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Decommissioning Engineer

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 120
Grade SEO
Salary: £71,767
Location: Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some 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: 23 Aug 2019

Brief overview of role

The OGA Decommissioning Team’s mission is to support and influence the cost reduction challenge for the overall UKCS decommissioning cost, targeting cost reductions of 35%. This is done through interacting closely with operators to identify cost reduction opportunities and challenges, utilising benchmarks industry cost estimates. The OGA also promotes the development of a capable decommissioning supply chain in support of the same objective. Review of Decommissioning Programmes as part of the BEIS consultation process is one of the OGA’s regulatory roles. In addition, and again in support of the cost challenge, the OGA promotes the development and use of cost effective technologies. The OGA roles and tasks requires the team to work closely with operators, supply chain, other regulators and other key industry bodies involved in the UKCS decommissioning activities.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

Each of the Decommissioning Engineers is assigned to a dedicated area of the UKCS (NNS/WOS, CNS and SNS/EIS). The key responsibilities for the decommissioning work in this area are:

Area Specific

  1. On an annual basis complete the QC on operator survey data.
  2. Conduct operator Tier 2 meetings which requires:
    • Meeting planning
    • Operator and asset specific dashboard preparation
    • Critical analysis of the operator survey data and benchmark comparison to identify opportunities for cost challenge
    • Arrange internal OGA pre-meeting which includes participation from Operations area team and supply chain team
    • Conduct meeting and recorded lessons learned, opportunities, actions, define potential Tier 3 follow up meetings
    • Conduct internal post meeting review to agree follow up action plan and share learnings within OGA
  3. Review Cessation of Production proposals and feedback to Area Team
  4. Complete Decommissioning Programme approval consultation for OPRED (within 30 days)
  5. Work closely with operations area team on an integrated approach for Late Life operations through into Decommissioning, to support MER UK targets.
  6. Responsible for development of decommissioning areas plans by working closely with the operations area team
  7. With insights from the stewardship survey data and Tier 2 and 3 review meetings with operators identify opportunities for scope aggregation.
  8. Provide input to area specific Supply Chain Action Plans [SCAPS] to SC team
  9. Regular reviews on decommissioning activity execution and plans with OPRED area based and for individual Operators.
  10. Review Cessation of Production proposals, ensure re-use opportunities evaluated
  11. Review FDP document we focus on future decom cost and actual design for future decommissioning


  1. Promote the OGA and the decommissioning cost reduction target through forum presentations and other outreach work.
  2. Support cost effective decommissioning through interaction with the decommissioning community, capturing and communicating their learning.
  3. Support academic initiatives (Aberdeen Uni., RGU, National Decommissioning Centre etc)
  4. Support decommissioning strategy development

CNS Decom Engineer specific

  1. Decom lead for technology developments and as such maintain overview of decommissioning related technology development and opportunities
  2. Provide input to OGTC and ONE technology reviews and workshop
  3. Liaison with OGA Technology Team

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Seeing the Bigger Picture - Seeing the big picture is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs.
  • 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: Collaborating and Partnering - Working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and contacts in the industry, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions
  • Competence 4: Delivering Value for Money - Delivering value for money involves the efficient, effective and economic use of taxpayers’ money in the delivery of public services.

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

Essential Desirable
• Minimum 5 years’ experience within the Oil and Gas industry.
• Degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Decommissioning, or Science.
• Ability to lead small projects
• Excellent communication skills – written and verbal, particularly business case development and management presentation capabilities
• Demonstrable project management expertise
• Demonstrable understanding of the regulatory environment surrounding oil and gas operations and decommissioning
• Demonstrable ability of co-ordination and integration of multi-discipline industry personnel and/ or groups

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)

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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.