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  • Job reference: RMS0102132

Rig Auditor (Drilling Operations) - North America

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Houston
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 21/11/2011
  • Time left:
    d h m s
    (21/12/11)
This vacancy has now expired.
The Company:
Large, international exploration and production company.

The purpose of the Safety and Operational Risk Function (S&OR) is to drive improvements in operational safety, health, environmental performance, security (including crisis management) and integrity management across COMPANY's day-to-day operations. Implemented through operational leadership, S&OR's task is to create throughout the company a sustainable framework and supporting systems to underpin performance improvement, ensure suffic

The Role:
Role synopsis

Safety & Operational Risk Audit Group supplies management and the audit committee of the board with a systematic and structured operations-focused audit program.

The position is for a Rig Auditor to be based within the Safety & Operational Risk Audit Group reporting to the Director of Rig Auditing. The successful individual will work with the other rig auditors on assignments in North America (L48) and Canada.

Peers of this position would be S&OR auditors and verifiers. The Rig Auditor (Drilling Operations) position does not have subordinates but will lead audit teams.

In support of Company’s global wells organisation operations, the rig audit group responds to specific audit requests and rig acceptance audits. The work will involve assessing drilling operations and practices on rigs against standards, documenting gaps and communicate matters to senior management.

All North America and Canada locations where drilling takes place

Frequent travel is an integral part of the job as is visiting onshore rig-site visits. Consequently the work involves working a 21/21 day rotation.

Only applications from candidates who are authorized to live and work in the United States will be considered


Key accountabilities:
Work will be to the standards and processes based on COMPANY’s Drilling and Well Operations Practice, Group Standards, Engineering Technical Practice, internationally recognized standards such as API, lessons learnt from recorded incidents, good operational practice and local/regional governmental legislation.


Key roles and responsibilities include:
Liaise with Drilling Contractors and the Global Wells Organisation to work to audit goals / guidelines
Ability to gather, analyse, and use information, and experience to objectively determine and assess the operational drilling and safety risks
Ensure that any findings are fully understood by Drilling Contractor and the Global Wells Organisation
Champion HSSE at all times and represent the rig audit group in a professional manner.
Convey the audit team’s expectations and obligations regarding safety.
Stop an unsafe act if witnessed and immediately report any unsafe conditions
Write comprehensive technical reports in a timely manner.
Self-motivated and able to work independently.
Maintain up to date knowledge relating to new safety and technical standards, industry best practices, etc
Ability to effectively review drilling and well control procedures to determine current status and conformance with performance standards


Key Challenges:
Execute audit demands against audit schedule.
Ability to work within and lead multi discipline audit teams.
Ability to work on own in diverse locations both on and offshore.
Determine key risk areas and effectively communicate these to Drilling Contractor and the Global Wells Organisation to drive safe and compliant operations.
Personal commitment and proactive approach to HSSE.
Ability to effectively communicate and interact with operations staff and management.
Ability to write accurate and comprehensive technical reports in a timely manner.
Mast inspections are a key component of a rig audit and therefore the candidate should have no concerns for climbing masts

Other Information:
Rig auditors lead and/or work in teams on a wide variety of assignments focused on the identification and mitigation of the critical safety and operability risks impacting on business delivery. The successful candidate will participate in drilling rig audits and rig acceptance processes onshore at locations in North America (L48) and Canada. This would be in support of the Drilling and Well Operations Practice and Engineering Technical Practice assurance processes. After a period of “on the job” training the candidate will lead audit teams or conduct specific task based assignments and or research work as the lead role.

The individual will lead audit teams, ensure completion of the audit report and report back to the Global Wells Organisation on recommended actions arising from the audit. The appointee would then follow up to verify closure of any recommended actions. Members of the rig audit group are involved in pre-contract rig selection processes and rig contractor evaluations plus other relevant rig related activities that support our business.

Broad based experience in drilling operations and practices is a pre-requisite for the post with an expectation that the selected candidate will have spent a significant proportion of time as a Drilling Superintendent / Rig Manager / Well Site Leader / Drilling Engineer with experience of drilling activities, either onshore or offshore.

There maybe occasions when the individual could work at other worldwide rig locations, which maybe at an offshore location

Essential Skills / Qualifications:
Essential Education:
Minimum qualification is BS in an engineering discipline. Educated to degree level and Professional Engineer in an engineering or related discipline is preferred.


Essential experience and job requirements:
Extensive experience in drilling operations management is essential. Knowledge of HPHT wells is an advantage.
Broad based knowledge of drilling engineering, operations and practices
Experience as Drilling Superintendent, Rig Manager, Well Site Leader or Senior Drilling Engineer
Knowledge of drilling industry standards such as API, etc
Candidates may be asked to obtain the necessary safety and health certificates to allow for offshore work
A demonstrable technical audit, safety audit or general auditing track record as an audit team leader will be an advantage.
Proven track record as a strong team player and ability to lead a team

TRAVEL: Up to 50%
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