Senior Reservoir Engineer — Australia

Location Australia
Date Posted December 8, 2015
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 5
Must Already Have Work Rights Yes


Senior Reservoir Engineer

About the Position

As part of NOPTA’s resource stewardship focus, we require reservoir engineers to enhance NOPTA’s ability to monitor and review the production performance of the offshore oil and gas fields and achieve significant improvement of the long term optimum recovery of oil and gas.

This is an opportunity for experienced reservoir engineers to be involved in assessing field performance across the Australian offshore that will deliver changes and have a significant, long-term impact on the management of the oil and gas resources. The positions are advertised at the Executive Level 1 or 2, with the starting salary to be determined by the qualities and experience of the successful applicant

The successful applicants will participate as essential members of the NOPTA Geoscience & Engineering Team (GET). GET is responsible for the provision of expert technical advice across the entire petroleum lifecycle, from initial permit award, through exploration and discovery, to development and production for the 400 titles situated in offshore Australia. The three core functions of GET are:

  1. Geoscience and engineering assessment of offshore petroleum exploration and development applications under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 and associated regulations and guidelines (the regulatory framework).
  2. Monitor petroleum production and provide advice on resource management issues and the optimal long term recovery of Australia’s offshore petroleum resources.
  3. Provide guidance on matters pertaining to offshore petroleum exploration and development within the regulatory framework.

Primary Focus:

The successful applicants will undertake detailed technical assessments of petroleum development activities and reservoir performance, with an emphasis on the provision of expert advice on petroleum reservoir performance issues. In particular applicants will be responsible for assessment of reservoir performance against the field development plan forecast. The roles will require working proactively and positively with other members of the NOPTA team, other Government agencies and also, as appropriate, with the petroleum industry. Executive Level 2 employee’s will take on leadership roles and require sound management and organisational skills.

Applicants need experience in petroleum reservoir engineering and petroleum geology in relation to petroleum development and production, extensive experience in petroleum reservoir modelling and production performance evaluation, and a good understanding and knowledge of late life field extension. Sound analytical and problem solving skills as well as good communication skills are required.

Main Functions of the Position

  • Monitor and assess field performance across offshore Australia including reservoir characterisation, reserves estimation, field optimisation and material balance analysis.
  • Conduct internal/external audits of field performance and review reservoir simulation models.
  • Carry out reservoir production performance assessments for compliance purposes
  • Run meetings with title holders in relation to reservoir performance
  • Plan, co-ordinate and undertake assessment and prepare reports and recommendations on regulatory approvals for offshore petroleum production operations.
  • Provide strategic input on regulatory approaches.
  • Provide guidance on subsurface work programs, ensuring full implementation of NOPTA’s stewardship policies and standards to title holders on regulatory petroleum development matters
  • Report to senior management regarding title holder’s reservoir performance.

Required Skills

To be successful you will have an appropriate petroleum reservoir engineering degree and have recent professional experience with an oil and gas operator. This will be combined with a strong technical background and the ability to demonstrate a high level of competence in petroleum reservoir performance to support evidenced-based decisions. Knowledge of Australia’s offshore basins and petroleum regulatory framework would be desirable.

You will also display excellent interpersonal and influencing skills in multi-disciplinary teams and be able to command the respect of colleagues and industry representatives. You must have very good written and oral communication skills and be able to provide timely, impartial and accurate assessment and advice as required. Strong leadership, management and organisational skills are necessary to be engaged at Executive Level 2.


Mandatory Qualifications

  • Degree in petroleum reservoir engineering or an associated engineering/science discipline.

Special requirements:

  • Experience in petroleum exploration and production activities including reservoir assessment, field development and production as appropriate to the Executive Level applied for. A minimum of 5 years’ experience is required for the Executive Level 2.
  • Ability to work effectively in a consultative team environment and have proven problem solving and decision making skills. Demonstrated experience in leading teams is necessary for Executive Level 2.
  • Knowledge of Australia’s (or similar) sedimentary basins, petroleum potential and hydrocarbon resources.
  • Regulatory experience in assessing applications in accordance with legislation and/or assessment criteria is highly desirable.

Selection Criteria

Using the ILS (or selection criteria) to frame your response, tell us about how your skills and experience relate to the advertised position.  A two page (eg 1000 / 1500 word) limit is applicable to this application.

  • Shapes strategic thinking
  • Achieves results
  • Cultivates productive working relationships
  • Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
  • Communicates with influence

Additionally, you will be asked to:

  • attach a copy of your current curriculum vitae
  • provide the name and contact details of two referees (including current supervisor)

Before completing the online application form you may wish to prepare your written statement of claims for the position.

Please note: you MUST be an Australian Citizen to be engaged in the APS and to meet the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s security clearance requirements.

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