Fugro operates a fleet of geotechnical vessels that gather soil data for the offshore oil and gas industry and the renewable market (wind farms). This data is mainly used for foundation purposes of offshore structures.
Nine years ago, after graduating from the Technical University of Delft, I started as a Geotechnical Engineer in our Middle East office. A year later, I became Party Chief on the geotechnical vessel that operates in the Arabian Gulf. After two further years, I became Project Manager based in Dubai. In 2010, I started as Project Manager in our Dutch office and was recently promoted to Project Delivery Manager. In my current role, I am responsible for the Project Management Delivery and improvement in accordance with Fugro Strategy and Operating Guidelines. I am also the Line Manager for the Project Managers and Support Staff and responsible for the administration and organisation of the department and associated processes.
Fugro has given me the opportunity to work abroad and to follow my project management ambitions within a technical and international environment.
About geotechnical project managers
Geotechnical Project Managers can manage geotechnical projects in all regions of the world and are responsible for the planning of large geotechnical vessels that can contain a crew of 35 – 45. Such vessels operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
For each project, the project manager has to mobilise the right people and equipment, often in challenging international environments. Projects can take from a few days up to several months and involve an offshore phase and an onshore phase for laboratory testing and reporting. The project manager needs to make sure that the financial, operational and HSE results of the project are a success. This is achieved by working with a team of talented and motivated people that work in the various Fugro offices around the world. The job offers travel opportunities around the world, and opportunities to meet new people of different cultures.