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Consents & Authorisation Case Officer

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 139
Grade EO
Salary: £24,457
Location: Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Occasional Travel within the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Term Full time
Level of Security clearance Basic
Medical required? No

Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 10 Nov 2019

Brief overview of role

The Oil and Gas Authority ("OGA") was formally established by the Energy Act 2016 (the "Energy Act") as the independent regulator of the UK's upstream oil and gas sector with a three-fold purpose: to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry to maximise the economic recovery of UK offshore oil and gas resources ("MER UK"). The OGA works with industry, government and other relevant stakeholders (for example industry trade associations, business organisations, universities and trade unions) to focus collective efforts on the delivery of MER UK.

We are looking for a Case Officer to support our busy Consents and Authorisations team. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a fast-paced public sector, or similar, environment. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual that has excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills who can negotiate and influence as required. The role will suit someone looking for an exciting new challenge with experience of delivering an efficient operational or regulatory service in a public sector, or similar, environment, whilst holding essential experience in a process driven role. This is an opportunity to work within a team with a portfolio at the very centre of the OGA's mission to maximise the value of the UK's oil and gas resources.

The Consents and Authorisations team, which forms part of the Regulation Directorate, plays a key role at the heart of the OGA and is responsible for issuing the formal consents and authorisations to enable oil and gas fields to be developed and hydrocarbons produced. The team are responsible for ensuring that all development plans for oil and gas fields comply with existing legislation and that consents and authorisations related to them are issued within target timeframes. The work involves the preparation and approval of legal documentation, dealing with complex development applications, providing regulatory and policy advice to both company representatives and colleagues and supporting the Head of Consents & Authorisations with ad hoc work. The post holder will hold responsibility for the successful delivery of related business improvement projects.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The key aspects of the role will include:

  • Support in the management of casework to ensure that all consents and authorisations for UKCS and onshore terminals, related to new Field Development plans and further consents, and ongoing developments are issued in accordance with current legislation and within target timeframes.
  • Consents and Authorisations are partly processed on the UK Energy Portal and partly outside the portal. The post holder will contribute positive ideas to business processes and projects working with a spirit of continuous improvement.
  • Working with oil and gas companies to ensure that the flaring and venting of gas from installations is minimised and allowed only in accordance with current policy.
  • Liaising with BEIS, HSE, Crown Estate and others as part of the consultation process for applications.
  • Preparing consents for authorising
  • Preparing progress reports and similar
  • Ensuring work is documented and meets current standards
  • Provide cover and support to other team members as necessary, including any mentoring as required

The role is based in Aberdeen and the successful candidate will report directly to the Consents & Authorisations Manager. We value equality and diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sectors of society

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Competence 1: Managing a Quality Service Considers the diverse needs and requirements of customers. Plan, manage and organise time effectively to deliver high quality services
  • Competence 2: Competence 2: Making Effective Decisions. Effectiveness in this area is about using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to arrive at accurate, expert and professional decisions and advice.
  • Competence 3: Competence 3: Changing and Improving. Open to change and can communicate the need for it. Encourages a culture of innovation and sharing.
  • Competence 4: Competence 4: Delivering at Pace. Delivering timely performance with energy, and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language

Essential Desirable
• Ability to work under pressure, to deadlines and managing multiple priorities whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
• Strong team player and experience of working within a small successful team
• High level of communication verbally and in written forms
• Demonstrate a technically and legally sound knowledge of accepted practices
• Ability to negotiate and influence
• Self-motivated and able to use initiative
• Ability to undertake research and make decisions on limited information
• Technical understanding of UKCS Field and field infrastructure
• Knowledge of the UKCS regulatory regime covered by OGA
• Experience of working to deliver successful projects
• Experience of covering colleagues' roles at very short notice
• Demonstrate a technically and legally sound knowledge of accepted consenting practice

Application Process and Further Information

Unfortunately you do not meet minimum nationality and educational requirements of this position.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title.

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 250 words. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

Additional information on what you can expect as an Oil and Gas Authority employee

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Inclusion and Diversity statement

The OGA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The OGA is an accredited Disability Confident Committed employer. We have also been awarded silver accreditation for the Gender Diversity Benchmark through Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network.  In addition, we are signed up to their Race at Work Charter and implement its five principles. As a further commitment to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce we have signed up to the Axis Pledge.