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Project Manager / Model Clause Subject Matter Expert

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 038
Grade Grade 7
Salary: £61,182
Location: London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Ocassional travel witin the UK
Appointment Type Permanent
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: 10 Jan 2018

Brief overview of role

The Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) was formally established by the Energy Act 2016 (the “Energy Act”) as the independent regulator of the UK’s upstream oil and gas sector with a three-fold purpose: to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry to maximise the economic recovery of UK offshore oil and gas resources (“MER UK”). The OGA works with industry, government and other relevant stakeholders (for example industry trade associations, business organisations, universities and trade unions) to focus collective efforts on the delivery of MER UK.

The Licensing and Consents team, which forms part of the Regulation Directorate, plays a key role at the heart of the OGA and is responsible for making and advising on decisions on all non-operational aspects of the petroleum licencing regime and the work that licensees are carrying out under those licences.

This is a new role, a crucial part of the team’s drive to improve working practices and the interface between licensing and operations. The post holder will also play a central role in forming recommendations on the OGA’s response to corporate mergers and acquisitions, an important element in the OGA’s remit of regulating one of the UK’s largest industries. In addition, the post holder will become the OGA’s in-house expert on licence conditions contributing high profile advice across the organisation.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The OGA is looking for a multi-skilled high-calibre candidate, able to take ownership, understand and advise on complex commercial and legal issues, whilst simultaneously finding ways of continually improving the system. As this is a new position, there is an opportunity for the post holder to set direction and help shape the role.

The successful candidate’s duties will include:

  • Developing and maintaining a deep understanding of the licence terms and model clauses, becoming the OGA’s ‘go to’ expert on their operation
  • Inputting to the OGA’s most important licensing and consenting decisions by advising senior leaders on the application of the OGA’s licence and statutory powers in complex and novel circumstances.
  • Advising senior leaders on changes required to the OGA’s onshore and offshore regulatory frameworks
  • Delivering a first-rate service to industry and recommendations to senior leaders that are reasoned and consistent, and in which relevant opinions from within the OGA and other parts of HM Government have been taken into account

The role will be based in London and the successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Licensing and Consents.

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 experience, in a relevant subject or role.
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, particularly the communication of complex issues to senior management.
• Experience of project management, including a demonstrable ability to lead a multi-disciplinary project team.
• Relevant experience working in the oil and gas sector or in another sector for an economic regulator.
• An understanding of oil and gas industry financial and economic principles and M&A processes.
• An ability to learn and become expert in a complex regulatory framework or primary legislation

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