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Policy Officer

Job details

No. of posts: 1
Vacancy Reference Number: OGA 098
Grade EO
Salary: £25,457
Location: London
Travel to other locations with UK? Yes
Some occasional travel within the UK
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: 26 Apr 2019

Brief overview of role

The OGA is looking for an organised and motivated individual to provide project and secretariat support in relation to its onshore policy and energy transition work, two high profile areas subject to wide-ranging interest and scrutiny. This is an exciting opportunity for a high-calibre individual to use and build on their organisational skills while developing policy and strategy knowledge. This role sits within the policy and strategy team in the Strategy Directorate, a small and friendly team with a unique remit in terms of the cross-cutting nature of its work and the view it takes across the whole of the OGA and beyond.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

Given the team’s remit in working across the OGA, the exact objectives for this post may evolve over time in response to the priorities of the organisation, and the post holder will need to be flexible and willing to work across teams and take on new projects as business needs change.


Initial duties for the successful candidate will involve supporting the team’s two current priority areas: onshore policy, and the OGA’s energy transition work to support the UK’s wider transition to a low carbon economy. In particular, we expect the post-holder to lead on:


-      providing project support and a secretariat function in relation to the OGA’s cross-cutting energy transition work, including ensuring the smooth running of the administrative aspects of the OGA’s £900,000 energy integration project


-      supporting the OGA’s engagement with the onshore oil and gas industry


-      supporting the policy and regulation teams in relation to onshore activity, including producing advice and briefing, drafting correspondence, and organising, attending and minuting relevant internal and external meetings, including with central government and the Shale Environmental Regulator Group (SERG)


-      acting as a point of contact between the OGA and central government, particularly through developing good working relationships with our Shareholder Team in the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)


-      being a flexible resource to respond to new and urgent policy and strategy team needs as they arise, for example by providing project support in relation to the OGA’s scientific analysis of onshore operations data


The post holder will need:


-        to be a strong self-starter with good organisational skills, confident in working independently but knowing when to seek support


-        strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to adjust their style to a variety of audiences or settings



-        the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships across a wide variety of teams across the whole OGA, in both London and Aberdeen, and with stakeholders in other bodies including other regulators, industry and central government


-        good analytical and evidence-based skills and the ability to grasp complex and unfamiliar issues


For further information on this post, please contact

Person specification

  • Competence 1: 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 this level, it is about taking ownership of actions in their areas of responsibility, considering and keeping track of how to make a project/activity successful and make ongoing improvements in order to achieve the 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 OGA to help get business done. At all levels, it requires working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, while having the confidence to challenge assumptions. At this level, it is about active team working, facilitating collaboration and proactively seeking information, resources and support from others outside own immediate team in order to help achieve results, as well as sharing knowledge with others.
  • 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 OGA goals and deliver the greatest value. At this level, it is about developing an understanding of how your own and the team’s work supports achievement of organisational priorities and our statutory remit.
  • Competence 4: 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 this level, it is about examining complex information and obtaining further information to make accurate decisions, speaking with relevant people in order to do so and get advice when unsure of how to proceed.

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

Essential Desirable
• Critical thinking and excellent drafting skills
• Some experience in using project and programme management techniques
• Experience of government and/or policy development

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.