Layout Lead

Reports To:

Engineering Manager


The Layout Lead focuses on the development of a functional plant arrangement. The layout lead provides input to engineering management, engineering leads and senior designers, and is responsible for:

  • All activities related to the physical arrangement project assets (equipment, maintenance, buildings, space, commodities, roads, rail, utilities etc.) within the boundary of the project.
  • Coordination of all changes affecting the layout with each functional group.

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand the owner/user requirements and the project mission.
  • Support the project kickoff meetings and site visits as required Assist in interpreting the plant PFDs, P&IDs and plant battery limits and constraints.
  • Assist with the development of the Engineering Work Packages (EWPs) for all activities specific to layout and general arrangement development.
  • Assist with the man hour budgets for all deliverables and time related activities related to the layout group.
  • Provides input to the deliverables list for the work to be performed by the design team (plot plan, general arrangements, models, studies, etc.).
  • Assist with the preparation and issue of the project-specific layout design criteria (if required).
  • Coordinate with client representatives in all matters related to layout of the plant.
  • Responsible for development of the facility layouts within the plant to the point where each functional group can effectively begin their design.
  • Review, coordinate and obtain approval for all layout changes.
  • Ensure continuous coordination between the functional groups as design develops that affects the layout of the assigned plant.
  • Resolve clashes where the clash will impact the layout Prioritize allocation of space.
  • Participate in client and internal project meetings.
  • Assign work (via signed off EWPs) to layout designers and continuously monitor progress and quality of general arrangements.
  • Review, check and approve all facility layouts and general arrangements to ensure conformity to the project specific layout design criteria.
  • Monitor design progress and develop corrective actions if required.
  • Participate in and assist with the conduct of project reviews such as reviews for constructability, operability maintainability, HAZOP etc.
  • Assist with development and monitoring of budgets and schedules Provide a safe, clean and maintainable plant layout.
  • Where needed, design plant layout to meet the project modularization and pre-assembly requirements.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Minimum 10 years layout experience on major multi-discipline projects, for the project type.
  • Minimum three years layout experience on the type of facility being designed.
  • Good understanding of maintainability, constructability, safety and operating issues related to the equipment.
  • Good understanding of interdisciplinary dependencies in a project environment.
  • Strong ability to analyze consequences of layout changes and prioritize best solutions as design progresses.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to manage individuals to attain quality, cost and schedule objectives.
  • Strong leadership and coordination skills.
  • Well developed communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.


  • A high degree of understanding of construction methodologies.
  • A high degree of understanding of commissioning methodologies.
  • Extensive experience and understanding in the use of procedures and workflow in the execution of projects.
  • Reasonable experience and understanding in the application of design systems for the discipline that support a 3D data centric design environment.
  • Engineering degree or equivalent.

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