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John Bethel, CEng MIMechE

Engineering Manager, Wood Group PSN, Aberdeen

John BethelAlmost 10 years now and Wood Group continues to create opportunities for me. When I joined the company through its Graduate Training Program in 2001, I was looking for opportunities to learn and grow and travel. Wood Group’s made those dreams into realities.

Today, I’m working on Talisman Energy’s North Sea brownfield engineering and modifications contract, which covers 12 assets, mainly offshore, in the role of engineering manager. It’s broadened my technical knowledge once again. It has added to my experience in managing the much larger team that reports to me functionally. And it’s made me aware of what my business team does for the overall Wood Group corporate picture. All of these are challenging, and exciting.

Two big pluses are the people and the culture. I enjoy working as part of the team, there’s a high degree of camaraderie…everyone is treated the same. Everyone wants to do a good job.

We also aim to get every job done the right way, the safe way. This is a good environment to work in. It’s built into our culture here, an ingrained part of our behavior on the job. That makes for a strong ethics policy, so it’s a good place to work.

I want to keep working my way up. Wood Group Engineering (North Sea), which is now part of the Wood Group PSN organisation, has been open to my building a leadership growth plan for the next five years, encouraging me to learn more about the business of our business. That’s excellent!