Geoscience Manager - Houston

at BP
Location Houston, United States
Date Posted August 12, 2016
Category Subsurface Team Lead
Job Type Permanent


Role synopsis

The Geoscience Team Leader will support the West Business Unit which is currently centered around the San Juan Basin, but has remit that covers New Mexico and Southern Colorado, west to California. This person will be responsible for development of new subsurface ideas and concepts for maturation into potential new Capital developments. The individual will lead a small team of geologists and geophysicists in the identification, maturation, development and delineation of new plays in and around existing core areas. In addition, the Geoscience Team Leader is responsible for ensuring available seismic data is used effectively to maximize value and for preparing requests for additional seismic data.

The Geoscience Team Leader will report directly to the VP Development West.

Key accountabilities

As the Geoscience Team Leader, you will:
Supervise geoscience contribution to well design including location and target zones, well path and geo-steering requirements
Identify and progress material unconventional well programs that test new reservoirs/field extensions/play extensions so that the identified programs reach Execution Readiness
Identify, mature, and develop new plays, concepts, leads on and around existing acreage
Lead team in populating, prioritizing and high grading the portfolio of new opportunities for the Business Unit, ensuring that prioritization is done with consideration of value and risk
Use geospatial and other competitor and partner data to identify potential new areas of interest on and around BP’s existing acreage
Utilize existing development frameworks to support geologist and geophysicist staff development.

Essential Education

Dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Geophysics and Geology or a Master’s Degree in Geology or related sciences

Essential experience and job requirements

5+ years of experience specifically in unconventional geoscience with an Independent oil and gas company executing a fast paced, multiple rig development program
Experience in multiple unconventional reservoirs across US onshore
Experience in geo-steering in horizontal wells
Experience across the Access (leasing and asset acquisition), Exploration, Resource Appraisal, Development and Production value chain
Highly Self-motivated, a high level of individual initiative and passion to be premier, and ability to handle multiple tasks with minimal supervision
Ability to prioritize work in a high activity environment
Ability to influence and work effectively with others, including field-based personnel.
Demonstrated planning, organizational, and communication skills

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

Desirable criteria & qualifications

Focuses effort and prioritizes work to deliver business value.
Overcomes obstacles and adapts approach to achieve outstanding results.
Takes account of inter-dependencies between all stakeholders.
Actively promotes a positive team environment.
Looks for ways to do things safer, better, more efficiently without increasing risk.
Flexibility to work in a smaller, shifting environment.

Relocation available

Yes - Domestic (In country) only

Travel required

Yes - up to 25%

Is this a part time position?


About BP

BP's US Lower 48 (L48) Onshore business operates across a vast US geography, from Texas north through the Rocky Mountains. The business manages a diverse portfolio which includes an extensive unconventional resource base of about 7.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent across 5.5 million gross acres in some of the largest and most well-known basins in the US. Headquartered in Houston (Texas), L48 employs about 1,700 people across six states, operates more than 9,600 producing wells and has 70,000 royalty owners. Our vision is to be the most respected and admired oil and gas company in the Lower 48 US states.

Our Wyoming operations are anchored on the giant Wamsutter tight gas field in the south central part of the state. In the San Juan area of Colorado and New Mexico we produce from tight gas sands and operate the largest coal-bed methane field in the US. Our Mid-Continent operations cover the prolific Anadarko, and is home to the famed East Texas basin, along with the Woodford shale gas play and Arkoma basin. We also have non-operating interests in over 10,000 wells across the US with substantial positions in both the Eagle Ford and Fayetteville shale basins.

In 2015, the L48 Onshore is being established as a separate business within BP’s Upstream to manage its onshore oil and gas assets across the US onshore. This effort is being undertaken to improve competitiveness and help L48 remain at the forefront of innovation and development of technologies for unconventional resources.




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