Technical and Digital Recruitment Capability Overview

Petroplan has a team that services our international markets. We specialise in the oil, gas and energy sector and have a  technology and digital recruitment team to take on requirements now in great demand in these inventive industries. Our technology skill knowledge is our first priority for this discipline combined with over 40 years of experience in sourcing talent for energy sector.

For assignments for our energy clients, we have an existing candidate network, however, we have the technology and recruitment skills to be adept at sourcing outside this group for niche and specialist skills that maybe hard to find in the energy market.

Below are some key areas of competence, however, we understand that with the speed of digital transformation across many industries, coding, development and project management frameworks and of course data requirements demand locating talent this is often very mobile and inventive so don’t fit into neat categories. We’ll find your unicorns too!

ERP Systems

We have a strong network of Enterprise Resourcing Planning (ERP) Professionals some in consulting but most with experience of working on enterprise solutions within client organizations in the engineering and energy markets. This enables us to speed up the time to hire for urgent roles as well as recruiting for hard-to-fill roles with the candidates possessing the business process knowledge relevant to our clients’ industry.

Businesses needing  experience of how to analyze, access and organize data for core  business purposes can trust Petroplan to find local and mobile ERP candidates to manage the applications including design, sales/profitability, material, production, delivery, logistics, human resources and finance.

Petroplan’s team understands organizations may require a mix of ERP skills including coding expertise and project management skills. Some of our client organizations have deployed a hybrid comprised of multiple ERP solutions, while others may have created their own using open-systems software.

When we screen for candidates we will vet experience by discussing with the candidate a few ‘hands-on’ examples of challenges they have resolved. We’ll enquire about their softer skills such as persuasion, motivation, their ability to reassure and be assertive.

Key systems’ knowledge

Our team is specialist when it comes to ERP, whether the opportunity is to support SAP, Oracle, JD Edwards,  or Peoplesoft . However, there continues to be a great demand for SAP specialists.

SAP expertise

When a requirement for a SAP practitioner arises, we’ll check for evidence of utilization of the SAP ASAP Methodology for SAP systems. Your ideal candidate should be familiar with ASAP or industry best-practice information published continuously by other leading ERP software providers.

The SAP roles for which we recruit include:

All SAP Functional areas (FICO, MM, SD, CRM, SRM, SCM, PP, PM, EHS, PS, QM, LE, WM, IM, IS-Oil, HCM, SuccessFactors)

All SAP Technical areas (ABAP, BASIS, PI/XI, BI/BW/HANA, BOBJ, BPC, S/4HANA, Security, Fiori/Mobility),

Change Management, Training Developers, all the way up to management and director level.

Software and Applications Development

Is 2018 the year of the software developer? US Labor Statistics Office has named the top job as that of a software developer. With an average salary of $100,080 per year. This job has moved dentists off the top spot for jobs with the greatest hiring demand , the best work/life balance, salary and future prospects.

This trend is also appearing with the oil, gas and energy industry as organisations look to drive efficiency, utilise their data aournd assets and processes to drive revenue.

Candidates with the appropriate transferable skills can often be successfully transitioned to the energy sector from other industries, and the strategic use of social media has an increasingly important role to play in our interaction with sought after industry talent.

Development skills in demand

Software development is a very broad candidate pool, so here we have touched on some of the competencies we are recruiting for. Talent acquisition in the fields of artificial intelligence, data science, mobile application development, Cloud/IoT, in particular is growing in demand.

Cloud Computing

 IT professionals with skills in cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) will need virtualization skills in Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware for private cloud hosting  Plus experience with DevOps, containers, the entire cloud stack and IPv6  are skills employers are watching for.

We are always looking for candidates who are constantly learning as this attitude will bring success in the future of this unpredictable field. This ability to adapt to new technology from a strong development foundation is what sets great talent from jobbing developers.

Programmers and Web Developers

Coding and programming experts are always in demand from business applications to web-based user interfaces. Back-end and front-end web developers with experience of user experience-oriented development for business and consumer websites feature as talent for the energy sector. The market is maturing to make its products and services accessible to consumers and business partners.

Candidates with multi-faceted languages like Javascript, C#, Java, and Python, are the most in demand,  the disciplines in the spotlight span roles such as Database Engineers, software engineers, or front end/digital marketing professionals. These languages are not only used to build scalable applications but also to automate, streamline processes or crawl data across disparate systems.

Especially in the energy sector an engineering mind and coding skills are now essential for the high-tech industry. Organizations need their tech teams to keep inventing new ways to build and use products and services that are more intuitive for specialists where their outcome is in the field or brings value within the operations of the business.

Automation and Artificial Intelligence

There is a skills shortage in the field of digital automation and artificial intelligence. Not only is this for practitioners but also technology leaders (CIO/CTO, head of product, etc.) who can credibly manage teams made up of AI, data science and innovative product specialists.

Machine learning is also in the spotlight in the energy sector as companies look to compete by making better and quicker decisions based on using predictive analytics. This business intelligence is created through the analysis of data received from the field via industrial control systems and a whole host of devices termed as the Internet of Things (IoT) in combination with business data from the ERP  systems managing business process data. Talent for this complex and transformative process is hard to find.

Mobile Application Development

Mobile application developers will continue to be in high demand,  Successful app developers should be fluent in multiple programming languages, and frameworks, including iOS, Android, Objective-C, Xamarin, Hibernate, Swift, and many others. Also, app developers with UX and UI design skills can offer much more value for project management.

Project and Product management

An important skill is to identify and implement digital platforms across the whole organization that will impact operational efficiencies and increase revenue.  Project and product managers/owner roles are growing in numbers as clients require coordination and delivery of technology roadmaps that span the organization.

Petroplan’s technology recruitment team are able to not only identify the many skill sets across the digital spectrum but also track cultural fit. Projects within the energy industry will need great communications skills and perseverance as this digital disruption requires the collaboration across engineering, business services and operational teams. Working in this environment will present great rewards as the industry matures in its application of technology.


Data Analysis

Our technology recruitment teams are constantly scanning the technology community to identify professionals from a data science or analysis background who have skills and an aptitude to work in the energy sector.

LinkedIn commissioned a recent survey that had statistical and mathematical skills as the second most in demand hard skill in 2018. The need is great in the energy sector as its organizations strive to achieve improvement in efficient production and improved revenues from analyzing the data recorded both in the field and through core business process systems.

Data scientists who can provide the link between the programming and implementation of data science with these companyies’ business applications are heralding a new era for energy.

Knowledge required in the Energy Sector

The skills needed for this sector are very similar to any other industry that has industrial automation systems, ERP applications and often retail  divisions. The real difference is the industry’s recent digital transformation and the environments from which data is recorded. Data may be captured by devices at a refinery, a plant, a pipeline in the desert or in freezing temperatures, or indeed it could data from the seabed or geological data.

The key technical skills though are knowledge of algorithms, mathematics and programming languages such s R+ and Python.

There is expectation that data analysis experts understand how to structure a data problem, frame the right questions, and communicate the outputs to decision makers. Average salaries are competitive with other industries at about $115,000 USD.

We recruit across the disciplines to include the following roles:

  • Data engineers/Data scientists (Software engineering experience with a background in Computer Science and utilisation of Python, Hadoop to Java)
  • Data architects ( Experience of structuring the data infrastructure with programming and database skills utilizing SQL and NoSQL)
  • Data analysts (Competence in analyzing data to provide business reporting and visualisations)
  • Business analysts (Ability to recommend and communicate business decisions from the interpretation of the data science and collaboration with business partners)

To find out about the unique opportunities in this growing area of technology in the energy sector and whether your skills could apply please get in touch with our team of technology recruitment consultants

Cyber Security

As digitization comes of age in the energy sector, the flow of data, the devices in the field and the systems infrastructure that manages and warehouses this information is more accessible to hacking. In the environment of oil, gas and energy companies this threat is not just about the dangers of loss of personal information but can also cause material damage. such as plant shutdown or equipment damage plus risks to human health and safety.

The necessary automization and integration of systems exposes industries to external threats so protection of this critical infrastructure is ever more important.

ABI research expect that oil and gas companies will be spending $1.87 billion on cyber security in 2018. Pre-emptive measures to defend the organization from attack is essential.

In the field, interference in monitoring not only means production shut-down but could lead to poor product quality, undetected spills, violation of safety measures which could result in injury or worse.

The SCADA systems and industrial programmable logic controllers (IPLs) transfer data to enterprise applications such as ERP or business intelligence systems. Any insecure connections between these IT systems and Operational Technology environments become the points of vulnerability.

So the demand for information security professionals is on the rise. The challenges are quite unique in the energy sector and provide rewarding and interesting work for cyber security experts.

Key skills for the cyber security opportunities in the oil, gas and energy sector

As this is a multi-disciplinary area this list is not a definitive  but a guide to what organizations are looking for from great talent:

  • Solid IT fundamentals
  • Coding skills (C, C++)
  • Knowledge of systems architecture, administration and key operating systems
  • Background in asset and risk management and appreciation of the controls required to mitigate organizational risks
  • Ability to communicate across the organization

Certifications in demand

Some of the key qualifications that provide employers with confidence of ability include:

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) or GIAC

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN)

Certification in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP)

Broad discipline areas for Information Security in the Energy Sector

The oil, gas and energy market is home to a plethora of business types from large operators, contract and procurement organisations,  manufacturing, processing and service companies all with differing points of vulnerability. Petroplan’s clients often look to find candidates working in roles where they can demonstrate some of the following areas:

Security analyst knowledge for assessment of threat and vulnerability plus  competence in log collection and analysis

Penetration testing skills including intelligence gathering and post attack monitoring and restraint when creating test environments

Secure software development experience to encompass development testing pre-launch of any execution

Incident responder awareness which can address areas such as communication, disaster recovery for business continuity and forensics to preserve the integrity of digital evidence

Security architect competence to take into account network configuration, identity and access management and system hardening

Some of the role areas we recruit for include:

Technical security: Security Architects, Security Engineers, Security Administrator and Security Consultant

Detection and Investigation: Security Operations Analyst, SOC Manager, Digital Forensics and Risk analyst

Regulatory: Governance and Compliance Manager, Information Security, Assurance Manager, Lead Auditor and Data Protection Manager

Executive: Lead Security Architect, IT Director – Security and CISO

Security and Risk Management: Information Security Officer, Information, Security Manager, Information Security Analyst and Information Risk Manager


If you think your experience could benefit this diverse and transformative industry please get in touch with our team of cyber security recruitment experts

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