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Senior Projects Advisor

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA164
Grade G7
Salary: £86,247
Location: Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Occasional travel within 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: 21 Jul 2020
Anticipated interview date: W/C 3rd and W/C 10th August

Brief overview of role

The Oil and Gas Authority ("OGA") was formally established by the Energy Act 2016 (the "Energy Act") as the independent regulator of the UK's upstream oil and gas sector with a three-fold purpose: to regulate, influence and promote the UK oil and gas industry to maximise the economic recovery of UK offshore oil and gas resources ("MER UK"). The OGA works with industry, government and other relevant stakeholders (for example industry trade associations, business organisations, universities and trade unions) to focus collective efforts on the delivery of MER UK.

In support of the Maximising Economic Recovery Strategy in the UKCS, a Senior Project Advisor role has been created in the OGA Operations Directorate with responsibility for the promotion of dissemination of best practice in project management excellence in the UKCS portfolio.

This is a high-profile role and will work closely with Senior Level VP’s within Operators and Supply Chain companies to develop and build on Industry lessons learned to help projects mature driving effective and predictable project outcomes. Utilising benchmarking techniques throughout the various phases of a project will assist Operators understand their performance against their peers. This is a highly influential role liaising with Senior Level leaders in order to extract insights and disseminate knowledge of Project Management.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate considerable strategic direction, technical understanding, leadership and commercial expertise in order to disseminate best practice in project management across all aspects of the delivery cycle, from Concept Select considerations through to Project Execution and delivery.

The successful candidate should have a track record of managing large complex projects, the experience from this will be required to develop benchmarking criteria in order to identify and disseminate best practice within the UKCS. The candidate will also demonstrate credibility when communicating with Senior Level Leaders within Operators and Supply Chain companies. The candidate will also include the UK Net Zero ambition within their strategic thinking.

This role requires a team player with a proactive approach and the ability to manage a high level of responsibility. You will also need strong communication, interpersonal and influencing skills as well as technical expertise and credibility to win the respect of both colleagues and Senior industry representatives.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

Reporting to the Northern North Sea and West of Shetland Area Manager, your key responsibilities will include:

  • Develop insight into the major capital projects in the UKCS, from concept select through execution to delivery
  • Update the lessons learnt document which OGA shared with industry in March 2017
  • Develop Project Benchmark KPI’s and Criteria in order to identify best practice within the UKCS. These benchmarks should also consider the UK’s Net Zero ambitions.
  • Apply these benchmarks to the OGA’s “Process for Offshore Oil and Gas Field Development Plans (FDP)” to ensure high value projects are highlighted within the OGA FDP Consenting Process
  • Develop a collaborative approach to implement Stewardship Expectation 5 – Robust project delivery, to influence Operators to deliver best practice
  • Contribute to wider Stewardship requirements, adjacent to project management, such as supply chain action plan and best practices
  • Collaboration and interface with professional organisations to assimilate and enhance best practice across UKCS

Person specification

  • Competence 1: Leading - Creative and innovative thinking to bring novel solutions to the dissemination of best practice within project management. Strong team player with a collaborative and proactive approach; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence.
  • Competence 2: Making Effective Decisions - Ability to drawn upon own experience to make complex decisions ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Competence 3: Communication - Strategic thinking and ability to articulate a vision to Senior Level Leadership; Communicates effectively with Senior Level Leaders, demonstrating credibility; Proven ability to promote project excellence across all aspects of a Stage gate process.
  • Competence 4: Commercial Acumen - Collaborative mindset; ability to understand commercial impact of project excellence; ability to influence individual operators and facilitate collaboration between operators to deliver MER and identify and share best practices; understand any potential limitations of such collaborative working.

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

Essential Desirable
• Degree qualification in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline.
• A well seasoned Project Manager with proven track record of delivering successful capital projects across all phases of development.
• Significant experience in the upstream Oil and Gas Industry, with several years of Project Management and Leadership in an Operator.
• Experience in both green and brownfield project management.
• Track record of dissemination of lesson learned and/or best practice within previous roles.
• International perspective or experience relating to major projects.
• Familiar with UK regulations and guidelines relating to major projects within the oil and gas industry.

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  OGArecruitment@ogauthority.co.uk 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. As a further commitment to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce we have signed up to the Axis Pledge.