Chief Reservoir Engineer in Denver, United States

at SM Energy
Location Denver, United States
Date Posted June 17, 2018
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Chief Reservoir Engineer for a public company with enterprise value of ~$5 B. This will be a technical leadership role with the ability to influence, improve and grow the company’s execution and performance in the development of resource plays.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

A technical leadership role with the ability to influence, improve and grow the company’s execution and performance in the development of our resource plays.
Demonstrated strong conceptual understanding of basic reservoir flow processes and rock mechanics in unconventional well developments; reservoir/completions experience with a leading unconventional operator a plus.
Skilled in utilizing a holistic reservoir engineering toolkit including advanced production analysis (RTA), integrated numerical modelling, decline analysis, data science, and volumetric calculations.
Promote and guide integration of reservoir engineering analysis with other disciplines including completion design and geo-sciences to further play understanding and well improvement
Develop or modify reservoir engineering workflows to increase optimization of assets particularly in regards to spacing, completions and lateral placement.
Strong fundamental understanding of PVT behavior and valid fluid sampling techniques; EOR experience a plus.
Strong commercial understanding: knows which fundamentals drive financial returns on well investments.
Ability to leverage industry network and knowledge to provide company with a technical advantage.
Ability to provide training on best practices in advanced reservoir analysis.

Computer/Software Applications:
Expert level of skill in Microsoft Office, including Excel. Expert Spotfire user to increase analytical speed and efficiency. Advanced knowledge of Aries or other economic evaluation software programs. Expert knowledge of IHS Decline Plus and/or Expert production data analysis tools including theory and applied equations. Expert knowledge of analytical models in RTA and Welltest including theory and applied equations. Remains current in the application of the latest proven technologies and methods. Solid understanding of numerical modeling applications, inputs, limitations and expectations. Evaluates or initiates new tools that increase reservoir analytics, well evaluation and asset development. Promotes company standards throughout the organization and confirms implementation. Experience with industry/company software including Welltest, AVM, Wellview, @Risk, Crystal Ball, Prosper.

Role-Specific Technical Knowledge & Skills:
Technical Expert in multiple basins/plays types across regions. Communication and teaching skills are advanced. Ability to apply theory to practical observations in well and field data.
Expert understanding of reservoir engineering disciplines including DCA, RTA, volumetric, recoveries, fluid behavior, analytical history matching and flow regime identification.
Expert understanding of reservoir phase behavior and its relation to operating condition and forecasting purposes. Up to date on the leading technical advancements and techniques to characterize unconventional reservoir behavior and well evaluation. Provides leadership to reservoir projects that apply technical advancements (re-fracs, Unconventional EOR) to increase asset value and recovery. Expert understanding of the probabilistic role in defining uncertainty. Can easily identify limitations in data sets and range in certainty of results. Expert understanding of flow in porous media including capillary pressure, wettability, Darcy's law and relative permeability. Experienced with core analysis and understands the core-log petrophysical process. Working knowledge / experience relating to geochemistry, operations, geological interpretation, well data integration, petrophysics and seismic attributes.

B.S. degree in Engineering is required. M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering is beneficial.

Typical Experience:
10-15 years of applicable engineering experience.

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