Senior Reservoir Engineer - Aberdeen

at Premier Oil
Location Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Date Posted March 11, 2017
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent



Position Title

Senior Reservoir Engineer


Asset Management (Operated Assets)

Reporting To

Subsurface Team Lead (Operated Assets)



Role Overview

Provide reservoir engineering interpretation, guidance and support to the Operated Asset Management Team. This position will be expected to take a lead role in the subsurface evaluation of operated fields within the UKBU..

Key Accountabilities


Idenitfy and drive opportunities for increased production from the assigned producing assets, with a view to maximizing value and reserves for the company.


Lead the development, maintenance and history matching of the dynamic reservoir simulation models for Huntington oil field and various operated SNS gas fields. Utilise classical reservoir engineering techniques such as material balance and decline curves as appropriate to support the models.


To work as an integrated team member with geoscientists, drilling, and production engineers to monitor field performance and optimise production.


Assess opportunities for future infill wells, workovers and near-field exploration targets and prepare well recommendations and AFEs as appropriate.


Active participation in relevant external reviews (e.g. OGA), JV meetings and other ad- hoc technical meetings, representing Premier as operator.


Develop production and reserve booking profiles for input in to business unit report, CAD and year end reserves.


Begin planning and preparations for CoP, as required.


Mentor less experienced reservoir engineers.

Major Challenges

Maximizing value from Huntington Field in its late-life phase as well as the other SNS gas assets.

The ability to characterise and succinctly articulate the subsurface recommendations to other relevant disciplines and management to secure their implementation

Ability to work independently, but also work effectively within a multi-discipline team environment to develop clear, business-focussed recommendations and appropriate work- programmes.

Leadership – this position will be expected to take a lead role in subsurface evaluation.

Financial Accountability and Dimensions

Managing the production forecasts and reserves for the assets.


Management Relationships (include direct / indirect reports, external parties)

Direct reports (internal employees / external parties):


Indirect (internal employees / external parties):

Asset Management


A degree in Engineering or a related discipline. Preferably a post-graduate qualification in Petroleum Engineering or related discipline.

Candidate Profile (include Skills & Experience, Attributes, Behaviours)

Skills / experience:

Extensive experience as a Reservoir Engineer with an E&P Operator working on operated development and production projects. Preferably both oil and gas fields.

Substantial experience in dynamic modelling, history matching and sensitivity analysis using Eclipse (or similar software).

Track record of proactively proposing and implementing successful reservoir management recommendations.

Knowledge (e.g. systems, software, procedures, regulations):

Fully competent reservoir engineer with classical reservoir engineering skills.

Up to date working knowledge of technical software including Eclipse, Petrel, Petex, analytical tools, and Microsoft Office.

Familiarity with hydrocarbon resources estimation and reporting.
Systematic approach to uncertainty management and the ability to work with limited data.

Ability to work within the framework provided by company investment guidelines; appraise, concept, select, define and execute.

Good awareness of latest industry innovations.
Good understanding of drilling and production operations. Attributes and behaviours:
Highly motivated goal-oriented professional.

Able to establish technical credibility in order to gain the respect of peers, supervisors, and external third parties. Ability to develop practical solutions to problems and gain agreement with senior managers in the BU, corporate and function.

Ability to manage confidential information with appropriate sensitivity. Ability to succinctly articulate risks and uncertainty in complex scenarios.

Comfortable working autonomously and within dynamic teams, sometimes mentoring and assisting others. Leadership qualities.


Detail focused, with ability to prioritise workloads to ensure deadlines are met.

Exhibits the core Premier behaviours of creativity, decisiveness, delivery, openness and ability to work well with others in a team environment.

Additional Role Requirements

The above is intended to provide a description of the ACCOUNTABILITIES of the role. Duties and responsibilities attached to roles may change from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed

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