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Head of Discipline Conceptual Development

ADNOC is one of the world's leading energy producers, and a primary catalyst for the growth and diversification of the United Arab Emirates.

Our diverse family of more than 50,000 employees is made up of over 100 different nationalities. People from different backgrounds, with unique perspectives and wide-ranging skillsets, who share a collective responsibility: to enable and accelerate progress, both here in the UAE and across the globe.

Here at ADNOC, we go beyond business as usual. We do things differently, challenge convention, and embrace new ways of thinking. This is what defines and differentiates us.

By working together every day, we’re bringing energy to life.


Company : ADNOC HQ

Job Title : Head of Discipline Conceptual Development 



Job Purpose:


Discipline Head & Group Technical Authority (Level 1) for all Conceptual Development activities, pertaining to the successful delivery of the Group’s strategic capital projects portfolio consisting of over 100 Major projects, to meet the mandate of the Group CEO and overall group objectives. Reports to the ADNOC Group Head of Function for Project Management. Supports the development and rolling out approximately 50 Group Standards and Procedures covering Project Management and related disciplines. Responsible for developing the Project Management community, Construction Management, Commissioning etc. of approximately 500 ADNOC staff. Driving the review and implementation of improvement actions such as new contracting and execution strategies across the Group Companies.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead the Conceptual Development discipline, providing direction and advice to all Group Companies on Conceptual Development, enables the establishment of world class Conceptual Development capabilities & practices across the group.Develops & maintains Group standards, guidelines & best practices on Conceptual Development , custodian of the Conceptual Development competency assessment & management framework.
  • From project initiation to VAP Stage Gate 2 (Predefine) ensures that Group and company hydrocarbon maturation delivery according to plan, ensures robust reservoir depletion strategies and hydrocarbon maturation plans are in place for all assets.
  • Ensures quality of the technical assurance of the project, including capex, reserves and milestone forecasting, and obtaining technical approval for investment proposals. Assesses areas of the project that require active steer from Operations and ADNOC Project assurance. Ensures that subsurface and facilities staff solicit input from the discipline heads and technical experts as required.
  • Assesses and delivers the joint venture technical influencing strategy by contributing to and ownership of relevant areas of the development, as endorsed by the BLD.
  • Influencing both Operators and the Joint Venture in order to deliver outcomes that are consistent with ADNOC objectives.
  • Contributes to the development and maintenance of the Project Management Knowledge community across the Group Companies. 
  • Leads conceptual design for strategic and key projects as required by the businesses.
  • Responsible for the mentoring and coaching of UAE Nationals to support Emiratisation within the Discipline.


Other accountabilities:



• Plan, supervise and coordinate all activities in the assigned area to meet functional objectives.

• Train and develop the assigned staff on relevant skills to enable them to become proficient on the job and deliver the respective section objectives.



• Provide input for preparation of the Function/Division/Department/Section budgets, assist in the implementation of the approved Budget, and work plans to deliver objectives.

• Investigate and highlight any significant variances to support effective performance and cost control.

Policies, Systems, Processes & Procedures

• Implement approved Function/Division/Department/Section policies, processes, systems, standards and procedures in order to support execution of the work programs in line with Company and International standards.


Performance Management

• Contribute to the achievement of the approved Performance Objectives for the Function/Division/Department/ Section in line with the Company Performance framework.


Innovation and Continuous Improvement

• Design and implement new tools and techniques to improve the quality and efficiency of operational processes.

• Identify improvements in internal processes against best practices in pursuit of greater efficiency in line with best industry standards in order to define intelligent solutions for issues confronting the function.

Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) and Sustainability

• Comply with relevant HSE policies, procedures, controls, applicable legislation, and sustainability guidelines in line with international standards, best practices and ADNOC Code of Practices.



• Provide inputs to prepare Function/Division/Department/Section MIS and progress reports for Company Management.




Minimum Qualification


• Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management / Engineering / Science; or relevant disciplines with supporting experience.

• Master’s degree in Project Management / Engineering / Science is preferred.


Minimum Experience & Knowledge & Skills


• 18 years’ relevant experience in NOC's/IOC's or EPC(M) companies, including at least 10 years experience in addressing technical discipline challenges as Expert / Principal / Discipline Technical Authority.

• Major Project Management / Engineering Experience is essential.

• Demonstrate knowledge and experience of internal / external discipline leadership (Through publications / presentations)


Group Company:  ADNOC HQ
Nov 6, 2020

Job Segment: Performance Management, Human Resources

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