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Area Lead - Water Gathering Job


Tioga, North Dakota, US

Job Skill Group:  Field/Plant Operations
Date:  Mar 15, 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 


Hess North Dakota Pipelines, LLC operates an extensive pipeline gathering system in North Dakota, including produced water gathering along with Saltwater Disposals.  With increasing field development by Hess, gathering and injection capacity is required to enable the receipt and disposal of Hess produced water with an opportunity to leverage additional capacity for third party volumes. The Midstream Water Management business will be led by an Area Lead that reports to the Director of Midstream. The Area Lead will manage a team that is structured the same as the Reliability Operations teams in both Upstream and Midstream Operations.


Job Description

Initially this position will involve continued development of Midstream Water Management organization within the Midstream business, which will transition to the management of operational aspects of the business and associated contractors to deliver the Midstream objectives. The primary responsibility of this role will be overseeing the operations of the Midstream Water Management value stream including:

  • Startup and operationalizing the produced water disposal wells and infrastructure to provide services for Hess Production and Drilling & Completion value streams
  • Managing water infrastructure employees and maintenance activities.
  • Providing fresh water for Production, Drilling & Completions sites including managing trucking, above ground storage tank (AST) and lay flat hose vendor logistics for the transport of water.
  • Accountability for Profit & Loss, operations and capital budget, schedule, production, staff, reliability, and EHS performance.
  • Coordination of activities specific to the Midstream Water Management organization across areas, functions, and white space—including Gathering & Production, MR& I group, drilling and completions.


General Responsibilities

  • Mentor, coach, and train staff to develop the competency and contributions of the Midstream Water Management business and obtaining the Hess Midstream and Asset objectives.
  • Maintain an Operating Rhythm of meetings to address hotspots in EHS, System Availability/Reliability, Optimization and Maintenance work activities that affect production and cost. Meet with stakeholders (Wells & Pads, Drilling & Completions) 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
  • Responsible for driving maintenance reliability. Builds leadership capabilities into the front line through training and coaching.
  • Promote effective teamwork between the Upstream Reliability Operations, Midstream Infrastructure and Midstream Water Management teams to achieve alignment on delivering overall Bakken goals
  • Liaise with local regulators / local government representatives, as required.
  • Time allocation:
  • GEMBA - purposeful, scheduled time - 70% (field 35% plus operating rhythm meetings 35%),
  • OTHER – emails, desk time, reporting, etc. - 30%


Key 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 (in the behavioral based, “Safety Observation Card system) and incidents (through the Synergic action tracker) and all audit actions items generated for the field
  • Develop and endorse proposed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and Standard Work Instructions (SWI’s) applicable to the facility
  • Participate as a designated member of the emergency response team.


Quality Accountabilities

  • Required participation in pre-startup activities will be critical to startup and operation of new facilities in the Midstream Water Management business.
  • Reinforces and coaches Daily Reporting and reviews all 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 Analysis (RCAs) and 5 Whys are conducted for all losses. Participate in RCAs or 5 Whys 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) budget, providing input into Annual OPEX 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 ($/boa)
  • Develops and enforces a Lean culture of continuous improvement implemented:
  • 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


Personnel 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 (Tioga-Keene) on a 9/80 work schedule
  • Weekly travel expected between Tioga and Keene offices, and as needed to Minot office



  • Industrial & Oilfield experience – saltwater disposal experience preferred
  • 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, SPS)
  • 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



  • +10 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; we welcome diversity in all forms of expression and thought.


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: Hina Patel | Employee | Field/Plant Operations | United States| North Dakota | Tioga | | |  | | No | 26606