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Reference ID R148839 Updated 07/09/2024
Production Engineering Upstream
United Kingdom

Where you fit in

The Operations and Maintenance Manager Bacton holds single accountability for safe, efficient and competitive gas production in this late-life terminal.  You will be a key leader in the OneGas West asset, reporting to the Asset Manager.  The Operations and Maintenance Manager must motivate their team to deliver business plan targets and value to end of system life. The team is a frontline operations and maintenance organization that reports directly to the Operations and Maintenance Manager. You also need to closely cooperate with a dynamic set of agile squads resourced from NAM/OGW’s technical and non-technical office-based staff.

The Operations and Maintenance Manager Bacton manages a plant comprising of three gas terminals and reliable condensate export route, and Control Room from which the activities of the offshore normally unmanned platforms are controlled.  The plant is strategically important to the UK energy security, accepting gas from four main offshore lines and suppling processed gas to the UK National Grid as well as the European markets via the Netherlands. The Operations and Maintenance Manager interfaces with the regulator, industry, third party customers, and local business.

What’s the role?


  • Goal Zero, both for personal safety and for process safety. The Operations and Maintenance Manager is expected to be the role model and drive a healthy HSSE culture: caring for people, discussing risks, being curious how work gets done, welcoming bad news without blame, role modelling a learner mindset and demonstrating visible safety leadership.
  • Duty holder representative for Bacton gas plant, with legal duties associated to UK employer/resource/environmental and other legislation. 
  • Safety, asset integrity, environmental, production and financial performance. Upholding requirements for this top-tier Control of Major Accident Hazard Site (COMAH) facility.
  • Deliver select improvement projects that maximise short-term cash for this Lean asset, sustaining and optimizing production.
  • Oversee a complex and unique desalination unit including its effective process management.
  • Drive a high-performance culture in the PU, with an engaged workforce empowered and motivated to deliver. 
  • Uphold staff development, coaching and succession planning for staff in the direct reporting line.
  • Collaborate effectively with the ONEGas West offshore Operations and Maintenance Manager and NAM/OGW Technical functions through the Agile model to ensure resources are matched with the highest priority threats & opportunities to improve and protect value for Bacton.
  • Manage external stakeholders including third party customers, the community and the UK H&S Exec, NSTA etc on legal and license to operate and legal issues.
  • Head of Bacton leadership team, and a key position in ONEgas West asset

Key challenges

  • This is a mature asset. Managing asset integrity and achieving a step up in process safety and operational excellence is key for license to operate and a profitable business.
  • Addressing corrective maintenance backlog, in particular fabric maintenance, in a disciplined and cost-conscious manner.
  • Given the duality of cost and operational pressure the successful applicant will need to make tough choices and focus on what is essential for medium to long term operational robustness of the plant.  

What we need from you

  • Production Operations, Maintenance or process engineering background preferred, with at least a BSc degree or equivalent
  • Proven safety leadership skills and understanding of the HSSE Control Framework
  • A responsive and energized leader who communicates clearly to help others deliver.
  • Experience with Emergency Response and Safety cases is desirable.
  • People focused, with leadership of community skills, and understanding of organizational change

If you don't see yourself fully reflected in every job requirement listed on the posting above, we still encourage you to reach out and apply. Research has shown that not everyone often applies when they don’t feel 100% qualified. We are committed to creating a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse company and we strongly encourage applicants of all genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation, and life experiences to apply. We look forward to receiving your application.

Company Description

Shell started operations in the United Kingdom more than 110 years ago. Since then, we have grown into a leading innovative Oil & Energy company that rewards its employees by investing heavily in their careers and learning. Our people are our greatest asset, and our commitment to your career will see you thrive in a work environment that offers an industry-leading development programme. When your ideas travel, Shell will benefit, and innovation will thrive. Shell has a key role to play in helping meet the UK’s growing energy demand, whilst using innovative technologies to develop cleaner energy. We are the largest FTSE 100 company in the UK by market capitalisation and make a significant contribution to the UK economy. As well as processing 35% of the gas coming into the UK, we serve more than four million customers at our filling stations each week. Shell employs some 6,400 skilled staff as well as many contractors.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell.

Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in oil, gas and renewable energy to meet demand, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.

  • We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.
  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.
  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.