Sr. Naval Architecure Designer
SBM Offshore N.V.
 Houston, TX

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SBM Offshore is an integrated EPCI provider of floating production solutions for the deepwater oil and gas industry. SBM Offshore owns and operates the world's largest fleet of FPSO's which recently achieved more than 1 million barrels of oil per day throughput. SBM Offshore's global footprint includes worldwide Execution Centers.

We are proud of our technological innovation, and are a market leader in R&D and technology development. Some of SBM Offshore's products include CALM Buoy's, Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units, Semi-submersibles, Tension Leg Platforms and Turret Mooring Systems.

Careers at SBM Offshore offer our employees:

  • Unique opportunities to participate in the full life-cycle of projects and operations from engineering through construction and installation and throughout production operations
  • Experience with a leader in Deep-water floating production and mooring systems, in production operations and in terminals and services
  • Opportunities for roles in Execution Centers, in our construction yards and with our specialized offshore installation vessels
  • A company philosophy of exposing talented individuals to all parts of the business which provides opportunities to expand their personal tool kits

SBM Offshore is currently recruiting for a contract Sr. Naval Architecture Designer.


The Sr. Naval Architecture Designer applies technical knowledge to all design aspects and produces a fit for purpose and constructable design. The Naval Architecture Designer ensures application of best practices and is accountable to the Discipline Manager and/or Discipline Lead for overall performance. You are to produce fit for purpose designs according to Company, industry and client standards.

  • The Sr. Naval Architecture Designer may act as Lead Designer for assigned projects.


  • In order to develop the design successfully within agreed scope and schedule YOU ARE TO:
  • 1. Utilize technical knowledge and software tools to clearly depict the design that can be easily and correctly interpreted by others
  • 2. Communicate with Engineers and/or Lead Designer to ensure design intent is understood to avoid rework
  • 3. Plan and deliver assigned tasks accurately within the agreed time frame.
  • 4. Prioritize activities and effectively manage conflicting deadlines ensuring continued progress to meet the schedule. Proactively provide Lead Designer with status updates
  • 5. Organize documents and deliverables so they are easy to understand and locate
  • 6. Collaborate with Engineers and other Designers to share information, produce a high quality product, and resolve design conflicts
  • 7. Escalate unresolved issues to the Lead Designer/Engineer to minimize delays in deliverables

The measure of your effectiveness in this will be:

  • Completion of design/drawing against budget and schedule
  • Functionality/constructability/manufacturability of design
  • To ensure the quality of design deliverables YOU ARE TO:
  • 1. Be self-motivated to improve technical competencies for assigned tasks
  • 2. Understand how assigned tasks fit within the project schedule and affect other stakeholdere in meeting deadlines
  • 3. Demonstrate adaptability in implementing change while ensuring MOC procedures are used
  • 4. Ensure consistency of design and symbology. Perform self- checks to produce error-free Deliverables
  • 5. Collaborate with Package Engineers to ensure timely review of vendor documents and that comments are made with the required quality level
  • 6. Comply with project scope, work instructions, specifications, codes, industry standards and regulations per project requirements

The measure of your effectiveness in this will be:

  • Cost of Non-Quality
  • Demonstrated understanding of design impact on other disciplines
  • *If Acting as Lead Designer: In order to ensure team resources are properly allocated to meet project needs YOU ARE TO:
  • 1. Obtain agreement from Discipline Lead Engineer on appropriate resource allocation to ensure the project scope is completed per the project schedule
  • 2. Understand the technical competencies of design team members and assign work in accordance with their capabilities
  • 3. Manage Subcontractors and ensure relevant documents are reviewed timely and thoroughly
  • 4. Ensure each team member understands his/her role and responsibilities to deliver the design within the agreed budget, schedule, and quality standards
  • 5. Actively participate in all applicable project design reviews and follow through on design review action items
  • 6. Proactively interface with stakeholders to align expectations, prioritize design team activities, and resolve design conflicts
  • 7. Provide coaching and guidance as needed to team members; partner with Discipline Manager for mentoring staff as needed

The measure of your effectiveness in this will be:

  • Stakeholder feedback on team leadership
  • Evidence of support on staff improvement/development
  • Timely closure of interface issues


  • Expert authority for company
  • Recommended at least 10 years of experience as a designer
  • Excellent technical knowledge and overview within his discipline
  • Should be fully competent in the use of in the use of relevant software.
  • 5+ years AutoCad experience designing ship structures
  • Experience with FPSO conversions a plus
  • FPSO conversion experience with either FEED or EPC a plus


Headquartered in West Houston's Energy Corridor, the Houston Execution Center of SBM Offshore offers a 4-1/2 day workweek and a congenial work environment.

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

The SBM Offshore Group is proud to be a EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.