Front End Study Manager

Company Name: Costain Group PLC

Job Posted Date: 2022-11-30T14:20:26.000Z

Location: Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

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Experience Level: Mid-Senior level

Applicants Count: 1

Job Description: Costain plays a significant role in transitioning the UK economy to Net Zero by 2050. Our Energy Sector supports energy transition through existing asset efficiency and life extension, whilst we lead the decarbonisation of the UK’s energy infrastructure. Covering the full project lifecycle from Feasibility through to Decommissioning, we are looking for Front End Study Manager with experience in the Oil & Gas; Nuclear; Power Generation and Gas Networks Sectors.

We are seeking Study Managers experienced in delivering front end scopes, starting at the earliest stages in project development, including feasibility assessments, concept selection and Pre-FEED studies.

In this role, the Study Manager will lead multi-disciplinary teams across one or more studies, with clients ranging from major energy companies to specialist project developers.

The Study Manager will in most cases provide the main interface with the client’s project team, and will work collaboratively to achieve desired outcomes, building strong relationships and growing workstreams and new opportunities.

Costain’s Energy team delivers optimised solutions to customers in the energy production, energy transition and related industries, including oil & gas production, energy storage, carbon capture, hydrogen production and fuel switching, and emissions reduction. The team is focused on finding the best solutions in the earliest phases of projects and, where necessary, to develop technologies required for delivery of these solutions. The team includes specialists in process, mechanical, safety and environmental design, working closely with the wider engineering teams in Costain and collaboratively with customers and partners.


The role involves support to deliver the full lifecycle of Front-End delivery activities from initial business development engagement through proposal development and submission to project implementation.’
To manage delivery of studies in the early phases of project development, with accountability for the quality, budget and schedule. To be the primary interface with clients in study delivery and to work collaboratively to develop a full understanding of the project objectives, constraints, options and decision making processes. To manage the necessary multi-disciplinary technical and commercial inputs to allow robust study recommendations and decision making, with an understanding of technical and commercial options; health, safety and environmental aspects; cost and schedule impacts and project risk and opportunity. To ensure client needs are met and manage any emerging changes to the basis, scope of work, time frames or budgets. To assist our clients in the process and energy industries in development of overall strategies to deliver and accelerate the energy transition, supported by innovation and appropriate technologies. To identify resource requirements and support in resource planning across a portfolio of projects as appropriate. To work with project controls team to provide reporting on project performance both internally and to client. To work with cost estimating function to develop estimates of total installed cost, understand level of uncertainty and identify project risks and opportunities To prepare and check key study deliverables, and ensure high levels of quality. To support line managers in managing performance and development of engineers and consultants in the team. To develop relationships with customers, supply chain and other third parties, and represent Costain in discussions and meetings on proposals, studies and projects. To ensure personal and project compliance with current company policy, relevant legislation and company and customer’s requirements for Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental matters and work in such a manner not to cause personal harm or injury to fellow workers, customer and subcontractor employees or the environment. The role is based in the Costain Manchester Office and may require travel to company, supplier or customer offices or sites for business purposes. The company operates a dynamic working policy which offers the opportunity to work by agreement with the individual considering the needs of the project, client and business.

Specific Competencies Required
Energy industry experience in UK regulatory environment Wide knowledge of processes and technologies employed in energy production, processing and in decarbonisation of industry and power generation Ability to frame problems, identify diverse options, and prepare robust evaluations to screen and select options, understanding and accounting for appropriate selection criteria Ability to guide team in developing solutions and preparing deliverables Awareness of process safety and environmental aspects of design Project capital and operating cost estimating, interfacing with estimating function Commercial awareness, including overall project execution strategies Proactive, self-motivated and solutions biased Strong interpersonal skills Effective communicator Strong technical writing skills Technical risk management Strong interpersonal skills Effective communicator Excellent IT skills including Microsoft Word and Excel

Qualifications & Experience
First degree in a relevant engineering discipline, preferably Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Chartered Engineer preferred and the candidate should have more than 10 years’ experience including significant experience of UK energy infrastructure, and facilities development, preferably in an engineering consultancy or contracting environment. Deep knowledge and experience of a range of process technologies and equipment appropriate to gas processing, CO 2 capture, hydrogen production, fuel switching, electrification, etc. Experience across full project lifecycle – concept, FEED and EPC is preferred. Extensive experience in delivering feasibility studies, selecting technologies, developing conceptual design and evaluating options is essential.

About Costain

Costain helps to improve people’s lives with integrated, leading edge, smart infrastructure solutions across the UK’s energy, water, transportation and defence markets. We help our clients improve their business performance by increasing capacity, improving customer service, safeguarding security, enhancing resilience, decarbonising and delivering increased efficiency. Our vision is to be the UK’s leading smart infrastructure solutions company. We will achieve this by focusing on blue chip clients whose major spending plans are underpinned by strategic national needs, regulatory commitments, legislation or essential performance requirements. We offer our clients leading edge solutions that are digitally optimised through the following five services which cover the whole lifecycle of their assets: future-shaping strategic consultancy; consultancy and advisory; digital technology solutions; asset optimisation and complex programme delivery. Our culture and values underpin everything we do.

Your application

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

Should you require any adjustments to support you in your application, please do not hesitate to contact us:

We will consider all applicants regardless of age, race, faith and socioeconomic background, including those from marginalised groups, such as (but not exclusive to):

People who identify as LGBT+, including non-binary people

People with physical or neurological disabilities

People who have mental ill health

We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need for dynamic working, such as, working part-time, remote working, or compressed hours. In return, we will explore what is possible.

To find out more about our Inclusion strategy, please visit our ED&I page:

Right to Work & Security Checks

Understandably given the nature of our business, everyone who is employed at Costain must undergo thorough referencing checks. We will need different information depending on the job we have offered you. For all roles, we’ll carry out a criminal record check and we’ll ask to see evidence that you have the legal right to work in the UK.

For some of our roles, you may be required to obtain and maintain security clearance of at least Security Check level (or SC clearance). To satisfy the requirements, you will need to have been a legal UK resident for a minimum of 5 years and have successfully complete all stages of the vetting process.

Closing date

Please note that Costain reserves the right to bring forward the closing date of any of its job vacancies if we receive a suitable number of quality applications from which to make a shortlist. Therefore, we recommend at you apply as soon as possible rather than wait until the published closing date

This is an advert for our job vacancy, and therefore may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the role described, and may be amended at any time at the sole discretion of Costain.

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