Finding highly technical and niche roles in the oil and gas sector


A global international oil field service company who are one of the world’s largest suppliers to the upstream oil and gas industry.  Safety is critically important for an organization such as this. However, Health and Safety can be extremely specialized in a large organization. On this occasion, the company was looking to find an experienced HSE manager with particular knowledge in explosive manufacturing.

Solution – Permanently improving the caliber of key talent in an ambitious business

This role had remained open for a number of months due to the ‘hard to find’ nature of the job skills. Petroplan’s team undertook a detailed market mapping exercise to locate the right individual who would need to be based in the Houston area of the USA in this permanent role.

Furthermore, not only was the experience of explosive manufacturing a distinct skill but the ideal candidate needed to possess knowledge of the oil field service and well intervention disciplines.

For a role of this kind in-depth and current regulatory experience of the oil and gas US market is absolutely essential, as the ideal person will unlikely be an active job seeker rather already in post. The approach requires often networking through the professional community to  gain recommendations and referrals in order to reach out to the appropriately skilled people.


Petroplan was able to secure an ideal fit candidate for the employer within a month’s timescale. This was a great career move for the successful person.

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