Alaska – Reservoir Engineer
Anchorage, AK
Alaska – Reservoir Engineer - 00SVR

Our Company

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 17 countries, $71 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,900 employees as of June 30, 2019. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,303 MBOED for the six months ended June 30, 2019, and proved reserves were 5.3 BBOE as of Dec. 31, 2018.

Employees across the globe focus on fulfilling our core SPIRIT Values of safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. And we apply the characteristics that define leadership excellence in how we engage each other, collaborate with our teams, and drive the business.

Alaska Overview

ConocoPhillips Alaska and its heritage companies have more than 50 years of business history in Alaska. As Alaska's largest oil and gas producer, the company produced an average 182 thousand barrels of oil and 9 million cubic feet of gas per day. ConocoPhillips, with about 1,100 Alaska employees, holds major ownership interests in the Prudhoe Bay Unit, the Kuparuk River Unit, and the Colville River Unit (Alpine). ConocoPhillips operates the Kuparuk and Alpine oil fields, has an ownership interest in the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and owns/operates the Polar Tankers fleet.


The Greater Prudhoe Area (GPA) Team is seeking a Reservoir Engineer to oversee reservoir management and field development activity for the Prudhoe Bay Greater Point McIntyre Area (GPMA), and Western Satellite fields.

The Greater Prudhoe Area (GPA) is a non-operated asset containing 10 producing fields in the Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU), including Prudhoe Bay, 5 Western Satellite Fields (Aurora, Borealis, Midnight Sun, Orion, and Polaris), and 4 Greater Point McIntyre Area fields (Point McIntyre, Lisburne, Niakuk, and Raven).

Anchored by the giant Prudhoe Bay field, the Greater Prudhoe Area assets are a substantial component of ConocoPhillips’ global portfolio. With deep experience, the GPA Team exerts considerable influence over the ongoing development and management of this legacy asset to improve value for ConocoPhillips. The GPA fields include a broad range of reservoir types (carbonates, sandstone, tight to high permeability, viscous to light oil & condensate), and complex recovery mechanisms (e.g. gravity drainage, gas cycling / vaporization, & hydrocarbon miscible flooding).

The GPA asset contains immense scope and scale with 7 processing facilities, 2 active drilling rigs (2019), and plans for rig additions in the Long Range Plan to support infill and extension drilling opportunities. To date, more than 2,800 wells have been drilled in the Prudhoe Bay Unit. Cumulative production exceeds 13 billion barrels, and in 2019, GPA production totaled 260,000 bbl/day gross (82,000 bbls/day net). ConocoPhillips holds a 36% working interest in the PBU assets.

The Prudhoe Bay field plays a central role in the AKLNG Project which completed pre-FEED engineering in 2016. If constructed, this mega project, including a North Slope Gas Treatment Plant, 800+ mile pipeline, and LNG facility in South Central Alaska, would ship as much as 3.5 Bcf/d of gas from the North Slope at an expected cost of $45-65B. Subsurface development planning and optimization at Prudhoe Bay is an important element of this project. The State of Alaska now leads this project.

The primary responsibility of this position is to provide reservoir engineering expertise to ensure that ongoing development and management of the GPMA fields and GPA Western Satellite fields maximizes the value to ConocoPhillips and its shareholders. This is achieved by optimizing the field development plans to improve the economic recovery of hydrocarbons, while minimizing field development costs. Key tools in achieving this goal are 1) robust field development plans and 2) the use of reservoir simulation to optimize development and operating plans.

To achieve robust development plans, the role of this position is to influence the Unit Operator’s technical studies and planning process to ensure that ongoing development activities and project opportunities are properly evaluated and prioritized. This influence is achieved through networking with the Operator’s technical staff and attending and contributing to technical meetings and Unit reviews.

This position is responsible for the internal functions associated with development of a business plan, internal reporting, production forecasting, and reserves compliance for the the GPMA and Western Satellite fields. The production responsibilities include monitoring and reporting production trends, developing production forecasts, and influencing the Operator to manage production impacts and pursue production opportunities to achieve ConocoPhillips’ production targets.

This role also offers a tremendous opportunity for a reservoir engineer seeking to develop skills in managing non-operated assets while influencing the subsurface development planning for large capital projects. A non-operated asset position offers the unique experience of participating in a wide range of technical subjects across a large number of fields.

Wellwork responsibilities include stewardship of investments and standard methodologies involving wellwork. This position is accountable for working collaboratively and frequently with co-venture counterparts in developing, budgeting, and in seeking management approval of wellwork projects. Approximately 300+ proposals are processed annually.

This position also coordinates the development of the annual GPA budget and Long Range Plan (LRP), all LE forecast updates, performs economic evaluations to support the budgeting process, and tracking of the overall GPA capital budget performance. This work is done in close collaboration with the Operator, ConocoPhillips Alaska's Strategy & Portfolio Management and Finance teams, and requires regular engagement with the Alaska Business Unit President.

Your responsibilities may include:
Ensure safety is a foremost consideration in all activities and support the ConocoPhillips Alaska Incident Free Culture (IFC)
Represent ConocoPhillips in co-owner forums with high technical integrity and professional ethics consistent with our SPIRIT values
Responsible for encouraging and maintaining external relationships with counterparts in the operator’s and co-owners’ organizations
Responsible for proactive collaboration with internal ConocoPhillips groups, the operator and co-owners
Provide reservoir engineering support and guidance for a variety of regulatory and stakeholder issues (project sanctioning/AFE approvals, POD, PA & Unit issues, Pool Rules, etc.) for GPMA and Western Satellite fields
Responsible for monitoring and influencing flood management for the GPMA and Western Satellite fields
Responsible for contributing Rate Enhancement Initiatives (REIs) and influencing the operator to execute the plan
Provide reservoir management and field development oversight for GPMA and Western Satellite fields, including participation in regularly scheduled Unit, field, pattern, and well reviews
Responsible for demonstrating influence management skills by garnering operator and co-owner support for ConocoPhillips initiatives and objectives
Perform reserves evaluations and determine appropriate revisions, additions & booking schedules for current and future GPMA and Western Satellite field projects
Accountable for GPMA and Western Satellite field production forecasting
Coordinate development of the overall GPA budget, forecast and LRP submissions
Perform or coordinate economic analyses required in support of the budget and LRP processes
Support ConocoPhillips capital budgeting, production forecasting, and Long Range Planning efforts for GPMA and Western Satellite fields
Responsible for production tracking, reporting & variance analysis for the GPMA and Western Satellite fields
Responsible for Drilling & Facilities Capital & Expense Projects AFE Due Diligence (production & reserves for GPMA and Western Satellite fields)
Responsible for demonstrating knowledge sharing between ConocoPhillips and the operators that translates into value improvement
Participate in ConocoPhillips’ Knowledge Sharing processes, including Networks of Excellence (NOEs)
Responsibility to review and provide recommendations for technical paper approval
Accountable for all PBU Wellwork, and Abandonment cost inputs to the annual budget, forecasting and LRP processes
Complete technical review and due diligence on all PBU Wellwork, and Abandonment requests to positively influence results
Classify Wellwork, and Abandonments as either expense, capital, or asset retirement obligation and prepare proposals for reclassification as needed
Accountable for ConocoPhillips' input into and representation at the monthly Reservoir Subcommittee Meeting and at periodic pad and pattern reviews on issues related to GPMA & Western Satellite fields reservoir engineering, Wellwork, and Abandonment

Legally authorized to work in the United States
Bachelor's degree or higher in Petroleum Engineering or related field or foreign equivalent
7+ years of reservoir engineering experience

Demonstrated influence management skills
Strong commitment to delivering results while maintaining a strong safety culture
Able to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
Strong organization skills with ability to manage multiple activities
Experience with waterflood & miscible gas enhanced oil recovery processes
Experience with Alaska North Slope reservoirs
Experience with the ConocoPhillips FEL process
Experienced with Excel, PowerPoint, and OFM
Takes ownership of actions and follows through on commitments by holding others accountable and standing up for what’s right
Delivers positive results through realistic planning to accomplish goals
Listens actively and invites new ideas for exchanged views, then influences and acts to drive positive performance and achieve results
Builds positive relationships based on trust and strives to seek collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve goals

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of September 26, 2019.

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

Job Function: Engineering
Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level
Organization: ALASKA
Line of Business: Exploration & Production
Job Posting:Sep 12, 2019, 5:10:31 PM