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Senior Reservoir Engineer

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA023
Grade SEO
Salary: £67,904 per annum plus allowance and benefits
Specialist allowance: £5,000 non pensionable allowance
Location: Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
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: 30 Jul 2017

Brief overview of role

This is an opportunity for a talented Senior Reservoir Engineer to deliver changes that will have a significant long term impact on the future of the UK offshore oil and gas sector. It is a dual role requiring application of a broad petroleum engineering skill set across the Operations Directorate and for the delivery of the EOR strategy supporting MER UK.

The role will be responsible for functional support to the Area teams. Key areas of responsibility will be in developing best practice performance insights across existing producing fields and new and on-going field developments to achieve MER. Collaboration with OGA Area teams and Exploration and Technology areas will be required to communicate and promote best practice and systematic ways of working.

The role will also have primary responsibility for delivery of the EOR strategy designed to deliver up to 250 mmboe of additional reserves. This will require effective collaboration with Operators to promote, support and implement best practice across existing polymer and low salinity water flood projects as well as other EOR opportunities. A considerable effort will be required to advance the next tranche of EOR technologies and develop a framework for their economic implementation.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The Senior Reservoir Engineer will report to the Operations Coordination Manager and support the OGA Operations directorate in a dual role.

The role includes the responsibility for delivering the OGA EOR Strategy and Delivery Programme of opportunities in the UKCS. 
In addition the role provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the Area teams in addressing field development and performance issues across the wide range of reservoir contexts found in UKCS through all phases of hydrocarbon maturation from pre-development to cessation of production.

The responsibilities supporting operations will include:

• Preparing forecasts and reports for production, operations and development activities assimilating all UKCS activities.
• Working with the Area teams to review the performance and to develop insights to on-going field developments and Area plans to pursue opportunities for cost effective investment.
• Reviewing the performance of new FDPs and on-going field developments to ensure that all opportunities for improved oil recovery (IOR) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) are pursued.
• Supporting the promotion of Undeveloped Discoveries by identifying the barriers to investment and working with the Technology team to overcome them.
• Developing OGA best practice and systematic approaches for performance management in collaboration with the area teams.

The responsibilities in supporting the EOR strategy will include

• In conjunction with the Operators develop key performance indicators and progress reports on existing IOR/EOR and Carbon Storage/CO2 EOR Projects in the UKCS to ensure best practice is implemented and shared with industry. 
• Manage the on-going EOR work programme and considerable budget to steer Joint Industry Projects and other study activities and define potential future opportunities.
• Through engagement with licensees, operators and technology providers, and applying a global perspective, identify and pursue the next tranche of EOR opportunities for UKCS.
• Lead the future development and updating of the EOR Strategy and Delivery Programme, through effective relationships with the EOR Workgroup Taskforce, Government Departments, Agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations in the area of EOR and Carbon Storage.
• Brief senior management on EOR policy and EOR technical matters

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leading and Communicating - The candidate will be able to create a vision and develop strategic thinking; Clear and articulate communication skills will be essential, both oral and written, in order to build relationships and deliver key messages across both within OGA and external stakeholders at all levels; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and reach an outcome without direct authority are essential; This role requires a team player with a proactive approach
  • Competence 2: Delivering at Pace - The successful candidate will have an aptitude for working on numerous projects simultaneously with effective time to ensure that customers' needs are met within required timeframes; The candidate will have the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team comprising both technical and administrative staff.
  • Competence 3: Making Effective Decisions - The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and sound judgement to manage varied and sometimes complex issues and to make decisions with discretion within a broad policy framework; The candidate will have a flair for creative and innovative thinking to bring novel solutions to field appraisal and development issues.
  • Competence 4: Achieving Commercial Outcomes - The successful candidate will have good negotiation skills with the ability to sustain a hard line, without damaging relationships, when required.

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

Essential Desirable
• Degree qualification in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline.
• In addition to a first degree you must have a strong technical background in field development and be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in reservoir engineering skills, including the use of analytical and numerical modelling techniques.
• SPE PRMS knowledge and experience for evaluation and reporting.
• In-depth knowledge of EOR technologies and demonstrable practical application
• Working within Upstream Operating company and/or major EOR research institute
• Member of EAGE IOR and IEAEOR (secretary) committees
• Participating in and occasionally organising industry seminars and workgroups

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