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KPO Training Course Held in Kazakhstan

WBC delivered Gas, Gas Contracts and Commercial Oil Operations for the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating company in October 2017.  The KPO training course was organised by International Business House*.  The course was held at KPO’s office in Uralsk and was delivered by WBC’s Angus Warren to 12 KPO employees.  The group hailed from diverse functions, with participants from the legal, trading, logistics, marketing, compliance and accounting departments. [Read more…]

Fundamentals of Oil Markets Course Held for KAPSARC in Riyadh

The Fundamentals of Oil Markets was delivered for KAPSARC in Riyadh in September, in a course organised by International Business House*.  The course was held at the world class campus of KAPSARC and WBC’s Angus Warren delivered the 3 day programme to 12 KAPSARC employees.  The group was diverse with participants from Saudi, Jordan, India, Russia and the U.S.  and from a variety of functions including research, editorial, gas, oil, energy efficiency and environmental studies. [Read more…]

Oil & Gas Careers: Freelance vs Staff

For many, stepping out of the corporate world and into a freelance role is the fulfilment of their oil & gas careers.  It represents a chance for personal growth, building your own business, and testing your business skills in a competitive world.  For HR teams, it also offers benefits, but with some risks.  The financial rewards for the individual can be substantial: in good times, O&G day rates of $500 to $3,000+/day are readily achievable.

Why do it?

But of course it’s never just about the money. For some it’s a different way to develop a leadership role – leading projects, leading people, setting up a new business.  Some individuals go on to assume positions of significant influence, perhaps advising Boards, executives or governments – and maybe commanding $5,000 a day or more.  [Read more…]

First International O&G Contracts Course for WBC

It was a week of firsts: WBC’s first International O&G Contracts course, delivered in Lagos and Mohammad Al-Ramahi delivering his first course as a WBC associate. The International O&G Contracts course had attendees from oil companies and engineering service companies. The course ran in March at excellent facilities provided by Saipem. [Read more…]

Oil & Gas Talent Management – 2017 & Beyond

The industry’s managers have a talent management problem. In our latest white paper we look at the need for changes in strategy as companies compete in a new market environment.  New strategies will be based on innovation and collaboration, but at their heart is the issue of talent: having the capabilities to implement the new strategy. Companies have laid off thousands of experienced staff, many of whom have said they are not coming back to the oil business. Many experienced staff who remain are close to retirement. There’s a new generation of Millennials who are not that keen on the existing management styles of the oil business – and don’t see it as a particularly attractive industry to work in. This might not matter much if the industry was in terminal decline. [Read more…]

Death of the Annual Appraisal in Oil and Gas?

A recent piece from EY’s highly respected Global Oil and Gas Sector calls for a new approach to performance management – one “that is focused on coaching and development, rather than ratings and rankings”. For any line manager or HR professional involved in appraisal in oil and gas, it’s a thought provoking piece.  Peter Smith, WBC’s Business Development Director has a few additional suggestions. [Read more…]

3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas in London

Hosted by Finncap in world class facilities in the heart of the City of London,  Angus Warren delivered WBC’s acclaimed 3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas to a group that included participants from the U.K. and Nigeria. and from a variety of sectors including technology, a national oil company, and financial services. [Read more…]

Inner Reserves – Valuing Your Skills in a Low Oil Price Environment

Valuing your skills in a difficult market: as part of our occasional series on career development in the oil industry and the skills needed to succeed, we asked Ken McKellar, an experienced adviser on career transitions, to comment on the options available to professionals in a low oil price environment: 
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Oil & Gas: To Hell with the Contracts….

The Nigerian government is focussing on PSC and joint venture agreements in its attempts to extract more from Oil & Gas: as part of our occasional series on key management issues in the Oil & Gas industry and the strategic context needed to succeed, we asked Bryan Gundersen, one of the world’s leading lawyers and an associate of WBC, to comment on the governance and legal issues arising from the current Nigerian government initiative.  Bryan’s next course is in Lagos at the end of November. [Read more…]

Oil and Gas Training in Indonesia

Three day oil and gas training course delivered in Jakarta

We welcomed 19 delegates from a Indonesian oil company to a special three day course in Jakarta in August.  Delivered by Colin Marshall, an associate of Warren Business Consulting, the course focused on understanding the key dynamics in the petroleum industry and was based on WBC’s well established “3 Day MBA in Oil and Gas”. [Read more…]

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