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Senior Well Site Leader

Job Title: Senior Well Site Leader
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Basra, Iraq
REF: 1761
Contact Name: Ghusoon Nader
Job Published: 7 months ago

Job Description

MSELECT is looking on behalf of a major global Oil and Gas client in Basra Senior Well-Site Leader,15 + years’ drilling experience, at least 5 years as SWSL, the position is on fixed rotation the candidate must be fluent in Arabic and English.

Role summary

The SWSL reports to the Drilling Supervisor Team Leader, who in turn reports to the Drilling Manager.
The SWSL is responsible for the implementation of the drilling programme, utilizing good oil field practices. The role of the SWSL is to ensure that HSE goals, Operational Integrity, Standards and Well Objectives are not compromised during drilling and completion operations.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Must drill wells in a safe, efficient, and effective manner 
  • Must be willing to be mobile and work on a secure pad in a remote desert environment
  • Must be able to take responsibility and manage tasks through to completion
  • Must be able to react quickly and with flexibility in a dynamic environment
  • Must adhere to a rigid code of conduct and respect diverse cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs
  • Must mentor/coach or drilling contractor staff to follow API and oilfield best practices
  • Must review / audit at least one JSA and PTW on a daily basis and ensure that TBTs are actually taking place and, more importantly, are participated in/understood.
  • Must get engaged in incident investigations and coach the rig contractors how to conduct an investigation and write a report
  • Must ensure rigs follow the approved standard operating procedures (SOP) for their operations
  • Must review SOPs for suitability / completeness and identify gaps and work with various entities to improve drilling contractor operations
  • Must lead after-action and lessons-learned reviews per hole section to quickly communicate improvement opportunities to the Drilling Engineer
  • Must conduct well control (and other) audits
  • Must review and close out write-ups on the Corrective-Action Registers (CARs) on the rig while implementing a continuous-improvement program
  • Must participate in pre-tour and critical pre-job safety meetings
  • Must review and follow / implement the agreed-upon drilling program, verifying that approved operational steps are adhered to and promulgated in appropriate plans forward
  • Must ensure an MoC is accomplished if operations need to deviate from the agreed- upon drilling program or SOP
  • Must directly oversee operations that deviate from normal activities, such as tight hole / hole problems/flow checks / tripping off bottom/running casing / all cementing operations
  • Must convey the HSE lessons learned (review incident reports) with assigned rig crews and personnel
  • Must participate in ALL drills and offer post-drill constructive criticism, if necessary
  • Must verify / witness BOP tests and ensure the BOP testing schedule is adhered to or dispensation is approved

  • Must witness all operations involving equipment, such as wellhead installation and setting and recovering test plugs and wear bushings

  • ? Must verify casing operations such as strapping, thread cleaning, drifting,
  • PU/MU/TQ’ing, and doping are happening in accordance with /API standards
  • Must verify/ensure all appropriate equipment, personnel, OCTG, supplies are ordered/called off in order to execute the drilling program in a timely, competent, coherent fashion
  • Must review cementing programs and monitor/execute cementing operations (volumes pumped, densities, losses, returns, types and weights of spacers, placement/operation of DVs/MSIPCs)
  • Must monitor and report ANY well-control event and be prepared to assume on-site senior representative responsibilities
  • Must ensure morning reports are well written and accurate and that appropriate well data is input into Landmark OpenWells platform
  • Must be in the 0730 hrs morning call
  • Must conduct morning, noon, and night walks around the rig and location looking for safety, environmental, and operational hazards; must intervene, if required
  • Must participate in rig STOP card program or equivalent 
  • Must conduct periodic job observations and discuss with the rig managers how to correct errant behaviors
  • Must ensure rig leadership meetings are occurring on a daily basis and that valid issues/concerns are actioned or addressed
  • Must perform operator field authorizations and approvals for all contracted work, as required
  • Must possess valid well control certificate (IWCF or IADC surface stack supervisor)
  • Must have excellent English verbal, written, and listening skills
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Must be able to work on own initiative; use proactive approach to problem solving and avoidance
  • Must use initiative to ensure issues are overcome.
  • Must have a patient and calm personality

Criteria and Qualifications

  • 15 + years’ drilling experience, at least 5 years as SWSL
  • Proficient in safe working practices and good oil field practices
  • Proven ability to lead drilling operations through theoretical and practical approaches
  • Ability to understand and work with differing cultures
  • Valid Well Control certification, as per Standards
  • Must have international experience (preference for Middle East)
  • Proven Leadership (HSE and Operational) and Mentoring qualities

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.