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Our People


Seadrill is all about its people. A multicultural team of talented individuals, working together to achieve our goals and deliver excellence for our clients. Every day, we inspire each other to keep learning and developing in a fast-paced, sociable and supportive environment. We work with colleagues around the globe to set new standards. We're always happy to go the extra mile to make things happen. And together, we enjoy what we do.

We are Safety conscious, Accountable, Inspirational, Loyal and Proactive

These are the values that define our culture. They help to define who we are, how we operate and how we behave. They help us to make good decisions. These values help to define what we say, think and do. Our values are the fundamental features of our identity; they can never be forgotten nor compromised.

Whatever their role, and wherever they're based, every one of our people shares our values.

Sarah Loftus

Head of Strategy and Architecture

Sarah Loftus

Sarah Loftus

Sarah Loftus

“For me it’s about having the opportunity to take technology to the heart of what we do and really make an impact on the business.”

Role:
Head of Strategy and Architecture

Nationality:
British

Current location:
Liverpool

Why did you join Seadrill?

It was an opportunity to get into some very interesting and varied work. I think that was one of the real key attractions.

What’s different about working in IT with Seadrill?

It isn’t, ‘here come IT to fix something’, it’s about ‘how can we work together?’ We work closely with other functions, so we use a Microsoft Surface Hub to communicate and collaborate around the world. We work together to apply new innovations to everything from Finance, HR, and Operations, to looking at how we work in social and mobile and what Cloud means for the business. It might sound like a cliché, but I’m driven by making a difference, and to see that from creating a project, right through to talking about it at board level, is really motivating.

What sort of projects have you been working on?

One of the massive challenges is that we have around 50 rigs in the very harshest environments, so we’re introducing new technology to keep operations running safely and reliably. That could be anything from different ways to maintain connectivity in harsh environments, to training people with augmented reality.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career with Seadrill?

There’s a chance to make your own difference here – not just on the business, but in the city too. If anyone wants to get involved in any activity that benefits the community, we’ll support them. There’s nothing backward about being at Seadrill - it’s pretty full on and forward facing. Give it a go!

Richard Reid

Lead Corporate Accountant

Richard Reid

Richard Reid

Richard Reid

“I’m the sort of person who likes a challenge, and there’s always something different to look into here.”

Role:
Lead Corporate Accountant

Nationality:
British

Current location:
Liverpool

What was your background before you joined?

I used to work for a big professional services company, but I was looking to move into industry. So when Seadrill came to Liverpool I thought the Oil and Gas industry sounded interesting, and when I came for the interview it all just had the right feel to it.

What does your role involve?

I’ve been looking after all of the Mexican legal entities. Before we set up the Shared Service Centre, all of the regions had different ways of working so I flew out and I found out how Mexico did things. Everyone spoke to each other about how different regions operated and brought it all together to come up with the best practice. That’s been really interesting.

What do you enjoy most about working here?

Every month I feel like I’ve learnt something new, or encountered a new challenge. There’s just a lot going on. Also, it’s really good working with people from different parts of the world. The social scene is absolutely brilliant here, and that’s another one of the great things about the job.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career with Seadrill?

It’s a great step from wherever you’re coming from. They’re very keen to develop everyone, so they’re always looking at creating new opportunities. And you’ll be working with the best bunch of people. There’s definitely a culture of helping each other out if you’re unsure of anything. That’s another advantage. The senior management are very approachable and they’re always ready to help.

Charlotte Hudson

HR Advisor

Charlotte Hudson

Charlotte Hudson

Charlotte Hudson

“I love being part of a culturally diverse team that works hard but enjoys the fun side of life as well.”

Role:
HR Advisor

Nationality:
British

Current location:
Liverpool

Why did you join Seadrill?

I’d always wanted to get into HR and just before joining, I’d started my Masters in HR Management at Liverpool John Moores University. When Seadrill came to Liverpool, the fact that it’s a global company made it really stand out for me as being a great place to develop my HR career.

What’s the atmosphere like in the office?

It’s an open plan office and the Directors and Heads sit amongst their teams, so that helps with communication and openness. We organise a lot of social events to get everybody involved. When people have moved here from other regions and countries, they don’t necessarily have friends or family with them. So it’s very much like a family network here as well. We do little things like, for example, when it’s someone’s birthday we get them cake and a card.

What’s the main challenge for the HR team?

Having the Shared Service Centre here in Liverpool, in HR we need to make sure that everyone keeps communication levels up and that we liaise frequently with our regions, so that they know we’re here for them as much as they are for us. Ultimately it’s about keeping those relationships and those networks close.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career with Seadrill?

If you’re looking to develop your career with a global company this is a great company to do that, aided by the continuous support of your managers and colleagues. Seadrill aren’t afraid to give you the responsibility and autonomy to be able to grow.

Chris Graham

Lead Regional Accountant

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

“Seadrill invests in external training, but you pick up a lot on the job too. I’m learning every day.”

Role:
Lead Regional Accountant

Nationality:
British

Current location:
Liverpool

Why do you enjoy working at Seadrill?

It’s quite amazing what the company actually does, with all the technology and equipment on the rigs. Obviously, as accountants, we’re not hands-on with the rigs, but it’s good to understand how they work. I didn’t have any experience of the Oil and Gas industry before I came in, so it’s been a big learning curve, but we do get formal training and development on the industry.

How does Seadrill support your development?

I’m being promoted to a new role, Senior Legal Entity Accountant role in the AMA region, and Seadrill have provided the opportunity to complete the CIMA Certificate in Global Business Services. They’re quite flexible too, so as long as you get your work done, you can take a few hours in the working week to study. And if you want to get involved in a specific area of the business, they’re happy for you to do that, to grow your experience. You can go on rig visits too.

What’s been your best moment so far?

I was looking after the Brazil region when I first joined, so I went out to Rio almost as soon as I started. I’ll probably be going out to Dubai at some point, to meet the team there too.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career with Seadrill?

It’s a market-leading global business, but it’s not like you’re walking into somewhere that’s stuck in their ways. They want to continually improve, and help you do the same, so they definitely listen to your ideas. I can’t think of a bigger or better business to be working for.

Leticia Soars

HR Advisor

Leticia Soars

Leticia Soars

Leticia Soars

“I identify with the company values, and I’ve learned and developed a lot during my career here.”

Role:
HR Advisor

Nationality:
Brazilian

Current location:
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

How long have you been with Seadrill and what keeps you here?

I’ve been here for 3 years. I’m passionate about my job, about people, the environment I work in and all the relationships I’ve built at Seadrill. Relationship building is part of my job, and I can see the positive results of this every day. Also I enjoy the training, the chance to learn new things and be exposed to new challenges.

What are the people like at Seadrill?

It’s a friendly and fun place to work. People exchange their experience and knowledge, all working together towards the same objective.

What makes someone a good fit for the team?

Someone who’s willing to integrate, and is professional with a positive attitude.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career with Seadrill?

It’s a lovely environment, with helpful colleagues and opportunities to learn and develop.

John O’Connell

Head of Rig Intake and Technical AMA

John O’Connell

John O’Connell

John O’Connell

“I enjoy what I do, which means I enjoy my work and who I work for.”

Role:
Head of Rig Intake and Technical AMA

Nationality:
Irish

Current location:
Dubai JLT Office

How long have you been with Seadrill, and what keeps you here?

I’ve been here for over 9 years, and every year has brought a different challenge. I’ve been treated exceptionally well and had the opportunity to be involved in projects and challenges that have enhanced my professional experience and knowledge to a very high level.

What are the people like at Seadrill?

Our people are forward-thinking, positive individuals and our enthusiasm rubs off on each other.

What makes someone a good fit for the Seadrill team?

Seadrill is an extremely dynamic organisation, and so we look for people who thrive on change. They should be able to think differently, be open and honest, and not afraid to ask questions.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career with Seadrill?

Those of us who are in the later stages of our careers continue to support, teach, develop and mentor our younger colleagues. We have the ability to shape their futures each time we have a conversation or offer guidance. This type of support is invaluable for our organisation. 

Emmanuel Fordjour

Marketing Analyst

Emmanuel Fordjour

Emmanuel Fordjour

Emmanuel Fordjour

“There is always something to learn with Seadrill.”

Role:
Marketing Analyst

Nationality:
Ghanaian

Current location:
Dubai

Can you describe the Seadrill culture?

‘Unified in diversity’ – that’s how I’d describe the culture in Seadrill. Here, different people from all over the world work together to set the standard in drilling. At Seadrill there’s always someone ready to assist, and someone with the technical know-how. The wealth of experience and expertise from colleagues is always at your disposal.

What kind of opportunities are there for progression?

Progression is always possible here. For example, my career journey has developed from Operations Engineer Trainee to Project Engineer, Rig Leader Trainee and then Technical Leader Trainee, and now I’m working as Marketing Analyst.

What other types of support do you get?

We support each other across our teams and departments to get the work done, and I have the support of my line managers to grow within the company.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career with Seadrill?

Seadrill offers the most professional environment to work in, with some of the most advanced technology on board our units. With the ever challenging and changing phases of the market, Seadrill is setting the standard in drilling.

Ashleigh Grape

Contracts Analyst

Ashleigh Grape

Ashleigh Grape

Ashleigh Grape

“If you’re looking to be challenged professionally, while becoming part of a great team, Seadrill is the perfect place for you.”

Role:
Contracts Analyst

Nationality:
United States

Current location:
Houston

How long have you been with Seadrill, and what keeps you here?

I enjoy the variety and the opportunity to interact with virtually every aspect of the business on a regular basis. I encounter different challenges every day.

What’s been your best moment so far?

I was selected to participate in the Seadrill Leadership Programme. This gave me the opportunity to advance my leadership skills, while travelling and forging relationships with colleagues from different regions and departments.

What kind of opportunities are there for progression?

With Seadrill’s global presence your opportunities for growth are not only linear, but lateral as well. Seadrill encourages its people to be creative, and seek out new and improved methods of doing things. Also, the ability to gain knowledge from other departments and regions around the world provides significant room for progression if you’re willing to travel or broaden your scope of interests.

What would you say to someone thinking about a career with Seadrill?

At Seadrill, you’ll be surrounded by interesting, diverse and hard-working colleagues who’ve really banded together to achieve challenging goals. You’ll also have opportunities to represent Seadrill in the community and give back through volunteering efforts.