ConocoPhillips Sr. Contract Specialist, Gas Gathering Processing in HOUSTON, Texas

Title: Sr. Contract Specialist, Gas Gathering Processing


Job Number: 00S2P

Our Company

ConocoPhillips is the world’s largest independent E&P company based on production and proved reserves. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 16 countries, $70 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,800 employees as of Dec. 31, 2018. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,242 MBOED in 2018, and preliminary proved reserves were 5.3 billion BOE as of Dec. 31, 2018.

Employees across the globe focus on fulfilling our core SPIRIT Values of safety, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork. And we apply the characteristics that define leadership excellence in how we engage each other, collaborate with our teams, and drive the business.


The Specialist’s main responsibility is to optimize the value of the company’s produced equity gas.

This is achieved by working with internal and external stakeholders to ensure a reliable gas offtake and existing contracts are honored. As required the candidate will also negotiate new gas handling agreements. The Specialist also plays a key role in establishing and executing new and existing local and regional gas handling strategies.

The selected individual may be assigned to support any one of the Lower 48 Assets or operating areas depending on need and activity.


Maximize the volume and value of the COPC’s natural gas production by:

  • Establishing a good working relationship with both internal (Development, Exploration, Operations, Land, Legal, Accounting, Commercial Gas and NGLs) and external (third party downstream, midstream and upstream) business partners

  • Interfacing with Asset teams to develop or execute local and regional gas offtake strategies and influencing development plans to maximize overall value to the company

  • Understanding midstream technical and business needs of business unit Asset teams

  • Enforcing, managing and adding value to existing midstream contracts (gathering, processing, compression, treating, and sales)

  • Negotiating new midstream contracts (gathering, processing, compression, treating, and sales), including extensive contract drafting. The ability to identify and communicate alternative solutions to contentious issues is critical (influencing skills, conflict resolution).

  • Ensuring timely connection of COPC wells/batteries to midstream infrastructure

  • Acting as liaison between COPC Operations/Business Unit and midstream business partners during day to day operations of wells and infrastructure

  • Identifying and recommending opportunities to increase value


  • Experience with or confirmed ability to learn about handling sales of gas and NGL products

  • Good overview of the total hydrocarbon value chain (upstream, midstream and downstream)

  • Good to excellent analytical skills:

  • Ability to analyze complex gas and NGL contracts

  • Capable of developing economic models and making sound recommendations. This includes issues such as own vs. lease, capex vs. opex, financial commitment vs. security of offtake, high liquid recovery vs. associated fee, etc.

  • Capable of developing and executing negotiation strategies. Understands the total value chain to be able to recognize changing conditions and respond accordingly during negotiations.

  • Clear and concise communication skills are required to allow efficient dialogue between parties

  • Capable of understanding potential issues and drafting contract language to prevent operational or commercial surprises once the contract takes effect.

  • Operational acumen to identify cost effective propositions and options related to gathering system hydraulics, gas processing, level of gas contaminants, etc.

  • Self-motivated individual with an ability to take ownership of actions and drive issues to conclusion.


Basic / Required Qualifications:

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, Energy Commerce or related field

  • 10 years of industry experience in natural gas production, gathering, compression, or processing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the negotiation of gathering, compression, processing, and/or treating agreements

  • Understanding of comparative gathering and processing economic analysis

  • Masters degree in Business

  • Invites dialogue to gain a shared understanding and influences with confidence to drive performance and achieve business results.

  • Understands how key financial and quantitative indicators impact the business.

  • Analyzes stakeholder needs and market trends to understand how they shape the future and impact our business results.

To be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of March 27, 2019 .

Candidates for this U.S. position must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a) (1). Individuals with temporary visas such as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, L, M, NATO, O, P, Q, R or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization in the United States now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

ConocoPhillips is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected

Job Function: Gas Gathering & Processing

Job Level: Individual Contributor/Staff Level


Title: Sr. Contract Specialist, Gas Gathering Processing