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Lead Maintenance Specialist - Condition Based Maintenance Job


Tioga, North Dakota, US

Job Skill Group:  Field/Plant Operations
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 


Roles & Responsibilities

The Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) Lead Specialist is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of Condition Monitoring (CBM) for critical surface equipment across upstream and midstream to improve equipment reliability and productivity in support of the asset's safety, environmental, production, and cost targets for the asset.  Working in a team environment, it carries responsibilities for implementing reliability best practices, developing, and optimizing preventive maintenance tasks, and supporting maintenance activities.  This role is a key member of the Reliability Engineering team and works closely with multiple other teams including Operations, Maintenance, Upstream/Midstream Reliability Engineering, Integrity, Infrastructure, EHS, Finance, GSC, Technical Authority network, and the Technology team.


Operational Control

  • Leads safety culture including ensuring the embedment of Hess safety procedures, best practices, and standard work. This includes but isn't limited to strong pre-job planning, recognition and management of hazards introduced from evolving job scopes, daily after-action reviews, strong safety meeting participation, recognition of positive safety behaviors, accident investigations, safety audits and related activities
  • Work with reliability engineering and craft specialists to develop and implement preventative maintenance procedures and condition-based monitoring program with recommendations to eliminate future equipment problems.  Program examples include oil sampling, vibration monitoring, performance data monitoring, thermography, engine emission analysis, motor circuit analysis, and acoustic monitoring
  • Directs condition monitoring, reliability, and performance evaluation for all critical upstream and midstream equipment
  • Oversees condition monitoring data analysis for equipment, generate reports and initiate necessary corrective and preventative actions
  • Monitors and improves performance for inspection and/or repairs ensuring that assigned jobs adhere to standards, processes, and procedures
  • Primary liaison with contractors on specialized CBM techniques. Accountable for contractor performance against contract terms
  • Assists in pre/post preventative and corrective maintenance monitoring to assess value of maintenance activities
  • Leads and participates in incident investigations and root cause analysis
  • Oversees implementation of surveillance equipment including operating and capital expenses.  This includes partnering with Technology team to identify and test new / improved monitoring capabilities
  • Works with engineering leadership with developing the annual budget and monthly forecast
  • Provide assistance in the field during facility startups, shutdowns, or upsets
  • Performs other duties related to this function to help ensure the ongoing reliability of asset equipment


Continuous Improvement

  • Collaborates with other asset / enterprise subject matter experts to develop and implement multi-year strategic plan for condition monitoring
  • Collaborates with maintenance specialists, reliability engineering, planning, and leadership to ensure proper priorities are placed on deficiencies and continuous learning/improvement process is fostered
  • Demonstrates strong continuous improvement capabilities and/or ability to learn following skills:
    • Lead standardized work and process development; continuously seek to make standardized work and processes more efficient and safer while ensuring work quality
    • Lead structured problem solving using 5-Whys and Problem Solving A3s
    • Supports engineering leadership with developing / maintaining key maintenance KPIs
  • Develop robust kaizen culture through direction setting and empowering team members to look for ways to make their jobs easier


Leadership / People Development

  • Ensure further development of all team members through performance evaluation, development of training plans, feedback, and coaching.  Work with Competency Assurance and Learning (CAL) to update training matrices, schedule any needed training, and assure training is effective and corrects sub-standard performance. 
  • Assign tasks and training considering each technicians development and career goals
  • Provide direction to team members emphasizing quality, efficiency, productivity, cost reduction, environment/health/safety, and morale.
  • Develop and maintain positive team member relations centered on mutual trust, dignity, respect, fairness, consistency, two-way communication, teamwork, and harmony.

Core Behaviors

  • Demonstrates Leading at Hess Competencies including but not limited to:
  • Able to build and maintain a positive and safety-based team culture
  • Able to coach/mentor/develop team members including ability to respectfully hold personnel accountable for their daily duties and resolve conflict as it arises
  • Able to influence without authority across organizational boundaries
  • Able to lead change with various stakeholders
  • Able to set direction and lead a team to deliver results
  • Able to drive daily kaizen to address improvements/gaps identified through equipment surveillance, observation of work performance, and various team meetings
  • Able to build trusted partnerships with peers & strategic partners to allow for best practice sharing & strong teamwork
  • Able to teach individual contributors in fundamental skills and facilitate job instruction training

Work Environment       

  • Field based role (Tioga) 5/2 (9/80) work schedule.  Expectations for this role include a heavy field presence to ensure jobs are being performed safely and the workforce is trained properly


  • 7+ years of experience in refining, petrochemical, oil and gas industry experience or equivalent industry related experience such as energy, military maintenance, mining, or other heavy manufacturing. 
  • 2+ years of leadership experience as formal people leader in production environment preferred
  • Desired certifications or at least demonstrated ability to attain:
    • Level II certification vibration analysis
    • Lubrication analysis
    • CMRP or CMRT
  • Basic proficiency in the following areas with the ability to develop into a subject matter expert in particular areas:
  • Knowledge of industry codes, standards, and processes (e.g. ASME, API, ANSI, FMEA)
  • Rotating equipment (pumps, turbines, compressors, blowers, gearboxes, etc.)
  • Fixed equipment (piping, heat exchangers, vessels)
  • Electrical and instrumentation equipment such as motors, motor control centers, generators, and process instrumentation (transmitters, valves, controllers, etc.)
  • Equipment diagnostics and repair
  • Component failure analysis
  • Root cause analysis
  • Reliability data analysis & data analytics
  • RCM based Predictive and Preventive Maintenance strategies
  • Strong knowledge of work management system, corrective/preventative maintenance planning, and equipment master data utilization
  • Strong knowledge of applicable EHS procedures/practices such as Permit to Work, Energy Isolation, Respiratory Protection, PPE, Emergency Response
  • Proficient computer skills / business system knowledge (SAP, Spotfire, Microsoft Suite)
  • Possess strong written and verbal communications skills with ability to lead, coach, and train others
  • Excellent collaboration and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical, technical, and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work in fast-paced, constantly changing production environment
  • Must be available outside normal working hours for technical support if needed
  • Strong organization, time management, prioritization and planning skills and able to manage multiple tasks with tight deadlines for self and team


  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Associates or bachelor’s degree preferred



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 equal opportunity employer; we welcome diversity in all forms of expression and thought.

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: Hina Patel | Employee | Field/Plant Operations | United States| North Dakota | Tioga | | |  | | No | 26605