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Licensing Adviser

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 105
Grade SEO
Salary: £44,942
Location: London or Aberdeen
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some occasional travel between OGA offices
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: 28 Jun 2019

Brief overview of role

The Licensing and Consents team, which forms part of the Regulation Directorate, plays a key role at the heart of the OGA and is responsible for making and advising on decisions on all non-operational aspects of the petroleum licensing regime.


This is a significant role within the OGA acting as the focal point for all new licence awards, and as key liaison between the Regulations and Operations Directorates on new licensing matters.  The incumbent will have a key role in delivering a regular programme of offshore licensing rounds in addition to more ad-hoc requests for exploration, methane drainage, gas storage or carbon capture & storage licences.


The successful applicant will have the opportunity to continue to evolve and adapt the UK’s successful licensing regime, which has developed over many years, and is widely regarded as being best-in-class worldwide.  The role offers unique insight into licensing activities and involves efficient and effective regulation with a challenging and high-profile workload, requiring the timely anticipation of future events and deadlines, and internal and external communications. 


The candidate will have to demonstrate a broad range of experience across the licensing lifecycle and will be pivotal to the wider teams’ drive to improve working practices and the interface with operations.  It is expected the successful candidate will have extensive relevant work experience.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

The OGA is looking for a multi-skilled high-calibre candidate, able to take ownership, understand and advise on complex legal and regulatory issues, whilst simultaneously finding ways of continually improving the UK’s licensing system and processes.


Key responsibilities:


·        Launch formal licensing rounds with support from the Exploration and Area Teams (Operations Directorate), including,

o   Responsibility for formal notices, consistent with all applicable legislation

o   Assistance in preparing press releases, award announcements and other external communications, in collaboration with the Communications and External Affairs Team.

o   Creation of licences in collaboration with Exploration and Area Teams and assisting with QC/Assurance and issuing licence documentation.

·        Respond to, and co-ordinate, the OGA response to ad-hoc applications for exploration, production, methane drainage, gas storage or carbon capture & storage licences.

·        Provide functional support to the OGA Regulations and Operations teams with respect to all new licensing matters.

·        Provide support to, and communicate with, Industry on bespoke licensing matters

·        Manage the OGA’s working relationship with the devolved Scottish and Welsh governments on onshore licensing matters.

·        Liaison with other governmental bodies to enable the co-existence of offshore oil and gas activities and windfarms, in particular with The Competent Authority (BEIS & HSE), OPRED (BEIS), The Crown Estate and Crown Estate Scotland, The Ministry of Defence, The Coal Authority and other public bodies and stakeholders.

·        Deal with and resolve external enquiries from offshore users who may not be Petroleum Licensees or Oil/Gas Infrastructure Owners

·        Plan, manage and document regular internal licensing coordination meetings between the Regulations Directorate and Operations Directorate.

·        Own oversight of licence events, ensuring that future expiry dates are identified in good time to the appropriate internal resources, or flagged as appropriate to licensees;

·        Prepare statistics to monitor routine licensing activities and ad-hoc events such as licensing rounds.

Person specification

  • Competence 1: 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 OGA 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.
  • Competence 2: 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.
  • Competence 3: Managing a Quality Service - Effectiveness in this area is about valuing and modelling professional excellence and expertise to deliver service objectives, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements. People who are effective plan, organise and manage their time and activities to deliver a high quality and efficient service, applying programme and project and risk management approaches to support service delivery
  • Competence 4: Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to arrive at accurate, expert and professional decisions and advice. At all levels, it’s about being careful and thoughtful about the use and protection of government and public information to ensure it is handled securely and with care.

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

Essential Desirable
• Ruthless attention to detail with focus on deadlines and delivery
• Clear and effective communication (written and oral) including preparation of external and internal reports
• Positive and supportive attitude
• Project planning and organisation skills
• Extensive relevant work experience
• Degree qualified
• Ability to analyse data and translate into insights and knowledge
• Passion and enthusiasm for delivering change
• Experience of licence applications and documentation within industry
• Experience of multiple operators, basins and regulatory regimes

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)

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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.