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Consents and Authorisations Case Manager

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 077
Grade HEO
Salary: £32,551
Location: Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some ocassional travel within the UK will be required
Appointment Type Permanent
Appointment Term Full time
Level of Security clearance BPSS
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: 30 Nov 2018

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.

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.

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 role will suit someone looking for an exciting new challenge with experience of delivering an efficient operational or regulatory service in government, another regulator, or the oil and gas industry.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The key aspects of the role will include:

  • Acting as Account Manager - (similar to Commercial Account Manager) responsible for managing the relationship with industry accounts they are assigned on all aspects of consents and authorisations.  This will include preparing, organising and chairing meetings (including minutes and presentations to large audiences), support to the consents & authorisations manager, ensuring all plans are up to date, providing the forward look to Consents Manager and expert consents advice to industry, including a wider awareness of key milestones and interdependencies.  The job holder will liaise with colleagues in OGA and our consultees on matters arising for accounts (on technical, legal, strategic and commercial) within agreed timescales and procedures. 
  • Consents applications – To process complex and multiple applications for pipeline works or associated field development consents compliant with legislation, OGA policy and procedures and as far as possible meet stakeholder expectation.
  • 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 and being used to presenting to large audiences.

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: Delivering at Pace - Be pragmatic, highly organised and results focus
  • Competence 2: Leading and Communicating - Have leadership, communication and motivational skills and a committed team-player in an environment where priorities and goals can quickly change and evolve. Have exceptional interpersonal skills, enabling constructive engagement at all levels
  • Competence 3: Collaborating and Partnering - The ability to develop strong working relationship across a wide range of stakeholders both internally and externally to ensure outcome are achieved.
  • Competence 4: Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to arrive at accurate, expert and professional decision and advice.

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

Essential Desirable
• Technical understanding of UKCS Field and field infrastructure and the regulatory regime covered by OGA
• Excellent planning skills – ideally PRINCE II qualified and able to demonstrate a proven track record in successfully project delivery involving international partners.
• Comfortable handling very difficult conversations with industry, to be confident in dealing with operators (who fully understand the regulatory process).
• Diplomatic – operators, regulatory, all staff, need to be able to negotiate, and to explain confidently decision made and why Regulation is important
• Excellent written and oral communication with stakeholders, which may include lawyers, accountants, other regulators in UK and abroad along with subsea planning teams.
• Highly motivated with significant experience of working within fast-pace industry delivery against key objective.
• Well rounded individual with a reflective personality and the ability to look at things objectively.
• Experience of covering colleagues' roles at very short notice

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  OGArecruitment@ogauthority.co.uk 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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Equality 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.