Engineering a global career
Published: 04 Nov 2015
Name: Lynsay Thomson
Job: Senior quality engineer
Company: Global SCS
I am lucky to have a lot of variety at work. I help numerous oil industry clients with their quality processes, so the type of work and where I do it varies enormously. I could be waking up at home in Aberdeen, or in a hotel on another continent.
If I am in Aberdeen, I usually get up at 6.45am. I stay in the city centre so, after a shower and breakfast, I catch the train out to the Global SCS office at Dyce and I am at my desk for 8am. It's great to miss the rush-hour traffic on the roads and I use the time on the train for planning the day ahead.
My projects at Global SCS can vary in duration from just a few weeks up to many months. Most of my work is screen-based and involves preparing quality risk-mitigation plans for oil industry projects anywhere in the world.
Global SCS specialises in providing quality engineering, technical auditing, third-party inspection and contracts and procurement services.
For example, I was involved in one drilling campaign in Africa where equipment was being manufactured in Houston, Singapore, Romania and China. I had to arrange inspections of the goods at the suppliers' premises before dispatch to make sure the equipment was fit for purpose.
If this process is not done properly there can be a huge cost impact to the operator and potentially create life-threatening situations. That job involved many communications through meetings, daily phone calls and numerous e-mails over an eight-month period.
My most recent six-month assignment saw me being located at a client’s offices in Holland from Monday to Friday and flying home at weekends.
Since I was missing university evening classes, I had to spend my nights studying and keeping up momentum in order not to fall behind.
Global SCS is continually looking at fresh expansion opportunities both at home and overseas, and that will benefit me.
We recently opened offices in the Middle East and already have a presence in the US, Australia and Norway – so I will have the chance to regularly work out of all those locations too.
The continued growth and internationalisation of Global Energy Group will also see me doing more work for sister companies at home and abroad.
There are a lot of rivals out there to Global SCS, but what I think makes the difference is our continued major investment in staff, so customers worldwide can benefit from our industry-leading level of service.
This was officially recognised earlier this year when we received three top Investors in People (IIP) awards.
Global SCS now has Gold accreditation, which represents a true commitment to employees and puts the business in the top 7% of IIP clients. In addition, the company has been recognised for investing in young people, plus for the health and wellbeing of its workforce.
Apart from occasionally having a walk round Dyce to stretch my legs and get some fresh air, there is not a lot to do here at lunchtime.
So it just tends to be soup and a sandwich at my desk, a catch-up with colleagues and then back to work.
Afternoons can be similar to mornings, either communicating with suppliers or clients, dealing with e-mails, attending meetings either at Global SCS or client offices, though it just depends on the latest project I am working on.
I do try and get out and attend inspections as much as possible, which helps me develop my knowledge for the equipment, the quality control tests being performed and gain a further understanding of local manufacturers and service providers.
I do have more spare time in the evenings these days, after spending the last four years studying at nights for my BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Unfortunately my hobbies – scuba diving, hill-walking and skiing – did take a bit of a back seat for a while due to a lack of time, though I hope to get back into them.
I feel my studies will pay dividends, as gaining my BSc will help me with my career advancement going forward. I would like to see more women study engineering because of the big opportunities out there in all energy sectors worldwide.