Marc - Subcontracts Engineer

Marc Deeb

Location: Sharjah

Year joined: 2014

Position joined as: Graduate Engineer, Mechanical

Subcontracts Engineer Marc’s career journey has been shaped by circumstances and opportunities and his time with Petrofac has already involved a number of exciting and rewarding assignments. 

Joining our graduate programme in 2014, the Petrofac Academy equipped Marc to make a real contribution at an early stage and he was quick to grasp the dynamics of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) solutions that Petrofac delivers. “The attention and focus on young talent and the multiculturalism of the teams is what first attracted me to Petrofac post-graduation. I saw an opportunity for both my personal and professional growth.”

The big chance

Marc’s potential was soon rewarded with the opportunity to join Orpic’s Sohar Refinery Improvement project (SRIP) in the early stages of its execution, where he was able to apply his technical knowledge and combine it with meaningful responsibility.

“I was aware of some of the knowledge gaps that I had at the time, but was confident that the on-the-job experience would accelerate my learning process and provide me with a more solid know-how.”

A broad and important contribution

Starting with a model review assignment in our Mumbai operational centre, followed by an overview of the procurement and expediting tasks in the Sharjah home office, Marc was then ready to join the site team in Oman.

Once in the field new opportunities arose and Marc delivered accordingly, broadening his knowledge and developing his leadership potential. With a focus on the various critical paths of the project, he was tasked with ensuring interdisciplinary and interdepartmental coordination, and took the opportunity to become a key team player and gain wider exposure to the various aspects of project execution.

Reaching the final stages of the project in early 2018, Marc was given the authority to lead key site activities including the client interface and the close out of pending critical items.

“The successful outcome was really satisfying, and I’m proud to have been able to demonstrate my capabilities and level of commitment to both myself and to wider peers. This has certainly been the biggest highlight of my time with Petrofac to date.”

From execution to strategy

Marc’s career is still progressing. As part of the Commercial Department, supporting the Duqm Refinery project team in what are the earlier stages of the project, he is taking the opportunity to continue widening his experience in differing aspects of the business.  

“Switching from delivery mode in the execution of the Sohar project, to the strategic planning around the initial stages of Duqm has given me a whole new perspective on project management.”

Utilising his experience, Marc is involved in introducing measures and controls to ensure smooth progress in meeting future objectives, as well as the commercial structuring of various subcontracts to meet the financial requirements of the project.

“Despite being faced with a new set of challenges, I’m confident that the experience gained to date, along with strong relationships and interpersonal skills I’ve developed, will continue to serve both myself and the business well in the long run.”

What advice would you give to any new graduates who are looking to join Petrofac?

I’ve received ongoing guidance and support, and been given many opportunities. My advice would be to always go all in, be positive, refine your skillsets and seek to broaden your knowledge base. You’ll be in contact with many different cultures and create long-lasting friendships along the way.