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Senior Policy Advisor

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA010
Grade SEO
Salary range: £46,598 per annum plus benefits
Location: Aberdeen or London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
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: 20 Jun 2017

Brief overview of role

The OGA seeks a Senior Policy Advisor to join 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.

The OGA is looking for a high-calibre candidate to fill this post. This is an exciting opportunity to use your policy development and strategy skills in an industry-facing environment in a team that works on a range of areas across both the onshore and offshore oil and gas portfolio.

This position is also open to secondments from the civil service or industry for a period of up to 2 years

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The Senior Policy Advisor will lead on work strands in support of both the onshore and offshore OGA policy dossiers and will be responsible for liaison with government on the OGA’s EU and international interests.

The strategy and policy development will cover complex, difficult and sensitive concerns and this will require considerable interpretative and creative thinking and the ability to get to grips with technical detail quickly.

The Senior Policy Advisor is a key point of contact between government and the OGA, particularly through management of new relationships and processes with our Shareholder Team in BEIS. A motivated policy professional with the ability to work independently and with a variety of stakeholders, including industry and government, is required for this challenging position.

Given the team’s remit in working across the OGA, the exact objectives may evolve to respond to the priorities of the organisation. The successful candidate will, therefore, need to demonstrate the capability to adapt the role according to business needs and be flexible and willing to develop new skills and knowledge, as required, to adjust to changing demands.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice. For all staff, it means showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well-reasoned, justifiable decisions. At senior levels, leaders will be creating evidence based strategies, evaluating options, impacts, risks and solutions. They will aim to maximise return while minimising risk and balancing social, political, financial, economic and environmental considerations to provide sustainable outcomes.
  • Competence 2: Collaborating and Partnering - People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the organisation to help get business done. At all levels, it requires working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions. At senior levels, it’s about delivering business objectives through creating an inclusive environment, encouraging collaboration and building effective partnerships including relationships with Ministers.
  • Competence 3: Seeing the bigger picture - Seeing the big picture is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs. For all staff, it is about focusing your contribution on the activities which will meet organisational goals and deliver the greatest value. At senior levels, it is about scanning the political context and taking account of wider impacts to develop long term implementation strategies that maximise opportunities to add value to the citizen and support economic, sustainable growth.
  • Competence 4: Delivering at Pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes. For all staff, it’s about working to agreed goals and activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way. At senior levels, it is about building a performance culture to deliver outcomes with a firm focus on prioritisation and addressing performance issues resolutely, fairly and promptly. It is also about leaders providing the focus and energy to drive activities forward through others and encourage staff to perform effectively during challenging and changing times.

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

Essential Desirable
• A self-starter attitude, confident in working independently but knowing when to seek support
• Excellent written communication skills and strong oral communication skills.
• 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.
• Good knowledge of the workings of EU institutions
• Critical thinking skills
• Excellent drafting ability
• Experience of policy development
• Excellent analytical and evidence-based policy development skills are required along with the ability to grasp complex and unfamiliar issues quickly, understand interdependencies and identify implications and risks.
• 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.

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

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