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Senior Drilling Engineer

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Senior Drilling Engineer
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100 000+
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South Africa
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Senior Drilling Engineer

Job Description

Our client is an international operator, based in South Africa, with extensive operations in much of Africa. They are looking for a Senior Drilling Engineer to be engaged on a Staff/Permanent basis in Johannesburg.

Position Summary:

Purpose of the job:

Provide high quality Engineering (deploy standard industry techniques) within a wide spectrum of scope, with no supervision, in order to deliver the Engineering work as required, ie support on-going wells operations activities, planning for assigned wells projects across the Africa

Region, etc. Supervising and coaching more junior Engineers on technical work.

As the Well Delivery & Engineering Department is currently being established the role will also play a strong part in its organizational and integrity development.

Assisting with the development of Operational polices and procedure, Standards and relevant guidelines.

Ensure Contractual and Operational management

Preparation of Scope of Works (Bid & Tender Process)

Conducting technical evaluations and scoring methodology (Bid & Tender Process)

Preparation of all types of budgetary and AFE cost and time estimates for drilling and work-over operations.

Preparation of drilling and work-over designs, and programs to meet asset objectives.

Integration of sub-surface objectives into drilling and work-over designs and programs.

Ensuring implementation and use of operational related policies, procedures, and industry / or

Company standards.

Research and promotion of innovative and best practice techniques to optimize well construction performance.

Ensure the use of Company MOC process

Effective liaison and communication with all applicable parties involved in drilling and work-over programs.

Implementation of lessons learnt system and championing of all performance improvement initiatives applicable to drilling and work-over performance.

Management of drilling documentation and data.

Establish tangible KPIs for all TP contractors.

Management of contracts for drilling equipment and service Consultants and monitor their performance against agreed bench marks.

Supply mentoring and training recommendations of Junior Drilling Engineers.

You would also be accountable for the following:

Integrity and compliance of drilling and work-over designs and programs with all applicable legislation / regulatory and Company Polices, Standards and Procedures

Protection of the Environment, Health and Safety in accordance with Company Policies and Procedures

Ensure that drilling operations meet agreed budgets and objectives

Ensuring that good and open communications are encouraged, promoting a culture of involvement and participation by all parties involved.

Providing Well Engineering support to well site Operations.

Delegate to Well Engineering Manager

Person / Experience Required

Specific experience required:

Minimum of 15 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry with operators covering a broad range of job functions in well engineering and in Wellsite operations would be an advantage.

Operating environments including remote onshore, offshore jack-up and semi-submersible

Between 5 to 8 years experience working with a major oil company (such as Shell, BP, Exxon) and in the technically advanced operating area (such as the North Sea or GOM).

Planning and operational experience of exploration and development drilling projects in remote and developing African countries.

A rigorous understanding of Well Engineering technical principles.

Operational management experienced in completions, testing and work-overs would be an advantage.

Experience in providing emergency response support to operations.

Able to develop and deliver in a timely manner well cost estimates to support both external and internal funding decisions.

Able to manage third party well engineering contractors throughout the well design and delivery process.

Represent company interests at partner and government meetings.

Ensure regulatory compliance for all operations.


Bachelor Degree in engineering (preferably in Petroleum Engineering, Reservoir Engineer)

Associated role certificates (HUET, IWCF etc)

Preferred Experience: 
10-15 years
Position Type: 
Job Hours: 
Full Time
Mandatory Requirement: National Residency or Valid Work Permit required: 
Required for work/interview immediately: 
Expiration Date: 

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