Field Development Reservoir Engineer in Houston, United States

at Occidental Petroleum
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted August 20, 2018
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent


Oxy has a significant presence (~1.4 MM net acres) in the highly competitive and profitable Permian unconventional arena and is looking for talent to help lead the company to industry-leading performance and growth. Oxy is looking for a talented and motivated individual to fill the position of Field Development Reservoir Engineer within our Permian Resources – TX Delaware organization based in Houston, TX.

The Field Development Reservoir Engineer role is responsible for creating Field Development Plans for specified assets within the Permian Resources Texas Delaware portfolio. The Reservoir Engineer is part of an integrated team of engineers who work closely with the Subsurface Characterization teams to understand the resource potential in the ground, the Well Analysis and Design team to understand well productivity, design and cost, and the Land team as well as various other groups to create Field Development Plans to maximize the value of the asset. The Field Development Reservoir Engineer will be responsible for framing multiple development scenarios and associated economics, reserves, and potential risk in production and cash flow, and formulate contingency plans to respond to actual well performance. The Field Development Reservoir Engineer helps coordinate and prioritize efforts for personnel working the fields to ensure the Business Unit timely receives a high quality plan that is executable.

The Field Development Reservoir Engineer will report to the Development Manager. Specific team members under the direction of the Development Manager include the following personnel: Reservoir Engineers, Facilities Engineers, and Production Engineers.

Construct and update integrated Field Development Plans for use in portfolio evaluation, business plans, and near-term development activities
Build integrated Field Development Plans with input from various technical and support groups
Incorporate learnings and innovative strategies into future Field Development Plans
Drive continuous performance improvement in Integrated Field Development Plan efforts in well productivity, cost efficiency, well sequencing and overall strategy
Challenge and develop solutions for surface and subsurface uncertainty and limitations
Provide produced fluids O/G/W, supply water, facility optimization, electrical, capital, reserves and economics outlooks to aid in portfolio management/execution phases of plans and timely business decisions
Integrate new appraisal benches within a given area into the Field Development Plan by working with the Appraisal group
Interface with support groups to provide relevant data and then integrate reservoir characterization, geological models, simulations studies, stimulation design learnings into Field Development Plans
Remove roadblocks, manage conflict, and drive collaboration
Ensure business decisions are based on quality technical work using quality data
Embrace new ways of thinking, innovate, and advance our existing development strategy

Bachelor’s degree (pertinent engineering degree).

Prefer at least 7 or more years of industry experience with an emphasis in reservoir engineering. Production and facilities engineering experience and general operational exposure is attractive. Past demonstration of great technical and financial project success, and unconventional development experience are both highly coveted.

Professional/Technical Knowledge:
Well-rounded, broad knowledge-base in: unconventional reservoir characterization and engineering, field development planning, economic analysis, uncertainty/risk analysis, the ability to work with multi-disciplinary groups and leverage Oxy’s vast support groups. Experience with 3esi-Enersight asset development software would be extremely beneficial.

Professional/Technical Qualifications/Licenses/Certifications:
None required.

Cultural Traits & Key Competencies:
Collaborative (excellent communication skills along with the desire to reach out and engage other teams to achieve objectives, manages conflict as it arises, and leverages the network)
Creative (strive for significant and continuous improvement)
Results-Oriented (driven for value-adding results in self and in others)
Proactive (strong decision skills relying on experience balanced with data and interpretations)
Accountable (committed to short term and long term expectations)
Risk Taking (take appropriate risks in order to advance while also learning from failures)
Key Competencies
Completely understands Field Development Plan workflow and processes (direction of data flow and requirements)
Understands key functional work processes within Field Development Plan disciplines
Exceptional collaboration skills with emphasis on integration between teams
Ability to integrate business and technical judgment
Understanding of a variety of types of Land/lease requirements and details
Creativity and appetite for risk.
Ability to quantify risk and uncertainty, especially associated field development planning and key decision-making.
Ability and motivation to challenge the status quo
Scenario planning
Presentation skills
Communication/Interpersonal Skills
Able to network between disciplines and across the organization

Oxy is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Individual with Disability/Veteran Status

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