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Sr Regulatory Specialist - ARO Project Lead Job

Date: Jul 1, 2019

Location: Minot, 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 


This position will be responsible for planning and executing Asset Retirement Obligation (ARO) projects to ensure regulatory compliance and meet land and contractual obligations in North Dakota. The role will work closely with a cross-functional internal team as well as external agencies and other operators to retire assets according to best practices and industry standards.   


  • Oversee pre-project planning activities culminating in the compilation of a Conditions of Satisfaction handover package containing field, environmental, and administrative data
  • Oversee execution of the scope of work with a focus on job safety and regulatory compliance 
  • Facilitate daily and weekly planning meetings and associated reports up and out
  • Monitor and report program progress against Safety, Quality, Delivery & Cost Metrics; identify leading and lagging metrics and implement countermeasures
  • Create and manage program budgets and required AFEs, facilitate contractor bid process, approve invoices, prepare monthly accruals and forecasting
  • Direct/support field activities through attendance at cross-functional walkdowns, providing data, and interpretation/application of rules/regulations
  • Represent Hess – establish and maintain relationships of integrity and trust with external regulatory agencies, including North Dakota Industrial Commission, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service
  • Represent Hess – establish and maintain relationships of integrity and trust with other midstream companies, electric cooperatives, and E&P operators
  • This role requires a minimum of 20% travel to Keene and Tioga



  • Excellent organizational skills with superior attention to detail
  • Ability to manage heavy project load, timelines and success criteria; ability to quickly switch gears between projects without losing quality/priority; ensures individual projects progress appropriately; drives issues to closure
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, via telephone, email, presentation and informal settings, including preparation of maps, slides, charts or other needed supporting materials; knows the audience and verifies that the message has been understood.
  • Proficient user of Excel, Word, Outlook, GIS, and SAP
  • Strong interpersonal skills for working closely with team members, industry partners and external stakeholders
  • Familiarity with oil and gas production operations, maintenance, abandonment, and reclamation
  • General knowledge of regulatory requirements and practices including local, NDIC, BLM, Department of Environmental Quality, USFS; ability to research and interpret rules and regulations
  • Strong desire to learn and committed to continuous improvement
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic organization
  • Ability to perform all job duties with minimal supervision, and self-motivated to deliver high-quality and on-time work


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 6 years of project management experience
  • Demonstrable record of managing multiple tasks and projects, and application of standard processes


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 | Field/Plant Operations | United States| North Dakota | Minot | | |  | | No | 25227