Working in Angola
Baker Hughes has been providing advanced oilfield products and services to the Angolan petroleum industry for more than 30 years. During that time, we have invested significantly in infrastructure and technologies, as well as in training and personnel development.
We are committed to developing local resources to support the long-term growth of the Angolan community. We have helped Sonangol and its international operator partners to cut costs, maximize production and improve ultimate reserve recovery from their fields, regardless of the technical or operational challenges.
To support growing offshore activities, we have a strong presence in the country in three regions: Luanda, Soyo and Cabinda. Our Base 1 in Luanda serves as the primary base for Wireline Product Line Drilling and Evaluation product lines, while the newer, purpose-built Base 2 –inaugurated in 2010 – hosts Completions & Production, Fluids & Chemicals product lines and Pressure Pumping Product Line. Soyo and Cabinda serve as operations centers.
Over the past few years, we have invested millions of dollars in capital projects in all three regions. Our infrastructure expansion projects – including the $22million construction of an operations facility in Luanda (Base 2), which opened in 2010 – constitute one of the largest single investment programs in any country by Baker Hughes, further demonstrating our commitment to Angola.
Further investments include a $14million new service facility in Cabinda and a $7.4million redevelopment of our Base 1 (D&E) operations base in Luanda.
Baker Hughes employs more than 400 people in Angola, with 70 per cent Angolans, including those in senior management and executive positions. Baker Hughes is a meritocracy: all positions in the organization are attainable by local employees, based on demonstrated aptitude and performance.
Plans to increase our local workforce mean we are keen to attract young engineers and operational staff who will benefit from our strong training programs and career development opportunities.
Angola is home to a multi-ethnic and multicultural society, and we embrace diversity, welcoming applications from all suitably qualified candidates, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
Field Engineer Development Program
Baker Hughes relies on field engineers to deliver front-line technical services and solutions. To fill these important roles, we offer engineering and science graduates (four-year technical degree or Master’s) the opportunity to develop into versatile business professionals through a comprehensive three-year training program called LEAD. It will help you quickly develop your competence with our technologies and processes, enabling potentially rapid career progression.
Selected graduate field engineers also have the opportunity to work abroad as part of the training program, typically going on international assignment for 18 months before returning to their home region.
Field Specialist Development Program
If you have completed a two-to-three-year qualification in a technical or engineering-related subject, you could be considered for a field specialist development opportunity. Field specialists perform a vital role, usually at the wellsite, operating the tools and technologies that deliver solutions to our customers. Our Field Specialists also receive all the training they need to be successful in the field through a multi-phase training and development program.
As well as field-based jobs, Baker Hughes in Angola seeks suitably qualified support staff to fill important roles in Finance, Facilities, HR, Procurement, Transportation and IT. Please search our site here for current vacancies: http://jobs.bakerhughes.com/
Providing the technological advancements and operational excellence necessary to recover Angola's vast hydrocarbon resources is only part of our commitment to Angola. Equally important is our pledge to drive the local economy and contribute to social programs to improve the quality of life for Angolans.
The Baker Hughes Scholars Program in Angola is helping to develop the next generation of leaders in engineering, science and business through grants for students at local universities. Launched in 2008, the ongoing program is designed to support undergraduates who have the motivation and commitment to use their education to participate in the country's economic and social development.
This multi-million dollar community investment supports talented students enrolled in a range of Angolan universities. The program provides university scholarships and living stipends to students with a record of academic excellence and strong potential to become leaders in the engineering, science and business fields. We view this educational contribution as only the beginning for these talented students, who will undoubtedly have a positive impact on Angola's future.
Watch a video at http://www.bakerhughes.com/company/corporate-social-responsibility/people-and-society/community-engagement/education-programs/investing-in-angola-s-talent
Education is just one aspect of community involvement. Baker Hughes employees also distribute consumables to the 'Pinda Mission' Orphanage in Soyo every six months.
Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)
Baker Hughes is committed to the safety and health of our people and to the protection of the environment, while supplying products and services in a safe and sustainable manner. HS&E considerations are woven into our core values of Performance, Teamwork, Learning, Integrity and Courage - a foundation of our philosophy and part of every business decision.
In addition to promoting a safe and healthy lifestyle, in Angola our main HS&E focuses are Driving Safety and Malaria prevention.