Life at the OGA

We aim to create a diverse team of talented, committed individuals; and be a great place to work; where employees are supported to develop their capability in a dynamic, busy organisation whilst promoting a positive work life balance.

Employee wellbeing is high on our agenda and we strive to promote a socially friendly, welcoming work atmosphere. We are firmly of the view that a happy team is a productive team.

We offer opportunities to develop personally and professionally and we encourage employees to balance their work and their personal lives.

In addition to living our values we strive to continue to be a Great Place to Work.

Please click on the interactive wheel below to learn more about how we are a great place to work. Click in the middle of the wheel to watch a video from our Chief Executive, Dr Andy Samuel

 

Leadership Capability

Developing and supporting leadership skills and experience within the OGA.

In addition to bespoke Leadership Fundamentals and Reflections programmes for all managers we also offer staff access to career development coaching. We understand that there is real value in coaching to help people reach their potential. The sessions can be used to work on a number of areas including; confidence building, leadership skills and work/life balance.


Career Support Learning & Development

To provide help and advice to staff through different methods to help them make informed decisions about their career.

We recognise that our ground breaking work requires individuals to rapidly develop a broad range of skills. This is why we continue to invest in developing staff in all the areas relevant to our agenda – including higher level qualification programmes.

Listen engage

As a listening regulator, ensuring that we role-model that behavior within the OGA too. Working with representative groups, and engaging with everyone.

We pride ourselves on being a listening regulator, and this includes listening to and learning from our colleagues, respecting and valuing the benefit that an inclusive workplace can bring and ensuring that everyone feels connected to work we do.

Stuart Payne to providing an overview video of inclusion and diversity (within the OGA and industry) and how we engage employees. Click here to view


Space Balance

Providing resources, support and time for all OGA staff to be able to effectively deliver for the industry and maintain a healthy work-life balance whilst doing so.

Flexible working is a key element for many, if not all, of our colleagues. There are different types of flexible working – examples include flexible working hours, part time working, job share, staggered hours, compressed hours, ad hoc and regular home working and phased/partial retirement.

Annual leave gives the opportunity to enjoy time away from the office. Therefore, we provide an annual leave allowance that exceeds the statutory entitlement. All new entrants to the OGA will be entitled to 25 days leave increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years. The leave allowance is pro-rated for part time staff. In addition, all staff are entitled to 8 public/bank holidays.


Working Conditions

The need to enhance digital skills in the OGA and industry has never been greater. The OGA will continue to support personal and professional development in digital skills, we offer a range of home working equipment and smartphones to accommodate with our flexible working with great in-house service desk support. We have two similar office’s in Aberdeen and London which are both open plan with several bookable meeting rooms which has video conference facilities.

This effort to adopt an enterprise wide digital approach is likely to yield a large internal benefit to the OGA as well as improving services to our stakeholder and helping make the OGA a great place to work.


Rewards

Providing an attractive and fair approach to pay, pension & bonuses, rewarding delivery and the right behaviours.

Our base salaries are based on a market-driven approach which are supported by annual pay progression, special recognition in-year and end of year performance-based bonus awards and a comprehensive pension scheme. Click here for more details



Values and behaviours

Our values and behaviours 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.


Values


Definition


Fair

In our work we are humble, honest and straightforward. We are open and evidence-based in our analysis, consistent, proportionate and equitable in our decisions


Accountable

We are clear in our role as the OGA and as individuals. We do what we say, focusing on the right things. We take the necessary actions to deliver our commitments on time and support others to deliver theirs


Considerate

We are a respectful and open-minded organisation that supports collaboration and engenders trust. We seek to understand the perspectives and views of others, and ensure that our actions are reasonable and responsible


Robust

We act with a clear intention in our behaviours, communication and purpose. We champion MER UK, holding ourselves and others to account in a manner that is strong, impartial, accurate and defendable

Key Benefits

Flexible 37 hour working week with optional part working from home and up to 2 accruable flex days per month. Work life balance is very important to us and we offer several flexible working options, including job share and part-time.

Competitive Pension. Employer contribution ~4-6 times greater than Employee Contribution depending on grade and salary.

Death in Service Benefit.

25 days, rising to 30 days, annual leave plus 4 fixed and 4 flexible bank holidays per year.

Maternity pay full pay first 26 weeks where eligible.

Shared Parental Leave available where eligible.

10 days Paternity Leave available where eligible.

Cycle to work scheme.

Childcare scheme.

COVID-19 Statement

Due to the current pandemic there may be some alterations to some of our recruitment processes. Particularly interviews, these are currently being completed virtually using online video technology.