U.S. Field Safety Manager
Knowledge Reservoir - Houston, TX

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U.S. Field Safety Manager

RPS is an international consultancy providing advice upon the exploration and production of oil and gas and other natural resources, and the development and management of the built and natural environment.

RPS is one of the world's pre-eminent consultancies, with more than 5,000 employees located in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. Our international presence allows us to undertake coordinated and integrated projects throughout the world.

The U.S. Training Division of RPS (Nautilus World, Ltd.), is the leading provider of geoscience training to the upstream oil and gas industry in North America and Europe, and now delivers engineering curriculum training as well. Current client base comprises 100-plus oil, gas and service related companies ranging from start-up ventures to super majors.

Our portfolio comprises over 180 unique courses, including more than 60 field courses, and delivers a complete curriculum in petroleum geoscience and primarily reservoir engineering for new graduates to highly experienced technical professionals. The courses are taught by a diverse group of individuals - oil company staff, consultants, and academics - many of whom are acknowledged as leading experts in their individual fields. In 2013, around 180 individuals will serve as tutors for the Nautilus courses.

In 2013, Nautilus will deliver approximately 100 field courses and approximately 250 classroom courses for roughly 5000 participants. We consistently achieve outstanding participant feedback, and this remains a key objective for the future. To deliver our programs with the quality and reliability expected by our clients, and to add around 15 new titles each year, requires a high level of competency across our business.

We offer a unique and unmatched combination of choice and quality in geoscience and engineering training and will maintain this as we continue to expand our capabilities to support our clients worldwide, and to further develop our training offerings in other subject and/or technical disciplines.

U.S. Field Safety Manager

Position is based in Houston, Texas at the Briarpark Drive office location. Domestic and potential international travel will be intrinsic to the performance of this role.

This position reports to the Executive Vice President of the RPS U.S. Training Division located in Houston, Texas, with functional direction provided by the Health and Safety Manager in Chieveley, UK.

This position will support the efforts outlined by the Health and Safety Manager (Chieveley, UK), and will focus on implementing health and safety policies, procedures and guidelines for geoscience and engineering field course activities, working with member company clients, OSHA and other relevant safety bodies/directives. These efforts will include the preparation and reviewing of health and safety documentation, attending geological and engineering field courses as a facilitator, implementing company initiatives and guiding and/or participating in training exercises and programs necessary to properly train and develop company field course staff, and enhance the overall safety aspects of our geoscience and engineering field courses. The position will also play an integral role in, and will become a part of the emergency management team.

Solid hands-on working knowledge of field safety management, including prior experience in remote first aid applications, ideally with several years with a relevant industry/company.

Possess broad base of OSHA knowledge that is applicable to field work safety operations, with a key understanding of field work risk assessments and emergency planning. Practical knowledge in identifying appropriate procedures, tools and equipment necessary for the skilled use of field safety equipment and competencies (e.g. defensive and off road driving skills), complete with a firm understanding of field course risk management.

A key element of this position focuses on excellent communication and interpersonal skills in the geological and engineering field environment, coupled with an attention to detail of documentation and a high degree of decision making skills in dynamic and occasionally pressurized situations.

Attend meetings in order to represent the company, and to network with client company staff to update/maintain awareness of corporate health and safety procedures guidelines, initiatives and professional development training undertaken.

Self-motivated, with excellent interpersonal skills, confident with delivery of presentations for small to mid-size groups, and comfortable dealing with a variety of people from differing backgrounds, educational levels and nationalities.

This position will work significantly with the US based departmental groups, advising on health and safety strategies, initiatives and statistical analysis.

A proactive, forward planner with the ability to work effectively with internal staff, client company staff, maintaining positive working relationships.

Ability to work collaboratively, and must possess strong analytical, communication (verbal and written), organizational, and time management skills.

Positive, highly organized, flexible, can-do attitude and easily adaptable. The flexibility to work away from the office when required in occasionally remote field environments.

Must be adept in use of MS Office 2007 or later, particularly Word (basic), Excel (intermediate), PowerPoint (intermediate), and ideally Access or similar database to basic level, Internet and email.

Practical experience is the most important qualification for the position; a minimum of 5+ years in appropriate positions with the relevant required skills will provide the expertise necessary for this position.

A bachelor’s degree in related subject (e.g. geoscience, outdoor education or health and safety) is a minimum academic qualification.