Reservoir Engineer / Exploration Manager

Job title: Reservoir Engineer / Exploration Manager
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Gauteng
Reference: JN -082022-30831
Contact name: Alex McDonald
Contact email:
Published: 28 days ago

Job description

Do you want to be part of building South Africa’s renewable energy future? Do you want to join an emerging business? A gas producer is looking for an experienced Reservoir Engineer / Exploration Manager to provide strategic direction and interface between the exploration team, the executive committee and external reservoir engineers across sustainable gas in South Africa.


The Reservoir Engineer/ Exploration Manager is responsible for providing strategic interface between the exploration team, the executive committee and external reservoir engineers. 

The incumbent will be tasked with geologic evaluation and modelling for purposes of well planning evaluations, resource estimations, geotechnical assessments and other project work as required.

Coordinate the drilling effort - manage the campaign from a geological perspective, taking into account the nature of the fractured and low pressure of the reservoir.


Key Responsibilities

  • Development of exploration plan

  • Create geologic models

  • Audit geologic model and reserve areas

  • Completion of technical reports including reserve and resource, quantity and quality, reserve audits, feasibility, and other specific technical reports, recognizing international standards of reporting

  • Management of exploration team outputs and monitor performance

  • Manage exploration programs and geologic modelling updates.

  • Creation and maintenance of geological and gas quality databases

  • Geology project management of reserve and resource studies

  • Responsible for oversight of the development of geologic structure and quality 3-D models

  • Budgeting and responsibility of P&L

  • Project planning - risk/milestones

  • Asset management and maintenance (reservoir)

  • 3rd party/vendor management (SLA)

  • Stakeholder management

  • Geological interface between exploration team and reservoir engineers

  • Technical oversight - QA/QC of the modelling

  • Indirect accountability and management of the geological database  

  • Responsible for preparing and evaluating scopes of work for tendering formation evaluation services related to exploration well drilling and analysis

  • Manage Exploration drilling, including Geological and Geophysical (G&G) planning and operations

  • Deliver high quality risked portfolio of Exploration Opportunities

  • Assist with well planning and well site geologist duties, including creating well targets, preparing geological prognoses in the office or onsite when needed

  • Generate and update all relevant maps



Successful candidates should possess the following qualifications: 

  • Tertiary degree and certified professional credentials

  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience in the mining industry developing and evaluating geologic models

  • Experience authoring Competent Person reserve and resource studies

  • Experience utilising Leapfrog or equivalent geologic modelling software

  • Considerable understanding of oil and gas geology, and mining data

  • Must work well in a team environment

  • Ability to train team to use mapping software

  • Ability to coach and direct team

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Access and PowerPoint

  • Strong computer problem-solving skills

  • Detail-oriented and well organized

  • Strong time management skills

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to be a self-starter, team player, resourceful, and have a positive attitude when participating on projects