Senior Geologist (Principal I) in Australia

at BHP
Location Australia
Date Posted June 5, 2018
Category Geologist
Job Type Permanent


About BHP
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About the role
BHP participates in several Oil and Gas Developments throughout Australia as both Operator and Joint Interest Unit (JIU) partner. These include the non-operated North West Shelf oil and gas fields, the Scarborough gas development and the Bass Strait oil and gas fields, as well as our operated oil and gas assets offshore Western Australia. An opportunity has arisen for two Senior Geologists (Principal I )to join the Australia Production Unit Subsurface team with responsibility for completing complex geological assignments in one of the three teams that support these assets. For non-operated assets, the subsurface team is tasked with assessing and evaluating Operator’s work, specifically as it relates to static and dynamic data for both producing fields and new developments. Of critical importance to the Production Unit’s success (both as operator and JIU partner) is the ability to optimize existing opportunities, recognize potential opportunities, and identify capacity for enhanced production. The Senior Geologist will be capable of completing and leading work independently, including undertaking detailed reservoir characterization studies, while working in a multidisciplinary team of Production and Exploration Geologists and Subsurface Engineers to deliver successful results to the Production Unit. An important prerequisite is the ability to guide, mentor and grow less experienced team members.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Develop robust static reservoir characterizations incorporating dynamic data, calculating deterministic and probabilistic HCIP as well as constructing geocellular models.
Technically assess the robustness and uncertainty around current reservoir characterizations. Evaluate and identify strengths and weaknesses in current technical work and articulate findings to influence the forward work plans.
Collaborate with geoscientists and engineers to provide robust in place resource ranges.
Optimize short and long-term field development plans and strategies through interpretation and evaluation of subsurface data.
Engage technical specialists (Petrophysicists, Biostratigraphers and Geochemists) within the company to ensure best practice workflows are followed.
Contribute to the development and execution of integrated subsurface work plans.
Proactively shares information, supports corporate initiatives and contributes ideas in a collaborative team environment.
Actively collaborate with the Geoscience Function, Subsurface Engineering, Central Engineering, Drilling and Completions, Investment Evaluation, Projects and PU staff on all geoscientific related matters including best practices and guidelines.
Promote best practices and guidelines in Geoscience and Geocellular Modelling across the Production Unit. Participation in the instruction and maintenance of BHP’s internal training courses.
Committed to safety, inclusion and diversity, environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
About You
The role will require a range of capabilities to effectively deliver the objectives of the Subsurface Team and include:
Considerable experience working in the upstream petroleum industry preferably with an Operator.
Bachelor's Degree (with Honours) or higher in relevant geoscience discipline.
Good understanding of geoscience concepts and principles in own discipline and broad knowledge of other disciplines (i.e. reservoir and production engineering, drilling and completions).
Experience in managing and integrating various forms of geologic data.
Experience with reservoir characterization, geological modelling and development planning in a production geoscience environment.
Developed communication skills to succinctly and clearly exchange complex information.
Proficient working knowledge of Petrel and Studio tools.
Demonstrated experience in mentoring and coaching.
Familiarity with deterministic and probabilistic assessment of in-place hydrocarbon resources, range analysis methods and differentiating risk and uncertainty.
Familiarity with well planning and operations an advantage.
Ideal candidate should be comfortable multi-tasking. They will have an ability to apply knowledge and experience to solve complex issues and make sound decisions. The successful candidate will be able to make robust recommendations with imperfect data, whilst remaining flexible applying good judgment when faced with ambiguity and uncertainty.

Supporting a diverse workforce
At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms. #LIWA

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