Pre-Operations Engineer

Req Id:  8979
Job Family:  Operations - Onshore Operations

Schiedam, NL, 3115JD


Energy is a fundamental basic need of our society. Fossil fuels, including oil, are an essential source of energy and will remain so until renewable energies have the capacity to meet the growing demand for energy.

Nearly 5,000 SBMers globally are proud to design, build and operate floating facilities that produce more than 1% of the world’s oil. We do it in the safest, most affordable, and most sustainable way. And we continuously strive to reduce emissions, in line with our emissionZEROTM program.

As a leader in floating technologies for the oil and gas industry, we recognize the significant importance of climate change and the growing need for renewable energy. We invest in products and services that enable the transition towards renewable energy, with a focus on Floating Offshore Wind, Wave Energy, and Carbon Capture and Storage. In addition, we also develop Smart Digital Services to improve and support everything we do.

Oceans play a central role in producing the energy of today and of tomorrow. We work together with the world’s leading energy companies to make that happen. We act responsibly and ethically so that communities where we operate benefit from our presence and activities.

We are committed to sharing our experience to deliver safe, sustainable, and affordable energy from the oceans for generations to come.

We are Energy. Committed.





As Pre-operations Engineer, you will:

  • Act as the Internal Client for technical acceptance of the Project’s delivery scope
  • Responsible for the supervision, coordination and quality performance of SBM OPERATIONS
  • Discipline Superintendents (including their workload planning) and ensuring a constructive working relation between them and the project team.
  • Coordinate and provide operability and maintainability input into design capturing Operations lessons learned, construction and completion stages of EPC(I) projects to achieve a fit-for-purpose, safe, operable, maintainable and economical product, compliant with all Contractual and SBM requirements.
  • Monitor quality and consistency in the refurbishment, conversion, construction and commissioning of EPC(I) projects, in line with best practices and in accordance with Client and SBM requirements.
  • Responsible for the maintenance, coordination and satisfactory and timely close-out of SBM OPERATIONS Comments Register (OCR). Ensure that the SBM OPERATIONS’ OCR exchanged with Project PMT contains only essential comments. This involves periodic (bi/weekly) meetings with EPM to progress decisions on contentious or slow moving items.


Main Tasks

As Pre-operations Engineer, you will:

  • Act as the SBM OPERATIONS focal point for the project design and procurement team (the Pre-Operations Engineer is generally the OPERATIONS counterpart of the project’s EPM).
  • Review operability and technical aspects of new (lease/transfer) proposals to ensure that the Win phase design meets requirements of the operating contract as well as SBM standards.
  • Ensure Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) of designs are compliant with Contractual and SBM’s expectations and maximize safety, efficiency and uptime.
  • Verify that engineering, construction and commissioning works are carried out in accordance with SBM GTS (Group Technical Standards), SBM quality standards/procedures and relevant Regulatory requirements.
  • Verify and follow-up project compliance with Contractual requirements and/or SBM Standards and ensure any deviations are documented and accepted by Client (Internal and External) and/or relevant parties within SBM.
  • Coordinate attendance to project design, technical safety and vendor reviews, e.g. Hazops, model reviews, Packages Vendors TBEs (project’s Tender Bid Evaluation document) and associated vendor meetings, FATs, etc.
  • Develop a plan and review matrix for Operations (including Operability and other functions, e.g. Asset Integrity, Ops HSSE, Technical Experts) in the  document management review cycles
  • Coordinate and participate in the review of engineering documentation, O&M Manuals, operational procedures and Operational Test Procedures (OTPs).
  • Maintain an overview (with verification plan) of CMMS development and Spare Parts progress
  • Review and define, together with project engineering, Asset Integrity, RAM process owners, and SBM Commercial (WIN phase) the strategy for installed and non-installed sparing for systems/equipment, to optimize efficiency and uptime.
  • Promote and enforce minimum life cycle costing approach (as applicable to O&M Contract type) during proposal, design, construction and commissioning.
  • Coordinate verification of mechanical completion of critical systems and follow-up throughout system completion by SBM OPERATIONS crew and ensure adherence to CTRs and OTPs.
  • Ensure that the Project Completions databases are adequately populated and test records are duly signed.
  • Report and act upon any deficiencies found (as and when required).
  • Facilitate efficient and proper technical hand-over between Project and SBM OPERATIONS
  • Follow-up and consolidate technical input to close-out Pre-sail-away and Pre-start-up audit actions.
  • Assist with final commissioning  and the safe and efficient start-up of units to steady state operations, in agreement with Contractual obligations
  • Write and issue progress reports, including presentation to Assets team
  • Organize presentation to the project team of relevant Operational and Project Execution lessons learned.  Activity is supported by the OPERATIONS Lessons Management team, and by the OLE in reviewing the latest Maintenance and Safety Alerts.
  • Feed back technical, operational and commercial lessons learnt from designs and project executions, to ensure incorporation in SBM Group and OPERATIONS Management Systems, GTS (Group Technical Standards), and future projects.



Job Requirements:

As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Hold a University degree, BSc or MSc in relevant engineering field (Process, Marine, Mechanical etc)
  • Have a minimum 10 years’ experience in oil and gas industry, with good general knowledge of FPSO design, familiarity with engineering processes and design office phase, a good knowledge of project execution and completion activities in topside construction yards and/or shipyards.
  • Preferably have experience in operations of FPSOs or good understanding of FPSO operations, and familiarity with regulatory requirements related to FPSOs.
  • Have fluent spoken and written English.
  • Be available to travel internationally (medium term),
  • Have the ability to work independently, quickly assess and prioritize situations. Good influencing skills.
  • Have high level of safety awareness, proactive, good interpersonal communication and supervisory/leadership skills with strong commitment to a team culture.





SBM Offshore N.V. is a listed holding company that is headquartered in Amsterdam. It holds direct and indirect interests in other companies that collectively with SBM Offshore N.V. form the SBM Offshore Group (“the Company”). For further information, please visit our website at The companies in which SBM Offshore N.V., directly and indirectly, owns investments are separate entities.


SBM Offshore is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. SBM Offshore does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.