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Head of Onshore Policy

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 049
Grade Grade 6
Salary: £67,324
Location: London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some travel witin the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
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: 23 Feb 2018

Brief overview of role

At OGA we are committed in creating an organisation that is a truly a Great Place to Work.  In achieving this aim, we actively engage with our employees and strive to enhance the following areas:

  • Career Support
  • Reward and Recognition
  • Working conditions & environment
  • Space & balance
  • Listen & Engage
  • Leadership Capability

All of these elements are underpinned by our values and behaviours which are at the heart of everything we do. Created by our people, they guide how we act and how we expect to be treated, providing a sound basis for decisions.


This is an exciting opportunity for a high-calibre individual to step into a stretching strategy role with responsibility for leading the OGA on onshore policy issues across the organisation, one of the most high-profile areas in its portfolio.

The team sits in the Strategy Directorate, which has a unique remit in terms of the cross-cutting nature of its work and the view it takes across the whole of the OGA. This exciting opportunity to use your policy development and strategy skills in an industry-facing environment requires commercial sensibility alongside significant experience of working within or at the interface of Whitehall and Parliament. The post reports to the Head of Strategy & Policy.

The post can also be offered on secondment subject to your parent organisation having agreed this.

If you wish to apply for both this post and the OGA Head of Strategy & Policy which it reports to - also currently being advertised - please state clearly on your application that it is for both posts.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

  • Act as overall strategic lead for OGA onshore activities, providing leadership and informed decision making on onshore policy matters. Responsible for pulling together all the OGA, including the board when appropriate, to form agreed positions on complex policy and handling issues.
  • Working closely as a x cutting team with the technical onshore leads within OGA.
  • Shaping and driving the delivery of the OGA’s onshore oil and gas strategy for England.
  • Effectively representing the OGA with wider government, including central government and other regulators, on one of the highest profile and sensitive parts of the OGA’s role
  • Building excellent working relationships with industry, other regulators and government, and specialists across the OGA.
  • Working closely with the OGA’s sponsor department, BEIS, to establish the boundaries between regulator and government in an area with keen political interest
  • Working flexibly with the OGA’s Head of Strategy and Policy to deliver against the OGA’s overall objectives, and acting as deputy in the management of the Strategy and Policy Team.

For further information on this post, please contact

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Seeing the BIgger Picture - • Seeing the big picture is about scanning the horizon and 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: 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. Strong writing skills
  • Competence 4: Delivering at Pace - • Delivering timely performance with energy, and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Competence 5: Collaborating and Partnering - • Actively build and maintain a network of colleagues and contacts in Government, the OGA and other regulators, and industry, to achieve progress on objectives and shared interests.

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

Essential Desirable
• Degree-level education (or equivalent experience)
• Experience of working in or at the interface of Whitehall and Parliament
• Proven ability to develop and delivery complex, business-critical policy and strategy in high-pressured, fast-paced, litigious and sensitive environments
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, including drafting and the ability to communicate complex issues succinctly to senior management
• Ability to deliver through others, including being able to influence multi-disciplinary project teams of technical experts
• First-class analytical and evidence-based policy development skills with the ability to grasp complex, technical and unfamiliar issues quickly, and identify interdependencies and their implications and risks
• Proven ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
• Experience of the oil and gas industry
• Experience of regulatory policy or a regulatory environment
• Experience in using programme and project management techniques

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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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