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Pre-Operations/ Startup Manager

Requisition ID:  217663



Manages and supervises the startup activities on one or more projects or for a global business unit.  Plans and directs startup assignments on the project(s).  Technical responsibility for organizing, executing, and coordinating these assignments.  Makes day-to-day decisions within assigned area or project and makes recommendations to department or project management regarding policy and procedure.  Responsible for review of project designs and recommendation of changes to design so that projects are safe and operable.  May direct startup operations on a project at the jobsite location.  Global business unit startup managers are responsible for oversight and coordination of multiple projects within the global business unit.


For salary grade determination, see Addendum.




A. Supervision Received

  • Receives operational surveillance, administrative supervision and technical guidance from the Manager of Startup.  Objectives are defined and results are subject to supervisory review.  Receives day-to-day supervision from project management on specific projects.


B. Supervision Exercised

  • Supervises and provides technical direction to subordinate engineers and assigned personnel.


C. Contacts

  • Maintains good relations with client, office or project management personnel to ensure startup response to project needs.  Represents startup on project teams as assigned.



  1. Directs and monitors assigned office or project startup and operations which may include review of design for plant operability, preparation of operations manuals, coordination with construction during field check out and pre-commissioning and testing and execution of the startup in the field. 
  2. Directs the formulation of and recommends to departmental management policies, procedures, plans and programs within assigned office or project.
  3. Supervises, coordinates, and reviews the work of assigned engineers, estimates staffing needs and schedules, and assigns work to meet completion dates.
  4. Participates in proposal preparation activities as required.
  5. Prepares or directs the preparation of operations manuals.
  6. Ensures that work being performed is within scope of services and within budget.
  7. Provides input to project management, engineering, and construction to ensure startup requirements are incorporated into project activities, including review of project designs and construction to ensure plant operability and operating personnel safety.
  8. Coordinates, as directed, with project management, the startup related engineering, construction and client activities as an office assignment or during startup, operations, maintenance or testing at the jobsite.
  9. Coordinates with client representatives to obtain approval on work as it is accomplished.
  10. Reviews and approves key startup methods, procedures, and schedules on assigned project(s).
  11. Performs performance reviews for personnel supervised and ensures they receive appropriate technical assistance and on-the-job training for their professional development.
  12. Keeps abreast of technological developments and trends in startup and operating services within area of responsibility.



Extensive technical knowledge of startup and plant operations within a type of industry.

Knowledge of engineering systems and calculations, applications of both engineering and startup methods, and knowledge of application of computers to engineering problems. 

Extensive knowledge of administrative practices including cost and scheduling.

Extensive knowledge of precedents in the startup and operations areas and a broad knowledge of principles and practices of related areas.

Broad knowledge of industry and regulatory standards and criteria pertinent to startup, maintenance, operations, or testing.

The above is normally acquired through:

  • A recognized degree in an engineering or scientific discipline from an accredited college or university, or
  • A professional license in an engineering discipline from a recognized licensing board, or
  • Specialized courses in relevant general engineering, or an appropriate engineering discipline, or
  • Broad, progressive work experience including senior supervisory experience in startup, operations, or other relevant experience in design engineering, construction, field engineering, or plant operation in power, industrial, or process facilities.

    Skill in oral and written communication.

    Demonstrated skill in leadership.

    Knowledge of Bechtel’s administrative practices.


All applicants must have the right to work and remain in Chile.

Position for Los Pelambres Project in Field, Chile.

Salary will be based on current market rates and the posted grade will not be adjusted to suit the successful candidate.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.