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Drilling Supervisor

Job Title: Drilling Supervisor
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Erbil, Iraq
REF: 1110
Contact Name: Hawkara Ahmed
Job Published: over 1 year ago

Job Description

Drilling Supervisor is required for international oil & gas operator with minimum 20 years’ of experience in the same field to be based in Kurdistan.


Job Summary:

The Drilling Supervisor has overall wellsite responsibility for the supervision of well operations. Provides HSSE and operations leadership in the execution of well programs (drilling, completion, workover).

Key Responsibilities:


  • Leader of the wellsite team with overall responsibility for conducting well operations in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Ensures compliance with company Policies and standards.
  • Leads safety meetings and service company pre-job safety meetings to ensure good communication.
  • Identifies high risk situations, documents them, and adopts risk mitigation approach
  • Performs daily HSSE / rig inspections
  • Implements the application of the Permit-To-Work System at the rig site
  • Assures the issuing and dissemination among the rig site personnel of all Emergency Response Plans to handle unscheduled events when occurring
  • Conducts Safety Drills related to well control and other potential hazards involved in well operations
  • Participates in HSE and nonconformance event investigations and reporting as required.
  • Focal point for emergency response.

Planning and Operations

  • Coordinates well operations with Drilling Contractor and Service Companies to ensure compliance with work programs, Norsok standards and company procedures.
  • Attends Daily planning meeting with Drilling Contractor and Service Company Supervisors.
  • Issues Written Instructions to Drillers for each tour based on well program highlighting potential risks such as stuck pipe, losses and kicks.
  • Prepares detailed procedures for specific well operations (running casing, cementing, logging etc.).
  • Performs wellsite calculations e.g. cement jobs
  • Ensures well control event preparedness (SCR’s, Leak off Tests, BOP Tests, kick sheets, shut in procedure etc.).
  • Ensures stuck pipe event preparedness (Drillers’ first actions, maximum allowable overpull, fishing equipment etc.)
  • Attends the rig floor to supervise critical activities such as (but not limited to) landing, cementing, and testing casing; flow checks, and while pulling the first ten stands while tripping
  • Verifies adherence to instructions and procedures.
  • Organizes pre-job meeting (Operations and safety).
  • Maintains “7 day planner” to anticipate resource requirements to meet well demands and provide optimum efficiency of services including contingency plans.
  • Prepares Standard Equipment Lists (if applicable) in a timely manner for each phase of the well.
  • Ensures Material Requests are issued in a timely manner to avoid disruption of operation.
  • Responsible for checking equipment on site to ensure readiness. (QA/QC)
  • Manages proper inventory of consumable drilling supplies such as cement, barite, bits, and nozzles, etc.
  • Updates log book. Ensures adequate handover to his relief.


  • Prepares/approves accurate Daily Report with input from rig contractor and service company personnel in a timely manner
  • Prepares/approves other reports e.g. casing, cementing etc. as required
  • Prepares/approves daily cost estimate
  • Discusses Material Requests with Drilling Engineer daily
  • Documents within 24 hours any failure or incident report (in SYNERGY where access possible)
  • Discusses program changes with project team being proactive in improvement suggestions

Training and Development

  • Mentors junior staff at the wellsite
  • Assesses readiness of rig crew for well control events by conducting regular drills
  • Other drills e.g. emergency response as required

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • 20 years’ experience as Assistant Driller/Driller/Junior Drilling Engineer/Well Site Drilling Engineer/Drilling Supervisor, with a minimum of 10 years as Drilling Supervisor.
  • A valid IWCF Certificate.
  • H2S Awareness Training and Certification
  • Safety courses required to carry out work at site and in accordance with company policy and as required by Country law and regulations

Key Competencies:

  • Able to provide leadership in commitment to HSSE policies and standards.
  • Land rig operations and management
  • Able to meet requirements set out in Key Responsibilities
  • Ensures cost effective use of services and equipment.
  • Maintains a strong focus on progress towards achievement of objectives.
  • Demonstrates a high level of competence in leading others. 

Key Attributes:

  • Leadership
  • Develops highly positive relationships with both field and office teams.
  • Demonstrates highly effective communication skills e.g. operational reporting, high visibility, working relationships.
  • Looks beyond the obvious in problem solving.
  • Applies sound judgment in decision making – seeks input of Drilling Superintendent in relation to unplanned/non-routine activities