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Principal Instrument Engineer


Wimbledon, London

The Role:

  • Demonstrate & promote a culture of technical excellence, continuous improvement and innovation.
  • A capable leader who is skilled at identifying key competency requirements, matching these with resources either by existing personnel utilisation/development or in the selection and recruitment of new personnel.
  • Ensuring the consistency of discipline output by the implementation of corporate procedures & tools and industry codes & standards.
  • Providing a major contribution across all phases of engineering work from concept through to detail design and implementation on onshore & offshore oil and gas projects.
  • Provide technical support and assurance to DORIS UK’s Asset Management team with a good appreciation of Major Accident Hazards and the role of Safety and Environmentally Critical Elements.
  • In-depth knowledge of instrumentation such field devices, metering and actuated valves with at least a working knowledge of ICSS/Fire& Gas and SIL requirements.

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Be the Lead Engineer and Technical Authority (TA) for the instrumentation discipline.
  • Resolution of technical issues liaising as necessary with clients, suppliers and internal staff.
  • Develop, maintain and manage the discipline manpower resource and technical capability within the Instrumentation team to support ongoing and future work.
  • Staff and Contractor recruitment, selection and assignment.
  • Undertake both initial and ongoing competency assessments.
  • Provision of technical resourcing support to the Electrical Discipline Manager to meet company goals and targets.
  • Identification and development of tools, standards and software to improve working efficiencies and enhance discipline capabilities.
  • Ensure that all discipline work is conducted by competent staff and subjected to robust reviews, checks and verifications to ensure technical excellence and timeliness.
  • Ensure any project discipline staff located remotely work to the required level of review and checks.
  • Provide training, mentoring and assistance in the continuous professional development of staff.
  • Remain up to date with design developments, statutory regulations, codes of practice and offshore/onshore industry standards.
  • Keeping the Electrical Discipline Manager informed of upcoming changes/opportunities in Instrumentation.
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals for new business (and project variations) including technical scope, CTR development and manhour estimates.
  • Vendor selection, performance monitoring and verification/quality review of sub-contracted discipline work.
  • Capable of instrument design engineering work as necessary for onshore and offshore oil and gas platforms, Central Processing Facilities and the like as well as instrumentation/controls associated with renewable energy installations.
  • Development of and responsible for department adherence to, clear and consistent working processes /methods for process performance improvement.
  • Routine auditing of technical work output relative to technical input and established criteria and expectations.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer: Carry out conceptual designs in support of concept selection studies.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer: Assess the suitability of supplier offered equipment to meet client, functional, quality, reliability, environmental and safety requirements for new build projects and brown field modifications.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer: Project specific Specification writing, Data Sheet production, requisition development, bid analysis, vendor coordination & equipment testing.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer: Development of testing specifications, test procedures, acceptance criteria and performance/witness of FAT’s and SAT’s.
  • In the role of Principal Engineer: Attend and contribute to HAZOP,HAZID, SIL review.

Safety and Environmental Related Tasks:

  • Responsible for ensuring that all discipline activities conform to the corporate SHEQ Plan.
  • Good understanding of Major Accident Hazards and the role of Safety and Environmentally Critical Elements.
  • Must understand impact of Instrument discipline work on safety cases for offshore platforms.
  • Good working knowledge of functional safety management, in accordance with BS EN 61511.

Competencies & Soft Skills:

  • Significant experience in Oil & Gas design work required.
  • Some experience in renewables sector beneficial.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Leadership skills and management experience.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good report writing skills essential.
  • Confident and outgoing individual.


Extensive knowledge of typical FEED, detailed engineering & EPC workscopes associated with typical on and offshore greenfield & brownfield projects. Demonstrable experience of co-ordinating and supervising other engineers and meeting SHEQ, cost & schedule criteria.

Preferable: Chartered Engineer, degree qualified in a relevant subject with current certification to work offshore.

Your Application

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in this vacancy. Your application will be carefully considered during the initial screening process. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants we are unable to personally respond to everyone that applies but we will contact you if you are selected to progress in the recruitment process.

DORIS Group is an equal opportunities employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

To comply with immigration legislation, DORIS Group is legally required to verify your right to work in the UK.

Candidates requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applicants. Appointments will be based upon DORIS GROUP being able to provide evidence that there are no other suitable candidates for this vacancy within the EU/EEA or the role is listed on The Shortage Occupation List.



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