Senior Reservoir Engineer — Perth, Australia

Location Perth, Australia
Date Posted April 11, 2016
Category Reservoir Engineer
Job Type Permanent
Min. Years Experience Required 5


Job no: 492330
Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Perth
Categories: National Measurement Institute, Executive Level 1, Executive Level 2

About NOPTA:

The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA or TA) is a statutory position (not an independent agency), and is a branch of the Resources Division within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

NOPTA's key functions in Commonwealth waters are to:

  • provide information, assessments, analysis, reports, advice and recommendations to members of the Joint Authorities and the 'responsible Commonwealth Minister' in relation to the performance of those ministers' functions and the exercise of their powers
  • facilitate life of title administration, including but not limited to Joint Authority consideration of changes to permit conditions, and approval and registration of transfers and dealings associated with offshore petroleum titles
  • manage the collection, management and release of data
  • oversee the keeping of the registers of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage titles.

States and the Northern Territory (NT) maintain a titles administrator role in state/NT waters.

NOPTA's offices are located in Perth and Melbourne.

Main Functions of 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.


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.

Skills and Abilities

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.

How to Apply

You are required to complete your application online. Using the skills and abilities listed above to frame your response you will be asked to:

  1. Provide an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role. (limit your response to 300 words)
  2. Provide detail about three work achievements, in the last five years, that you are proud of. (limit your response to 300 words)

More Information

Check out the links on the left hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

For more information regarding the position, please contact Jenny-Lee Maher ( 03 8199 0326 or 0447 748 238.

Advertised: 12 Apr 2016 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close: 22 Apr 2016 W. Australia Standard Time

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