Saturday May 11, 2013
Technip in Malaysia has managed to establish itself as one of the best employers around. The company harnesses diversity. Its work environment is one where different styles of management and work meet to provide an ideal platform for careers to flourish.
We take a look here at what makes Technip such an exciting place for its employees.
“It has an exciting, fast moving environment,” beams Syed Feizal Syed Mohammad, Technip’s senior vice president, Malaysia and Brunei. “We are pioneering the industry every day and executing increasingly complex and challenging projects. This provides plenty of opportunities for development and learning to our people. Currently, we are building the world’s first two floating LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) vessels, to be put to use in offshore Australia and Sarawak, Malaysia. And we are now in a joint venture for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of Malaysia’s first Tension Leg Platform (TLP) for Shell’s Malikai project, offshore Sabah.”
Rise to greater heights
Technip invests heavily into the development of its employees.
In Malaysia in particular, Technip is regarded as one of the largest oil and gas engineering and turnkey construction organisations with engineering offices in Kuala Lumpur and Miri covering the full spectrum of engineering disciplines, and a flexible pipe and umbilical manufacturing plant in Tanjung Langsat, Johor. Together with a comprehensive training programme, the promise of geographical and cross-divisional mobility as well as extensive knowledge transfer among its branches, this global entity has much to offer to those who are willing to entrust their career progression in the hands of this established brand.
A talent powerhouse
Technip invests heavily into the development of its employees. On top of ad hoc talent development initiatives on skill training, the company has also implemented two formalised development programmes with the Selangor Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC): the Piping Design Engineer Development Programme and Offshore Structural Design Engineer Programme, both aimed at fresh graduates.
These are unique and unprecedented programmes, offering skills and knowledge, which is equivalent to two years working experience.
The Technip Leading Edge Programme (TLEP) on the other hand, targets high potential employees at intermediate to higher level management in the organisation in order to develop their leadership skills.
Kasuma Satria, Technip’s vice president of Human Resources, Asia Pacific says that “With Technip’s global presence, we have established Centres of Excellence for specific areas of technical expertise in various parts of the world. Here in Malaysia for example, we are one of the centres of excellence for LNG and Deepwater Floaters.
Our commitment to the growth of our employees pushes us to focus on knowledge transfer between these centres globally – it is therefore very common to send our people to other centres of excellence to learn, but also to bring other people here to be integrated into our project teams to exchange knowhow and good practices. In that respect, I believe we are unique in this industry”.
A reference company in HSE
From project sites to engineering offices and from manufacturing facilities to vessels, Technip invests a lot of time and resources to ensure the safety of its employees, clients and subcontractors. “We aim to be the reference company in Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE). Protecting the health and safety of our people is a core value and an absolute commitment. One of the major initiatives is ‘Pulse’, a HSE climate change programme launched company wide in 2008, to help increase people’s awareness and improve behaviours regarding HSE. Pulse is now recognised and adopted by our clients, such as Shell, Chevron and BP,” says Syed Feizal.
People and the community
In addition to all this, Technip continues to be an employer that contributes to the community it operates in. With one of the values of the organisation being ‘encouraging a fair return for all’, Technip runs a commendable portfolio of CSR initiatives. “It’s about giving back to society,” he adds.
It’s not all work and no play. Technip runs numerous social activities for its employees, and goes out of its way to provide the much sought after work-life balance everyone desires. There is an impressive range of after-hour activities managed by a specialist whose full time job is to plan and execute these initiatives (e.g. yoga, wall climbing, Aikido classes, health talks and checks, line dancing, defensive driving and games).
Whether you’re an engineer or someone interested in support functions within the oil and gas industry, check out Technip and what it has to offer by visiting www.technip.com
Chong Shin Lee
Graduate technical safety engineer
I chose to join Technip because it is a reputable company that offers a solid foundation to fresh graduates from all engineering disciplines. Our daily job is challenging, yet exciting. I never get bored with my job!
One of the most memorable moments was when I took part in the Firewater System design of an Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) North Sea Project. It was really satisfying when I completed the design, knowing that it would be implemented soon on a real platform. I even had the chance to present my design to clients and experts.
On top of the many opportunities to travel overseas, I work with counterparts from different regions or countries. This allows me to enhance my skills and knowledge via the exchange of ideas and technology. I am now a more independent person and a better decision maker.
Ir. Zaini Abd Rahman
QHSE director, Technip ME Region
I worked with several international companies before joining Technip in early 2000. During my time with the company, I have been rotated through various roles and responsibilities, in various locations.
I believe that my future is bright in Technip, and the people working with me believe the same for theirs.
We are continuously being challenged to produce our best, and in return, we are given the opportunities to strive for excellence.
I initially planned to stay in the company for a short stint, and yet I have remained here for more than 13 years and have grown to become one of the directors in the Middle East Region.