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Area Lead - SOR North Job

Date: May 7, 2019

Location: Keene, North Dakota, US

Company: Hess Corporation


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

We have an industry leading position in the Bakken in North Dakota – a key U.S. shale play. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Suriname and Nova Scotia.

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.

For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at 


  • Accountability for Profit & Loss, operations and capital budget, schedule, production, staff, reliability, and EHS performance.
  • Coordination of activities specific to the SoR North organization across areas, functions and white space—including Midstream, MR&I, Area Work Teams, Infrastructure, Integrated Commissioning Team (ICT), EHS, Regulatory, etc... to deliver overall Bakken goals through effective teamwork
  • Mentor, coach, and train staff to develop the competency and contributions of the Wells and Pads business and achieving the Hess Wells and Pads and Asset objectives.  Also, builds leadership capabilities into the front line through training and coaching.
  • Maintain an Operating Rhythm of meetings to address hotspots in EHS, System Availability/Reliability, and Maintenance work activities that affect production and cost. Meet with stakeholders (Midstream, Area Work Teams, Regulatory, etc..) to ensure that the customer and supplier needs are being met and address any deficiencies.
  • Verify and/or provide assurance to systems and processes as directed in various procedures or as directed by the Senior Manager. Comply with all requirements in the Hess Management Systems
  • Ensure appropriate level of Contractor integration & engagement
  • Liaise with local regulators / local government representatives, as required.
  • Time allocation:
    • GEMBA – “go see”, meetings/collaboration - 70% (field 35% office 35%)
    • OTHER – admin, invoices, data analysis, emails,  etc. - 30%

Key Accountabilities

  • EHS Accountabilities
    • Ensure team/employee engagement in EHS performance through two-way dialogue with employees, contractors, and other stakeholders on EHS issues; reinforcing positive EHS behaviors. Provide input into Employee and Contractor assessments to reinforce positive EHS behaviors
    • Accountable for delivering results to improve EHS performance aimed at reducing Severe Safety Incidents (SSI) and Severe Environmental Incidents (SEI) rate occurrence.
      • Manage process safety and environmental risks, by reducing process    upsets including spills, leaks and flaring
      • Manage occupational health & safety risks to eliminate injuries/illness and reduce TRIR rates through implementation of a behavioral-based safety culture
      • Ensure follow up and corrective/preventative actions are completed for reported hazards (via TREND, Hazard Observation Program, Near Misses, etc...) and incidents (through the Synergi action tracker) and all audit actions items generated for the field
      • Ensure the quality of the observation program (inclusive of TREND) and active engagement in the SoR Safety Committee
      • Develop and endorse proposed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and Standard Work Instructions (SWI’s) applicable to the work of NoR East personnel
    • Participate as a designated member of the Incident Management and Emergency Response Teams.
  • Quality Accountabilities
    • Engagement in the process for new wells/facilities (e.g. Quarterly Look Ahead, Front End Loading, Pre-Commissioning, Commissioning, Start-up, After Action Review) to understand opportunities for improving pad level performance.
    • Reinforces and coaches Operations Daily Reporting and Exception Based Surveillance and reviews reports assuring accuracy and compliance to reporting procedure
    • Monitors process metrics and implements countermeasures to address hotspots
    • Reduces unplanned losses for wells and facilities by:
      • Ensuring Root Cause Failure Analyis (RCFAs) (Cause Maps or 5 Whys) are conducted for significant losses. Participate in RCFAs requiring Leadership input
      • Review area Reliability/ Availability metrics looking for opportunities to improve and implement countermeasures
    • Ensure System Ownership of all equipment and systems by Reliability Operators
    • Develops and complies with Leader Standard Work
    • Ensure that Autonomous Maintenance is integral to team/employee responsibilities and work  and that there is alignment within team (Process Specialist, Logistics Specialist, Reliability Operators) regarding Autonomous Maintenance execution of tasks. Perform AM inspections (audits) to recognize achievements and progress, remove barriers, and identify training needs
    • Provide oversight of autonomous maintenance and standard operating procedures, business rule development, supporting project development and system startups.
    • Supports the delivery of Preventative Maintenance (PM), Corrective Maintenance (CM) and Schedule compliance targets developed in conjunction with MR&I resources
    • Ensure that activity planning processes are integral to the operating rhythm
      • Ensures compliance with Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) and Integrated Activity Planning requirements.
      • Coordinates with the Infrastructure Team to integrate design and construction activities with Operations activities.
      • Assists in long-term planning directly related to Production and Maintenance.
  • Delivery and Cost Accountabilities
    • Manage costs within Operating Expense (OPEX) and Capital Expense (CAPEX) budgets, providing input into Annual OPEX/CAPEX and the Asset Strategy and Annual Business Planning A3 Development
      • Drives cash cost efficiency (eliminating waste and ensuring value for spend) to deliver year-on-year savings to manage lifting cost ($/boe)
    • Develops and enforces a Lean culture of continuous improvement:
      • Facilitates and supports the Embedded Lean Leadership (ELL) deployment
      • Ensures common improvement opportunities are implemented consistently within the area and across the crews
      • Drives efforts to eliminate defects, optimize the efficiency of operational processes and work execution at all levels, ensuring lean continuous improvement principles are applied where necessary
  • Personal Accountabilities
    • Ensures direct reports’ annual objectives are established, regular performance feedback sessions are held, with one recorded mid-year, and a year-end performance appraisal held
    • Ensure direct reports complete Individual Development Plans in Career Manager and support for follow-up actions

Core Behaviors

  • Strong Lean knowledge and Leadership in utilizing Lean Principles
  • Demonstrates Leading at Hess Competencies
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to effectively manage conflict
  • Commercial acumen and awareness

Work Environment 

  • Field based role (Keene) on a 9/80 work schedule
  • Travel as needed to Minot and/or other field offices for meetings.



  • Industrial/Oilfield Experience
  • EHS knowledge
  • Strong process experience. Experience in Drilling & Completions and Oil Production operations is a plus.
  • Leadership experience
  • Understanding of Lean principles and tools
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft, SAP)
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong analytical and technical skills
  • Ability to work effectively with cross functional teams
  • Good problem solving skills and ability to manage ambiguity


  • +7 years oil and gas industry experience
  • Bachelors or Associate degree preferred, but not required


The Hess Way of Working 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, gender, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Posting Notes: Jordyn Makell Gustafson | Employee | Production / Operations Engineering | United States| North Dakota | Keene | | |  | | Yes | 25134