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Senior Development Geologist

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA051
Grade SEO
Salary: £76,517.00
Location: Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Occasional travel in 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: 01 Mar 2018

Brief overview of role

In support of the Maximising Economic Recovery Strategy in the UKCS, a Senior Development Geologist is required within the Northern North Sea and West of Shetland team, delivering within the Operations Directorate. This role provides oversight of Operators plans to bring fields into development, ongoing management of those fields and recommending the final date to cease production, amongst other regulatory issues.

This is a high-profile role and will work closely with UKCS production Operators to develop and build upon the OGA’s Stewardship Strategy.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate considerable technical, leadership, strategic and commercial expertise in the delivery of field development planning across all aspects of the asset life cycle.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The team works in a fast paced environment, which sometimes means responding to new priorities, however, the key aspects of the role will include:

 Single Point of contact for Operators on OGA related matters

  • Review Field Development Plans, Addenda, Field Determinations, cessation of production applications and well consents to ensure compliance with MER UK
  • Support the formulation of Area Plans to cover future potential developments
  • Review field performance to identify poor performance and ensure improvement plans are put in place via the Stewardship process.

The post holder will need:

  • Degree qualification in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline.
  • Be fully versed with OGA Stewardship Strategy, Expectations and Implementation Guides.
  • Ability to work across a multi discipline team

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leadership and Behaviours - The candidate will have a flair for creative and innovative thinking to bring novel solutions to field development issues. Meets challenges with resourcefulness, generates suggestions for improving work and develops innovative approaches and ideas. Strong team player with a collaborative and proactive approach. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and reach an outcome. Mentor and coach to others; unlocking potential and maximising performance.
  • Competence 2: Making Effective Decisions - Ability to make complex decisions ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to. Accept responsibility for own actions. Well-developed analytical skills and sound judgement to manage varied and sometimes complex issues. Ability to document rationale and outcome of decision
  • Competence 3: Communication - Able to develop strategic thinking and articulate a vision. Proven technical capability to promote G&G excellence across all aspects of the asset lifecycle. Persuasive communication skills will be essential, both oral and written, to build relationships and deliver key messages across OGA and external stakeholders at all levels.
  • Competence 4: Commercial Acumen - Understand the commercial structure and working practices within a Joint Venture. Demonstrable negotiation skills with the ability to sustain a hard line, without damaging relationships, when required.

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

Essential Desirable
• An experienced industry G&G professional with proven track record of delivering successful projects across all phases of development, from regional mapping to model build.
• Vast experience in the upstream Oil and Gas Industry, with significant experience of JV Management/Leadership ideally in an Operator
• Familiar and experienced with subsurface workflows.
• Experience of presenting with executive management, government bodies, JV Partners and other external stakeholders.
• Demonstrable results in driving improvements and implementing change within JV’s
• Be fully versed with OGA Stewardship Strategy, Expectations and Implementation Guides.
• Regulatory knowledge, although training in this area will be provided
• Management of a cross discipline subsurface team
• International perspective or experience

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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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