Company: OBM Ltd
Skills: Technical Manager
Experience: 5 + Years
Education: Tech/Vocational Cert/Apprenticeship
Employment Type: Rotational Contractor
Salary: Negotiable
Location: Iraq, Iraq

In order to apply for this position, applicants MUST meet the following criteria. If your resume does not match these criteria, you will not be able to apply for this position.

Located in region: Europe

Job Title: Lifting Specialist - Well

Location: Iraq

Line Manager: Technical Manager

OBM have an excellent long-term overseas opportunity for an experienced Lifting Specialist - Wells to assist our client's Lifting Technical Authority in providing an independent perspective of Health and Safety Risk and to facilitate continual improvement in Health and Safety Performance.

The work scope primarily includes acting as the focal point for assigned lifting activities for our client's Wells Department (Drilling rigs / Workover rigs / Well services) and supporting other departments when and where required.

The large size of the site and the wide diversity of activities involving lifting operations makes this a challenging role which is responsible for facilitating safe and efficient lifting operations at all levels.

Roles & Responsibilities


  • Continually liaise with our client's LTA and departmental HSE Leadership to ensure client lifting, and handling standards are consistently respected and applied.
  • Work closely with Wells contractors to ensure technically acceptable lifting procedures and other related documentation.
  • Ensure all personnel involved in lifting operations have the required training, experience and competence to perform the category of lift.
  • Act as Client Lifting Representative for lifting operations on rig site and/or contractor facilities where client owned equipment will be lifted.
  • Mentoring and monitoring lifting processes, categorising lifts, hazard identification, risk evaluation, and professional analysis of lifting procedures.
  • Coach and mentor all Wells contractors and client staff alike with regards to lifting operations.
  • Sample a sufficient number of lifting operations to verify conformance with the Client Lifting Procedure.
  • Assist the client's LTA in the annual evaluation and review of approved third-party inspection and training companies where required.
  • Observe and assure the safety, procedural and legislative compliance of lifting operations.
  • Communicate potential lifting issues to Department Leadership before they impact business performance.
  • Apply and promote industry recommended best practice to all lifting operations.
  • Be an active member of the Lifting Community of Practice.
  • Participate in the Authorised to Operate (ATO) Assurance Program to ensure the safe operating condition of contractor mobile lifting appliances.
  • Ensure lifting accessories, equipment and machinery are fit for use and have the appropriate statutory documentation.
  • Ensure lift plans and risk assessments are developed and conducted for all lifting operations and ensure adequacy for safe and efficient execution.
  • Ensure lifting operations are executed as per the agreed method and make interventions where necessary.
  • Support lifting related incident investigations.
  • Ensure the risk of dropped objects is effectively managed with compliance to industry recommended best practices and procedures.


  • Identify opportunities to improve service delivery and suggest improvements / changes to the process where required;
  • Present a positive image of the company through first class service delivery and customer engagement;
  • Project support, eg procedural review or document suite creation.


  • Liaise with inter-departmental colleagues and management within the company reporting lines;
  • Maintain reports and targets as defined by management;
  • Timely response to client documentation requests.


  • Report on unsafe situations, incidents and other abnormalities, promote a positive health and safety culture whilst demonstrating safety leadership;
  • Ensure high standards of housekeeping are maintained;
  • Participate in HSEQ tasks, meetings and development as required by management;
  • Ensure all work is carried out in a safe manner, in accordance with AIMS and HSEQ procedures;
  • Support client systems and porcess;
  • Ensure that formal procedures, standing instructions and safety standards are complied with at all times;
  • Undertake Live Safe Interventions when appropriate;
  • Report non-compliances to appropriate persons;
  • Develop and communicate HSEQ process.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Appointed Person and/or Crane Supervisor (CPCS / NPORS or equivalent)
  • Loler Competent Person Assessment
  • Rigging Competency (EAL / OPITO / ECITB etc)
  • Banksman Slinger Competency (EAL / OPITO / ECITB / CPCS etc)
  • HNC / HND in Engineering or qualified by experience.

Minimum Competencies (Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours)

  • Extensive demonstratable working experience in lifting operations at senior or supervisory level, preferably in the Middle East region.
  • Solid experience on Wells lifting operations & protocols. Preferably supported onshore drilling rigs and rig-less wells services operations.
  • Land Rig Movement experience.
  • Demonstratable experience working with a variety of mobile/crawler cranes and other heavy lift equipment.
  • Demonstratable knowledge of HSE and lifting related international legislation, standards and industry best practices.
  • Proven health and safety leadership skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to distill key messages in a clear and concise manner.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, along with good attention to detail.
  • Demonstratable knowledge of lifting equipment and accessories inspection and discard criteria.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a wide range of people through networking influencing, coaching and team-working.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite.

Desirable Qualifications / Competencies

  • Competence Assessor (OPITO/SQA or equivalent)
  • Mobile Crane Operator
  • Forklift Operator
  • MEWP Operator
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Basic to intermediate Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills.