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Senior Policy Adviser

Job details

No. of posts: 2
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 056
Grade Grade 7
Salary: £67,324
Location: London or Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some limited travel within the UK will be required
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: 06 Apr 2018
Anticipated interview date: 17-18 April

Brief overview of role

About the OGA

The Oil and Gas Authority’s role is to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry to maximise the economic recovery of the UK’s oil and gas resources.

At the OGA we are committed to creating an organisation that is a truly a great place to work.  All our work is underpinned by our values and behaviours which are at the heart of everything we do. Created by our people, they guide how we act and how we expect to be treated, providing a sound basis for decisions.

OGA staff are public servants, not civil servants. Employees have access to the civil service pension scheme, but all new employees start on the modernised T&Cs. The post can also be offered on secondment subject to your parent organisation having agreed this.

Brief overview of role

This is an exciting opportunity for a high-calibre individual to step into a stretching policy role with responsibility for leading high-profile strategy and policy issues across the OGA, helping to maximise economic recovery and setting in place the framework for delivering an additional 2.8 billion barrels form the North Sea. 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 Strategy and Policy team, which sits 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 exciting opportunity to use your policy development and strategy skills in an industry-facing environment requires commercial sensibility alongside significant experience of working within or at the interface of Whitehall and Parliament. The post reports to the Head of Strategy & Policy.

Interviews will be held in London but Skype may be available for non-London based applicants.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

  • The specific areas of responsibility will depend on experience and issues arising, all within the oil & gas policy field. As examples, recent deliverables for the posts included a first principles review of the UK licensing system; developing and publishing the OGA guidance for Area Plans in the North Sea; and working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on legislation, including on the levy that funds OGA and information and data requirements.
  • Leading complex strategy projects and briefing the OGA Leadership Team on high-profile issues.
  • Providing strategic and policy input to projects across the OGA, ensuring narrative is consistent with policy position, legal obligations and wider government objectives.
  • Acting as the interface between OGA directorates and the central government shareholder department- BEIS – on relevant dossiers.
  • Building excellent working relationships with industry, government, external contractors and specialists across the OGA.
  • Representing the OGA to government and industry.
  • Providing high quality written products both for internal briefings and if required external publications; and providing guidance and support for other parts of the organisation.

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 deliver complex, policy and strategy
• 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 influence multi-disciplinary project teams of technical experts
•Analytical and evidence-based policy development skills
• Proven ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
• Experience of the oil and gas industry
• 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)

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