Director for Decommissioning

  • Permanent
  • Aberdeen
  • January 18, 2021
  • Permanent
  • Aberdeen
  • January 18, 2021

Website Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


The Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environmental and Decommissioning (OPRED) is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is responsible for regulating environmental and decommissioning activity for offshore oil and gas operations in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

We are a fast-paced team of 100 and our role is to make sure that the marine environment is protected. Our responsibilities include, handling domestic and international policy relating to the environmental regulatory framework for offshore oil and gas (working with other government departments, environmental bodies, and international organisations), developing, co-ordinating and enforcing the offshore oil and gas environmental regulatory regime (including offshore gas unloading and storage and offshore carbon dioxide storage), and implementing the oil and gas decommissioning regime, ensuring that the costs are met by the oil companies and not the taxpayer.

We are mostly based in the coastal city of Aberdeen, with easy access to explore the countryside, mountains and coastline of North-East Scotland, and good connections to other parts of Scotland, UK, and Europe.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic regulator in the role of Director for Decommissioning. OPRED works in partnership with industry throughout the lifecycle of oil and gas activity, promoting good practice and enabling industry compliance. The maturity of the UKCS means that many oil and gas fields are now reaching the end of their economic life and there is growing focus on ensuring that we manage our energy legacy appropriately.

Job description

You will work in a high-profile policy delivery area, engaging with a range of external partners and customers to ensure that our decommissioning activity is regulated appropriately.

The role involves collaborating with the sector and other regulators to improve and refine the regulatory process, ensuring it is fit for purpose and is able to protect the taxpayer from the estimated £51 billion of liability.

We place a strong focus on leadership excellence and delivering with and through others. The work is varied and dynamic and requires an ability to identify and resolve problems quickly in an inclusive and pragmatic way.

We want to attract people from all backgrounds. If you are unsure about how the role might work with your needs or personal commitments do not hesitate to reach out. We support flexible working patterns and reasonable adjustments.


Essential criteria

• Experienced leader capable of working with multi-disciplinary teams and partners
• Highly organised individual with great delivery skills
• Strong communicator both verbally and written
• A strong influencer able to work effectively with a range of stakeholders

Experience in one or more of the following areas would be desirable for this role:

• A background in regulation or regulatory activity
• Management of complex projects through governance structures
• Understanding of parliamentary processes
• Experience and/or technical understanding of decommissioning

The post includes the following responsibilities:

• Providing leadership and direction to the team, setting the strategic direction, and developing, and implementing an annual delivery plan.
• Ensuring that statutory responsibilities are delivered, and that appropriate resources and processes are in place.
• Deliver and maintain an efficient customer focussed service.
• Ensuring that the taxpayer is protected from paying for the full cost of decommissioning, through monitoring of the financial health of the sector and taking mitigating action where appropriate.
• Managing decommissioning risks, and reporting to internal financial governance boards as required.
• Maintaining and developing positive relationships with industry partners and other regulators.
• Working collaboratively with the OPRED team, other regulators, and partners to improve the regulatory process.
• Providing direct line management to four senior managers, supporting, and driving forward their continued personal development.
• Providing technical advice and due diligence internally and externally.
• Working closely with the OPRED senior management team to deliver the departments wider objectives ensuring that our organisation has the strategies and structures as well as the skills, culture, and leadership to enable optimum performance.

We will assess suitability for this role through a CV and personal statement. Please provide context of your role within your CV.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

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