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Onshore Well Engineer

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 063
Grade HEO
Salary: £48,750
Location: London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some occasional travel within the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Term Full time
Level of Security clearance BPSS
Medical required? No

Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 06 Jun 2018
Anticipated interview date: early - mid June

Brief overview of role

This role is within the Onshore Exploration & Production team which is part of the OGA’s Regulation Directorate. The team is responsible for all licensing and consenting decisions for onshore oil and gas activities in England, and stewards those activities once consented. The team is currently responsible for Wales as well, but this will be devolved from October. The team covers both traditional oil and gas plays and newer shale prospects.

We are recruiting for an experienced well engineer to advise the team on decisions to award licences, to consent to well operations and on development and production consents and on the monitor the stewardship of new and existing onshore wells by licensees.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The team works in a fast-paced policy-driven environment, which sometimes means responding to new priorities, however to begin with you will have two key responsibilities:

  • Stewardship of existing onshore wells – this is a new area of focus for the OGA. The intention is to better understand the potential of all of England’s onshore producing and suspended wells and to promote best in class stewardship of the well stock by operators, whether by developing the potential of existing producing wells, bringing back into production suspended wells or agreeing with operators a progressive plan for the plugging and abandonment of redundant wells. Initially this will require you to work with OGA data and with operators to confirm the status of wells and understand their potential and then to work with operators to improve well operations and bring forward plans to develop or decommission wells. You will also seek to improve operator reporting and OGA record keeping and, wherever possible to make well logs and other geotechnical data available in the public domain.
  • Advising on licensing and consenting decisions – as the onshore team’s expert on well engineering you will review applications from licensees for new licences and proposals for consents to carry out well operations under those licences and make recommendations to the decision-maker. These will include drilling consents, field development plans, production consents and licence relinquishment reports.

As such, this post offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to deliver real change in a high-profile area, fast-developing area. You will have the opportunity to build a strong network in the onshore industry and to develop an unrivalled knowledge of and expertise in the entire well stock in England. To be successful you will need to stay abreast of industry best practice, relevant new technologies and up to date operational costs and will need to have:

  • strong geotechnical, analytical and IT expertise;
  • excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, with both colleagues and industry representatives; and
  • recent experience with well operations.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Collaborating and Partnering - Working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and contacts in the industry, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions
  • Competence 2: Changing and Improving - Find ways to improve systems and structures to deliver with more streamlined resources
  • Competence 3: Making Effective Decisions - Use sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice showing clarity of thought; setting priorities, analysing and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well-reasoned justifiable decisions.
  • Competence 4: Delivering at Pace - Focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language

Essential Desirable
• A strong petroleum geoscience background, including wellsite operations experience, and being able to demonstrate a high level of competence in assessing data and developing recommendations with supporting evidence.

• A degree, or equivalent, in Reservoir Engineering, Geology or Geophysics
• Experience in database management (e.g. Business Objects)

Application Process and Further Information

Unfortunately you do not meet minimum nationality and educational requirements of this position.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title.

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 250 words. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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Equality and diversity statement

The OGA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation