Operational Excellence Asset Manager


Description of
this vacancy

It's an interesting time for you to come on board at Vopak! Around the world, we connect the supply of and demand for vital products and resources. Energy that allows people to heat their homes and travel the world. Food for a growing planet. And chemicals for the production of various materials. Products that are vital to people’s lives. We ensure the safe, efficient and clean storage of such vital products. The global energy transition, the growing world population, and all new possibilities of emerging technologies and new energy sources make this a very interesting time to join our company.

Position Summary

This position supports, governs and owns the Maintenance to Operate (M2O) process, one of the eight One Vopak Experience (OVE) main processes. Ensures optimal execution of the operating Capex and maintenance programs which includes the different types of sustaining projects. All in accordance with the Vopak standards, industry and local regulations. Liaises primarily with Technical and Terminal Managers of each Operating Company (OPCO), mainly on technical, engineering matters in the Asset Management Domain, provides technical support guidance and liaison with other SMEs in the company. Continually review and drive improvement of  asset management policy & procedures in line with changes in legislation and industry best practices; implement appropriate processes to ensure compliance with the relevant requirements and drive performance improvements. Ensures the highest level of safety, quality, efficiency and competitiveness in the domain. Is a member of the Vopak Global Asset Management Leadership team.


  • 4 year college degree in Engineering or similar technical field

  • Advanced degree in technical or business field preferred

  • 10-15 years’ experience in maintenance and project management experience in the development, design, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance of liquid or gas terminals, refinery or petrochemical plant

  • Experience in developing and evaluating capital investment proposals

  • Experience in leading teams 

  • Familiar with terminal automation and its processes

  • Familiar with regulatory requirements related to operational and technical compliance matters

  • Well familiar with industry standards and guidelines used in the terminal industry such as API, ANSI, NFPA, ISGOTT, OCIMF, etc.

  • Experience in Jetty operations for gas and liquid tankers not essential but preferred

  • Well versed in SHE risk assessment methodologies such as QRA, EIA, Hazops, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently 

  • Experience working in safety critical environment; strong understanding of health, safety, environmental, and security principles 

  • Experience working with relevant Federal, state and local regulations in the USA. 

  • Excellent data analytics skills, basic use knowledge of industry applications for data visualization and analysis

  • Excellent computer skills in Office suites e.g. Google, Microsoft, an other computer based applications

  • Ability to travel regionally and internationally.

  • Ability to read, write and speak English fluently.  Ability to read and speak Spanish is highly preferred.


      What we can offer:

  • ​Medical / Dental Insurance                               

  • Vision Insurance                                           

  • Short Term/Long Term Disability Insurance         

  • Holidays (9 fixed holidays and 2 floating holidays)

  • Basic Life/AD&D Insurance                               

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Supplemental  Life/AD&D Insurance                                                   

  • Vacation 

  • 401(k) Incentive Savings Plan

  • Paid Time Off

Task & Responsibilities:

  • Abides by all safety procedures and practices applicable to location and position; participates in appropriate safety training; demonstrates absolute commitment to and support of SHE (Safety, Health and Environmental) principles and values; champions safety as necessary

  • Responsible for leading and producing the final submittal for the annual budgeting process of the 3YMP (Three Year Maintenance Plans) of the Operating Capex. This includes understanding, supporting and overseeing all Asset Management related topics.

  • Ensure sounding operational and maintenance requirements based on required inspections and risk assessments, according to industry, Vopak standards, and local regulations. Interacts with the Global Operations & Technology organization to review and update company standards for local deployment and implementation.

  • Review the Operating Capex and Maintenance & Repair Opex expenditures of the division; produce analysis of trends, provide feedback/advice and report to the Division  Management Team. Prepare divisional monthly and quarterly reports on Asset Management domain.

  • Supports the OpCos to identify Terminal asset investment requirements based on asset lifecycle planning, risk management to help develop robust business cases leading to the submission of capital investment proposals.

  • Review investment proposals (SIP/FIP) providing advice for endorsement of the Management team. 

  • Research for innovative technologies, pilot test them, and support further approval and implementation.

  • Supports (IT/OT) domain in evaluating optimal integration of programs and systems to the facilities, as per Vopak standards and system’s blue prints

  • Lead the deployment of the Maintenance Improvement programs (MIP) that works with the Enterprise Asset Management system (EAM-INFOR) as part of the installation of the mission of a data-driven culture.

  • Support Terminal Health Assestments (THA), other technical audit and reviews in accordance with Vopak requirements.

  • Support the investigations of asset failures, participate in root cause analysis and tripods. 

  • Development of the Americas Asset Management community in terms technical skills requirements, body of knowledge of the domain and processes.

  • Coaching/Mentoring of peers and regional/local employees where necessary. Build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships and networking internally and externally

  • Performs other duties assigned by management that fall within the generally expected scope of this position

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.  The Company will not sponsor immigration or work visas. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities



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