NES Fircroft

Well Site Leader

Job Overview

Job Description

Job Title

Well Site Leader (WSL)

Job Ref

Job Category

Workover & Completions


Basra (Rig Site) (Equal Time Rotation)

Role Synopsis

  • This role covers Workover Rig operations as operational requirements dictate.
  • The WSL reports to ROO Workover Team Leader, who in turn reports to the ROO Workover Superintendent
  • The WSL is responsible for the implementation of the workover programme.
  • The role of the WSL is to ensure that HSE goals, Operational Integrity, ROO Standards and Well Objectives are not compromised during well operations.
  • Mentoring of ROO staff is a key role.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Active HSE Leadership
  • Active monitoring and directing of operations including but not limited to HSE; well control; planning and preparation of upcoming operations; issuing of clear instructions to the rig contractor based on the requirements laid down in the ROO Standards, the workover programme, discussions with the office and indications from the well; communication with various contractors on and off site; observing, interpreting, understanding and reacting to changes in downhole trends; adequate reporting; good oilfield practices etc.
  • The WSL will provide mentoring and support to the development of ROO Iraqi staff.
  • Monitor service providers through formal audit and inspections to promote good HSE & oil field practice

Criteria and Qualifications

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in Workover with an Industry recognised Operator
  • Proficient in safe working practices and good oil field practices
  • Proven ability to lead workover operations through a theoretical and practical approach.
  • Ability to understand and work with differing cultures
  • Valid Well Control certification, as per ROO Standards (Level 4 Surface)
  • Proven Leadership (HSE and Operational) and Mentoring qualities

Appendix 1 shows a more detailed description and list of expectations of the WSL position.

Appendix 1: ROO Well Site Leader Job Detailed Description and Expectations


  • The workover operations will be predominantly tubing change out, ESP operations and well integrity repairs.
  • Must possess valid well control certificate (IWCF or IADC surface stack supervisor)
  • Must have good English verbal, written, and listening skills
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Must be able to work on own initiative; use proactive approach to problem solving and avoidance
  • ESP experience would be an asset.


  • Must Workover wells in a safe, efficient, and effective manner for the ROO
  • Must be able to take responsibility and manage tasks through to completion
  • Must adhere to a rigid code of conduct and respect diverse cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs
  • Must mentor/coach ROO or contractor staff to follow API and oilfield best practices
  • Must review / audit at least one JSA and PTW on a daily basis and ensure that TBTs are actually taking place and, more importantly, are participated in/understood.
  • Must get engaged in incident investigations.
  • Must ensure rigs follow the approved standard operating procedures (SOP) for their operations
  • Must review SOPs for suitability / completeness and identify gaps and work with various entities to improve Workover contractor operations
  • Must conduct well control (and other) audits
  • Must review and close out write-ups on the Corrective-Action Registers (CARs) on the rig while implementing a continuous-improvement program.
  • Must participate in pre-tour and critical pre-job safety meetings
  • Must review and follow / implement the agreed-upon workover program, verifying that approved operational steps are adhered to and promulgated in appropriate plans forward
  • Must ensure an MoC is accomplished if operations need to deviate from the agreed-upon workover program or SOP
  • Must directly oversee operations that deviate from normal activities, such as running casing tieback/ all cementing operations / all fishing operations / all Acid Stimulation operations / all E-line operations
  • Must convey the HSE lessons learned (review incident reports) with assigned rig crews and ROO personnel
  • Must participate in ALL drills and offer post-drill constructive criticism, if necessary
  • Must verify / witness BOP tests and ensure the BOP testing schedule is adhered to or dispensation is approved
  • Must witness all operations involving ROO equipment, such as wellhead installation and setting and recovering test plugs (BPV’s etc)
  • Must verify/ensure all appropriate equipment, personnel, OCTG, supplies are ordered/called off in order to execute the workover program in a timely, competent, coherent fashion
  • Must monitor and report ANY well-control event and be prepared to assume on-site senior ROO representative responsibilities
  • Must ensure morning reports are well written and accurate and that appropriate well data is input into Landmark OpenWells platform
  • Must conduct morning, noon, and night walks around the rig and location looking for safety, environmental, and operational hazards; must intervene, if required
  • Must participate in rig STOP card program or equivalent.
  • Must participate in the ROO Self-Verification program and encourage his team to fully participate.
  • Must conduct periodic job observations and discuss with the rig managers how to correct errant behaviors
  • Must ensure rig leadership meetings are occurring on a daily basis and that valid issues/concerns are actioned or addressed
  • Must perform operator field authorizations and approvals for all contracted work, as required
  • Must possess valid well control certificate (IWCF or IADC surface stack supervisor)
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Must be able to work on own initiative; use proactive approach to problem solving and avoidance
  • Must use initiative to ensure issues are overcome.
  • Must have a patient and calm personality

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