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Working Smart


Working Smart Limited
Lansbury Estate
102 Lower Guildford Road
Knaphill Woking
GU21 2EP, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1483 721794

Deirdre O’Donnell
Managing Director
Skype – dodworkingsmart

Neil Stanley
Technical Director


Working Smart is a specialised “Petroleum Recruitment Consultancy” providing consultants and permanent staff to the global Oil and Gas industry globally for 22 years. 

They were the first online recruitment company in the world for oil and gas and continue to lead the way in technological advancements. From their inception in 1996, they have captured skills/competencies etc. of candidates from 186 countries providing a vast knowledge base of available resource in the upstream market. This knowledge enables them to quickly identify and engage with key candidates for Client opportunities – be they short term contracts or permanent roles. 

The Working Smart Team has in excess of 70 years Oil and Gas industry experience and work closely with industry societies, bodies and academia on the global stage. Working Smart organised the first “Graduate Career Centre” at an oil industry conference in 2010 and continue to host Career Centres, promoting job opportunities, training materials, technological advancements and career advice. They offer a unique understanding of the players, the markets, trends and technologies used.  

Having survived 3 downturns, they continually innovate and they develop unique supportive tools to streamline administration processes for their clients. In recent years they have launched a “Online Questionnaire” system that is a third tier screening tool; “Online Portal” enabling enterprise collaborative reviews; “Online Timesheet System” supporting their consultants globally; and in 2018 they launched an “Online Compliance System” to support the on-boarding of consultants or staff.

With a key focus in subsurface (Geology, Geophysics, Petrophysics, Reservoir Engineering) and Engineering (Drilling, Production, Development, Process, Design, Mechanical, Instrumentation, Electrical etc..) roles, they cover all disciplines (technical, operational, commercial) from graduates to board level.  

In support of some of their existing oil and gas clients, they have in recent years extended their services to refinery and petrochemical roles – this has been highly successful and they are now offering this service globally. 

Working Smart prides itself on working closely with their clients - taking time to understand their current business needs and long term objectives and providing services and personnel that support their growth strategies.  

They hold global partnerships with clients from service companies to super majors, many of whom have been clients during their 22 year journey. 

They offer a range of services such as:

  • Contingent recruitment - confident in their delivery they offer this “No-Upfront-Fee” service - so no financial risk to clients
  • Executive Search  - for senior level management and board members
  • Consultancy – for 22 years guiding clients in devising their Resource Management objectives, plans and deployment – e.g. recruitment, retention, downsizing, and succession planning…
  • Contract Management – recruitment, timesheets, payroll, on-boarding…
  • Tendering support - In a tight market, finding the experts for projects can be key to winning a tender! They have helped many clients win tenders on the back of this service.
  • Online Screening – free client 3rd tier screening service. Custom built for each role that captures an array of additional information. Highly valuable and well received by all clients.  
  • Compliance – free client service, unique to the oil industry enabling the fast and efficient on-boarding of consultants and staff, ensuring Clients are fully compliant. 

Working Smart is confident in their service solutions and happy to demonstrate – to see first-hand, please email to arrange a discussion and demonstration. Alternatively see client endorsements on site.

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