Maersk Oil launches drive to woo Qatari leaders
Doha, May 18, 2014
Maersk Oil Qatar has launched the latest phase of its multi-media recruitment campaign, featuring five Qatari employees who have forged successful careers at the country’s largest oil producer.
The recruitment drive forms part of Maersk Oil’s wider Qatarization strategy through which the company aims to quadruple the number of Qatari employees who are leaders or senior specialists by 2017, said a company statement.
Drilling engineer Mohamed Abdulmalik; Reservoir engineer Sara Al-Abdullah; Senior helicopter operations co-ordinator Hassan Maki; Safety services team lead Hussain Ashkanani and Senior cost controller Ibrahim Al-Zereqi will all feature in the 'Find Your Place' campaign in local newspapers, online, at universities and through the www.findyourplace.qa website.
Lewis Affleck, managing director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said: "Qatarization is a personal priority of mine and a core business priority for the group. The Al Shaheen oil field, offshore Qatar, is already one of the most challenging of its type in the world and unlocking its hidden potential will only become more challenging in the future as the field matures."
"To maintain Maersk Oil’s reputation as Al Shaheen specialists, with world-class expertise and experience, we must continue to attract, develop and retain the best and the brightest. I’m committed to empowering Qataris to become future leaders," he added.
Maersk Oil Qatar’s latest recruitment campaign is a key part of its revitalised Qatarization Strategy that was the culmination of an exhaustive 12-month study that included a survey of employees and detailed mapping and analysis of best practice in Qatar and abroad.
Sheikh Faisal Al-Thani, Maersk Oil Qatar’s deputy managing director, said: "Qatarization has always been a priority for Maersk Oil Qatar and in recent years we have doubled the number of Qatari employees and increased those with a Bachelors degree. I’m proud of what we have achieved and of the talented people we have working with us. But we will do more to attract and develop Qatari leaders."
Sheikh Jassim Al-Thani, Maersk Oil Qatar’s head of Qatarization, said: "We have ambitious but achievable targets to increase the number of Qatari leaders and senior specialists within Maersk Oil Qatar."
"To reach our goals, we have taken a different approach that focuses predominantly on providing on-the-job training and filling the skills gap with mentoring, coaching by certified in-house professionals and a shadowing scheme that gives leadership responsibility to Qataris in a faster, more structured way. Maersk Oil believes that real jobs with real responsibility is the key to developing leaders of the future," he added.-TradeArabia News Service