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Legal Adviser

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 168
Grade 7
Salary: £61,971
Specialist allowance: £5,000 pa non-pensionable allowance
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: 30 Aug 2020
Anticipated shortlisting date: w/c 7th September
Anticipated interview date: 16th and 17th September

Brief overview of role

We are looking for a qualified solicitor or advocate/barrister for this role of Legal Adviser to support the senior lawyers in the OGA’s Legal and Governance Team.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of an experienced and established team, guiding the OGA at a time of transition and further change for the oil and gas industry.

The Team has full responsibility and accountability for the provision of legal advice and support to the OGA on all aspects of its activities, as well as corporate governance and company secretarial matters.

The Team comprises the General Counsel, senior lawyers and the OGA’s Head of Governance. The main focus of this role will be to support the senior lawyers and General Counsel, in particular on the OGA’s oversight of offshore operational and licensing matters. The Legal Adviser’s line manager will be the General Counsel although on a day-to-day basis they will report directly to senior members of the Team.

There is therefore a significant commercial - and public - law dimension to the role.

We can offer a friendly and supportive environment, with a strong team of lawyers to support and guide you.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The Legal Adviser must be qualified to practise as a solicitor or advocate/barrister in Scotland and/or England & Wales.

This is a supporting role - the ‘junior’ to the ‘senior’ lawyers in the team - and you will therefore work closely with the senior lawyers in particular and with the operational, regulatory and policy teams in the OGA. You will be involved in advising on licensing and stewardship/compliance matters and assisting in the development and implementation of policy projects, guidelines and operational procedures.

You will also be responsible for providing ad hoc advice on commercial law, competition law, and on procedure for civil law sanctions as the powers of the OGA are further exercised.

As such, you will possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to provide clear, constructive advice and drafting on complex legal issues, and the confidence and initiative to find workable solutions to policy and operational challenges. You will have the ability to work efficiently in a regulatory environment.

You may have experience of joint operating agreements/joint ventures and general upstream commercial agreements and UK petroleum licensing law – or you may have worked in a regulatory environment with experience of civil law procedure and appeals process.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leading and Communicating - Excellent interpersonal skills together with the ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Competence 2: Delivering at Pace - Able to provide quick, confident and authoritative legal advice to colleagues within the OGA.
  • Competence 3: Seeing the Bigger Picture - The ability to think strategically about how legal services can support the priorities of the OGA.
  • Competence 4: Making Effective Decisions - Analytical and handling skills;

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

Essential Desirable
• The post¬holder must be a qualified solicitor or advocate/barrister (Scotland and/or England & Wales) with strong legal and general project management skills.
• Post-qualification work experience as a solicitor or barrister/advocate.
• Ability to look at problems with a pragmatic and commercial, as well as a legally robust, perspective.
• Able to provide and communicate authoritative, high quality advice, often within very tight timescales.
• A good knowledge of upstream oil and gas commercial law and/or public law.
• A demonstrable interest and understanding of oil and gas, regulatory and/or competition matters.
• Investigatory and/or litigation experience, and/or an appreciation of economics.
• Self-motivation and demonstrable interest in the work of the OGA

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.