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Engineering Manager – Exploration at Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) Limited



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Company: Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) Limited

Location: Uganda

Job Title: Engineering Manager – Exploration (1 Vacancy)

Reports To: Head Exploration & New Ventures

Job Purpose: To manage the company’s engineering aspects of exploration project operations to maximize value for the company.

Essential Duties:

  1. Provide expert technical leadership and guidance to engineering and technical teams engaged in exploration activities.
  2. Supervise preparation and evaluation of drilling and completion programs and reports.
  3. Recommend well trajectories, completions, and perforations.
  4. Preparation of AFE’s for drilling & completions work and obtaining necessary approvals.
  5. Support the development and execution of the company’s exploration strategy, aligning it with overall business objectives and market trends.
  6. Monitor and supervise the drilling of exploration and appraisal wells to ensure that all identified objectives are met in a safe manner.
  7. Monitor and supervise the preparation and evaluation of well prognosis and drilling, work-over, and completion programs.
  8. Coordinate the planning, preparation, and evaluation of exploration work programs and budgets for the drilling Section and other technical proposals and reports.
  9. Coordinate and supervise the company’s engineering activities in company-operated and non-operated areas in a timely, safe, and cost-effective manner.
  10. Coordinate the review of technical reports from exploration JV Partners.
  11. Prepare and evaluate engineering aspects of applications for petroleum exploration licenses and other technical proposals and reports from strategic partners.
  12. Develop detailed project plans, timelines, and budgets for engineering aspects of exploration activities.
  13. Ensure adequate and efficient data acquisition quality control, storage, and analysis of engineering data and physical field samples that relate to the evaluation of the exploration areas.
  14. Identify and evaluate technical, regulatory, and economic risks associated with exploration projects.
  15. Develop risk mitigation strategies and ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations.
  16. Ensure compliance with industry regulations, safety standards, and environmental considerations during exploration activities.
  17. Prioritize and promote a strong health, safety, and environment (HSE) culture.
  18. Evaluate the impact of all exploration activities on the environment by participating in the development, implementation, and monitoring of a sound Health, Safety, and Environment protection program.
  19. Evaluate and recommend industry-leading technologies for incorporating into exploration projects.
  20. Drive innovation within the exploration team to improve efficiency in operations.
  21. Provide regular updates and reports to Management and stakeholders on exploration progress, resource estimates, and other developments.
  22. Stay informed about relevant industry regulations, permits, and compliance requirements, ensuring adherence to legal and regulatory standards.
  23. Participate in the development of operational procedures and ensure that all exploration operations are conducted according to approved procedures.
  24. Participate in negotiation of joint venture agreements.
  25. Participate in meetings with Partners and Authorities, when required.
  26. Collaborate with cross-functional teams and external partners to achieve seamless coordination and project execution.
  27. Manage and supervise the exploration engineering staff.
  28. Set performance goals, provide mentorship, and facilitate professional development of exploration staff.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in petroleum engineering or any other relevant degree.
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in either Geology and Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, Petroleum Geosciences & Petroleum Engineering, or other relevant honours degree.
  • Postgraduate qualification in management of petroleum operations will be an added advantage.
  • Membership in the relevant oil and gas industry professional bodies like SPE, AAPG, and SEG is an added advantage.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in Petroleum E&P Operations, four (4) of which should have been attained at a Supervisory/team leader level/managerial level.
  • Proven experience in well-site operations.
  • Extensive experience in exploration engineering in the oil and gas industry.
  • Experience in project development & management especially in exploration operations is an added advantage.

Skills & Competencies:

  • Strong leadership, management, and communication skills.
  • Good negotiation skills and communication skills.
  • Strong technical expertise in drilling & well engineering operations, production optimization, and surface facilities management.
  • In-depth knowledge in well planning, drilling operations, and managing exploration operations.
  • Excellent project management, and strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • In-depth knowledge and ability to use industry tools and software technologies used for exploration data analysis.
  • Understanding of regulatory frameworks and environmental considerations in exploration.
  • Must have knowledge of Ugandan’s Oil and Gas regulatory frameworks.
  • Good understanding of HSE regulations, practices, and environmental considerations in oil and gas operations.
  • Knowledge of management of petroleum operations.
  • Knowledge of industry-specific software and tools for drilling, reservoir characterization, and other exploration engineering operations.

Interested candidates should APPLY HERE.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for applications: 16th April 2024.

UNOC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

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