NES Fircroft

Drilling Engineering Lead

Job Overview

Job DescriptionRole: Drilling Engineering Lead

Location: Basra, Iraq

Rate: Competitive

Duration: 12 months

Rotation: 28/28 Normal Rotation

Role Synopsis   

The Drilling Engineering Lead reports to the Drilling Manager.  Reporting to the Drilling Engineering Lead is a team of approximately seven engineers plus five support personnel. The role is responsible for drilling engineering, standardization, well integrity, quality assurance, benchmarking, engineering performance management and engineering career development. The role will be responsible for the engineering of drilling solutions on both a campaign and well by well basis to ensure safe, efficient fit-for-purpose well delivery The Drilling Engineering Lead will be the CAM for several large drilling contracts including fluids, directional drilling, liner hangers and open hole logging.

The Drilling Engineering Lead will lead by example in the ongoing training and development of Iraqi National engineers in the team. The Drilling Engineering Lead is a performance driven leader who demonstrates a strong commitment to HSSE, mentoring his team and continually seeking opportunities to improve Wells drilling operations.

A strong working relationship with the New Well Delivery Team, the other Wells Teams and PSCM is essential to succeed in this role.  The role of Drilling Engineering Lead is the technical focal point for input into ongoing drilling contracting work.

Key Accountabilities     

Key roles and responsibilities include:

•             Delivery of safe and environmentally sound drilling engineering solutions on time and within budget.

•             Monitoring and coaching of staff & contractors to achieve an international safety culture, with a strong emphasis on development of Iraqi Nationals.

•             Managing and developing the drilling engineering organisation.

•             Working with the sub-surface team to ensure delivery of new well designs and programmes to meet both annual and longer term production targets.  Overseeing full integration between the New Well Delivery and Drilling during the planning process and operational phase.

•             Implementation of the Well Delivery Process.  Responsibility for technical integrity and assurance of well designs and technical risk assessment, management, contingency planning and mitigation.

•             Assuring the technical integrity of the operations and compliance with Standards.

•             Ensuring alignment with Standards, integration of learnings, best practice and benchmarking data.

•             Administration of contracts to deliver drilling operations and identification of future contract requirements.  Providing a technical focal point for input into tendering & contracting campaigns

•             The identification and application of value enhancing, innovative and new technologies.

•             Point of contact for drilling engineering activities.

•             Specification and standardisation of installed well equipment (OCTG, wellhead, trees, etc)

•             Review of drilling programmes and recommendations for improvement and optimisation.

•             Coordination of in house technical support and external drilling technical support

•             Participation in rig / well site and service base audits for conformity to Standards.

Criteria & qualifications

•             Proven track record as a strong team player and ability to lead a team with a personal commitment and proactive approach to HSSE.

•             A track record of delivery in an engineering leadership role in a high activity, multi-cultural environment.

•             Detailed knowledge of drilling & completion design, engineering and planning is essential.

•             A good understanding of Openwells and the Landmark suite of engineering tools is desirable.

•             Experience with drilling operations, completions and workovers including at the rig site.

•             A proven ability to coach, train and mentor staff.

•             Educated to at least first degree level in an engineering or related discipline.

•             Significant experience tendering & contractings

•             Experience working in a remote / desert location is preferred.

•             IWCF Well Control certified or equivalent.

With over 90 years’ combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world’s leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.With more than 100 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.