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BP Americas, Inc. Continuous Improvement Engineer in Denver, Colorado


Job title:

Continuous Improvement Engineer



Req ID:


Relocation available:

Yes - Domestic (In country) only

Travel required:


About BP:

BP's BPX Energy business (formerly known as the Lower 48) operates across a vast US geography, from Texas north through the Rocky Mountains. The business manages a diverse portfolio which includes an extensive unconventional resource base of about 7.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent across 5.5 million gross acres in some of the largest and most well-known basins in the US. Headquartered in Denver (Colorado), BPX Energy employs about 1,700 people across six states, operates more than 9,600 producing wells and has 70,000 royalty owners. Our vision is to be the premier, high return, onshore exploration and production company that consistently increases asset value. Our Wyoming operations are anchored on the giant Wamsutter tight gas field in the south central part of the state. In the San Juan area of Colorado and New Mexico we produce from tight gas sands and operate the largest coal-bed methane field in the US. Our Mid-Continent operations cover the prolific Anadarko, and is home to the famed East Texas basin, along with the Woodford shale gas play and Arkoma basin. We also have non-operating interests in over 10,000 wells across the US with substantial positions in both the Eagle Ford and Fayetteville shale basins. In 2018, BP completed a $10.5 billion acquisition of BHP's world-class unconventional oil and gas assets in the Permian-Delaware basin in Texas, along with two premium positions in the Eagle Ford and Haynesville basins in Texas and Louisiana. These assets currently produce 190,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, of which about 45 percent are liquid hydrocarbons. The deal represents BP’s largest purchase since buying ARCO in 1999. It is a transformational acquisition for our BPX Energy business which gives the BPX Energy team access to some of the best acreage in some of the best basins in the onshore U.S.

Job Family Group:

Engineering Group

Job Profile Summary:

Responsible for providing Reliability expertise to projects or operations, including maintenance, inspection and turnaround, proactively interacting with other disciplines, teams, subfunctions and contractors to systematically resolve problems and applying sound engineering judgement to drive integrated, pragmatic solutions focused on risk management, operating efficiency, defect elimination and standardisation.

Time Type:

Full time


United States of America


United States - Colorado - Denver

Job advert:

We are seeking a highly motivated, self-starting engineer with a growth mind set and track record of exceptional delivery in a dynamic work environment. You will work across the Eagle Ford Business Unit to support continuous improvement efforts to drive efficiency, productivity, optimization, and quality by assessing, prioritizing, and leading continuous improvement projects that derive the greatest value to the business

This position is assigned to BPX’s newly acquired Eagle Ford asset. The Eagle Ford asset is the focus of significant development and optimization efforts in 2020 and 2021. Through dynamic team efforts – BPX Operations’ objective is to significantly increase Free Cash Flow through optimized production and introducing operational efficiency. This position represents a unique opportunity to work within operations and create immediate and impactful value. Our decision process is driven by increasing safety, increasing production, or reducing cost.

BPX Operations consists of three groups within a business: Execute – accountable for day to day operations, Improve – accountable for process and procedural management, and Change – accountable for delivering value and insight using data, analytics, and technology. This position is a member of the Improve team under the operations umbrella within the Eagle Ford asset. Eagle Ford’s Improve is based out of Denver, CO.

What we expect from you:

  • Utilize data sets to identify trends and areas in need of RCFA’s and/or continuous improvement projects

  • Assist in the development of a high-reliability organization by evaluating opportunity for standardization

  • Work closely with field staff to identify common failure points; develop and implement checklists and SOPs to mitigate risk

  • Develop project plan and ensure performance metrics are collected, tracked, and reported on a consistent basis

  • Support, coach, and champion growing organizational capabilities associated with organizational continuous improvement

  • You are willing to travel to the field approximately 25 percent of the time to meet with key partners regarding product development.

What we need from you:

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree in business, finance, or STEM related fields required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills: ability to communicate concisely and accurately across an entire organization ranging from upper management to field personnel

  • Experience with Six Sigma

  • Demonstrated experience and/or continuous improvement certification

Preferred Skills:

  • Effective Communicator: Able to present complex problems to a wide range of audiences in a concise, accurate, and coherent manner. Able to confidently present to a large (>20) group of people on technical and process topics and field questions and challenges. Effectively demonstrate and translate the business impact and value proposition of a process or tool to the entire organization.

  • Growth mindset: Proven ability to quickly learn new concepts, processes, software, engineering and mathematical ideas.

  • Adventurous: Willing to get hands-on with our most valued asset – the production specialists in the field.

  • Resilient: Ability to take care of open-ended data-related problems, and to gain valuable insights from data sets that may be initially unwieldy. Possess grit to effectively tackle problem sets with little direction

  • Creative and Courageous: Ability to look at an industry that is embedded in its methods and recommend appropriate change. Make value-based decisions involving measured risk to deliver business objectives