Drilling & Completion Manager

Ref: TIQ-551

Permanent only
Drilling, Completions & Well Intervention


The Drilling & Completion Manager provides leadership and direction to the team of professional engineers and well operations staff tasked with delivering the planning, detailed design, and safe and efficient execution of all wellbores related activity.  This includes input to the creation of field development plans that will generate economic reserve growth opportunities and maximize net income and cash flow for the Company. 
As a member of the Technical Directorate Management Team, the position is responsible for contributing the development of TAQA Iraq’s oil and gas strategy and the operational plans and business processes required for optimal economic development of hydrocarbons and the corresponding delivery of projects. 


Work closely with the Subsurface and Production teams to plan and design all required new well developments.  Provide oversight and approval for all required well programs and develop contracting strategies for equipment and services. 
Responsible for efficient delivery of all objectives associated with drilling, completion and testing operations.  Ensure Drilling and Completion activities are prioritized effectively and that teams execute plans and projects in accordance with the established schedules.
Ensure design and operations are carried out in accordance with TAQA HSSE standards, TAQA Well Engineering standards and country legislation.
Collaborate with the Technical Directorate Managers and share responsibility for the creation and maintenance of all required Field Development Plans.  This includes document management, obtaining Ministry of Natural Resources approval and the integration of Field Development Plan commitments into the internal planning and budgeting processes.
Provide leadership and direction to the Drilling & Completions Team, ensuring the group is appropriately resourced and that skills and expertise are developed to support the delivery of business objectives.  Promote continuous improvement in the development of technical
expertise, commercial astuteness and innovative thinking.  Establish the work plans and priorities for all efforts required to support field development activities as described in the Field Development Plan.
Contribute to business performance stewardship with rigorous cost management processes for all functional AFEs.
Provide input and support to the Leadership Team members in the planning, development and implementation of TAQA Iraq’s strategy and business plans. 
Represent TAQA Iraq in technical matters with partners and Ministry management.  Take a lead role in the Technical Committee meetings and be a key member of the TAQA management team in the Operating Committee and Management Committee meetings. 
Share knowledge and learnings with other Drilling & Completions professionals both in Abu Dhabi as well as internationally. Interface with other technical communities in the Abu Dhabi office and internationally to ensure best practices are defined, shared and put into place.
Promote and facilitate the development of strong working relationships and effective communication between the Technical Directorate and the Operations teams in country.  Provide coaching and mentoring in areas of expertise across the organization.  Interface with other TAQA functions to ensure holistic, cross-functional solutions to problems.
Facilitate the development of highly positive relationships and effective communication links with The Ministry of Natural Resources, other regulatory/government organizations and within the industry.  Represent TAQA externally through membership in industry forums, attending conferences/seminars and participation in industry initiatives.
Participate in the evaluation and technical review of new developments/acquisitions and in activities related to securing associated funding and investment.  Provide functional input to support Business Development objectives as required.
Contribute to the development and implementation of cross-company initiatives to develop, engage and retain high performing employees (e.g. talent management programs, training/development programs, succession planning).
Support TAQA’s core values of safety and sustainability, pursuit of excellence, trust, working together, and courage and creativity. 




Bachelor/Master of Science degree in Engineering
Professional designation preferred
MBA or other related Master’s degree                                                                                   




15+ years in the oil and gas industry with solid technical, business and management experience
Strong drilling and completions engineering and operations skills with exposure to lost circulation, air and foam drilling, extended reach drilling, H2S environments, high rate artificial lift and well life cycle integrity management issues
Proven track record of successfully leading/managing technical and operating teams
Experience of working in an Operator environment and in sour crude operations
Technically conversant and appreciative of goals and objectives of Subsurface personnel
Good knowledge of oil and gas economics and production operations
High level of commercial awareness and experience with complex supply chain requirements
Current knowledge and demonstrable track record of applying technological developments
Proven high achiever with capacity to successfully manage multiple integrated E&P projects
Ability to speak professionally and make effective and dynamic presentations on behalf of TAQA                                                                              


Excellent leadership skills with the ability to plan and manage resources to deliver results
Excellent communication skills with the ability to influence at all levels across the organization
Proven ability to work effectively with senior management and gain a high level of professional and personal credibility – internally and externally
Broad range of operating experiences – drilling environments and operating locals
International experience particularly in the MENA region
Experience in Kurdistan would be an asset

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