In T&T: Petrotrin hunts for senior manager

29 December 2011

A move to ensure transparency? Roget calls public ads for executive positions “an embarassment.”

IN an unusual move, State-owned oil company Petrotrin has invited qualified members of the public, through newspaper advertisements, to apply to fill top executive positions in the company.

The recruitment began last month and continued yesterday.

The full-page advertisements invite applicants for the positions of president, and vice-presidents of finance, exploration and production and human resources and corporate services.

President general of the Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) Ancel Roget has called the advertisements unprecedented and “an embarrassment”.

The company has defended the advertisements, which seek to find new administrators to oversee multiple projects in the new year.

The recruitments are said to be necessary as a number of executives will soon retire at the mandatory age of 60.

Current Petrotrin president Kenneth Allum will retire in April 2013, a recent newspaper report stated.

The advertisement stated that the suitable applicant for the position of president, who would ultimately report to the chairman of the board, should preferably have a Master’s degree in engineering, business or a related field, with at least 20 years experience in the energy sector of which ten must be in a senior leadership role.

The ideal candidate for the vice president of finance position, the advertisement stated, should be a finance executive with a minimum of ten years in the oil and gas industry with five of them being in a managerial position.

The vice president of exploration and production should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related discipline, a Master’s in a related specialist field and, like the vice president of finance candidate, should have a minimum of ten years in the energy industry with five of the ten years holding a senior managerial position.

The vice president of human resources and corporate services should have a Bachelor’s in HR, business management or a related field and the same number of years experience as the two other vice presidents in a unionised environment.

The three vice presidents will report to the president of the company.

The closing date for those applications was December 9.


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