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Manager, Exploration GoM Micoene and Cretaceous Job

Date: Jun 13, 2017

Location: Houston, Texas, US

Company: Hess Corporation




Hess is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.


We have a world-class portfolio of assets with industry-leading margins and visible growth in areas where we have proven technical capabilities: Asia Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, onshore U.S. and the West Africa conjugate margin. We are a leader in the production of shale oil and gas, and one of the largest operators in the Bakken formation, North Dakota. We are also known for our expertise in the development and production of projects in deep water offshore.


Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth.  We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.


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The role of Manager, Exploration – GoM Miocene and Cretaceous reports in to the VP for Exploration, GoM.

The candidate will lead the team responsible for the identification, capture, maturation and evaluation of opportunities in the Miocene and Cretaceous plays in the US GoM.  Hess is continuing to build a World Class Exploration organization and portfolio and this role will contribute to value creation through the successful discovery of new commercial opportunities in a proven and prolific salt basin. The candidate will also be responsible for the appraisal activity required to take an opportunity from discovery through to an initial development decision.  As well as the subsurface evaluation, the manager will have responsibility for all the above ground aspects required to assess and evaluate a GoM prospect including partnering, economic evaluations and regulatory requirements.

The main geographical focus of this role will be the deep-water US Gulf of Mexico. 

The position includes responsibility for leading a multi-disciplinary team to deliver robust sub-regional analysis, and detailed petroleum systems evaluation of the plays of interest. This focus of this role is the maturation of the licenses that Hess holds in Green Canyon and Mississippi Canyon.  Regional to prospect scale evaluation will lead to a ranked prospect inventory with the exploration wells planned for 2019 onwards. The candidate will be a proven commercial oil finder with a track record of portfolio management and prospect maturation to drilling. A desire to challenge existing models to seek new and innovative solutions to complex problems will be a major part of the role. Of particular importance will be the ability to lead a group of subsurface imaging experts variously located within the team, within the technology group at Hess and at our geophysical contractors, to utilize state of the art imaging techniques which will allow the identification and maturation of sub-salt opportunities.  



  • Manage the team, and collaborate across the value chains to carry out geo-technical and commercial analyses; deliver a robust ranked prospect inventory for drilling in 2019.
  • Identify and make recommendations to evaluate, based on sound technical judgement, new venture opportunities that meet the Exploration business objectives.
  • Build and manage partner relationships as the acreage progresses towards drilling.
  • Manage integration of projects into the Global Exploration processes.
  • Direct the interpretation and integration of geophysical, geological and engineering information at basin, play and prospect scale.
  • Continue to drive new ideas and methodology into the subsurface characterization of the GOM
  • Work with specialists across the disciplines in the Technology & Excellence (T&E), Exploration Excellence, Drilling & Completions, as required to mature top prospects through the Hess maturation process to drilling and subsequent appraisal.
  • Make presentations to Peer Reviews, Value Assurance Reviews, Senior Management, and relevant Government Authorities as appropriate.
  • Mentor foundation phase, early career and senior geoscientists


Key Accountabilities

  • Team management.
  • Project delivery for the Miocene and Cretaceous plays
  • Characterizing subsurface uncertainty and risk.
  • Developing an open and collaborative working environment in the team.
  • Identification and capture of new exploration opportunities.
  • Ensuring a commercial focus to deliver value.
  • Compliance with Hess information management policies


  • 15+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience of the petroleum systems of the GoM required.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Excellent geotechnical understanding.
  • Good understanding of economic analysis.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work within a collaborative environment and communicate at all levels and across business units.
  • Motivated, and a self-starter with a hard-working approach.
  • Proven ability to capture new acreage and a proven oil-finder
  • Promote/undertake work activities in a safe manner.


Education, Training & Certifications

  • B.Sc in Geoscience and M.Sc/PhD



Leading at Hess refers to competencies considered absolute pre-requisites for success. How you deliver results is as important as what you achieve. Every employee is expected to demonstrate the behaviors within these competencies to be considered an effective performer and, ultimately, earn career growth opportunities.

  • Builds Trusted Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Creates Effective Teams
  • Thinks Strategically
  • Inspires Innovation
  • Demonstrates Courage
  • Drives Continuous Improvement
  • Makes Quality Decisions
  • Delivers High Performance


Hess is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


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