managing IM resources within their team and work with the Information Centre Team Leader to support development of personnel within the IM department.
  • Ensuring internal and external compliance with processes and compliance with the regulatory processes from the NSTA.
  • Developing and maintaining a positive culture, including promoting the Mission Statement and Core Values, maintaining an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and driving continuous improvement.


Ensure regulatory compliance (NSTA) by:

  • Coordinating the delivery of Section 34 notices and other requests as per Energy Act 2016 by working with the Information and Samples Coordinator and appropriate SMEs.
  • Project lead license relinquishments by working with the ISC to ensure information and samples plans are written and executed to required timelines; ensure cross functional collaboration with all areas of business that have reportable data: Well data, seismic data, infrastructure and pipelines, production data, field data.
  • Tracking and holding accountable all SMEs with reportable data in support of ISPs or requests from the NSTA for information.
  • Implementing, developing and defining procedures and specifications to ensure IM best practice is implemented.
  • Managing relationships with project, business areas and stakeholders and liaise with business teams in defining, capturing and managing project deliverables and IM services.



  • Performing a safety leadership role on project(s), ensuring a cohesive approach to safety and committing to no harm to people and no adverse impact to the environment.
  • Demonstrating an exemplary safety leadership standard and provide clear direction on SHE expectations by communicating effectively.
  • Competency: supporting the team in compliance with the competency strategy.
  • Supporting the communication of lessons learned from incidents, and audit findings.


Project and Subsurface Focus:

  • Taking accountability for successful delivery of MOWI Project and all IM services for DCWS and G&G and joint accountability for the success of all International Division G&G and DCWS projects and activities.
  • Researching, identifying and implementing processes to deliver time, cost and quality improvements and support implementation of technical solutions.
  • Ensuring effective communication with project team, stakeholders and Senior Management Team.


For assigned project(s):

  • Ensuring all projects are lead through IM best practice processes including annual budgeting, effective cost reporting, effective and robust quality management, risk management, overall project planning and milestones, leads scenario planning, compile resource profiles, agree project objectives and metrics, maintain robust management of change, ensure an effective evaluate phase(s) is conducted so learnings can be taken forward.
  • Maintaining oversight of the scopes of the work undertaken by DCWS and G&G departments, ensuring they are collectively being delivered to the quality and success criteria and that the team are working together in an effective manner.
  • Establishing active and consistent risk (threat and opportunity) management throughout all phases of supported projects and work scopes.
  • Taking an overview of relationship management for the project, for example, works with the regulator, technical leads, working with DCWS in support of IM processes.
  • Effective and value-adding reporting is in place, ensuring reporting metrics and dashboards accurately reflect project status and serves to escalate risks appropriately.
  • Taking accountability for resource plans and subsequent budgets for MOWI Project and other IM scopes of work related to subsurface data management.


For all IM activities:

  • Supporting the Information Centre Team Leader with compilation of the annual department budget and have responsibility for own lines therein.
  • Share in the team accountability for overall department performance.
  • Implementing and promoting a culture of process and cost efficiency.
  • Be open-minded and inquisitive to developments in techniques, commercial models and technologies etc applicable to IM.
  • Taking a leading role in maintaining and building effective external interfaces, including those with regulators, industry bodies, supply chain members and other operators.
  • Being open to collaborative opportunities externally and internally.
  • Working closely with the team to create an environment where everyone.


Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrating ability to lead large, complex multi-year projects and scopes of work.
  • Effective written communication and presentations to Senior Management Team and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrating ability to develop and manage a high performing team.
  • Demonstrating ability to create an empowered team, setting clear expectations and ensuring the team take accountability for delivery.
  • Demonstrating people management skills – performance management, resource planning, and recruitment.
  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion principles. Ability to seek value for the business by promoting and applying these principles appropriately.
  • Demonstrating ability to mentor and coach staff. Has clear understanding of when to lead and not manage.
  • Demonstrating ability to inspire and motivate team and wider peers and colleagues towards the attainment of key goals.
  • Demonstrating a passion for safety leadership at all times.
  • Demonstrating personal integrity. Actively demonstrates behaviours aligned to mission statement and core values.
  • Demonstrating ability to work together with others to achieve results and successfully coach and mentor team and peers to do likewise.
  • Demonstrating ability to lead successful cross functional projects. Demonstrating ability to deal effectively with conflict, disagreement and indecision. Ensuring decisions are made.
  • Demonstrating ability to communicate effectively – able to articulate complex ideas and views, able to listen effectively to others and take on board alternative points of view.
  • Demonstrating ability to challenge traditional thinking, driving innovation to solve complex issues.
  • Demonstrating support of the company’s culture, promoting participation in our teams, committees and forums, including EDI, ER, CSC, safety forum, sports and social.
  • Demonstrating positive attitude, energetic and enthusiastic. Creating an atmosphere in which team and individual initiative is encouraged and rewarded.
  • Demonstrating ability to drive continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrating ability to drive innovation in technical solutions.
  • Demonstrating knowledge in areas of IM and subsurface data management .e.g. understanding of regulatory requirements, quality management, managing subsurface data and documentation, developing robust processes and workflows to meet project needs, governance of procedures both internally and externally.
  • Competency in risk assessment and mitigation at project level.
  • Ability to keep the larger project picture in mind, including recognising where interfaces may be needed.
  • Being able to prioritise multiple work fronts, both for themselves but also provide guidance to less experienced team members.
  • Ability to enquire and challenge the relevance of accepted operational standards.
  • Commitment and ownership of personal development with support.
  • It is desirable that the individual should have the capability to develop as a potential successor for Information Centre Team Leader in the medium term.



  • Experience of delivering large projects or scopes.
  • Experience of managing teams and working collaboratively with external parties.
  • IM or related degree or a number of years of experience in IM, document control, data management.
  • Commitment to continuous professional development.



  • Project management qualification or working towards accreditation with a recognised body. i.e. APM or PMI.
  • CPD in Document Control and related areas.
  • Experience of managing budgets.
  • Knowledge of subsurface data sets.
  • Knowledge of the offshore working environment and/or site-based working.

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