Join the T.A. Cook team

Join the T.A. Cook team

Who We Are

T.A. Cook is a global expert in Asset Performance Excellence. We work in the capital intensive industries to develop and implement programs to increase our clients’ profitability. With a team of 120 motivated and highly skilled consultants, engineers and trainers, we are a reliable and inspiring partner for our clients and deliver forward-thinking expertise on every level. 

Working at T.A. Cook is shaped by the experience of each individual project and partnering with our clients to find the best solutions and put them into practice. We are united by our approach and enthusiasm to explore new paths as well as the passion to deliver excellence and make a positive impact.

Why T.A. Cook

As professionals, we communicate with each other at eye level, addressing challenges in an open and esteemed manner. Expect meaningful work, talented people, constant learning and a team united by core values that promote quality, creativity and opportunity in everything we do. If you are looking for a dynamic, inspiring work environment within a continuously growing company known for its stability and success, you are in the right place.

What are the benefits

Employee Development

Develop your talent with intensive on-boarding, individual career planning, an open feedback culture and mentorship. Feel challenged with engaging work and creative freedom that ensures you can make an impact and build your skills.

Employee Benefits

Benefit from our exclusive cooperation with premium retail and lifestyle brands, travel incentives, talent scout programs, health and insurance packages and relocation services.

Work-Life-Balance

In a dynamic work environment, it’s important to pause and recharge. We offer our employees flexible working hours, summer working times, home office, a holiday-plus program and sabbaticals.

Team Spirit

Join a diverse community of smart, passionate colleagues who support each other and have one another’s backs. Whether it's the completion of a big project, an anniversary, or a special holiday, we make celebrating a priority.

Constant Learning

Feed your curiosity in a rich learning environment that offers not only inspiring project work but also leadership exchange and the opportunity to enlist for external training workshops as well as in-house seminars and digital learning.

Giving Back

Social responsibility is at the core of our company values. Each year, we make a point of donating to social and charitable projects worldwide. We also support the efforts of our employees by providing them with funds and opportunities to take action in the local communities.

What your future colleagues say

"T.A. Cook is an inspiring place to work because it gives me the creative freedom to bring my own ideas to the table. The open and honest environment helps facilitate excellent team collaboration."

Maren Stieler

HR Director and Feelgood Manager

"Being a consultant requires a lot of knowledge, skills, a strong mind and an adaptable character. I’ve been able to develop and deepen all these personal traits thanks to T.A. Cook. I love working for this company."

Alice Zhang

Project Manager, Asia

“T.A. Cook has given me the opportunity to work with some of the best talents globally. Sharing knowledge with colleagues has helped me continue to learn and grow both within the team and on a personal level.”

Matthew Popovacki

Manager, Canada

“T.A. Cook is a great company that not only looks after the bottom line, but also its employees. With a multicultural team working on a wide range of projects for clients worldwide, there’s always a new challenge.”

Gert Müller

Director Europe

“By working for T.A. Cook, I’ve had the freedom and flexibility to perform my best and combine my knowledge and customer focus within an international environment, strengthening my consulting skills.”

Bernd Zanger

Director Europe

"The strength of T.A. Cook is its people. The management team creates a flexible working environment with the aim of encouraging individual development."

Tom Richards

Business Development Manager Europe

Meet Our People

The power of role models

The power of role models

Women in the process industry are still a minority – even though typically female abilities such as communicatin, reflection, or cooperation are more sought-after than ever.

Clarity of vision

Looking back over a 30-year consulting career, Dirk Frame explains how working together and communication are fundamental to success, regardless of the challenges.

A striking balance

As a native Canadian with Croatian roots, Matthew Popovacki offers the best of two worlds: North American determination combined with European nonchalance.

The road less travelled

David Woods has no time for monotony, which particularly suits his job as a consultant. It is the unpredictability that drives the 51-year-old with his typical British charm – and which still gives him satisfaction after more than 20 years.

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Consultant Manager (F/M) – Focus on Turnaround in chemical related industry / Houston

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In an effort to expand our team, we are seeking a Project Manager for our office in Houston. Relocation not necessarily required.

Your responsibilities
  • Conduct analysis/audits of organizational structures, operational procedures/performance and the use of IT & Management Systems
  • Development and evaluation of key levers for efficiency and increases in productivity
  • Design and manage implementation process including the establishment of quantitative and qualitative targets to achieve agreed performance objectives
  • Tracking and measurement of performance improvements
  • Preparing and presenting regular status reports
  • Steering clients through the implementation process and managing expectations
  • Lead workstream
  • Identification of more-work opportunity and development of proposal
  • Dynamic leadership of the consulting team in project
Your qualifications
  • Economic or engineering degree or equivalent business experience
  • At least 5 years of professional experience as a consultant or in an industry company
  • Excellent knowledge of performance drivers in production, maintenance and  turnaround, preferably in a chemical related industry.
  • Hands-on mentality paired with a professional, approachable and engaging demeanor
  • Proven ability to assist clients through implementation projects in a goal-oriented manner and to communicate with all stakeholders
  • Excellent fluency in speaking, reading and writing English
  • Excellent MS-Office skills; ERP or special system knowledge skills a plus
  • Willingness to travel within North America
  • Excellent English written, verbal and sketch communication skills
  • Experience with IT based toolsets common to the system safety discipline
  • Competent in the use of MS-Office applications
What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Maintenance STO/Trainer (F/M) / Houston

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In an effort to expand our team, we are seeking a Maintenance STO/Trainer for our office in Houston. Relocation not necessarily required. The role is a full-time position.

Your responsibilities
  • Facilitate training programs specific to maintenance, planning and scheduling and turnaround/shutdown for our clients
  • Run on-site trainings, webinars or public trainings
  • Develop or customize new or specific client training program and designing webinars
  • Deliver speeches or workshops at conferences
  • Develop and maintain the existing internal e-Learning course library
Your profile
  • At least 10 years of professional experience as a trainer within the process industry (i.e. Oil & Gas, Chemical)
  • Proven experience in designing multiple training material
  • Subject matter expert in some areas such as maintenance, shutdowns & turnarounds, RCM, spare part management or planning & scheduling
  • Ability to engage and connect to large audiences at multiple levels
  • A preference would be given to people with Oil & Gas experience within in the Houston area or near major airports.
  • A preference would be given to people within the Houston area, TX
  • Willingness to travel within North America
What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

P6 Senior Scheduler for large Turnaround/Shutdown projects (F/M) / Houston

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Independently lead the effort to develop and analyze intermediate and complex TA project and outage schedules using Primavera Project Planner Enterprise (P6). Able to plan, schedule, integrate, baseline, update, maintain, and analyze TA and shutdown project schedules with as lead scheduler and oversight.

When applicable, maintain reporting, maintenance, and daily operation of Primavera Project Planner Enterprise Software, scheduling QA/QC software, and the earned value metrics/reporting system or KPIs for assigned projects. If possible experiences in dynamic scheduling and Monte-Carlo Simulation of project risks. Must be self-motivated, a good communicator, and team focused individual able to competently perform current scheduling techniques and analyses on all TA & shutdown project aspects. The candidate must be able to interface with site logistic and capital teams and contractors.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Develop fully integrated P6 schedules (including resource loading, leveling and risk mitigated) for complex and intermediate TA & shutdown project execution teams including detailed P6 schedules that utilize critical path methodology based on work scope from the work packages and planners work list . Assist in developing and revising the project scope document as needed.
  • Use sound techniques and best practices to update progress, acquire information, baseline schedules, maintain schedules, develop commodity curves, track metrics, and support project/outage teams on a routine basis.
  • Ensure all logic and activities support the level of detail required by the customer and meet internal department standards and guidance.
  • Produce and maintain each job path as its own project, capable of integration into one multi-network schedule.
  • Prepare and analyze metrics reports or KPIs. Provide periodic summary level status reports as requested.
  • Recommend and develop "what if" schedules such as compressed or crashed schedules , etc., as required to address problems that arise over the course of an TA and shutdown project and incorporate the necessary activity and logic changes into the schedule to provide minimum impact to the schedule.
  • Perform all duties, and work with others in a safe manner, in compliance with appropriate company safety policies and rules.
  • Work with Administrator to assign security , profiles and roles for new users.
  • Organize and conduct schedule review meetings covering the estimating , planning ,and scheduling of assigned projects with applicable company and contract personnel.
  • Mentor and train junior level schedulers.
  • Perform/coordinate schedule and cost integration including SPI /CPI and setup/maintenance of associated data systems and processes on a project basis.
Qualifications
  • MUST - Bachelor's Degree in Construction, Engineering or related discipline
  • MUST – 5 year experiences with building a TA & shutdown schedule in P6
  • Expert in P6
  • Expert in risk assessment/schedule quality review tools such as Primavera Risk Analysis or Acumen

Senior Consultant (F/M) – Focus on Maintenance in chemical related industry / Houston

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Your responsibilities
  • Conduct analysis/audits of organizational structures, operational procedures and operational performance (including use of IT & Management Systems)
  • Development and evaluation of key levers for efficiency and increases in productivity
  • Establish and agree quantitative and qualitative targets with responsibility for realization
  • Prepare and deliver implementation plans to achieve targeted goals
  • Sole responsibility for managing parts of a project during implementation and/or turnaround
  • Preparation and execution of workshops including training and coaching
  • Preparation and management of status meetings and reports
  • Be part of all maintenance day to day activities
  • Understand work process to minimize cost and maximize safety and productivity
Your qualifications
  • Economic or technical degree or equivalent business experience
  • At least 5 years of professional experience as a consultant or in an industry company
  • Excellent knowledge of performance drivers in production and maintenance, preferably in a chemical related industry
  • Experience in mechanical maintenance, reliability and condition monitoring, predictive/preventative maintenance, and maintenance systems (CMMS).
  • Proven ability to quickly penetrate complex issues and to develop practical solutions
  • SAP maintenance activity experience is highly beneficial.
  • Able to communicate at ease with all stakeholders
  • Hands-on mentality paired with professional and engaging presentation skills
  • Excellent fluency in speaking, reading and writing English
  • Excellent MS-Office skills; ERP or special system knowledge skills a plus
  • Willingness to travel within North America
What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Project Engineer (F/M) - Focus Safety, Risk & Reliability / Houston

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The task is to conduct equipment reliability assessments, perform equipment criticality ratings, and write maintenance plans. The consultants should have a project management background with relevant technical expertise. 

Your responsibilities
  • Evolve / review safety designs for products, associated support equipment and facilities, functional specifications and operations, and establishment of safety requirements for assigned systems
  • Focus on directing members of the team to meet critical schedules, resolution of complex technical and operational performance problems.
  • Participation within projects in establishing the content and degree of support required for each project
  • Development and delivery of safety documents as required to support customer and test/operational range requirements
  • Participate in accident investigations involving damage to products or related facilities and assists in identification of causes and corrective actions
  • Contribute troubleshooting skills to assist maintenance, turnaround and operations

 

 

Your qualifications
  • Engineering degree (Masters level Engineering Science, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Safety and Reliability) or Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required; Mechanical Engineering degree is preferred
  • A minimum of 6 years plant engineering experience in the refining, petrochemical, or chemical industry
  • Management consulting experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of Engineering Safety Management
  • Must have a working knowledge and able to develop Risk models
  • Must be able to undertake HAZIDs/ HAZOPs and develop Safety Cases
  • Must be proactive, solution orientated and be able to utilize experience, knowledge and skills to carry out bespoke risk assessment
  • Troubleshooting, root cause analysis, inspection, and testing experience required
  • Strong communications, interpersonal skills, initiative, follow up, analysis, and problem assessment skills
What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Principal (F/M) / Houston

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In an effort to expand our team in Houston, we are seeking a Principal. Relocation not necessarily required.

Your responsibilities
  •     Establish explicit client needs and possible consulting opportunities
  •     Build value equation to our client in order to qualify and sell analysis and projects
  •     Responsible for generating turnover for the company and will be rewarded accordingly 
  •     Reporting directly to the Managing Partner
Your qualifications
  • More than 10 years of relevant working experience in analyzing and delivering implementation projects                                       
  • Ability to deal with the most Senior Management of client organisation in a convincing way
  • Ability to understand the strategic challenges of client organisation
  • Commercially minded; ability to describe things in terms of business outcomes
  • Experience in analyzing and selling business cases to Senior Executives
  • Excellent proficiency in heavy industry industrial operations
  • “Can-do” leadership attitude
  • Willingness to travel regulary
  • Fluency in an language other than English is a +
  • Results orientated and target driven; focusing effort on activities that have the greatest bottom-line impact
  • MS suite knowledge (Outlook, Excel, Word) 
What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Business Development Manager (F/M) / Houston

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In an effort to expand our team in Houston, we are seeking a Business Development Manager.

Your responsibilities
  • Business development with primary focus in North America.
  • Generate revenue opportunities by conducting sales outreach activities including opportunity identification and evaluation.
  • Cultivating relationships with potential customers in oil and gas and other capital intensive industries sectors.
  • Make initial contact to determine needs and viability of prospective customer.
  • Must have the ability to sell, persuade, influence and build relationships at all levels.
Your qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business or other related field.
  • 10 years of experience in client-facing sales, marketing and business development roles with outbound-focused sales background.
  • Ability to travel within North America.
  • Skilled in the practical applications of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism, communicate effectively, and work as a team player with peers, clients, and staff at all levels.
  • Proven business development history for creating client relationships with existing and potential clients.
  • Solid communicator, including presentation skills with both internal and external customers at all levels.
  • Possess high level of integrity and accountability.
  • A preference would be given to people with Oil & Gas experience within in the Houston area or near major airports.

 

 

What we offer

We offer a diversified and self-dependent employment within an implementation consultancy undertaking international expansion. A committed and competent team will conduct your “on the job” training. Whilst you do not have a specific client assignment, you are free to work from a home office. If flexibility, resilience, being a quick learner, working independently and the ability to integrate into an international team are familiar to you, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Conference Production Mangager (F/M) / Birmingham

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We would like to find an experienced Conference Production Mangager who is looking for a new challenge. Based in Birmingham, the role will support end-to-end Conference Production and Project Management of our portfolio of produced and partnered business conferences and seminars.

WE ARE SEARCHING FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL CANDIDATE, IF YOU...

  • get excited by events
  • are a highly organised multi-tasker
  • have comprehensive knowledge of all the key roles and responsibilities required to run a successful event
  • have 4-5 years’ experience in event production, content and speaker recruitment
  • are confident at leading on calls and managing interdisciplinary project teams
  • enjoy working with people and building relationships
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • work well under pressure and enjoy a challenge

...then you may be just the person we’re looking for.

With at least 4-5 years’ experience in events, you will have experience in all aspects of event content development, planning and delivery. As Event Production Manager, you will lead the event from concept to completion, managing and overseeing all areas including logistics planning, speaker acquisition, agenda building and content, marketing and on-site delivery.

MAIN JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

End-to-End Project Management of Events and Decision-Making:

  • Manage the relationship with our Partner counterparts throughout the project, effectively leading on meetings and calls and acting as the go-to contact at T.A. Cook for all aspects of the event
  • Working with the entire project team (internal and external) to clearly communicate the vision for the project, as well as clarifying strategic requirements, explaining the way forward clearly, and managing expectations
  • Keep project on track throughout, with clear task lists, tracking, status reporting, presentation of work, meeting notes, and identification/resolution of challenges as they arise
  • Defining scope of the event project, including setting of goals, deliverables, schedule, deadline and budgets
  • Ultimate accountability and ownership for the event P&L, setting revenue targets and scenarios, and budgets for logistics and marketing
  • Event owner and ‘responsible face’ on-site at event


Agenda Management:

  • Identifying and outlining creative and focused agenda concept and format ideas
  • Researching event content with the market through telephone and online research
  • Writing compelling and market led conference programmes based on research results and the latest industry trends
  • Source and recruit senior level decision makers and innovative keynote presenters to provide presentations and interactive sessions
  • Ensuring a balanced and quality event format, and tracking of speaker and workshop facilitator invitation status


Marketing:

  • Produce ‘winning’ marketing copy for event websites, external emails, press releases and other marketing collateral
  • Building the marketing brief, and ultimate sign off of external marketing plans
  • Tracking the effectiveness of marketing activity
  • Utilise social networking to enhance event visibility within our communities
  • Identifying content for content marketing opportunities
  • Own the event website, it’s development and upkeep


Support of the Project Team:

  • Assist in managing the relationship with our event sponsors
  • Support event logistics and operations pre, during, and post-event
  • Lead discussions on the more operational aspects of the event process (staging, AV, exhibition layouts etc.)
  • Technical and managerial on-site support at events
  • Acting as key project support on the production of others’ larger events

 

 

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR ATTRIBUTES
  • At least 4-5 years’ event project management and production/content experience
  • Demonstrable understanding of the end-to-end event lifecycle, processes and the stakeholders involved
  • Experience of working on medium and large-scale events
  • Organised and enthusiastic self-starter
  • Professional manner and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills and command of English – a confident communicator, able to converse easily at senior level both by telephone and in person
  • Persuasive recruiter of presenters and facilitators
  • An understanding of creative event concepts
  • Able to produce engaging, incisive, attention-grabbing copy
  • Able to manage and report budgets efficiently
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritising
  • Able to travel internationally
  • Good attention to detail in all aspects of work


PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES – DESIRABLE

  • An understanding and interest in business topics, industry sectors (in particular IT and Technology)
  • A second European language (in particular German) would be desirable (though not essential)

 

 

WHO WE ARE

T.A. Cook specializes in providing expert operational advice to companies in the asset-intensive industries. Taking a unique, hands-on approach, its focus on Asset Performance Management offers clients sustainable excellence of boutique quality from its offices around the world. In addition, T.A. Cook is a leading organizer of international conferences and seminars as well as a partner for studies and benchmarking platforms. For more information, visit www.tacook.com

Please submit your CV and a covering letter via email to Mr. James Haggan: j.haggan@tacook.com

We regret that due to volume, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted, therefore if you do not hear from one of our staff within 7 working days, please assume that you‘ve not been successful on this occasion.
 

Office and Events Assistant (F/M)

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We are currently looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and intelligent individual to join our successful team in Birmingham, as Office and Events Assistant. This is a varied and responsible role that will require you to demonstrate a range of transferrable skills.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter.

Job Type: Full-time

The Role

If you…

  • have experience in working in an office and/or commercial environment;
  • enjoy working with people and building relationships;
  • possess high levels of organisation and the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • work well under pressure and enjoy a challenge;
  • are able to travel internationally

…then you may be just the person we’re looking for.

 

 

Main Job Responsibilities
  • Day-to-day smooth running of the office
  • Ordering equipment and ensuring office premises are stocked and tidy (point of contact for office cleaning agency)
  • First point of contact in office, e.g. telephone, deliveries, and office visitors
  • Distributing company communication to our suppliers and customers
  • Managing company generic email accounts, e.g. info@ address
  • Database administration – input, cleaning
  • HR / administrative tasks, e.g. logging of office absence sheet, collecting of self-certification forms, etc.
  • Supporting activities for finance, IT and events departments
  • Responsible for setting up facilities and equipment for internal meetings and events
  • Social media support
  • End-to-end delegate management
  • Enquiries
  • VISA requests
  • Group bookings
  • Processing registrations
  • Invoicing
  • Reporting
  • Registration confirmations
  • Pre-event credit control coordination (working together with finance department)
  • Pre-event preparations, e.g. badges, printing, packing
  • International travel to events and registration desk management on-site
  • Post event reporting and evaluations (e.g. event, speakers and sponsors)
Personal Attributes
  • Organised, enthusiastic and flexible self-starter
  • Professional manner and excellent client-facing skills
  • Excellent communication skills and command of English
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing tasks
  • Flexible, and willing and able to travel
  • Good attention to detail in all aspects of work

Contact

Our HR team is looking forward to your application.

Maren Stieler

Maren Stieler

HR Director

T.A. Cook Consultants, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.