Midstream Technical Authority in Scotland, United Kingdom

at BP

Oil & Gas / Mining
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

The Midstream Technical Authority for Instrumentation and Control is the focal point for the discipline within Midstream and leads the associated Community of Practice membership within Midstream. The equipment within the scope of the Instrumentation and Control TA includes Safety Instrumented Systems, Fire and Gas Systems, Process Control and Automation Systems and all associated instrumentation.
Technical Authorities (TAs) are knowledgeable experts (enablers) who supply specialist advice in their technical practice area to Projects and Operations.
As a representative of S&OR embedded in the Region they set clear S&OR requirements, provide deep technical expertise, maintain an independent view on safety & operational risks, and intervene/ escalate as appropriate to cause corrective action. All of this is in service of driving BP-wide safe, compliant and reliable operations.

Reports to the Midstream S & O R Engineering Authority 


Expert judgment:

Midstream primary contact for the I&C Discipline, both internal and external to the Region, including with local regulatory bodies.

Advise the EA, TA and Region staff on issues relating to technical integrity and recommend technical solutions.

Link with the relevant Segment Engineering Technical Authorities (SETAs) to understand Engineering Technical Practice (ETP)/risk-related issues and network on potential exceptions to STPs.

Employ risk management on technically significant issues. Evaluate risk associated with each decision or recommendation.

Risk assessment and recommendation of action in relation to requests to defer inspection and maintenance activities for high risk systems, e.g. SCE.

Provide requested technical advice and recommendations to projects and assets within the required time frame. 

Advise on specification addendum and project specific specifications.

Advise on equipment maintenance, inspection, test frequencies and techniques.

Involvement/consultation in Managagement of Change (MoC) efforts that relate to I&C.


Serve as a principal resource to the Region EA for the development, maintenance and continuous improvement of Region Site Technical Practices (STPs) and ETPs.

Advise on the use of appropriate standards, practices and design guidelines.

Advise and assist in keeping the ETPs and Region STPs current and in compliance with best practice and applicable regulatory requirements.

Specify selection of relevant Group Engineering Technical Practices, industry standards and design guides.

Technically evaluate requests for deviations to Technical Practices, e.g. STPs and ETPs and recommend technical solutions. 

Technical ownership of generic maintenance strategies and Risk Based Inspection (RBI) processes.

Ensure compliance with existing Region engineering standards and practices and incorporation of lessons learned into new designs.


Delivery of Discipline-specific assurance plans and verify that all Discipline work is conducted in accordance with the Region approved STPs.

Advise and set maintenance and inspection frequencies and techniques within their engineering specialty. Approval of SCE deferrals.

Involvement/consultation in MoC. Endorsement of MoCs.

Carry out healthchecks, coaching, reviews etc.

Verify that site work activities are conducted in accordance with approved procedures.


Contribute to Region Discipline capability – Competence, Practice and Assurance.

Primary link to Segment TA and Network Leadership Teams (NLTs).

Membership of Segment Engineering Networks/Communities of Practice (CoP), maintaining a strong awareness of technical learnings, advances within I&C etc.

Contribute to Region Local Communities of Practice (Local CoPs).

Serve as a technical and coaching ‘focal point’ for Discipline Engineers within the Region.

Health and competence of Discipline including succession planning and coaching.

Learning and Continuous Improvement:

Champion the capture and dissemination of Engineering lessons learned within Midstream.

Ensure that the Region accesses and uses relevant engineering lessons learned from the Midstream. 


Essential Education 
Degree or equivalent in an Engineering or Scientific discipline 

Essential experience and job requirements 
Technical expert in instrumentation and control discipline.
Chartered Engineer.
Deep technical knowledge of process facilities and related instrumentation and control equipment to support informed risk evaluation and decision making.
A personal commitment to delivery of outstanding performance in Health, Safety and the Environmental areas 

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location) 
Familiarity with discipline ETPs and industry standards
Proven mentoring skills 

Desirable criteria & qualifications 
Well developed interpersonal skills, self motivated and able to motivate and inspire others. 
Able to work with others using a variety of influencing skills to avoid conflict and arrive at the best overall outcome from a business and HSE perspective. 
Further requirements are open mindedness, the ability to challenge conventional methods of working, examine multiple options and select the preferred solution 

Relocation available 

Travel required 
Yes - up to 25% 

Is this a part time position? 

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