Senior Research Analyst

  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Full-time
  • Verisk Business: Wood Mackenzie
  • Is this an Analytics Req?: No

Company Description

Wood Mackenzie is the global leader in data, analysis and consulting across the energy, chemicals, metals, mining, power and renewables sectors.

Founded in 1973, our success has always been underpinned by the simple principle of providing trusted research and advice that makes a difference to our customers. Today we have over 2,000 customers ranging from the largest global energy companies and financial institutions to governments as well as smaller market specialists.

Our teams are located around the world. This enables us to stay closely connected with customers and the markets and sectors we cover. Collectively this allows us to offer a compelling combination of global commodity analysis with detailed local market knowledge.

We are committed to supporting our people to grow and thrive. We value different perspectives and aspire to create an inclusive environment that encourages diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. We are committed to creating a workplace that works for you and encourage everyone to get involved in our Wellness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement initiatives. We actively support flexible working and are happy to consider alternative work patterns, taking into account your needs and the needs of the team or division that you are looking to join. 

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We are proud to be a part of the Verisk family of companies! 

At the heart of what we do is help clients manage risk. Verisk (Nasdaq: VRSK) provides data and insights to our customers in insurance, energy and the financial services markets so they can make faster and more informed decisions.   

Our global team uses AI, machine learning, automation, and other emerging technologies to collect and analyze billions of records. We provide advanced decision-support to prevent credit, lending, and cyber risks. In addition, we monitor and advise companies on complex global matters such as climate change, catastrophes, and geopolitical issues.  

But why we do our work is what sets us apart. It stems from a commitment to making the world better, safer and stronger.  

It’s the reason Verisk is part of the UN Global Compact sustainability initiative. It’s why we made a commitment to balancing 100 percent of our carbon emissions. It’s the aim of our “returnship” program for experienced professionals rejoining the workforce after time away. And, it’s what drives our annual Innovation Day, where we identify our next first-to-market innovations to solve our customers’ problems.   

At its core, Verisk uses data to minimize risk and maximize value. But far bigger, is why we do what we do. 

At Verisk you can build an exciting career with meaningful work; create positive and lasting impact on business; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We have received the Great Place to Work® Certification for the fourth consecutive year. We’ve been recognized by Forbes as a World’s Best Employer and a Best Employer for Women, testaments to our culture of engagement and the value we place on an inclusive and diverse workforce.  Verisk’s Statement on Racial Equity and Diversity supports our commitment to these values and affecting positive and lasting change in the communities where we live and work.  

Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Research Analyst to join our Lower 48 Plays Team in Houston.

This role is uniquely positioned at the front lines of our Lower 48 upstream and commercial analysis. You will lean on strong analytical foundation to build views of productivity and costs for the most active unconventional plays in the Lower 48. Your analysis will underpin our supply views of one of the most dynamic oil and gas producing regions in the world. You will also work with a cross-functional team to incorporate subsurface analysis into our Lens platform.

US shale is a dynamic and constantly evolving sector, making for at times challenging but also highly gratifying work. You will leverage your network and data analysis to gather valuable insight and author reports which challenge conventional views. You will be able to present these views to a wide range of clients including national and major oil companies, operators, investment banks and institutional investors.

Part-time will not be considered.

About the role

You will join a team of analysts and subject matter experts that produce views for the US Lower 48 Key Plays and underpin our macro-level outlooks. You will be adept at modeling subsurface and completions factors that influence the productivity and economic viability of each play. You can speak technically about the geologic or economic drivers of a play.

You will be highly resourceful and call on a wide range of sources to feed into your analysis. You are comfortable and efficient at manipulating data. You will collaborate with analysts from our costs, corporate and commodities teams to develop a market story that is objective, integrated and data driven. You will leverage and build your network, working closely with clients to identify emerging trends.

You will share your analysis through written research and regularly present these views to internal stakeholders and clients. With time you will also form and share opinions on a variety of sector topics as they relate to supply: corporate strategies, business environment, M&A deals, play economics, government energy policy and regional geopolitics.

You will be able to prioritise what matters to clients and the team, having regular interaction with senior business stakeholders. You will ensure that we embrace new technologies or techniques to improve data processes and workflow.

The level of appointment to which band on the company banding structure will be dependent on your skills, experience and capabilities demonstrated at assessment prior to offer of employment.


About you and how you can excel in this role

You are passionate about upstream oil and gas with an educational background in Engineering or Geosciences. You have built an in-depth understanding of the energy sector in your current or previous roles in the sector. Preferably with first-hand experience on US unconventional plays, but this is not essential.

You have an analytical, commercial mindset and an eye for detail. You also understand the big picture, which enables you to analyse and form clear, coherent conclusions from a variety of data and information. You can demonstrate prior experience with economic modeling/forecasting and petroleum economics.  In addition, prior experience with advanced data analysis in Excel, PowerQuery, Python, or R would be an advantage.

You find it easy communicating complex or technical information and delivering messages that are easily understood. You thrive in a collaborative, commercial and client-centric environments. 

You have a proven track record of fostering strong working relationships including coaching, influencing and developing others around you. The way in which you work is productive and driven, striving to be best in class. You often share ideas and find better ways of working.

You excel in a fast-paced work environment and work effectively with ambiguity at times. You are looking for a role where you can build on your existing knowledge and learn from others. You also enjoy sharing what you have learnt with others.



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