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Principal Case Officer - Disputes and Sanctions

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 057
Grade Grade 7
Salary: Up to £78,750
Location: London or Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some limited travel within the UK
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: 27 Apr 2018

Brief overview of role

The OGA is recruiting a Principal Case Officer who will be responsible for managing sanctions and dispute resolution casework using the new powers granted under the Act. The role will be part of the Disputes and Sanctions Team within the Regulation Directorate and will be based in either our Aberdeen or London offices.

This is a rare and stretching opportunity for a highly-motivated candidate to gain experience in an economic regulator (or to enhance existing experience) and play a key role in building a new approach to investigations and enforcement, shaping the use of brand new and unique regulatory powers and making a meaningful difference to a great UK industrial sector.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The purpose of the Principal case officer role within the disputes and sanctions team is to provide expert case management, support and leadership. This will be provided by project managing our most important projects and strategic cases, both of which draw on specialisms from across the office. You will also be expected to sponsor and provide leadership on our smaller cases, including groups of similar or linked cases and/or market reviews.

As leaders within the OGA’s Regulation directorate, Principal case officers are also expected to support, encourage and be role models for our junior members of staff.   Principal case officers must be able to apply their judgement to casework issues that arise and have a robust understanding of the strategic context in which they fit. Principal case officers also play an important role in our engagement with external stakeholders, liaising with them to understand and influence their priorities and to build understanding and confidence about our work and in particular our developing approach to the use of our new regulatory powers, including enforcement, disputes and market reviews.

Principal case officers will play a key role in the running the Disputes and Sanctions programme through resource planning and management, including the possibility of acting as a people manager. There will also be opportunities for Principal case officers to work across OGA on other programmes and projects where their skills and experience would benefit those work streams.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Making Effective Decisions - To successfully deliver enforcement projects within the disputes and sanctions programme including individual strategic cases and/or groups of our smaller cases. This will require: • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills together with an excellent level of drafting and presenting expertise that will allow you to clearly and concisely present evidence-based conclusions and recommendations to complex problems; • Case management experience such that you are able to successfully run large and complex investigations and/or a portfolio of smaller cases, that may span several years and involve inputs from both internal and external experts; • The ability to develop and deliver against case and project plans (both directly and through multi-disciplinary teams) so that we successfully deliver analytically robust and procedurally correct casework decisions; and • The ability to self-start and independently manage your own workload as well as demonstrate excellent judgement and day to day decision making skills on cases and projects following the OGA’s published guidance and decision-making framework.
  • Competence 2: Leading and Communicating - • To provide visible leadership and guidance to members of the Regulation Directorate to develop the skills and experience of junior members of staff and support the work of the Directorate. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills and you will use those as you role model, advise and provide the benefit of your experience to junior staff on issues such as case management best practice and stakeholder management. You will help support the knowledge management of disputes and sanctions work, make sure that our published guidance is up to date and that it reflects regulatory best practice. • As and when required to act as a people manager within the disputes and sanctions team and/or as a Project Manager. You will take on budget management responsibilities and, where appropriate, people management responsibilities (e.g. supporting development and well-being and managing performance and attendance).
  • Competence 3: Collaborating and Partnering - • To represent the OGA with impact, engage with and influence key external stakeholders such as Oil and Gas companies, representative bodies, Government departments, third parties and other key stakeholders. You must be able to forge, establish and maintain these relationships to drive forward MER UK initiatives and operate independently of senior management where necessary. • You will also be expected to work flexibly and be willing to provide your skills and experience to other projects and programmes across OGA where they would actively benefit from your involvement. And you will contribute your knowledge, skills and experience to help us continue to improve our ways of working.
  • Competence 4: Delivering at Pace - • The ability to independently prioritise, plan and deliver your own workload (which may include a number of cases and other tasks) and to make day-to-day decisions on your work in line with our disputes and sanctions procedures and guidelines. Working in a coaching/mentoring capacity to help others to progress investigations to agreed milestones and deliver high quality outcomes on time and within budgetary constraints. • You will also be expected to contribute to the efficient planning and prioritising of the Disputes and Sanctions casework programme and to support the development of a strategic vision on the effective use of our new regulatory powers.

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

Essential Desirable
• Degree level (2:1 Hons or above) or equivalent in analytical/legal/economic discipline.
• Proven track record of delivering successful outcomes on large and/or complex cases
• Analysing information to present evidence-based conclusions to complex problems
• Influencing key external stakeholders such as oil and gas companies, HMG and trade associations/interest groups
• Leading multi-disciplinary functions to deliver successful outcomes on cases
• Experience as Strategic Manager with budget and people management responsibilities.
• Extensive knowledge of Oil and Gas industry, including commercial drivers and practices in Oil and gas or economic regulation in another industry
• Extensive knowledge of EU and UK competition law and policy
• Postgraduate or professional qualification in relevant discipline
• Experience in Oil and Gas industry or for an economic regulator in a regulated sector or a competition authority
• Legal/Economic experience in a policy or casework environment.
• Experience in leading and delivering high profile cases and/or projects/ programmes of work
• Knowledge of the UK Oil and Gas sector or knowledge of other key sectors of the UK economy subject to economic regulation

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)

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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