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Senior Development Geologist

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 127
Grade SEO
Salary: £75,267
Location: Aberdeen or London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Occasional travel within UK
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Term Full time
Level of Security clearance Basic
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: 07 Oct 2019

Brief overview of role

In support of the Maximising Economic Recovery Strategy in the UKCS, a Senior Development Geologist is required within the Southern Northern North Sea and East Irish Sea team, delivering within the Operations Directorate. This role provides oversight of Operators plans to bring fields into development, ongoing management of those fields and recommending the final date to cease production, amongst other regulatory issues.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

This is a high-profile role and will work closely with UKCS production Operators to develop and build upon the OGA’s Stewardship Strategy. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate considerable technical, leadership, strategic and commercial expertise in the delivery of field development planning across all aspects of the asset life cycle.

You will have a solid understanding of the plays and petroleum geology of the North Sea and ideally the SNS and EIS, and have experience of the Field Development Plan stage gate process having been involved in previous UKCS Field Developments. A proven ability working with cross-functional asset teams to deliver drilling activity and effectively stewarding producing fields and undeveloped resources will be highly regarded.

The team works in a fast-paced environment, which sometimes means responding to new priorities, however, the key aspects of the role will include:

  • Single Point of contact for Operators on OGA related matters;
  • Review Field Development Plans, Addenda, Field Determinations, cessation of production applications and well consents to ensure compliance with MER UK;
  • Support the formulation of Area Plans to cover future potential developments;
  • Review field performance to identify poor performance and ensure improvement plans are put in place via the Stewardship process;
  • Participation in industry workgroups and technical forums relevant to the SNS & EIS.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leading and Communicating - Communicate using appropriate styles, methods and timing, including digital channels, to maximise understanding and impact
  • Competence 2: Changing and Improving - Find ways to improve systems and structures to deliver with more streamlined resources
  • Competence 3: Collaborating and Partnering - Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
  • Competence 4: Delivering at Pace - Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands

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

Essential Desirable
• A positive attitude and a desire to deliver, often working at pace;
• A first degree, or equivalent, in Geology/Geoscience, or another relevant Science/Engineering discipline;
• Be fully versed with OGA Stewardship Strategy, Expectations and Implementation Guides;
• Ability to work across a multi discipline team;
• Understanding of petrophysics, reservoir engineering and petroleum economics, with the ability to work with interdisciplinary teams;
• Production geology experience gained from working in the North Sea;
• Development and production geology experience gained from working in the North Sea;
• Data management and data analytics;
• A strong petroleum geoscience background and ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in analysis of production and well data, and developing clear recommendations with supporting evidence;
• Stewardship, analysis and best use of available data (wells, production, seismic, CAPEX/OPEX etc);
• Experience with the OGA’s Well Operations Notifications System (WONS) for new well, side track, well test and well abandonment notifications;
• Preferred knowledge of conventional gas plays in the SNS, tight reservoirs (gas), conventional oil plays in the EIS.

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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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.

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