Vice President of Operations, Appalachia
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Oklahoma City, OK 73134
The Vice President of Operations for the Appalachia region primary responsibility is to ensure our operation works safely, reducing operational risk and costs where possible and performs this work without environmental incident. This role provides leadership and direction through collaboration and sound planning with both internal and external partners, demonstrating technical excellence and setting an example of integrity and professionalism. The specific areas of responsibility are the completion and production operations for the Appalachian region.
The fundamental objectives for the Vice President of Operations include:
Ensuring that the daily focus of the Appalachia operations team is on the safety and wellbeing of all employees.
Ensuring that during operations, Gulfport has taken the necessary precautions to ensure that NOTHING is spilled on the ground and that each operation is only begun after appropriate safety assessments have been completed.
Continually seek out opportunities to reduce operational costs and improved operational efficiencies.
Effectively Manage capital and expense budgets for the Appalachia asset to ensure budget compliance and value added spend.
Continually engage and develop our people always insuring goals are established and clearly defined.
To accomplish these objectives focus should be on establishing and maintaining our right to operate and the care and development of Gulfport resources in the Appalachian region as described in more detail below:
Health, Safety and Environmental Right to Operate Responsibilities:
The VP of Operations should fully understand the laws effecting our operations and adhere to all governing agencies requirements. In conjunction with our EH&S department, this individual will build healthy relationships with local state and federal representatives tasked with EH&S oversight. The successful candidate should create an atmosphere of openness and trust with all regulatory representatives and include Gulfport EH&S representative in operations meetings to ensure an awareness of how our decisions and actions can affect safety and environmental issues.
The VP of Operations will work with the EH&S group to promote and implement a safety program that prioritizes incident prevention including holding monthly safety meetings within the organization to cover safety topics and operational issues and holding quarterly vendor safety meetings.
The successful candidate will work closely with operations leadership as well as all Gulfport departments to include Drilling, EH&S, Midstream, Infrastructure and Land teams. Effectively building and leading teams that are effective communicators and operate in a manner that is open, honest and professional will be a critical outcome for this position.
The VP of Operations should create an environment of procedural compliance and planned operations, as it is believed that efficiencies are created in the planning stages.
Resource Management and Development Responsibilities:
The VP of Operations is the primary person responsible for the Appalachian area assets and as our people are our greatest asset, the expectation is that they are carefully developed. Continual evaluation of our current team members and contract staff to ensure we have highly qualified and motivated people working for Gulfport is expected. The incumbent is responsible for succession planning for Appalachia and working with the managers to provide training for all levels of employees within the area.
Partner with the Geology and Resource Development teams to optimize our fracture stimulation treatments for the Appalachian region. The process should include 3D modeling relative to offsets for optimum drainage and minimum interference and the fracture stimulation designs should be centered on a best combination of ROI and EUR. It will be the responsibility of the asset VP to present the optimized fracture stimulation designs to the executive management team for consideration.
Under the direction of the VP of Operations, the engineering team will be responsible for working with Geology and Resource Development to review and define optimum lateral lengths, correlations associated fracture stage placement verses geologic intervals and anomalies and finally GPOR well performance verses peer groups or offset operators.
This position will be the steward for cost control in the region and will ensure all managers understand daily costs and that the information reported is accurate and correct and all expenditures are in the best interest of the operation. Through the utilization of WellEz for detailed daily reporting and cost estimating, the VP of Operations will focus the region on delivering the company goal of being less than 5% of actual results for field cost estimating. The VP of Operations will be responsible for reviewing and presenting cost metrics to the executive management team on a monthly basis.
The VP of Operations will focus the region on D&C and LOE spend initiatives and will be responsible for tracking D&C and LOE spend metrics relative to budget which includes monthly reviews in addition to supporting and assisting other regions with LOE budget compliance through planning and metrics initiatives.
Establish an environment that provides informal and routine feedback to team members on performance and formally through an annual employee appraisal process and creating an environment of open doors and free flowing communication in the department.
In order for Gulfport to be a technology leader, selective attendance of department members at technical forums and conferences is expected, as is keeping an open mind and reviewing and considering new technologies.
The VP of Operations will be responsible for making sure that vendors are treated with professionalism and respect even when corrective action is being taken and that supervision through intimidation is not tolerated. Vendor evaluation is expected to be based solely on daily performance with bias toward transparent, accurate and effective reporting and communication of all operations.
The VP of Operations should be known for proactively sharing ideas, establishing best practices and effectively deploying technology across Gulfport assets. It is important that an environment of trust, respect, professionalism and diligence exists within the Appalachian region and critical transfers from drilling to completions and from completions to production occur seamlessly.
Experience, Education and Ability:
A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required with preference given to petroleum, mechanical, civil or chemical engineering. A Master’s degree or MBA is preferred.
A history of proven success in multi-unit management roles at an actively drilling oil and gas exploration is an absolute requirement for the successful candidate due to the complex nature of the position, candidates without this experience will not be considered. Previous experience in all phases of production, completion and workover operations is also required.
The successful candidate should have at least 15 years of progressively increasing responsibility with an oil and gas exploration and production company.
Ability to lift files, open filing cabinets, and bend or stand as necessary. Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time. The ability to use a computer, tablet or smart phone for extended periods of time. Basic use of office equipment such as copier and fax machines. Ability to lift up to 10 pounds occasionally.
This job operates in both a professional office and field environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines, along with equipment necessary to design, draw, and execute plans.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time exempt position. Days and hours of work will vary due to workload and needs of the company.
Frequent travel is expected for this position.