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Senior Project Engineer

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA020
Grade 7
Salary: £86,247 per annum plus allowance and benefits
Specialist allowance: £5,000 non pensionable allowance
Location: Aberdeen
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: 30 Jul 2017

Brief overview of role

In support of the OGA Stewardship Strategy and Maximising Economic Recovery in the UKCS, a new role has been created in the Operations Directorate with responsibility for the promotion of project excellence in the UKCS portfolio.

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role interfacing with UKCS projects in order to develop and build on lessons learned in order to drive effective and predictable project outcomes.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Operations Coordination manager the Senior Project Engineer will be accountable for all aspects internal and external project management and optimization processes
  • Apply learnings from OGA assessment of sanctioned projects in the UKCS and working with industry, OGUK & ECITB develop project guidance document for issue in 2018.
  • Implementation of Project Management Expectations across UKCS portfolio, one of 10 Asset Stewardship requirements, that OGA is implementing from 2017 onwards
  • Apply revised OGA’s Field Development Plan (FDP) approval processes to ensure projects are optimized
  • Contribute to other Stewardship requirements adjacent to project management such as supply chain action plans
  • Collaboration and interface with professional organisations to assimilate and enhance best practice across UKCS
  • Work with Infrastructure Project Authority (IPA) to share cross industry learnings and practices

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leadership and Behaviours - The candidate will be able to create a vision and develop strategic thinking; Clear and articulate communication skills will be essential, both oral and written, in order to build relationships and deliver key messages across both within OGA and external stakeholders at all levels; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and reach an outcome without direct authority are essential.
  • Competence 2: Making Effective Decisions - The successful candidate will have strong analytical skills and sound judgement to manage varied and sometimes complex issues and to make decisions with discretion within a broad policy framework; The candidate will have a flair for creative and innovative thinking to bring novel solutions to field appraisal and development issues
  • Competence 3: Communication - Proven change management ability to drive project excellence across all aspects of the Stage gate process
  • Competence 4: Commercial Acumen - The successful candidate will have excellent 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
• Degree qualification in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline.
• In addition to a first degree you must have a strong technical background in Project Management and be able to demonstrate effective implementation of project management from Front end loading to project execution
• Working within Upstream Operating company and/or major EOR research institute
• Proven track record in delivering major capital projects
• Demonstrable results in process improvements and implementing lessons learned
• Accreditation through a recognised project management institute
• International perspective

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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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