Production / Operations Superintendent

Production / Operations Superintendents are responsible for managing day to day production operations in a safe and efficient manner for either an offshore or onshore production installation.  A key focus will be on 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 production personnel.  

About this role

Typical duties

  • Deputises for the OIM or OTM as required
  • Ensures that production activities are undertaken in a safe and efficient manner, whilst meeting Statutory and Company requirements
  • Sets the operating strategy so as to achieve production targets as well as planned interventions and maintenance works, safely, cost effectively and with respect for the environment
  • Actively contributes to the safe achievement of company production targets by taking short and medium term views of risks / barriers in achieving those targets
  • Contributes to the effective budget control for production
  • Safely delivers production targets in line with current legislation, procedures, company policies and good industry practice
  • Develops and maintain operating procedures, philosophies and manuals for subsea production systems covering wellheads, pipelines, flowlines and umbilicals
  • Highlight any safety or production concerns to relevant parties to ensure effective follow-up and resolution
  • Ensures correct management of all operational safety controls
  • 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 site emergency response team

In the industry

Production / Operations Superintendents are normally employed directly by an Operator and will typically report to, and deputise as required for an Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) or Onshore Terminal Manager (OTM). They work closely with operations management and operations support teams, and are responsible for the safe and effective delivery of production in the Oil and Gas Industry. They fulfil a key role on a production installation or site, and provide senior management support site in 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

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