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Reference ID R27075 Updated 14/06/2021 Employment Type Full time Experience level Experienced Professionals
Country India City/State Chennai Work Location Chennai

The Role

• Applies a specialized knowledge of systems, solutions and processes built on a good understanding of the theoretical background.
• Analyses data and information, composes overviews and documents, advises on specific questions and issues and ensures operational execution.
• Advises internal stakeholders on topics related to own area of expertise.
• Executes standard and complex tasks using instructions and guidelines to ensure effective implementation.
• Is called upon as a recognized specialist in specific area within own department.

This job profile contains generic information and does not describe individual positions or required job competencies. Grading decisions will also depend on other factors.

job description

The new SEAM organization integrates Safety, Environment & Asset Management activities, with a broad geographical footprint, that will support Shell’s business & assets around the world.

The vision of SEAM is to provide capability across the spectrum of Safety, Environment and Asset Management with:

  • shaping the future ways of working through introducing to the business new technology and news way of working, including e.g. digital, SBO, and real-time, data-driven, end-to-end optimization and risk management, but also global programmes like Human Performance Based Safety Philosophy.
  • providing performance feedback driving disciplined execution to deliver reliable, predictable results
  • helping the businesses build their improvement plans and provide support to execute them
  • sustaining performance through strong core capabilities (internal, including SBO & contingent) through building expertise and a company-wide consistent approach

The Operations Lead Technical Reporting will be part of the VP TAO organization

The VP TAO will be accountable for maximizing integrated business value across the organization. Technical Asset Operations (TAO) is a key enabler for the accelerated delivery of Shell’s Asset Management System and will help us to reach our ultimate potential in Downstream Manufacturing, Integrated Gas and Upstream. TAO provides high quality and cost-competitive technical resources who are not physically present at site yet are an integral part of asset teams delivering value through end-to-end AMS work processes.

Ensure Safe Production (ESP)

• Deliver TA3 role per DAM, ACAL and TAM (if applicable)

• Contribute and own Goal Zero activities within department 3-year Plan and Facility HSSE plans

• Support Facility LOD2 audits & conduct activity checks per LOD1 plan

• Actively promote and use the Standard Workflows to “do the basics right first time”

• Actively promote & use IMS-PLSS to achieve do less with less and flatten the integrity management cycle

• Ensure Regulatory compliance specifically the Pipeline Safety Regulations, 1996

• Support routine liaisons with statutory bodies, and other third parties

• Comply with the Management of Change Process (e-MOC)

• Know, comply, actively communicate requirements of PSIMM, Work Instructions, Specifications, Procedures on BMS.

• Meet DEM 1 & DEM 2 requirements for the Operate phase

• Ensure HSSE embedded in technical solutions

• Complete all mandatory HSSE training

• Participate and promote intervention initiatives

Maintenance Integrity Execution (MIE)

• Ensure pipeline and subsea asset class system is maintained in accordance with maintenance strategies

• Provide support at site for the installation, inspection, testing of new equipment

• Manage the execution of discipline related ACAL deliverables & critical document updates

• Responsible for pipeline inspection anomaly review and close out in Coabis and IBIS, IMS-PLSS

• Responsible for updating RBA and RBI Plan, taking into account inspection findings

• Support Pipeline Surveillance Engineer on generation and facilitation of SPAIR process
• Responsible for annual pipeline and subsea asset class integrity assessment and reporting

• Responsible for maintaining pipeline data in IMS-PLSS, CPD, IBIS & SharePoint

• Ensure facility documentation remains up to date and highlight any discrepancies to the BCD (pipeline TA2).

• Manage Life extension and obsolescence requirements for pipeline and subsea asset class including sparing strategies

• Ensure as-building of all modifications - including drawings, documents, COABIS, UMDB, CPD, SharePoint etc

• Support pipeline surveillance engineer on fault finding activities and develop outline scope of work for any necessary repairs or modifications.  

• Assist with investigations of all failures and effect remedial actions to ensure learnings are implemented

• Actively contribute to SIGN, CoP, GPIT, w-PIMS TAG, PLUG, Trident, External conferences

• Plan non-routine activity such as ILI, MAPS, flexible annulus monitoring, complex pigging, pipeline remediation

Integrated activity Planning (IAP)

• Monitor the status of SAP pipeline activities to ensure prompt closure by the surveillance engineer of all WOs by LAFD.

• Manage corrective maintenance in accordance with Standard Workflow, IAP guidelines, minimising break ins 

• Support the surveillance engineer to ensure pipeline activities are included in MRP and budget in line with facility business plan
• Support surveillance engineer to create PEF’s and WRF’s for all pipeline inspection and maintenance activities

Wells, Reservoir and Facilities Management (WRFM)

• Comply with Operational Excellence guides

• Maintain/improve pipeline availability to 100%

Maintain Threats and Opportunities (MTO)

• Identify and manage deviations using FSR

• Identify and manage significant risks
• Manage the SAP process for Corrective WO (Z1) and master data change (Z6)
• Identify and implement improvement opportunities

Turnarounds (TAR)

• Follow principles of DCAF for modifications and projects

• Check deliverables of pipeline / modification project hand-over as input to Statement of Fitness

Contract Management

• Provide input to contract management reviews for key support contracts


Pipeline Surveillance Engineer, Facility Manager, Maintenance and Engineering Lead, Onshore
Operations Lead, Topside Inspection, Subsea Inspection, Materials & Corrosion Engineer, Flow Assurance Engineer, Production Chemistry, Pipeline TA2, Subsea TA2, Subsea IRM team, Pipeline Subsea Inspection team, Subsea Projects, Pipeline and Subsea Technical Support Engineer

Key Performance Indicators: 

Red and Orange Banded Pipelines, SC PM & CM compliance, Spend V Budget, MTO progress, Deviations, RADAR actions


  • No Annual budgets which you directly control but can have influence over department and production area budgets.
  • No  direct staff management responsibility. The candidate is also expected to coach/mentor less experienced staff

Skills & Requirements

  • Strong aptitude for Learner Mindset
  • The Pipeline Engineer should have BS or higher in Engineering with minimum 7 years of professional experience in the pipeline industry and is expected to possess the following:
  • Knowledge of pipeline operations
  • Basic knowledge on pipeline integrity industry standard code and standard
  • Experience in selecting appropriate in line inspection technologies and able to use data to perform FFS analysis
  • Experience in pipeline integrity threat assessment and degradation modes
  • Experience in leading pipeline integrity improvement task or pipeline modification/ repair project
  • Proficient oral & written communication skills
  • Record of delivering results through others
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently on several issues simultaneously
  • Ability to lead and drive improvement initiatives across cross functional teams including different cultures and geographical areas
  • Flexibility to move quickly across changing priorities and manage multiple Projects/Programmes
  • Ability to independently, resourcefully, and creatively research and implement new solutions
  • Demonstrated professional competence and managerial skills, and proven ability to influence change across an organization and geographies, including non-operated ventures.
  • A good understanding of the Upstream subsea system.
  • External lens and connectivity: able to understand how Shell can influence the external world and how Shell is influenced by the external world.
  • Ability to engage and effectively communicate at all levels inside and outside Shell and within different cultural settings.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to challenge and ability to build internal and external relationships based on trust and to integrate across multiple functions.
  • Strategic Partnering
  • End to End Process Management
  • Continuous Improvement

Competitive applicants will have a proven track record of delivery in Asset and/or Project leadership.

Please note: We occasionally amend or withdraw Shell jobs and reserve the right to do so at any time, including prior to the advertised closing date. Before applying, you are advised to read our data protection policy. This policy describes the processing that may be associated with your personal data and informs you that your personal data may be transferred to Royal Dutch/Shell Group companies around the world. The Shell Group and its approved recruitment consultants will never ask you for a fee to process or consider your application for a career with Shell. Anyone who demands such a fee is not an authorised Shell representative and you are strongly advised to refuse any such demand. Shell is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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