Offshore Installation Manager (OIM)

The OIM is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of an offshore production installation which may be an offshore platform or production vessel, whilst also optimising production through compliance with and communication of regulatory requirements and changes.  A primary responsibility is the management of the health, safety and welfare of all personnel onboard the installation.  In addition, the OIM has significant responsibilities to regulatory bodies.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Ensures that all production operations are carried out in accordance with the requirements of Legislation, Safety Management and all other Company procedures and systems
  • Ensures full compliance with all mandatory procedures and regulations that relate to production operations
  • Provides input to and participates in the preparation of, and subsequent management of production operations Budgets and Forecasts
  • Oversees daily production / platform operational activities In emergency situations (real or simulated), provides leadership, direction and control for the installation in order to avert or minimise the impact on people and assets
  • Ensures that personnel and systems are adequately practised, and regular emergency response exercises are conducted in order to prepare for such situations
  • Organises, supervises and delegates the activities of the site personnel, so as to ensure that preventative maintenance, housekeeping and repairs are performed in a timely manner
  • Promotes and maintains a safe environment for all personnel, ensuring on-going development and training of employees and equipment is maintained to a high standard
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times
  • Leads the installation emergency response team

In the industry

The OIM is normally employed directly by an Operator and works closely with onshore operations management and operations support teams. The OIM is responsible in law for the execution of all installation operational activities with respect to health, safety and welfare of all persons on the installation, and within the designated 500 metre zone around the offshore installation. This role is vital to the safe and effective delivery of production in the Oil and Gas Industry. An OIM might be based offshore on a platform or vessel in UK or international waters. This role is the most senior manager offshore and is responsible for dealing with any emergency situations.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Managing people
  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Educated to Degree level in relevant engineering or science based subject
  • NEBOSH Certificate or Equivalent
  • IOSH Managing Environmental Responsibilities or Equivalent
  • Major Emergency Management Initial Response (MEMIR)
  • OIM Certification (Controlling Emergencies) Candidate
  • Extensive offshore experience at a supervisor level
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Stand-in OIM experience where the individual has undertaken the role for short periods of time

Employers might also look for:

  • OPITO standards for OIM Evidence of career path within oil and gas industry e.g. technician or engineer, supervisory role
  • Creative thinking and vision to be able to plan for the future in a changing business
  • Good understanding of subsea production, drilling and construction
  • Management skills to lead a large and diverse team of personnel on site
  • Must have credibility as a leader in times of crisis management