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Chief Instrument Designer

South Africa


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Job Description

Analytical thinking – Ability to identify issues, obtains relevant information, relate and compare data from different sources and identify alternative solutions.
Communication – Ability to present information to individuals or groups; ability to deliver presentations suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience.  Ability to convey information clearly and concisely to groups or individuals either verbally or in writing to endure that they understand the information and the message.  Ability to listen and respond appropriately to others.
Decision making – Knowledge of and ability to use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions and/or reaching conclusions.  Ability to take action consistent with available facts, constraints and anticipated consequences.
Problem solving – Ability to identify problems, determines possible solution, and actively works to resolve issues.
Training – Ability to lead and guide others to develop new skills or knowledge that will enhance their work.  Ability to design, develop and/or deliver training programs


Responsible for the administration, overall technical direction and co-ordination of all Instrument design work carried out by the design department
Responsible for the overall performance of the design department and deliverable quality. 
Responsible for the development and technical competence of all personnel within instrument design group. 
Responsible for the technical quality of all design work produced by the Instrument design Office.
Responsible for the issue and maintenance of technical procedures, practices and engineering design standards for the discipline. 
Responsible for adherence to Corporate, Client and National procedures, standards, codes and specifications.
Responsible for project man-hour budgets, manpower management and maintenance of adequate levels of resources to meet project schedule requirements.
Responsible for ongoing improvement of workflow processes to improve efficiency. 
Be familiar with the current application of computer systems, business and endeavor to optimize their use and development within the project/department budget, both to solve technical problems and to promote the effective management of information. These systems will include the application of CAD, SP3D, SPEL, SPI, WEBDMS and Bluebeam 
Review scope of work document and prepare man-hour estimates, activity schedule and duration for proposals.
Attend project kick off meetings.
Produce BDEP, DE, EPC and EPCM design man hour estimates.
Ensure scope of work to be executed matches that in the Project specification/PEP or the proposal documents as appropriate.
Review of Master Project schedule to establish correctness of sequence of operations, activities, deliverables, key dates and time intervals.
Review planning schedule for logic, the issue of other discipline key drawings, vendor equipment drawings and sub-contract requisitions to identify potential difficulty, which may result from the schedule.
Correlate all design manpower requirements for each assigned Project and submit the appropriate report to the Chief Instrument Engineer. 
Assist the Chief Instrument Engineer with the recruitment of personnel as required.
Review all projects regularly for present and future design manpower requirements and ensure optimization.
Assist the Chief Instrument Engineer in appraising personnel’s performance (IPAS) and identifying training requirements.
Ensure personnel receive correct instruction on the Wood PLC standard procedures and systems
Assign work to designated  Instrument Designers.
Review progress reports for assigned Projects against the Project schedule and allocated budgets with the Engineering and Design Office Manager. Co-ordinate corrective action required to rectify divergences. Follow up to ensure that action taken is effective.
Monitor and maintain acceptable levels of productivity commensurate with quality and consistency of work.
Appraise regularly design reviews of items of technical complexity.
Ensure that all Instrument design office work, project document control functions and procedures comply with and satisfy Quality Assurance requirements i.e. 
Plan and execute technical audits. 
Project Quality Plan
The applicable Engineering Design and Draughting Standards
Wood PLC and/or Project procedures on Quality Control
Review audit report in conjunction with the Chief Instrument Engineer and follow up to ensure any corrective action required has been taken.
Fulfill the duties of the Lead Instrument Designer on the assigned project in the absence of the Lead instrument designer.
Ensure that the results of development work and experience gained on other projects are fully utilized in discipline activities and included in technical records.
Suggest ways of improving efficiency and services and reducing costs.
Initiate a training plan for junior staff and track progress.
Provide coaching and mentorship to instrument design group. 
Co-ordinate all designer site activities and ensures technical quality in all site related activities such As Building. 
Act as mentor to  students during experiential training period. Provide assessments/reports as required by the respective institute.
Responsible for ensuring that Wood PLC contract procedures on safety and quality control are followed.
Perform any other duties assigned by the  Chief Instrument Engineer.



 BTech / N Dip or equivalent  ( (Instrumentation)

Knowledge, skills and experience:

SPI-Smartplant Instrumentation 9 and higher 
Smartplant 3D
Smart Plant Review
Microsoft Packages
Brownfieds and greenfields experience. 
Extensive site experience
10-15 Years minimum experience la

Personal Qualities

Initiative – Grasps new or unfamiliar concepts quickly and can effectively deal with complexity and ambiguity. Identifies issues in a constructive manner and recommends solutions. Uses innovative and novel approaches to find solutions 
Change and Adaptability – Gains awareness for, and an understanding of, the position of stakeholders. Readily adapts to changing circumstances 
Interpersonal Communications – Actively listens and seeks to understand others’ points of view. Communicates openly and honestly to all levels of the organization. Expresses ideas and exchanges information clearly and persuasively
Problem Solving – Grasps new or unfamiliar concepts quickly and can effectively deal with complexity and ambiguity.  Identifies issues in a constructive manner and recommends solutions.  Uses innovative and novel approaches to find solutions
Planning, Organising & Execution Prioritizes and plans work activities.  Uses time efficiently.


About Us

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering, helping to unlock solutions to critical challenges in energy and materials markets. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in 60 countries, employing around 35,000 people.

Diversity Statement 

We are an equal opportunity 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.

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