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Country Manager

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Location: Suriname, SR

Company: Apache Corporation

Company Overview

Apache Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the world's premier independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. With operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom (North Sea), the company has a presence in domestic and international basins.  Apache is proud of its portfolio that includes exploration in conventional, unconventional, onshore and offshore operating areas.


At Apache, there is a world of opportunity. With a history of using sound financial practices and an abundant inventory of near-term and future development projects, the company is admired across the industry for its ability to navigate in a rapidly changing world. Apache succeeds in recognizing opportunity and acting quickly. The growth of the company comes from the coordinated efforts of its diverse and accomplished workforce.


  • Our VISION is to be the premier exploration and production company, contributing to global progress by helping meet the world's energy needs.
  • Our MISSION is to grow in an innovative, safe, environmentally responsible and profitable manner for the long-term benefit of our stakeholders.
  • Our STRATEGY is to take a differentiated approach to the exploration and production of cost-advantaged hydrocarbons through innovation, technology, optimization, continuous improvement and relentless focus on costs to deliver top-tier, long-term returns.


Apache is proud to have been named a Top Workplace in Houston and is one of the world’s most admired companies by Fortune. Our global team is brought together by a shared sense of ownership, team of teams approach and the knowledge that best answers win.

Apache believes in a culture that encourages everyone to bring their unique perspective and background to work every day and to know that their voice is valued and respected.

Apache provides a challenging and rewarding work environment, supported by a premier total compensation package that includes competitive base salaries and benefits along with performance-driven incentives.

For additional information about Apache, please visit:

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Commitment to Sustainability
Apache Reports and Filings 

Specific Responsibilities

The country manager represents Apache in Suriname and the position will be based in Suriname with travel as needed. He/she works with other Apache executives and leaders based locally and, in the headquarters, to maximize value for our shareholders and help identify in country risks to ensure success of Apache’s businesses in these locations.

This role will be primarily responsible for the following:

  • In coordination with Senior Management negotiate terms and conditions which offer improved economic return. Keeps informed of regional competitive E&P activities, government laws and regulations, and political developments;
  • This position will collaborate with the Suriname Asset Team and all function leads to effectuate the delivery of Apache’s plan for Suriname;
  • Support services such as HR, legal, finance, tax, accounting, marketing and supply chain management are coordinated locally by the country manager with assistance from headquarters functional leads;
  • Builds, develops and maintains strong business relationships with JV partners, National Oil Company (“Staatsolie”), Suriname government officials and regulators, local stakeholders as well as other operators in the country;
  • Vote on behalf of Apache & represent the company in board meetings, General Assemblies, & other official meetings in country;
  • Work with asset & functional leaders to drive Apache initiatives and influence partners & Suriname government as directed;
  • Provide insights & in-country intelligence to asset, functions, & executive teams in Houston to help formulate company strategy;
  • Partner with Government Affairs headquarters team in developing and implementing strategy and policy initiatives with the Suriname government;
  • Participate in interviews, panels, and country manager related speeches/presentations in Suriname;
  • Sign & approve legal documents when necessary as legal representative of Apache in country;
  • Ensure all business activities are conducted in accordance with Apache’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics with particular focus on compliance with U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;Work closely with the crisis management team in Suriname with possible transition into a role of “assisting as appropriate in emergency response situation” in the future;
  • Support as directed various administrative activities, internal policies, corporate real estate function for the rep office in Suriname;
  • Partner with PR/Communication teams in Houston to manage external & internal communications, as well as CSR initiatives; and
  • Act as focal point for international government organizations & agencies’ offices in Suriname, such as: U.S. Embassy, other embassies, USAID, USTDA, IFC, IMF, World Bank, EBRD, etc.
Behavioral Competencies & Personal Characteristics
A high-impact presence—capable of quickly establishing credibility, influencing constituencies and persuading professionals at all levels; and
Intellectually and emotionally intelligent, with strong analytical, strategic, business judgment, and problem-solving skills.
An ability to build organizations that effectively adapt and to develop practices that generate competitive advantage;
The agility and flexibility to work in a fast-paced company culture;
Confident, while checking ego at the door;
Challenges norms or convention;
Self-aware with solid written and oral communication skills;
Strength of character, including honesty, integrity, ethics, professionalism, trust, and loyalty;
An entrepreneurial mindset with a strong track record of agility and ability to thrive in a dynamic environment;
A hands-on leader who can also see the big picture;
A leader who leads by example, with the energy and ability to work collaboratively across the organization;
A natural desire to work and lead with a sense of urgency and a contrarian spirit;
A solid grasp of economic, industry and competitive landscapes
An ability to establish a positive working environment for high performance teams to flourish;
The capability to lead change and generate process improvements for greater effectiveness and efficiency;
A “Team of Teams” mindset with the objective of aligning your team’s vision, mission, and strategy with the company’s overarching vision, mission, and strategy;
Core Values & Leadership Attributes

The successful candidate will lead by example through the embodiment of, and by embracing, Apache's Core Values and Leadership Attributes:

  • Core Values:
    • Expect top performance & innovation;
    • Seek relentless improvements in all facets;
    • Invest in our greatest asset, our people;
    • Foster a contrarian spirit;
    • Drive to succeed with a sense of urgency;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be compromised;
    • Conduct our business with honesty & integrity;
    • Treat our stakeholders with respect & dignity; and
    • We derive benefit from the earth & take our environmental responsibility seriously.
  • Leadership Attributes:
    • Responsible irreverence;
    • Focus on team accomplishments over personal gain;
    • Decisive, invested, committed;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be comprised;
    • Fire in the belly;
    • Lead by example, be an ambassador for Apache’s values;
    • Sees the big picture, translates into action;
    • Sound judgement and emotional maturity;
    • Best answers win;
    • Working managers; and
    • Effective communicators.
Apache Statement on Hiring

To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to base all employment-related decisions and actions exclusively on employment-related criteria. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to provide broad dissemination of job opportunities, as consistent with the nature of the positions. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to review its employment-related policies and actions on a regular basis to ensure that their application is consistent with their intent.


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