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Senior Exploration Geologist

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA-035
Grade SEO
Salary: £76,000
Location: Aberdeen or London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Occasional Travel within the 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: 20 Dec 2017

Brief overview of role

This is an opportunity for a talented and experienced Geologist/Geophysicist to deliver changes that will have a significant, long-term impact on the future of the UK offshore oil and gas sector. You will have the opportunity to utilise your geoscience skills in addressing interesting and varied exploration challenges and will support industry and government decision making and collaboration.

The Oil and Gas Authority’s Exploration & Production team is responsible for stewardship of oil and gas resources across the UKCS; including licensing, exploration and development. The Exploration & New Ventures team is tasked with revitalising exploration within the UK, and is taking strides to enhance investment and improve exploration success through actions on licensing, data, prospect inventories, government-funded seismic acquisition and regional play evaluations. As part of this work, a recent OGA dry-hole analysis identified failures in trap, seal, reservoir characterisation and source rock maturity and migration prediction to be key areas that must be addressed to improve exploration success rates and discovered volumes.

The successful applicant will be responsible for advancing the standard of geological analysis that is applied to the exploration and appraisal portfolio of the UKCS, though effective engagement with industry at regional, play and lead/prospect level.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

We require an experienced Exploration Geologist with a track-record of play-based exploration and prospect maturation together with E&A well delivery to work in the OGA’s Exploration Functional Teams. You will have experience, within an Exploration & Production operating company, of exploration within the UKCS and ideally beyond. You will have a solid understanding of the plays and petroleum geology of the North Sea and/or Atlantic Margin, and the ability to generate play concepts, mature prospects and evaluate risk and uncertainty, working with a cross-functional team to deliver seismic and drilling activity to effectively steward prospective and undeveloped resources.

 Responsibilities will include:

  • Best use of state of the art data to generate new plays and mature leads and prospects, and to extend prospectivity to new areas;
  • Leadership and collaboration with industry, academia and other bodies on best practices, the effective use of data and application of technology to promote exploration (seismic, gravity/magnetics, core, wireline logs, samples, etc);
  • Working with Industry and OGA area teams to ensure area exploration plans are appropriate, robust and delivered;
  • Working with the OGA Area Teams and Exploration and New Ventures team to ensure that a consistent approach is adopted across areas;
  • Working with the cross-disciplinary area team to ensure that exploration, development and decommissioning plans are linked and complementary in meeting MER UK objectives;
  • Meeting with Operators to peer-review technical assessments, work plans and activity, with a drive to progress on licence commitments and assist delivery of reserve additions;
  • Assessing applications for new exploration and appraisal wells, pre- and post-well technical analysis;
  • Address issues arising particularly in relation to risk and resource assessment;
  • Working with IT to develop systems to archive and make additional geotechnical data available in the public domain;
  • Stewardship, analysis and best use of available data (seismic, wells, etc);
  • Staying abreast of new geoscience techniques, geological concepts and well results, and promoting best practice to operators.
  • Representing the OGA and UK Oil & Gas Industry at national and international events and conferences.

    You will have an appropriate geology or geoscience degree and have recent professional experience with an oil and gas operator. This will be combined with a strong technical background and the ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in organizing and evaluating geotechnical and other information to support evidenced-based decisions.

    You will have strong all-round geotechnical, analytical and IT expertise. The successful candidate will also display excellent interpersonal and influencing skills in multi-disciplinary teams and be able to command the respect of colleagues and industry representatives.

     This post offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to deliver real change in a high profile area.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leading and Communicating: The successful candidate will be able to Communicate using appropriate styles, methods and timing, including digital channels, to maximise understanding and impact
  • Competence 2: Changing and Improving: The successful candidate will be able to Find ways to improve systems and structures to deliver with more streamlined resources
  • Competence 3: Collaborating and Partnering: The successful candidate will have the ability to Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
  • Competence 4: Managing a Quality Service: The successful candidate will be able to Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions

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

Essential Desirable
• A positive attitude and a desire to deliver.
• A first degree, or equivalent, in Geology/Geoscience, or another relevant Science/Engineering discipline, ideally backed up with a Masters or Doctoral level Geoscience degree.
• Recent experience of play mapping and play generation, utilising a full suite of data to constrain source rock, reservoir and seal risk elements and uncertainty on volumetric inputs. You will be able to combine this with a thorough understanding of play statistics, Yet-to-Find methodologies, appropriate use of analogues, etc.
• Recent experience of prospect maturation, quantifying subsurface risk and uncertainty using standard methodologies.
• Solid understanding and application of risk and volumetric processes and techniques, both at a play and a prospect level. Experience of industry-standard tools (e.g. GeoX, R&A MMRA) and of peer review processes and the impact of behavioural aspects, such as bias. Experience of post-well reviews and look-back studies.
• Experience of well planning and delivery, including recommending appropriate data acquisition programmes (wireline, core, sampling).
• Recent hands-on experience using geoscience interpretation software (e.g. Petrel, Kingdom, Landmark) to evaluate prospectivity.
• You will be a user of ArcGIS who can integrate structured and unstructured data from multiple sources, and will be able to create and edit spatial data, produce maps (and supporting documents) that communicate the geological story.
• A strong petroleum geoscience background and ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in managing, conditioning and analysing seismic and well data, and developing clear recommendations with supporting evidence.
• Experience of licensing processes and applications in the UKCS and, ideally, neighbouring jurisdictions.
• Generation and delivery of high-quality reports, presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
• Understanding of petrophysics, reservoir engineering and petroleum economics, with the ability to work with interdisciplinary teams.
• Knowledge of high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) plays, tight reservoirs (oil and gas), shale/resource plays, heavy oil, fractured basement plays and other challenging exploration targets.
• Production geology experience from in the North Sea and Atlantic Margin.
• Data management and data analytics evangelist.
• Experience of mentoring more junior staff and collaborating with external service providers and contractors.
• Ideally, a history of peer-reviewed scientific publications and engagement with professional bodies, such as the Geological Society and PESGB.

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  OGArecruitment@ogauthority.co.uk 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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