Manager of Well Containment Operations - Oil & Gas

Location: Headquarters
Job Code: 30
# of Openings: 1



The Well Containment Manager/Operations Manager leads the team responsible for all operating aspects of the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) Containment System including playing a key role in the Marine Well Containment Incident Command Structure of any actual or drill well incident event where Marine Well Containment (MWCC) is deployed, and interfacing with Regulatory agencies as necessary. This role will also work closely with the Maintenance Superintendent to assure maintenance activities are being conducted on Marine Well Containment (MWCC) equipment at field locations commensurate with prescribed plans and procedures. Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) is in transition now from current state operation of an Interim Containment System (ICS), to accepting and starting up an Expanded Containment System (ECS) during 2014. This role will have initial accountability as Operations Superintendent for the ICS, while working with the ECS Project Team to assist with Operations Readiness and system handover activities. During the handover transition period, this role will assume accountability for operations related aspects of the ECS as Marine Well Containment (MWCC) assumes operational control and accountability. Ultimately, this role will be fully accountable for operations aspects of the ECS upon handover completion to MWCC.



  • Develop and implement short and long-term strategic and tactical plans for the ICS team.
  • Validate Operating procedures are in place and adequately reflect steps needed to safely deploy, install, operate, dismantle, decontaminate, and restock all ICS Marine Well Containment (MWCC) equipment.  Lead preparation of any new Operating procedures or revisions of existing procedures with Training Team.
  • Ensure that the Cap and Flow System and associated Operating procedures are ready for deployment when called up due to a well control incident.
  • Provide leadership to Operations staff assigned to equipment storage field locations, and thru these staff assure maintenance of all Marine Well Containment (MWCC) equipment is being conducted as prescribed by the MWCC Maintenance function.
  • Responsible for development and readiness of Operating staff necessary to operate the Marine Well Containment (MWCC) equipment in the event of emergency response.
  • Ensure adequate resources exist 24/7 to respond to an incident.
  • Responsible for ensuring contracts for storage of MWCC equipment as shore bases and associated onshore sites are maintained and managed to ensure effective and safe operation.  
  • Responsible for operations related aspects of the ECS as Marine Well Containment (MWCC) assumes operational control.
  • Post completion of ECS handover to Marine Well Containment (MWCC), accountable for all operational aspects and associated contracts for both the ECS and ICS equipment deemed necessary to retain for incident response flexibility.
  • Responsible for owning and investing time in individual learning and development to enhance leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Support Chief Operating Officer (COO) with continued organization and system development objectives in preparation for handover and the Expanded Containment System (ECS).
  • Assist the COO in collaboration with other members of the COO LT to prepare the annual operations and maintenance plan and budget, and track performance against budget for area of accountability.
  • Work closely with the ECS Project Team and Chief Technology Officer, who is accountable for ECS Operations Readiness activities, to prepare Marine Well Containment (MWCC) for equipment handover from the Project Team. This preparation includes all equipment, documentation, functional skills needed to deploy/install and operate new equipment, and coordination of on-going maintenance/preservation with Engineering and Maintenance.
  • Work with the Maintenance Superintendent to ensure all ICS (and future ECS) dynamic and static functional tests and inspections as dictated by MWCC’s Preventative Maintenance program.
  • Support development and implementation of MWCCs HSE Management System and maintain strong ties to HSE organization to facilitate deployment.  Ensure all operations are planned, executed, and audited with the highest degree of safety, integrity and excellence.  Work with the Marine Well Containment (MWCC) Training Team to identify the training and competency needs of staff in the Operations organization to be prepared to respond to an incident.
  • Source and maintain functional expertise needed to deploy the capping stack, subsea dispersant system, subsea manifolds/flowlines/risers, and the surface capture system (vessels and processing equipment). For the ICS, this functional expertise will be limited to supporting the Responsible Party who manages the installation of the system, operation of the subsea equipment, and secures Mutual Aid equipment including the capture drill ships.
  • Work with the Logistics & Procurement teams to ensure all required contracts are valid and properly maintained.  Ensure essential contractors capability and readiness via scheduled and unscheduled assessments and audits.
  • Support and advise the Officers in decision making and other capacities as needed.    


  • Direct Reports: Will have a team of MWCC staff including Senior Field Superintendents, Field Forman, and Operations Tech
  • Indirect Reports:  Approximately 100 contract staff assigned to operate the Marine Well Containment (MWCC) Marine Capture Vessels in a response.  Also oversight of approximately 25 shore base contractors assigned to manage warehouse and maintenance activities.
  • Operating Budget: 25 to 50 million US$ depending on annual operating budget and field activities.


  • 4- year degree from an accredited university.
  • Demonstrated strong operational experience: ideally has worked in a senior operations role for 10+ years in a global Deepwater region with a minimum of 3+ years working Gulf of Mexico assets.  Candidate must have 5+ years of formal senior Operations Team Leadership experience.
  • Comfortable working in a cross-functional environment with experience collaborating with others to successful completion of work tasks.
  • Demonstrated skills as a “silo-breaker” and comfortable with change and leading change.
  • Self-starter and results oriented; comfortable with working thru others to achieve own results.
  • Previous experience in supervising Pre-Operations team on a major capital project. Experienced in managing equipment handover, establishing operational processes and systems, and start-up operations.
  • Strong operational experience managing simultaneous operations in a multi-company response environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in operational planning and emergency response coordination.
  • Understanding of existing GoM Oil Spill Response Organizations (OSRO) capabilities and interface with subsea capping and containment activities.
  • Experience with Safety Management Systems, particularly API RP 75.
  • Understanding of GoM regulatory environment and Incident Response coordination.
  • Highly skilled at budgeting, resource development and tracking, operational readiness process application, and demonstrated success managing both operational and programmatic work that involve high levels of collaboration.
  • Must possess excellent people and management skills; demonstrate ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization and externally.
  • Personal qualities of safety, integrity, credibility, and commitment.
  • Flexible and able to multi-task; can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems.


  • Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces.
  • Ascending or descending ladders, scaffolding, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
  • Bending legs downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Standing, particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Stooping, kneeling, and/or crouching.
  • Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position.
  • Perceiving size, shape, temperature, or texture by touching with skin, particularly the fingertips.
  • Those activities in which you must convey by spoken word detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Substantial movements (motion) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers in a repetitive manner.
  • Outdoors exposed to changing weather conditions (for instance, rain, sun, snow, wind, etc.)
  • Outdoors but in an enclosed vehicle protected from extreme weather conditions.


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