Company: Weatherford
Skills: IT - Software Development
Experience: 2 + Years
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
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Weatherford is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies providing innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates in over 90 countries and has a network of approximately 1,000 locations, including manufacturing, service, research and development, and training facilities and employs approximately 29,500 people. For more information, visit  and connect with Weatherford on  LinkedIn ,  Twitter ,  YouTube  and  Facebook .

Weatherford delivers innovative technologies and services designed to meet the world's current and future energy needs in a safe, ethical, and sustainable manner. Grounded by our core values and inspired by our world-class people, we are committed to being a trusted business partner to those we serve.



Lead and facilitate the planning and commercialization of new and updated Drilling Services software products, from inception to deployment.   Works with product line management to conceptualize and define requirements for new software products and features that provide optimal value to Weatherford.  Develops and manages software product backlogs, defining the work to be performed, setting acceptance criteria for completion of the work, and prioritizing the order the work to be performed.  Collaborates with DS engineering, operations, and end users to ensure software products are fit-to-purpose and to plan field and production releases of new and updated software products and the software's deployment.  Provides direction and guidance to development team members on software functionality, user interface look and feel, behavior, and operation.  Works with engineering, product line, operations, documentation, and training to ensure effective rollout of new software.


Collaborates with business unit stakeholder to define and direct software product strategy by gathering input and business needs from product line management, global technical support, operations, and other stakeholders.

Works with software engineering management to define and appropriately prioritize work and initiatives for software architectural and technical improvements or reduction of technical debt for new and existing software

Collaborate with software engineering management to accommodate the needs of software field support and software sustaining engineering for new and upgraded software 

Gathers, evaluates, prioritizes, and manages requests for product changes, enhancements, and new features

Leads software requirements development through interviews with product line and engineering stakeholders, collaboration with product designers, and other methods as needed

Creates clear and thorough acceptance criteria to ensure that the development team understands when work is complete

Leads resolution of conflicts between competing product managers or project stakeholders by proposing prioritization of requirements and products for development and commercialization

Participates in software development team and project operational retrospective meetings

Manages software product backlogs using TFS, including;

Creating epic, feature, and user story backlog items

Defining and entering User acceptance criteria for user story backlog items

Prioritizing the order of software features or functionality to be developed

Acts as the primary point of communications to product line management and operations

Represents voice of the customer (product line management and operations) and works closely and consistently with the development team to answer questions and make decisions regarding software design, behavior, functionality, operation, and performance issues that are not specific to technical architecture and implementation

Negotiates with engineering management, product line management, and operations to determine software project priority and product features

Advises management on resource requirements to meet software product delivery goals

Tracks estimated and actual software feature and project development costs

Leads software release planning

Leads product backlog planning

Works with development team on software project feature planning and design

Reviews and approves completion of product backlog items submitted as completed by the development team

Manages software product releases and ensures releases are carried out according to DSSE processes and standards

Develop and publish information on software project and feature development status

Assists Product Line Management with research and analysis of the market, competitors, and software usage trends and keeps abreast of technology and competitor changes in the market

Works with Software QA management to ensure the integrity of and adherence to software QA processes, policies, standards, and practices.

Keeps abreast of new software development technologies, concepts, practices, and trends and evaluates them for potential application to DS software products and operations

Coach and instruct development team members and other DSSE management on product and operational concepts, practices, and technologies.

Work with other product owners, project managers, and functional managers on cross-product-line and/or cross-functional projects and products.

Works with software engineering management to resolve impediments

Tracks project issues to completion, such as outstanding questions, decisions or changes

Negotiates with software engineering management and software development teams regarding the usage of software technologies to achieve technically feasible solutions on a timeframe consistent with market and product requirements and conditions

Liaise with SMEs in product lines and operations to facilitate the creation of software documentation, training materials, new product training, and deployment plans for software commercialization

Works with product line and operations management to effectively communicate new product and product features, value propositions, and roadmaps

Work with software engineering and product line management and Weatherford compliance personnel to ensure that products are in full legal compliance, including export and licensing compliance

Work with operations and software engineering QA management to facilitate software field tests

Maintain communication and contacts to collect and analyze technical, financial, marketing, schedule, and sales information for product line

Know and understand Weatherford Quality Policy and comply with all requirements of the Quality Systems Manual, Operating and Technical Procedures and Workplace Instructions

Must understand and comply with all safety rules and company policies of Weatherford

Work assignments carried out to the highest quality level

Perform various other duties and activities as assigned by supervisor within the physical constraints of the job

Conduct workshops and/or online seminars and training as required

Know and understand Weatherford Quality Policy and comply with all requirements of the Quality Systems Manual, Operating and Technical Procedures and Workplace Instructions.

Must understand and comply with all safety rules and company policies of Weatherford.

Work assignments carried out to the highest quality level.

Perform various other duties and activities as assigned by supervisor within the physical constraints of the job.



Must have a thorough knowledge of oilfield drilling products, services, and field operations

Good business or process analysis and modelling skills

Proficient written and oral communication skills

Proficient presentation and speaking skills and knowledge

Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Good organizational and time-management skills

Good analytical and problem-solving skills

Ability to focus on details and follow through on them

Ability to think strategically and creatively

Intermediate knowledge of the product lifecycle or software development lifecycle

Strong computer usage skills

BS in Engineering or other related scientific or technical field

Two or more years of oilfield drilling, MWD, or LWD experience

Ten years of total experience

Ability to travel internationally

Physical ability to immediately respond to emergency situations

[Ability to go on a rig to observe a drilling job]


Software development knowledge, particularly with regards to product owner role in an agile environment

Strong or advanced presentation and speaking skills and knowledge

Strong  or advanced knowledge of application lifecycle management

Intermediate or higher knowledge of DevOps or agile software development

Advanced computer usage skills

Intermediate or higher software coding or QA skills

Strong knowledge of oil data acquisition telemetry technologies (e.g. mud pulse telemetry, electro-magnetic telemetry, etc.)

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents

Three or more years of supervisory or managerial experience

Two or more years of project management or leadership experience

Software development or management experience

Prior experience as a Product Owner in an agile software development environment

Three or more years experience leading software requirements development

Prior experience with product line management in the drilling, MWD, or LWD segments of oilfield drilling services



Weatherford offers competitive compensation and benefits upon hire; including paid vacation to start, matching 401K program, comprehensive benefits program, and employee stock purchase program (ESPP) and opportunities for on-going training and career development. VEVRAA Federal Contractor - Priority Referral Requested

Weatherford is an Equal Opportunity Employer Females/ Minorities/ Veterans/Disabled and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 


Weatherford is one of the largest multinational oilfield service companies providing innovative solutions, technology and services to the oil and gas industry. We may be a large company, but we empower our team to create fresh ideas that challenge convention and break the status quo. Our employees are the key to driving our growth and success. Everywhere we operate, they are inspired to develop new and efficient ways of raising the bar to meet the needs of an evolving industry and solve our clients’ toughest challenges.


At Weatherford, you will work in an exciting, high-energy environment where we are making groundbreaking, award-winning advancements in oilfield technology.  The opportunity to explore your potential is limitless.


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