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Lead MR&I Surface Engineering - Upstream Job


Minot, North Dakota, US

Job Skill Group:  Production / Operations Engineering
Date:  Mar 16, 2023


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 



This role is responsible for leading the reliability strategy for the ND upstream assets.  This role leads maintenance and reliability engineers (rotating, fixed, electrical, instrument & controls) supporting all upstream assets in addition to leading master data management which also support midstream assets.  This team is accountable to improve equipment reliability and productivity in support of the asset's safety, environmental, production, and cost targets for all wells and pads assets for ND.  This role requires working closely with multiple other teams including Operations, Maintenance, Midstream Reliability Engineering, Integrity, Infrastructure, EHS, Finance, GSC, Central Reliability Operations, and the Technical Authority network.



The primary areas of focus for this team revolve around: 

•Maintenance Strategies

  • Develop, maintain, and assure Maintenance Strategies
  • Optimize preventative, predictive, and condition-based maintenance based on failure history, inspections, and definitive analysis of cost and benefits

•Lifecycle Cost Optimization

  • Develop, implement, and sustain evergreen reliability roadmap for equipment based on criticality, system/equipment availability and vulnerability. 
  • This team is an operational representative on capital projects to the Front-End Engineering design review teams to ensure RCM principles are integrated into new builds. 
  • Develop and manage critical metrics to identify asset/equipment reliability performance and bad actors list.  Through data analysis, priorities are established to identify improvement focus areas

•Root Cause Analysis

  • Conduct root cause analysis (RCA) according to business rules, confirm implementation and effectiveness of countermeasures, and establishing priority for performed work based on data-driven approach

•Maintenance Failures / Repairs

  • Provide technical expertise to Ops & Crafts on troubleshooting failures, repairs, and evaluating whether equipment is designed to meet its intended or existing service conditions
  • Work with Infrastructure and Reliability Operations to determine opportunities for repurposing equipment
  • Develop and implement preservation strategies for critical spare equipment and parts that are stored on-site or off-site for extended periods of time

•Equipment Surveillance

  • Provide equipment surveillance to assure performance as expected or impending issues are recognized and acted proactively.
  • Enables and assists in the training of operators, mechanics, and other team members to convey the "why" of equipment related issues
  • Identifies when additional focus needs to be placed to drive reliability culture and institutionalizing best practices across the organization
  • Identifies improvement projects to enhance equipment reliability.
  • Maintain awareness of emerging technology, assessing applicability to improve reliability and performance, or to reduce maintenance cost


Core Behaviors

  • Demonstrates strong Lean knowledge and/or ability to learn following skills:
  • Teach/coach:  Standardized Work development, 5-Whys, Problem Solving A3s, Mistake Proofing, Swimlanes, Dashboards, Conditions of Satisfaction, Last Planner System
  • Lead/facilitate: Leader Standard Work, Value Stream Mapping, Rapid Improvement Events, Business Planning (A3)
  • Demonstrates Leading at Hess Competencies including but not limited to:
  • Focus for and capability to coach/mentor/develop team members including ability to respectfully hold personnel accountable for their daily duties and resolve conflict as it arises
  • Able to influence without authority across organizational boundaries
  • Able to lead change with various stakeholders
  • Able to set direction and lead a team to deliver results
  • Able to drive daily kaizen to address improvements / gaps identified through observation of work performance and various team SQDC / YTT meetings
  • Able to build trusted partnerships with peers, vendors, suppliers, and contractors to allow for best practice sharing & strong teamwork
  • Able to work with a dynamic team and demanding customers while ensuring standards are always upheld


Work Environment

  • Office based role (Minot or Tioga) 9/80 work schedule; approximately 25% field based / 75% office based




  • 10+ years refining, petrochemical, oil and gas industry experience or equivalent industry related experience such as energy, military maintenance, mining or other heavy manufacturing
  • 4+ years of leadership experience as formal people leader in production environment preferred
  • Strong experience in a progressive reliability organization a must with strong maintenance experience and operations experience a plus
  • Strong knowledge of applicable EHS procedures/practices such as Permit to Work, Energy Isolation, Emergency Response
  • Strong understanding of industry codes, standards, and processes (i.e. ASME, API, ANSI, RCM, FMEA)
  • Overall breadth of knowledge on rotating, fixed, electrical, instrumentation and controls equipment
  • Strong understanding of business drivers, management of change requirements, reliability processes, and maintenance workflow
  • Proficient computer skills / business system knowledge (SAP, Spotfire, Excel)
  • Possess strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent collaboration and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical, technical, and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work in fast-paced, constantly changing production environment
  • Able to maintain on-call flexibility to control abnormal conditions (e.g. IMT and night/weekend support as needed)
  • Able to adapt available skills and equipment to respond to unforeseen demands and/or problems
  • Strong organization, time management, prioritization and planning skills and able to manage multiple tasks with tight deadlines for self and team



  • Bachelor of Science degree in 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 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 affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Hess is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, click here or send an email to

Posting Notes: Catherine Denise Nichols | Employee | Production / Operations Engineering | United States| North Dakota | Minot | | |  | | No | 26509