Our people Our most valuable asset
We employ over 250 professionals from many different countries and backgrounds. Working in different departments, each one of them is an ambitious expert in his or her field, who enjoys working for us in an exciting and ever challenging environment. The testimonials on this page will give you an idea of their work within our company as well as of their ambition, drive and enthusiasme in their every day working life.
Our employees are our key competitive advantage. That is why we are committed to helping all employees find opportunities that best fit their unique talents. We believe in providing a stimulating environment and room for professional growth, and we make sure that each new team member has the opportunity to work with the best professionals, ensuring that you will collaborate with interesting people from all kinds of backgrounds.
Pieter de Graeff HSE and Permitting Manager
Pieter de Graeff leads two teams: a team of health, safety and environmental specialists with a focus on minimizing risks, and a team of permitting advisors who request and maintain operational permits and consents from the various governments involved (of the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Denmark) and focus on maintaining and improving the relations with these governments.
"In this business, it is extremely important to minimize risks, of course. That is why the HSE team consists of experts in a wide variety of fields, including process safety, environmental legislation, operational and occupational safety and two offshore HSE engineers who carry out helicopter deck and platform inspections and assist in the planning of large operations. Usually, HSE professionals have received a lot of training in safety and security. With me, it is just the opposite.
It is incredibly interesting to be part of a company that is in constant motion.
Pieter de Graeff
HSE and Permitting Manager
I studied Maritime Technology at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and have a number of years of experience working as a navigator at sea. I find that this background, in combination with my passion for technology and operations, actually helps me a lot to keep a pragmatic focus on technical possibilities. When we build or modify a platform, we need to decide on the best options for the company and for the people who work there."
"Over the years, Wintershall has achieved significant growth. It is incredibly interesting to be part of a company that is in constant motion. Obviously, this requires extraordinary professionalism from the teams. I try to be a sparring partner for them, facilitating their ability to solve issues and problems on their own. I believe that this approach makes the work more challenging and interesting for them, and helps to build their confidence. Operating in this field where technology meets human creativity has been a marvellous experience for me. I have discovered talents in myself I never knew I possessed!"
Esteban Muñoz Asset Manager and Lead for Stimulation, Oil field Chemistry & Production Technology
After spending his childhood in Argentina, the country of his father, Esteban Muñoz decided to follow his passion and study petroleum engineering in Leoben, Austria – the country of his mother.
Esteban Muñoz is responsible for a tight gas field (daisy chain) in the North Sea, and in charge of the Stimulation team, Production Chemistry and Production Technology projects. He was recently promoted to the position of Asset Manager and feels that it is the multidisciplinary approach at Wintershall Noordzee that is conducive to career development.
"At Wintershall, we are continuously looking for new opportunities and innovations to increase day-to-day production. Within three years from now, we plan to start operating a new tight gas producer.
As we are a medium-sized company, talents and expertise are readily recognized in our community.
Asset Manager and Lead for Stimulation,
Oil field Chemistry & Production Technology
For this purpose, we recently launched a multidisciplinary study involving over fifteen professionals. The study involves seismic interpretation, static modelling, 3D geomodelling, dynamic modelling, drilling and facilities engineering. I personally get a lot of exposure and interaction with the various disciplines I’m working with. You get the opportunity to be exposed to all kinds of information the upstream requires to make a project successful."
"One of the main success factors of Wintershall Noordzee is its multidisciplinary approach. Our people are exposed to projects from day one. As we are a medium-sized company, talents and expertise are readily recognized in our community. This is actually very helpful for career development."
"I was first introduced to Wintershall when I was studying in Leoben, Austria. Wintershall offered young engineers a very interesting and challenging opportunity to take part in the two-year SPEAD programme, which offers training on the job in projects with various operating companies around the world. Today, ten years down the road, I can personally confirm that this is indeed an excellent opportunity for young graduates!"
Ronald Laarhoven Procurement Manager
Ronald Laarhoven is Procurement Manager and responsible for everything from the procurement of nuts and bolts to leasing drilling rigs. After graduating in Industrial Engineering and Management, Ronald joined an engineering firm, where he gained 10 years of experience. This firm focused predominantly on downstream activities.
From Document Controller to Procurement Manager
"I started out as a Document Controller and was later on promoted to positions including Expediter, Buyer, Lead Buyer, Project Purchasing Manager and Contracts Engineer before I moved on to the position of Project Procurement Manager. I joined Wintershall Noordzee about a decade ago. After a start as Senior Buyer, I am now heading the Procurement department and am responsible for an annual purchasing volume of between € 250 and € 350 million."
Commitment and loyalty
"Our department employs 15 people, four of whom are part-timers. We focus on the procurement of materials and equipment for drilling and exploration, construction, and installation and production purposes. Wintershall is a very active and pragmatic company that offers a wealth of opportunities in a very pleasant atmosphere. Our people show commitment and loyalty to the company, and we all take pride in our collective achievements."
The challenge for the future is the development of F17
"F17 is a partial block in the North Sea, approximately 100 kilometres north of Den Helder, where oil was discovered. We need to look into possibilities to optimize its development. If it proves to be economically profitable, oil is likely to become a key component of our future. This would give our organization, that currently mainly focuses on gas fields, an enormous boost."
Wintershall is a very active and pragmatic company that offers a wealth of opportunities in a very pleasant atmosphere. Our people show commitment and loyalty to the company, and we all take pride in our collective achievements.
Stefan Froud Geologist
Stefan Froud’s main goal as a geologist is to improve geological understanding of the focus area to help find more oil and gas reserves and maximize recovery from existing oil and gas fields.
Emphasis on technology
"During my two-year rotational graduate placement at Wintershall, I worked in offices in Germany, Russia, Norway and the Netherlands. I chose Wintershall Noordzee because it is one of the bigger offices with a wealth of experience in exploration of the North Sea and a strong emphasis on technology. The day-to-day job involves a lot of predictions and communication of ideas, which makes it challenging to make the right decisions but highly interesting as well."
We share a lot of knowledge here, which helps me to develop my skills and grow as an individual.
"I am surrounded by skilled people. There are a good number of senior professionals, combined with talented younger professionals with new ideas and fresh energy, and I enjoy working with both of these groups. About half my team is from the Netherlands, the other half are from elsewhere, which ensures that we are never short of different viewpoints. The Dutch office has a very open and friendly culture. That makes it easy to adapt and integrate as a group."
A lot to learn
"I enjoy working at the Dutch office. We share a lot of knowledge here, which helps me to develop my skills and grow as an individual. I plan to stay here for at least another four years, building on my technical background, and then, depending on my personal situation, it will be time for a new step in my career with the Wintershall corporation."
Jan Gabe van der Weide Senior Exploration Geophysicist
Jan Gabe van der Weide is a Senior Exploration Geophysicist at Wintershall Global Support BV. He focuses on regional geological studies to generate, rank and advise on new business opportunities around the world.
"I have worked for Wintershall since 2002. In 2008, I switched to Global Support, where I support both the head office and the various OPCOs. I get to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world, and I enjoy sharing ideas and knowledge with them."
Make a difference
"I do not want to be a stranger in my own company.
Wintershall is just the right size. It is big enough to make a difference, and small enough to get to know one another.
Jan Gabe van der Weide
Senior Exploration Geophysicist
Geoscientists are a special type of people. We all love our jobs and are fuelled by a passion for nature and geology."
"Geology and geophysics are broad areas of expertise. A number of skill groups combine several disciplines. When you come up with something new, this is the place to share it. The skill groups encourage interaction between the various specialists. This is the best and fastest way to get involved in the process."
(Best kept secret…)
"Not many people know this, but our office here in Rijswijk was actually built almost on top of an old abandoned oil field!"