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Maintenance Lead Job


Houston, Texas, US

Job Skill Group:  Facilities & Projects
Date:  Mar 16, 2023


Hess is a leading international independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. 

We have an industry leading position in the Bakken in North Dakota – a key U.S. shale play. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Suriname and Nova Scotia.

Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth. We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.

For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at 



The primary role of the onshore Maintenance Lead is to identify and implement best in class maintenance strategies to maximize equipment runtime and platform reliability.  The Maintenance Lead provides high-level maintenance strategy and best practices to the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) operating assets.  This individual is expected to demonstrate and support a strong Lean culture of continuous improvement to drive performance to new levels.

This position will be office based with periodic travel as necessary/requested.



  • Responsible for preparation and implementation of the overall GOM Maintenance Policy
  • Ensure that the detailed preventive and predictive maintenance work programs are executed per best practices
  • Develop and manage General Maintenance Contracts and Specific Maintenance Contracts, coordinate with Supply Chain to prepare Contractor evaluation KPIs and perform/request technical audits
  • Ensures resourcing is in place for competency development program (competences, human resources, material) and coordinates with competency team in training plans (inclusive of facilitating training as required)
  • Ensure compliance to performance standards, barrier management, regulations, and optimization of maintenance regarding safety, environment, reputation, and production
  • Provide technical assistance to skilled trades personnel in troubleshooting systems (Mechanical, electrical, instruments, controls)
  • Work closely with the Operations and Maintenance groups to increase maintenance and reliability
  • Responsible for supporting routine maintenance and planning efforts, being familiar with and provide guidance on the repair and operation of pumps, reciprocating compressors, turbines, blowers, centrifuges, heat exchangers, piping, pressure valves, etc. 
  • Guide a team of craft specialists and support technicians with electrical, mechanical and process knowledge while ensuring they are complying with all safety protocols, company policies and work procedures
  • Coordinate and track equipment repairs, inspection and testing of all major repairs performed
  • Lead critical PM activities and work orders resolution
  • Coordinate with Production, Technical and other Maintenance groups to ensure accurate and efficient completion of maintenance activities
  • Participate in the maintenance plans developed at pre-project stage of the brownfield and developments projects
  • Evaluate and develop improvement strategies for existing systems to improve reliability
  • Support maintenance activities for proper, safe execution of shutdowns, turnarounds, and outages (STOs) to minimize cost and duration of shutdown activities
  • Prepare maintenance budget and associated actions: problems identification, offers solutions, plans, and supervises the execution, the costs and planning
  • Control the ongoing repair and preventative maintenance budgets in line with the fiscal plan
  • Implement cost reductions to offset negative or unplanned variance to the fiscal plan
  • Be involved in the optimization of the utilization and quality of equipment (usage rules, obsolescence, reliability assessment) and proposed solutions to cover current and planned needs
  • Follow the technological evolution of the maintenance discipline
  • Complying with all requirements in the Hess Operational Management System (HOMS) documents
  • Manage sparing program (wear parts, capital spare parts)
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure spare parts availability
  • Evaluate and develop improvement strategies for existing systems to improve reliability
  • Partner and work closely with reliability and discipline engineering functions to optimize maintenance plans and drive overall Reliability and Maintenance (RaM) strategies
  • Lead and participate in meetings as designated by the agreed terms of reference (TORs)



Knowledge and Skills:

  • Able to generate new ideas from within self and from others 
  • Able to positively influence others
  • Proven commitment and delivery of EH&S compliance
  • Able to make timely and effective decisions, includes use of good judgment and consideration of proper balance between benefits/risks
  • Knowledge of maintenance work processes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision in a diverse, multidiscipline, team-oriented environment
  • Highly effective analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills required 
  • Effective organizational and time management skills required 
  • Excellent leadership skills; able to envision, develop, direct, manage, delegate responsibility and authority and drive employee engagement 
  • Strong team player, results orientated, dedication to excellence and sense of urgency to achieve business objectives 
  • Fundamental knowledge of principles of financial budgeting and capital management skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of Industry codes, regulations, and best practices 
  • Knowledge and experience in Lean principles, behaviors, and tools
  • Good working knowledge of SAP, SempCheck, Primavera, Permit to Work, and MOC systems
  • Proficient computer skills with the Microsoft 365 suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams)



  • 15+ years in a maintenance role within Production Operations preferred.  
  • 5+ years in a team lead or supervisory position desirable
  • Experience working offshore, deepwater desirable
  • Experience with maintenance of rotating equipment, including turbines, generators, and centrifugal pumps
  • Experience in RCA / FMEA


Education, Training & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering preferred
  • Willing and able to travel to offshore locations (platforms) for onsite support, when and as needed



The Hess Way of Working refers to competencies considered absolute pre-requisites for success. How you deliver results is as important as what you achieve. Every employee is expected to demonstrate the behaviors within these competencies to be considered an effective performer and, ultimately, earn career growth opportunities.

  • Builds Trusted Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Creates Effective Teams
  • Thinks Strategically
  • Inspires Innovation
  • Demonstrates Courage
  • Drives Continuous Improvement
  • Makes Quality Decisions
  • Delivers High Performance

Hess is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Hess is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, click here or send an email to

Posting Notes: Catherine Denise Nichols | Employee | Facilities & Projects | United States| Texas | Houston | | |  | | No | 26526