Senior Reservoir Engineer - Non Ops

Our client, an Operator based in Aberdeen is currently recruiting for a Senior Reservoir Engineer – Non Ops on a contract or permanent basis.


Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, maintenance and history matching of fit-for-purpose dynamic reservoir simulation models for operated and non-operated fields as required. Utilise classical reservoir engineering techniques such as material balance and decline curves as appropriate to support the models and reserves and production forecasts.
  • Constantly seek out opportunities to optimise production and/or increase recovery. Develop or maintain the reservoir management strategy for assigned operated assets, set production targets, carry out day to day reservoir and well surveillance, ESP monitoring and manage the well-stock to deliver the strategy and maximise value delivery.
  • Partner operated assets: Review and QC Operator's subsurface work and undertake fit-for-purpose independent reservoir studies as required to underpin investment and operational decisions. Influence the Operator to add value to the Non-operated Assets portfolio via safe and efficient field development, and value-accretive production improvements.
  • Provide technically robust inputs into economic models in order to support and recommend field development and/or well intervention activity on operated and non-operated assets and prepare well recommendations, well planning documentation and AFEs as appropriate.
  • Identify and drive forward opportunities for reserves progression and increased production from the assigned producing assets with a view to maximizing value and reserves for the company. Update and document identified opportunities in the opportunity hopper regularly.
  • Provide high quality, accurate reporting of production profiles and reserves estimates for input into business unit monthly reports, mid-year and year-end reserves reporting and Corporate business planning process.
  • Perform (and/or manage) relevant Reservoir Engineering studies (e.g. PVT, core, well test) where required to support the activities described above.
  • Work closely with the Subsurface Team Lead and Asset Managers to generate and execute the subsurface work programmes necessary for the Non-operated and assigned Operated Assets portfolio. Monitor progress and prioritise work programmes, identifying additional subsurface technical support requirements and working with the ‘UK Subsurface Manager’ to ensure personnel are available to deliver the work programmes.
  • Represent the company at operating, subsurface and other sub-committee meetings and external reviews as required

Education, Qualifications & Experience


  • The candidate will have a degree in an Engineering or Geoscience discipline and preferably a post-graduate qualification in Reservoir Engineering or Petroleum Engineering.

Skills / experience:

  • Extensive experience and current technical capability as a Reservoir Engineer with an E&P Operator working on a broad range of operated development and production projects in both oil and gas fields. Experience of HPHT reservoirs and development would be a significant advantage.
  • A strong track record of proactively engaging with and influencing Joint Venture Partners including experience influencing reservoir-related decisions in a non-operated role. The breadth of the role will also demand a good understanding of wider subsurface and drilling related issues.
  • Substantial experience in dynamic modelling, history matching and sensitivity analysis using Eclipse (or similar) software.
  • Track record of successful production operations reservoir engineering support, manging producing well-stock on a daily basis, including experience of monitoring and managing ESP performance.
  • Track record of proactively proposing and implementing successful reservoir management and infill well recommendations.
  • Experience and detailed understanding of well operations, well tests and completions.
  • 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, Petroleum Experts (GAP, PVT, MBal etc.) 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 self motivate and self direct.
  • 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 company behaviours of creativity, decisiveness, delivery, openness and ability to work well with others in a team environment.