Jun 24, 2020

Asset Management Specialist

  • KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
  • Thuwal, Thuwal Saudi Arabia
Full-time Analyst Management - Engineering Management - Maintenance Management - Operations

Job Description

Asset Management Specialist

Position Summary

Research Infrastructure operates the business functions of Core Labs & Research Infrastructure department, manages capital strategy development and plan, and support asset management practice of all research facilities across KAUST campus. This department is supported by over 250 expertly skilled staff supporting 50 functional areas.

The Research Infrastructure Operations team serves the mission of KAUST and the department, delivering a culture of excellence through innovation and continuous improvement in processes, systems and other solutions that improve organization’s efficiency and effectiveness, as well as that enable growth and impact of the Core Labs & Research Infrastructure.

The team oversees the life cycle of $700M worth of research equipment across the University aiming at effective implementation of asset management standard, together with other teams within the department, including Research Asset Strategy & Planning and Lab Equipment Maintenance.
To maximize the value of these assets, the Research Infrastructure Operations wish to strengthen their asset management team by recruiting an Asset Management Specialist. This person will provide technical, operational and engineering expertise that drives best practices in managing a very large install base of advanced research instrumentation. This person will make a direct impact on the asset management strategy and framework of the KAUST research infrastructure. In the longer term, this person will play a significant role in the implementation of international asset management standards with an aim to comply with ISO55001.

Main Responsibilities

• Contribute to the development of a framework to determine the long-term approach to management of KAUST’s research assets, ensuring alignment with the ISO55001 standards
• Contribute to the development and implementation of an asset management policy, strategy and plan to ensure coordinated, efficient and effective delivery of asset lifecycle activities
• Incorporate a value-oriented approach to each asset by analyzing ROIs and providing direction supported by financial models to justify major capital investments and financial decisions
• Develop models for lifecycle cost optimization and asset end-of-life replacements to project long-term capital requirements
• Ensure that the asset protection plans and practices are adequate, lead regular assessment of risks, emergency response procedures, contingency planning and resilience analysis
• Develop recommendations regarding timing of asset dispositions/replacements to maximize value and execution of the disposition strategy in conjunction with relevant stakeholders
• Review and critically assess current practice in asset management, ensuring best practices are adopted and implemented

• Ensure compliance with the KAUST Asset Management Policy for all research infrastructure
• Support lab activities for shutdowns, outages and emergency responses
• Support the surplus equipment program by evaluating requestor needs and justifications
• Develop equipment performance reports and dashboards against agreed key performance indicators, including highlighting issues and recommendations for changes and improvements
• Ensure data integrity of asset information systems including SAP-PM, Fiix and Badger
• Support the capital investment and operation planning process through data modeling and analysis
• Support Lab Equipment Maintenance in developing a Maintenance Evaluation Framework (MEF) using quantitative and qualitative parameters to drive a comprehensive equipment maintenance program
• Support vendor management strategies by developing service and competency-based measures and maintaining performance KPIs
• Support risk mitigation programs such as electrical loss prevention and utilities mapping, UPS control and reviews, backup power and environmental sensors
• Drive improvement practices to streamline activities with related departments and work through challenges when expectations are not being met
• Document all procedures and workflows and review on a regular basis
• Perform other asset management duties as assigned

Technical Skills
• Demonstrated understanding and implementation of ISO55001 requirements
• Proficiency in data analysis and reporting, and ability to use data in forecasting equipment lifecycles, lifetime costs, and providing proactive solutions
• Proven experience using computerized maintenance management systems and optimizing maintenance models
• Proficiency in MS Excel, PowerBI, SAP-PM

Non-Technical Skills or Attributes
• Experience in a laboratory environment and familiarity with scientific instrumentation
• Strong analytical skills, able to collate information from multiple sources and provide comprehensive insights.
• Strong desire and passion to create and implement best practices in asset management
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills and capability to oversee complex projects
• Ability to adapt to and shift priorities, and effectively perform under pressure to meet project demands or deliverables
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment with colleagues from a variety of cultural backgrounds
• Self-learner and pro-active working skills
• Fluency in English (reading, writing and speaking) is essential

• Advanced degree in Science or Engineering
• Asset Management Certification from the Institute of Asset Management or equivalent international body
• A minimum of 5-7 years in an asset management or similar role
• Experience implementing ISO55001 standards across the organization preferred
• Project management in small-medium sized projects

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