NES Fircroft

Lead Workover & Completions Engineer

Job Overview

Job Description

Role: Workover & Completions Engineer Lead

Location: Basra, Iraq

Rate: Competitive

Duration: 12 months

Department/Function: Workover and Completions

Rotation: 28/28 Normal Rotation

Role Synopsis

The Workover & Completions Engineer Lead reports directly to the Workover & Completion Manager. The position is responsible for the delivery of safe, effective Workover and Completions solutions for the field development plan. The Engineer Lead will work closely in a multi-cultural environment that requires daily liaison with Workover Delivery Team Leads, Well Services, International Service Providers, Contractors, and support to Subsurface Team. Leading an engineering team, providing design engineering and operational engineering support for 10 Workover rigs or more, delivering 200+ workovers per year.

Key Deliverables

Provide Safety Leadership

  • Identify high-risk operations and focus resources to mitigate those risks
  • Complete Leadership Site Visits (LSVs) per rotation
  • Assist Delivery Teams with incident reporting and investigations
  • Support HSE Self Verification initiative

Provide Operational Effectiveness

    • Allocate resources in the WO Engineering functional team
    • Provide feedback and chance of success of SORs provided by Subsurface
    • Use engineering and operational experience to provide expertise and leadership to Workover Department at the SOR draft review stage
    • Responsible for ensuring all stages of the Engineering design, select and review process are followed and standardised
    • Provide assurance of the technical integrity of operations / compliance with in-country law, corporate policy, international standards and guidelines
    • Act as CAM (Contract Accountable Manager) for key contracts
    • Provide 24/7 support for well control, well integrity and complex operations
    • Lead problem-solving sessions with delivery teams, engineering and service providers to resolve challenges and manage change.
    • Review and approve complex and high value programs
    • Resolve operations challenges, such as:
      • Inefficient use of dual workstrings
      • Contactor pipe corrosion
    • QA/QC and contribution to ensure highest standard provision of Workover/Completion Programs generated by Workover Engineering Team.
    • QA/QC of all pre-job technical calculations within Programs
    • Daily engineering and troubleshooting support to Workover Delivery teams
    • Specific expertise in Water Shut-offs/zonal isolation, ESP Installation, Water Injection, High Angle TCP and ‘Barefoot” Completions, Wellbore Cleanout, Cased Hole Fishing, and Well Integrity repair/intervention
    • Training and mentoring of local and junior staff engineers
    • Liaise with Service Providers and Contractors with regards to inventory and equipment needs aligned with short and long term Rig/Well scheduling and planning
    • Contribute to peer review meetings with Workover Delivery teams
    • Conduct QA/QC of EOWR prepared by Workover Delivery teams
    • Conduct engineering post-job reviews with Workover Rig contractors and Service  Companies to define engineering and performance improvements
    • Provide technical and engineering support to Workover Delivery teams
    • Offer recommendations for operational improvements plus implementing optimization and efficiency opportunities
  • Self-starter and minimum supervision role
  • Participate in Quarterly Contractor Performance Reviews.

Enhance Staff Competency Development

  • Mentor DTLs, WSLs and WO Engineers on safety, efficiency and risk management
  • Demonstrate unyielding focus on well control and dual barrier philosophy
  • Identify improvement opportunities and develop tools to affect change, such as
  • Balanced plug cement squeeze excel workbook
  • Forward Planning spreadsheet
  • Keys to successful wellsite supervision
  • Provide leadership guidance and coaching

Qualification Criteria   


  • BSc Engineering or equivalent Secondary Technical Degree.
  • Extensive (15 + years) Wells experience with E&P Oil and Gas Company or major service provider.
  • Advanced knowledge of onshore (or offshore considered) workover and Completions operations including, rig equipment, well control, well killing, well integrity repairs, water shut off, completions, ESP installations.
  • Strong understanding of slickline, E-line, hydraulic fracturing and Coiled Tubing activities.
  • Landmark Open Wells Reporting, Fluids and Hydraulics Software, Log Interpretation
  • Demonstrably strong communication and mentoring skills commensurate with the above job role, proven record of developing junior personnel
  • Strong English language skills
  • IWCF Well Control certified or equivalent.
  • Ability to work in a high volume fast paced environment where daily challenges will disrupt planned activities. Results driven.
  • Demonstratable history of multiple rig operations. We typically operate between 10 to 13 rigs at any time.
  • Experience of managing third party contractor and Contract management.


  • International experience, Middle East and North Africa onshore an advantage
  • Strong team player
  • Arabic or Chinese Speaking an advantage.

Travel required

Yes – up to 5% – contractor meetings in the region if required.

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.