Subsurface Data Manager

Published: 13 March 2023

Subsurface Data Manager
Location: London/Aberdeen (80% office based)
Travel Requirements: None
Duration: 12 Months

Role Summary:
  • The Subsurface Data Manager supports the Subsurface Data Adviser and team in delivering services aiming to consistently meet current and future requirements of the business
  • The role ensures direction and integrity of subsurface-related data stewardship services are aligned with business requirements, and services both front- and back-office interactions
  • The role will manage all subsurface data, including seismic and well log data, across the client’s operated and non-operated assets
  • The role develops and maintains a quality assured corporate data store with trusted “single source of truth” data
  • Additionally, the Subsurface Data Manager will support the Subsurface Data Adviser in managing projects and driving professional excellence for in-house projects when required
  • Ensure that all activities are carried out in a safe manner complying with all regulatory requirements, legislation and HSEQ procedures
  • Supports the Subsurface Data Management team in delivering BAU related services to the client’s users
  • Develops and enhances existing own technical skills, and works with third party vendors to ensure services and developed, enhanced, and supported
  • Ensures that all processes, procedures, and work instructions are clearly followed to help improve reliability, efficiency, quality, and cost effectiveness of service components under supervision for example ITIL problem and change processes
  • Accountable for compliance with all IS related processes, policies, and work practices
  • Supports the development of future planning and product roadmap activity
  • Acts as technical focal point in business-critical upgrades
  • Works with minimal supervision, using clearly defined processes and procedures
  • Facilitates the use of the performance metrics to improve output
  • Aids Subsurface and Exploration functions relating to the support of subsurface & well data quality, workflows and accessibility within the Subsurface and Exploration Product line
  • Organises and maintains unstructured technical documents including migration to SharePoint, taxonomy generation, and metadata creation
  • Maintains data management processes for data interoperability and delivery across subsurface (and related) product lines
  • Supports the Coordinate Refence Systems (CRS) catalogue and ensures that the appropriate CRS and transforms are used for all relevant data and projects
  • Adheres to strict standards when maintaining corporate data, managing data in Petrel Studio and other relevant datastores, databases and applications
  • Implements data standards and quality controls for subsurface and wells workflows and data types to ensure consistency and efficiency
  • Assists in the coordination of the storage, retrieval and viewing of technical data stored with offsite vendors (digital, hardcopy, cores & samples)
  • Provides a single entry and exit point for subsurface data entering and leaving the company, including partner data
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of the client’s owned and partner assets, and planned drilling and exploration activities
  • Supports the on-going security, performance, stability, maintenance, and monitoring of Subsurface data
  • Adheres to enterprise technology standards, governance processes and performance metrics
  • Ensures the adoption of, and commitment towards, service improvements
  • Follows the formal governance mechanism to establish and monitor effective controls for the processes and functions performed by IS operations teams
  • Oversees and provides administrative support
  • Coaches, consults, and acts as a professional resource on key disciplines
  • Aids the Subsurface Data Adviser in supporting team members on day-to-day activities and assigning duties to ensure improved resource allocation
  • May be required to provide out of hours support via an on-call rota
Skills & Requirements:
  • Communication and Influence
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Problem Solving
  • Results Orientation
  • Excellent analytical, collaborative (team working) with planning and execution skills
  • Strong Industry, domain-specific knowledge of the enterprise and its business units
  • Experience of developing and implementing process improvements
  • Self-motivated with a willingness to go the extra mile to achieve important goals
  • Ability to adhere to governance practices to track and measure the quality of services, and maintain service improvement plans
  • Strong third-party relationship skills, able to work closely with users as customer, providing a high standard of support service
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts and technologies to the IS workforce
  • Proven experience of subsurface data management in the Oil and gas sector or equivalent
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment to encourage collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement
  • BSc. in Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent IS work experience with G&G data
  • Previous data related technical well operations and subsurface experience is a pre-requisite for the maturity and breadth of responsibility of this position
  • Full understanding of the management of data within the Petrel environment. Knowledge of Landmark, Kingdom and other technical applications required
  • Strong working knowledge of the upstream businesses with in-depth working knowledge of data management concepts, standard, practices, tools and technologies
  • Understanding of data life cycle management and the associated operator regulatory obligations
  • Working knowledge of process analysis and project management coupled with the ability to design and implement new processes and workflow strategies
  • Experience with production and reservoir engineering data environments
  • Proven delivery of data management projects for a UK or international operator

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