Head of Department Project Management - Petrobrazi Refinery
OMV Petrom

About OMV

OMV is an Austrian integrated oil and gas company which is headquartered in Vienna, Austria. With Group sales of €23bn and a workforce of over 20,000 employees in 2018, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies.

In Upstream, OMV focuses its activities on five core regions: Central Eastern Europe (Romania, Austria), North Sea, Middle East & Africa, Russia and Asia-Pacific. In Downstream, OMV has an annual refining capacity of 20m tonnes and more than 2,000 filling stations in ten countries, as of June 2018.

OMV operates a gas pipeline network in Austria and gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany. In 2017, gas sales volumes amounted to 114 TWh.

OMV makes a substantial contribution to the energy supply for Austria and its core markets with around 200 million customers in Central Europe, South Eastern Europe and Turkey.

Romania – OMV Petrom

OMV acquired a 51% stake in Petrom (now OMV Petrom), Romania’s leading integrated oil and gas company, in 2004 and OMV now operates one of the oldest oil-producing areas in the world. The business is vertically integrated with activities in upstream, downstream and gas. Romania is one of the oldest producing regions in the world and as such many of the business’ assets and infrastructure require careful management, but nevertheless OMV Petrom is an important business and cash engine to the OMV Group and integral to the core CEE region. This region has been the heartland of OMV’s portfolio and its cash engine.


In Upstream OMV Petrom operates over 200 fields with 7,000 producing wells and over 1,000 facilities in Romania and additionally operates four fields in Kazakhstan. Total production nears 160,000 boed, equating to 37% of Group Upstream production in 2018 and was viewed to hold 41% of Group 1P reserves and 37% of Group 2P reserves.


In Downstream, the Petrobrazi Refinery is a key asset in OMV’s Downstream portfolio, as one of three refineries operated by OMV Group and provides 25% of group refining capacity. Owing to proximity of the refineries, OMV Downstream operates its refineries as a single integrated system.

The Petrobrazi refinery was founded over 85 years ago and through ongoing modernisation and expansion programme, it is one of the largest and most important in south eastern Europe, with a capacity to process 4.5m tonnes of crude into high quality fuels. Approximately 80% of throughput is using equity crude.

Background to the Appointment

Following the retirement of the former Head of Department, OMV Petrom seeks to appoint an experienced downstream projects professional. The business will undertake work programmes likely to exceed €800m and the incumbent will lead the delivery of this project programme.


Reporting to the SVP for Refining Operations, the role of Head of Department (HoD) Project Management, will lead a small team, to define and execute capital investment projects of value greater than €20m and ensure the delivery of these projects on time and within budget. The position is responsible for the development and management of PMS and compliance of activities in line with these standards. The postholder will also provide definition of the project portfolio and strong HSE leadership in all project related activities.

The Individual

The successful candidate for this role will be degree educated (economics or technical studies) and have in-depth knowledge and skills in engineering and project management.

Essential criteria are:

- Significant experience of engineering at an executive / consultant level

- Significant experience in investment projects management of a similar scale

- Managerial experience

- In-depth knowledge of the refining industry and preferably experience of managing projects that modernise and upgrade plants

- Proficiency in English

- Large and proven expertise in project management

- Solid communication skills.

If you would like to discuss this role in more detail, please contact Ruaraidh Maclean on 0044 (0)1224 218972.

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