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Advisor/Sr Advisor Reservoir Engineering (Exploration Pre-Developments) Job


Houston, Texas, US

Job Skill Group:  Reservoir Engineering


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 Hess.com. 

The Exploration Pre-Developments team at Hess is responsible for development planning in support of ongoing Global Exploration activities. The current geographical focus areas for Global Exploration are primarily the deep-water regions of the US GOM and the Atlantic Margin.


The Reservoir Engineer will report to the Director, Pre-Developments and will work closely with the relevant Exploration G&G teams to address the subsurface performance uncertainty of potential opportunities. This will require the incumbent to use relevant analogs and reservoir engineering knowledge to prepare deterministic and probabilistic estimates of production rates and overall recovery, and in some instances, perform economic analyses. Key aspects of the work are noted below:

  • Interface with, and provide support to, the other disciplines in the Exploration and Developments arenas to maximize the value of any given opportunity;
  • Assist in generating data acquisition programs for exploration wells, and in preparing/presenting decision support packages required for sanctioning exploration prospect drilling;
  • Work with partners and regulatory agencies to gain alignment on well locations, data acquisition plans, as well as future forward planning on exploration prospects;
  • Carry out decision analysis work, supported by economics staff, to determine optimum development concept(s) and work with other disciplines (e.g. facilities and drilling) to devise and evaluate a range of development options;
  • Generate and maintain Hess-independent categorized reserves/contingent resource estimates and associated production projections using decline curve, material balance and volumetric recovery calculation methods;
  • Provide necessary support to the Enterprise to move projects through different decision stage gates.


Required Experience and Acumen

  • 10-15 years of experience in the appraisal, development and production of deep-water assets, with particular emphasis on a working knowledge of the deep-water GoM;
  • Exhibit proficiency in classical reservoir engineering, with a strong understanding of reservoir engineering principles, reservoir evaluation techniques and data interpretation;
  • Have a good overall understanding of all subsurface issues, covering functional understanding of geology, geophysics and reservoir/fluid characterization issues and how they relate to reservoir performance and development planning;
  • Demonstrate ability to work closely with exploration teams to perform early conceptual reservoir engineering, typically with limited data and assist with field development planning and economic evaluations;
  • Have strong presentation and communication skills. Confident in representing the team and the company at internal and external technical and operational meetings;
  • Articulate experience of being a self-starter; able to work independently and collaborate fully as part of a multi-disciplinary team, in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines;
  • Show examples of a positive, proactive attitude. Capable of problem solving and focused on finding for efficient operational solutions.

Required Software Experience

  • Able to leverage commercially available software and, when necessary, develop internal databases or standalone new software products to streamline future evaluation work. Typical examples of the focus areas and software used in the role include:
  • Eclipse and Rubis, Integrated Production System using Petroleum Experts IPM suite (MBAL, PROSPER and GAP), production decline-curve analysis using OFM, prospect statistical evaluation using GeoX and Crystal Ball, project economics evaluation using PEEP and PetroVR, pressure/rate transient analysis (PTA & RTA) using Saphir and Topaz, fluid PVT analysis/modeling using PVTSIM, data visualization / mapping / editing via the use of Spotfire, ArcGIS, RE-Studio and Tecplot and external databases including C&C Reservoirs, IHS, Knowledge Reservoir, OWL, Geopost, GoM BOEM

Education, Training & Certifications

  • BS or MS Engineering degree in Chemical or Petroleum Engineering

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 (noted below) 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: Anthony Wayne Vasut | Employee | Reservoir Engineering | United States| Texas | Houston | | |  | | No | 25038