Practice Lead Geophysicist

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North America


US - Texas - Houston

Work type

Full Time

Job category

Geology, Geotechnical

Date published

26 September 2019

Date closing

17 October 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

The primary purpose of this role is to assure the technical quality of the geophysical work at BHP Petroleum. The applicant will be a member of the Subsurface Technical Assurance and Capability (STAC) team, a multi-disciplinary team of geoscientists and engineers whose main role is to provide technical assurance for critical subsurface work streams.  In addition to formal assurance, the STAC team provides technical feedback and guidance to project teams across the petroleum value chain.  While the applicant will be a subject matter expert with industry recognition in geophysics, broad subsurface integration skills are required.

This is a grade 14 role. The primary focus of this role is discipline lead across Petroleum.

In this role you will:
  • Provide technical leadership for petroleum geoscience in geophysics and contribute in a lead advisory role to the professional/technical direction and strategy
  • Represent the assurance team as the primary responsible person for assurance related to geophysical acquisition, processing, analyses, and interpretation
  • Assist the subsurface function and business management in setting strategic direction, particularly in the deployment of standards and workflows
  • Think strategically and work with other stakeholders to Ddevelop and promote new best practices and guidelines for geophysics
  • Mentor staff of all experience levels across Petroleum
  • Contribute to the direction and strategy for BHP’s recommended internal and external geoscience training
  • Assist the function and business management in setting strategic direction, particularly in the deployment of workflows
  • Work with Strategy & Innovation (S&I) to develop/adopt/deploy key geophysical technology
  • Represent, in partnership with S&I, BHP’s technology efforts and hold key external relationships with geophysical companies/institutes

About You

  • PhD or MSc Degree in Geophysics
  • A minimum of 20 years of experience in across the petroleum value chain, including  exploration, appraisal, and production is preferred
  • Functional Experiencedepth in petroleum geophysics: deep understanding of how geophysics contributes across the petroleum Subsurfaceindustry, across the various sub-disciplines of geophysics, namely data acquisition, processing, analyses, and interpretation. 
  • A deep understanding and skilled application of how the various geophysical methods (Seismic, Potential Fields, Remote/Satellite sensing, Borehole-based methods).
  • An expert with recognized external reputation in geophysics (mastery in one or several sub-disciplines of geophysics).
  • Problem solving: demonstrated analytical thinking to resolve issues in a variety of complex settings
  • Integration: ability to integrate geophysics into all interpretations of exploration, appraisal, development, and production scenarios.
  • Sustained performance/track record: recognized for making high-level contributions. Adds value through insightful and proactive contributions to projects and/or operations in varied and different settings or environments
  • Sphere of Influence: effectively networks and influences across functions and teams and internal and external to BHP, including external vendors, consultants, contractors and academia
  • Good understanding of industry abilities in your area of expertise
  • Innovation: ability to work as a change agent across BHP, with mastery of knowledge to develop and apply innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Value: value-focused with ability to create growth opportunities and adding value to the business
  • Well-developed communication skills with an ability to direct, persuade, influence and negotiate at internal, and often higher, levels
  • Great mentoring and coaching behaviors and abilities

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people.
We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  


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