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Senior Policy Adviser (CCUS)

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 124
Grade Grade 7
Salary: £67,324
Location: London or Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some occasional travel between London/Aberdeen
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: 20 Sep 2019
Anticipated shortlisting date: End September
Anticipated interview date: Early October

Brief overview of role

The OGA fully supports the energy transition, and is working with government and industry on the role the oil and gas industry must play in it. This includes work on carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), which will be essential to achieving net zero. The OGA is the licensing authority for offshore carbon dioxide storage in the UK, approving and issuing storage permits, and maintaining the carbon storage public register.

We are looking for a high-calibre individual to step into a stretching new policy role with responsibility for leading on CCUS policy across the OGA, as we are ramping up our CCUS work. It is an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, results-focused organisation which is diverse, modern and forward thinking, and which is attractive and competitive in terms of reward and flexibility.

This is a senior post within the Policy & Strategy team, 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 is an exciting opportunity to use your policy development and strategy skills in an industry-facing environment, requiring commercial sensibility alongside significant experience of working within or at the interface of Whitehall. The post will work closely with the Head of energy transition policy and report to the Head of Policy & Strategy.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The Policy & Strategy team works flexibly, and exact objectives for the post may evolve to respond to the priorities of the organisations. The CCUS policy agenda and projects are evolving rapidly, but expected responsibilities include:

  • Lead on all CCUS policy and policy coordination within the OGA, including the reuse of infrastructure, working closely with the energy transition policy lead and colleagues from across the organisation including the operational leads
  • Lead on policy input in support of development and implementation of the CCS licensing regime, including project managing and contributing to projects to define, refine and develop processes for issuing carbon storage licences and permits, and establish resourcing implications of different options
  • Facilitate UKCS live projects and project pipeline, through active engagement with industry and other relevant stakeholders, and coordinating and supporting OGA technical engagement with CCUS projects and developments
  • Lead on representing OGA interests when supporting government CCUS initiatives and policy development, and act as interface between OGA directorates and central government teams

The post holder will need:

  • excellent analytical and evidence-based policy development skills with the ability to grasp complex and unfamiliar issues quickly, understand interdependencies and identify implications and risks
  • to be a strong self-starter, confident in working independently but knowing when to seek support
  • excellent written communication skills and strong oral communication skills with the ability to adjust their style to explain complex issues clearly and succinctly to a variety of audiences
  • a good eye for detail but also the ability to move between complex detail and the bigger picture and think strategically
  • the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships across a wide variety of teams throughout the OGA, in both London and Aberdeen, including geoscientists and lawyers, and with stakeholders in other bodies including other regulators, industry and central government.

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Person specification

  • Competence 1: Seeing the bigger Picture: 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: Using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to arrive at accurate, expert and professional decisions and advice.
  • Competence 3: Delivering at Pace: Timely performance with energy, taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Competence 4: Collaborating and Partnering: Building and maintaining 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 deliver complex evidence based policy and strategy including in technical areas
• Excellent communication skills, written and verbal, including drafting skills and the ability to communicate complex issues succinctly to senior management
• Ability to deliver through others, including being able to co-ordinate and project manage multi-disciplinary teams of technical experts and projects
• Proven ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
• Experience of energy industry, in particular oil & gas
• Technical or scientific background
• Strong commercial understanding would be advantageous
• 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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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.