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Offshore Regulatory Compliance Specialist III

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Date: Oct 3, 2017

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77056

Company: Williams

Offshore Regulatory Compliance Specialist III
ReqID: 91742
Number of Openings: 1.0
Location: Houston, Texas 77056
Operating Area/Functional Area: Atlantic - Gulf


Bring your energy to ours. Help us become the premier provider of large-scale natural gas infrastructure in the United States. We take the welfare of our people seriously and are fully committed to the health and safety of our workforce. This commitment extends to every office and asset where we operate.  We need your expertise to serve as a change leader, educator, advocate, consultant and mentor as part of our organizational safety culture.
Hear from our employees on why they chose a career at Williams:


The Offshore Regulatory Compliance Specialist (ORCS) is responsible for providing permitting and compliance support to Operations, Engineering Services, Tactical Projects & Technical Services and Commercial groups within the Atlantic – Gulf Operating Area.



The ORCS supports Operations Managers, Project Managers, Commercial Representatives and coordinates with other technical teams to acquire permits and authorizations required for the construction of new assets as well as continued operations, maintenance and decommissioning of existing assets in the Gulf of Mexico. This position will report to Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Manager assigned to the Operating Area.

  • Manages relationship between Williams, the Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Has oversight of BSEE, BOEM, USACE and USCG regulatory permitting and compliance issues for Williams Offshore Assets located in Federal Waters. This includes the oversight of Capital and Expense Projects as well as preventative and corrective maintenance actions.
  • Acquires, organizes, interprets and disseminates highly technical and specialized regulatory information related to fixed and floating production systems, fixed and floating off-shore installation operations, and off-shore pipeline installation.
  • Provides Subject Matter Expert (SME) for regulatory and compliance issues for shallow water and deepwater areas. Interpretation of regulations as they relate to new construction, modifications and day-to-day operations and maintenance activities.
  • Provides required input for the Management of Change (MOC) process regarding impact from BSEE, BOEM, USACE and USCG regulations.
  • Reviews and disseminates information from BSEE and BOEM Notice to Lessees (NTLs), bulletins and Notices of Proposed Rule Making from the Federal Register, and changes to the portion of the Combined Federal Regulations of the BSEE, BOEM, USACE and USCG applicable to Williams’ offshore operations.
  • Coordinates actions required by BSEE, BOEM, USACE and USCG regulations with those required by the Williams Integrated Management System (WIMS) and provide input, feedback and necessary changes in a timely fashion when updates are required.
  • Identifies, tracks, evaluates and develops Williams’ comments or positions, as appropriate, to key BSEE, BOEM, USACE and USCG proposed rulemakings or regulation changes.
  • Participates with applicable industry groups to identify, track, evaluate and develop Williams’ comments or positions, as appropriate, to key BSEE, BOEM, USACE and USCG proposed rulemakings or regulation changes that affect Williams' operations on the Outer Continental Shelf.
  • Acquires coastal permits and authorizations with required state agencies.
  • Negotiates and executes 3rd Party Anchor Encroachments and Pipeline Crossings agreements.
  • Coordinates with internal stakeholders to complete and submit routine compliance reports such as Marine Trash and Debris (MTAD), and Office of Structural and Technical Support (OSTS) Platforms Inspections.
  • Coordinates with Legal and Risk Management Departments to complete Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) requirements and Qualification Records updates to the agencies before the compliance deadlines.
  • Provides support to the Operations teams on agency inspections and through the resolution and closure of any Incidents of Non Compliance (INCs).
  • Coordinates incident reporting and investigation process for offshore related spills, releases and other incidents.
  • Ensures Oil Spill Response Plan is managed properly by conducting routine updates and required annual drills.
  • In addition to the tasks outlined in this job description, you may be assigned other responsibilities as needed.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in EH&S, Engineering Discipline or Science related.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas industry preferable Offshore
  • Awareness of regulatory and industry governance/guidance in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Working knowledge of BOEM, BSEE, USACE and USCG regulations
  • Experience working with Federal, State, and Local Regulatory Agencies on Offshore Permitting
  • Must be able to travel up to 25%
  • Ability to engage with business leaders and governmental agencies
  • Established industry network
  • Ability to read, understand, and explain Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), General Arrangement (GA) Drawings, various valve and piping schematics, subsea survey charts


Regular/Temporary Assignment: R
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
FLSA Status: E
Shift: N-Not Applicable
Percent of Travel: Up to 25%
Relocation Offered: Yes
Williams is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected under applicable discrimination law.

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