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Project Lead

Company: BP    Location: Kingston upon Hull
Job category PROJECTS Countries (State/Region) North East Location United Kingdom - North East - Hull Apply now Role synopsis

The Acetyls Business Unit is one of the business units making up the Petrochemicals Strategic Performance Unit, within the Downstream Segment. It is a business engaged in the entire value chain from manufacturing through to marketing and sales. The Acetyls BU is one of the world´s leading manufacturers of acetic acid and its derivatives, and owns & deploys its leading technology in Europe, Asia and US.

BP Hull Site is the European manufacturing facility for the Acetyls Business Unit and is of significant strategic importance to the Global Business, with a focus on Manufacturing Petrochemicals as well as Research & Technology.

The European Acetyls market is forecast to grow steadily over the next few years and the business is committed to a growth agenda to capture a substantial portion of this market growth. Our core product range is Acetic Acid and Acetic Anhydride.

Responsible to the Project Manager for the safe delivery of a given set of plant, infrastructure, disinvestment & demolition projects and studies for European Acetyls through:

  • Understanding of the business goals and objectives, and working with the business to set clear Statements of Requirements
  • Focussing on meeting the customer requirements and keeping them informed of progress
  • For BP funded projects, challenging business and project assumptions to ensure that the most effective projects are delivered and identify projects to be killed
  • Development and maintenance of a resource loaded plan including both capital and revenue projects
  • Day-to-day management of high performing teams and subcontractors
  • Work closely with Contract Services to provide input to Project activities
  • Provide support to the Project Manager (PM) in the development of Project practices and procedures
Key accountabilities

As our Project Lead you´ll be accountable for:

  • Delivering the Project objectives agreed by the Gatekeeper/Project Sponsor/SPA
  • Working closely with Production to ensure a seamless transition of Projects from Appraise through in to Select
  • Deliver the requirements of the Decision Support Package at each Project Stage Gate as agreed with the PM and or SPA, including developing each CVP Stage and Project time lines
  • Developing and implementing the Project Execution Plan (PEP)
  • Developing and implementing the Procurement and Contracting Strategy suitable for the project. Ensuring upfront agreement between Projects, Procurement and Contract Services
  • Working closely with Contract Services to onboard/offboard contractors, and manage their performance during contract execution and close out
  • Using the PEP and Procurement and Contracting strategies to define how Construction will be managed, ensuring safety, quality, and value meet the expectations of the SoR
  • Utiliseing available tools and resources to characterise opportunities (activities aimed at delivering business goals), and define and evaluate specific options
  • Establishing bases for project controls including: preliminary work break down structure; cost estimates; spend profiles; schedules; economics and benefits analyses
  • Leading in the delivery of the Project HSSE strategy and embed requirements within project documentation and communicate effectively to all key stakeholders
  • Implementing and or co-ordinate appropriate VIP’s, Reviews and audits; participate in the facilitated sessions and implement recommendations effectively
  • Implementing and co-ordinating Risk management tools to screen options and condition estimates
  • Closing out WO’s, PO’s at completion of Project
  • Co-ordinating and maintaining data files, storage, transmittal and handover of required documentation in agreed format including requirements for IPA benchmarking
  • Delivering robust and well defined FEL whilst maintaining project schedule and cost targets
  • Managing multiple, diverse interfaces across the site
  • Managing conflicting expectations, priorities and trade-offs
  • Supporingt the Acetyls Business Unit and BP Group by input of knowledge, experience and skills primarily in the areas of Process Safety and Engineering, for example, Participating in and leading PHSSER’s, HAZID/HAZOP, RBI, FMEA/Root Cause, Criticality, Plant Start Up Audits, Incident Investigations, and Value Improvement Practices within the Capital Value Process
  • Leading by example as a role model for BP´s leadership values and behaviours, fostering the development of a diverse and inclusive environment, with a strong ´speak up´ safety and operating culture
Essential Education

Degree level or equivalent in Project or Discipline Engineering

Essential experience and job requirements

Should demonstrate basic to skilful application in:

  • Planning - reading and interpreting plans (Primavera P6) and able to articulate the meaning of progress, logic, critical path and resource levelling
  • Earned Value ‘S’ curve – understanding and able to articulate the relationship between progress, earned value and productivity
  • Costs – Reading cost reports and understanding and able to articulate the relationship between expenditure, commitment, variance and AFC
  • Benefit indicators – Aware of economic indicators such as IRR and NPV. Able to carry out simple calculations such as applying discount and/or annuity factors to compare present values of simple cash flows, the principles of Risk management and able to participate effectively in the formation of the risk management plan, and management of the risk register
  • Accessing shared learning, lessons learned, sources of expertise in order to deliver value to the project
  • The use of a range of project management tools in order to screen, rank and select options, in particular Risk weighted economics and Setting Business Priorities
  • The development of contract strategies, basic contract management requirements and the use of a range of contracting types and provisions, and able to articulate the key differences, principles, benefits and pitfalls for each (e.g. Lump sum, Reimbursable, Target man-hours, Fixed fee, ‘win-win’, Liquidated damages, ‘incentives’, contingency etc)
  • Understanding procurement processes and how they align with and support the BP Code of Conduct and business strategy
Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)


Desirable criteria & qualifications
  • Ability to self-manage
  • To work concurrently on numerous projects each of which is at different stages of progression through CVP
  • Able to ‘see the bigger picture’ – keeping the business goal in mind
  • Using and maintaining Discipline Engineering skills within projects to assist Projects Discipline Engineers, whilst gaining a greater understanding of elements of other Engineering disciplines
  • Have, or be working towards, the core project competency modules such as CVP basics, Project Management Essentials, Contracting Strategy etc
Relocation available


Travel required

Negligible travel

Is this a part time position?


About BP

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

The Downstream Segment is responsible for the supply and trading, refining, marketing and transportation of crude oil and petroleum products to wholesale and retail customers. We market our products in over 100 countries, operating primarily in Asia, Europe and North America but also in Australia, Africa and Central and South America.



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