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Head of Licensing and Consents

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA019
Grade 6
Salary: £83,000
Location: Aberdeen or London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
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: 27 Jul 2017

Brief overview of role

This is a stretching opportunity for an experienced leader to take on a large team with a diverse portfolio, at the very centre of the OGA’s mission to maximise the value of the UK’s oil and gas resources.

The Licensing and Consents team is responsible for making and advising on decisions on all non-operational aspects of the OGA’s licencing regime and the work that licensees are carrying out under those licences. The role demands an inspiring leader, equally confident building relationships with senior industry figures as they are handling complex legal issues.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

  • Lead the OGA’s experienced and high-performing Licensing and Consents team as it adapts to the OGA’s new regulatory framework and develops its role, by taking on new and more complex licensing.
  • Making and advising on decisions on all non-operational aspects of the OGA’s licencing regime and the work that licensees are carrying out under those licences.
  • Guiding the OGA’s most important licensing and consenting decisions: advising the Director of Regulation, the Leadership Team and OGA Board on the application of the OGA’s licence and statutory powers in complex and novel circumstances.
  • Managing and providing leadership to the OGA’s large Licensing and Consents team.
  • Ensuring that the team continues to deliver a first rate service to industry including that decisions made are reasoned and consistent, and that all relevant opinions from within the OGA and others parts of HM Government have been taken into account.
  • Working with the rest of the OGA and industry to identify opportunities to improve the licensing and consents systems and processes and designing improvements.
  • Motivating, supporting and developing the Licensing and Consents team as it adapts to the new OGA systems and processes and the retirement of key individuals.
  • Advising the Director of Regulation, the Leadership Team and OGA Board on changes required to the OGA’s regulatory framework for both the onshore and offshore, including amendments to licence terms, legislation and guidance.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: 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 2: Leading and Communicating - Being able to communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Interacting and engaging with people in a straightforward, truthful and candid way.
  • Competence 3: Collaborating and Partnering - Working collaboratively, sharing information appropriately and building supportive, professional relationships with colleagues. Creating an inclusive working environment.
  • 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
• Degree (or equivalent) in finance, law, business or other relevant subject.
• Significant experience of leading large teams.
• Significant experience of leading teams through complex change, including a demonstrable ability to lead a multi-disciplinary project team.
• At least ten years of relevant experience working in the oil and gas sector or in another sector for an economic regulator.
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, particularly the communication of complex issues to senior management.
• Postgraduate qualification in finance, law, business or other relevant subject.
• Significant management experience in a commercial or legal role working for an oil and gas operator or joint venture owner.
• Significant management experience working in the civil service of an arms’ length body.
• Significant knowledge and experience of the UK upstream oil and gas regulatory regime, including the establishment of the OGA.
• Clear understanding of oil and gas industry financial and economic principles and M&A processes.
• Sound grasp of administrative law principles and processes.

Application Process and Further Information

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

To apply please send a covering letter and CV quoting the recruitment reference number and job title to

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