Drilling Engineering Specialist


  • This vacancy has been filled
  • Ref. UPS:WH-04
  • UAE
  • Competitive Salary Reflecting Market Conditions
  • Upstream Oil & Gas


Walter Hewitt Search and Selection have been challenged by a leading Abu Dhabi based Exploration and Production company to source the services of a highly skilled Drilling Engineering Specialist to join their ever expanding team. The successful candidate will join this company’s Drilling team and play a key role in the ongoing development of recently discovered assets in the UAE.

Position Summary

You will be joining this company’s drilling team who take responsibility for the design, engineering and execution of all Drilling, Completion and Well Intervention activities. Your role within the team will cover well engineering, design & technical integrity for wells, managing drilling service contracts and ensuring the safe & efficient execution of well projects in both on and offshore environments. As the drilling specialist you will be leading drilling programs for conventional oil targeting appraisal & development wells but also have exposure to unconventional wells such as Shale gas development wells & HPHT exploration wells.

As a senior member of the drilling team you will be responsible for coaching and mentoring junior staff and helping the company in their efforts to train and develop junior Emirati nationals, giving back to the local area. You will also play a key role in ensuring the safe efficient running of operations, adhering to HSE regulations in country and working to ensure no injury occurs amongst the operations crews.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have at least 15 years of project experience covering both onshore and offshore operations. They should have at least 10 years worth of exposure to projects in the Middle East and bring with them prior experience working in carbonate reservoirs. Prior experience planning drilling operations in HPHT conditions is seen as essential. Candidates with exposure to unconventional shale gas drilling will be given preference as will candidates already in Abu Dhabi not requiring relocation.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing oil company working in a technically challenging area of the Middle East. You will be rewarded for your efforts with a stable and long term career opportunity as you work to mature several different discoveries in both on and offshore environments and help build the company’s future through exploration efforts.

For further information regarding Drilling Engineering and other Upstream Oil and Gas opportunities at Walter Hewitt Search & Selection please email apply@walterhewitt.com. Alternatively if you would like to discuss the position, please call +44 208 669 5682

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