Company: Shell
Skills: Geoscientist
Experience: 12 + Years
Education: Masters Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Muscat, Muscat Governorate, Oman

Job Description

As a Senior Exploration Geoscientist you will be accountable for planning and proactively driving the Exploration content and quality of several defined projects/studies. Working as a senior technical member of a team, your role may include the planning, coordination and delivery of document and data management/QC, regional studies/stratigraphic evaluation, play-based evaluation, seismic interpretation, opportunity evaluation, prospect maturation, risk and volumetric assessment, well delivery/operations and after-action reviews, together with the technical coaching of more junior staff

Key Accountabilities:
  • Contribute to the planning and coordination of team activities.
  • Identify new exploration concepts and opportunities, grounded by appropriate analogues.
  • Plan and execute regional or prospect-specific studies, incorporating play-based evaluation, well correlation and interpretation of 2D/3D seismic data to produce quality maps. Mature opportunities/leads/prospects in line with Shells exploration processes
  • Prepare auditable volumes and risking for identified leads and prospects.
  • Mature prospects to drill ready, write well proposals and evaluation reports and support exploration well execution. Experience of supporting operated well drilling and operations
  • Safely deliver exploration and appraisal wells (including wellsite support), ensuring compliance with appropriate subsurface standards and strict adherence to HSSE best practices. Proactively accountability for HSSE and will apply Goal Zero and the Life Saving Rules as well as influencing and encouraging others to adopt these practices.
  • QC and ensure all team work has the appropriate level of technical assurance.
  • Participate actively/leads project framings and peer reviews and contributes to partner meetings and other related activities.
  • Ensure all work products are fully documented and manage data in conformance with Shell procedures.
  • Proactively share knowledge, learnings and best practices with colleagues and the wider exploration community e.g. conferences, SKS etc.
  • Maintain active awareness of current technology developments (internal and external) and PTU deploy fit-for-purpose modern technology taking advantage of central support/expertise.
  • Maintain and apply awareness of competitor activities (successes and failures) to the evolving understanding of petroleum systems.
  • Lead portfolio development and ranking, based on economic metrics, coupled with commercial analysis with a clear link to value.
  • Provides support to annual business planning and ARPR reporting.
  • Ensure effective staff coaching, motivation and development and assume at least one official coaching relationship.

Company Description

Shell in Oman has been a partner in the country's remarkable development and progress over the last several decades. In Shell, we have been providing pioneering technologies and expertise in the energy industry and creating value for the community that we have proudly been long part of.


  • Advanced university degree in Geoscience (M.Sc. or PhD) and 12+ years' experience in Exploration Geosciences or related subsurface evaluation work.
  • Fulfils or exceeds the requirements for a Senior Exploration Geoscientist, with proven Skills in the core Exploration competences of Regional Evaluation, Seismic Interpretation and Prospect Volume & Risking, together with several the other Geoscience competences (based on prior experience).
  • Geology strengths in one or all of play-based exploration, structural geology, carbonate and clastic sedimentology, lead and prospect generation and well maturation, planning and operations geology
  • Proven experience and effectiveness across the range of Exploration from frontier growth evaluation, Sensors to Decisions, stratigraphy and regional studies, prospect evaluation/maturation, well delivery/operations and AARs.
  • Strong technical/analytical skills and the ability to integrate complex datasets.
  • Coordination of XORP, together with a strong focus on HSE.
  • Adept with key Exploration software packages
  • Prime mover in bringing together all aspects of petroleum system analysis into a seamlessly integrated whole.
  • Skilled in collaboration and integration with technical experts from other disciplines, especially related to process safety requirements: pore pressure prediction, shallow hazard analysis, depth conversion techniques, petrophysical analysis and geochemistry related H2S analysis.
  • Skill level for risk and uncertainty analysis and volumetric determinations. Excellent understanding of probabilistic ranges and outcomes and the impact on project economics and commerciality. Able to describe the full range of outcomes in a clear and robust way.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative and inclusive working relationships based on mutual respect, i.e. a senior team player with well-developed interpersonal, who enjoys working in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams and can consistently get the best out of others.
  • The ability to clearly communicate geological issues to other team members and stakeholders as well as having well-developed presentation skills.
  • Demonstration of drive, enthusiasm and can-do attitude, with an open mindset and a desire to develop own and other skills as well as learning from successes and failures.
  • Ability to accept personal responsibility, think independently and challenge dogmas coupled with the courage to say no, challenge or reject ideas that do not meet hard scrutiny and/or have no clear path to value.
  • Demonstrable ability in coaching and developing more junior members of the skill pool.
  • Fluent in English


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