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Environmental Management - Technical Lead

The Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED) is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is responsible for:

- Developing, administering and enforcing the environmental and decommissioning regulatory regime covering offshore oil and gas, offshore gas unloading and storage and offshore carbon dioxide storage (collectively referred to as offshore energy projects).

- Handling domestic and international policy relating to developing the environmental regulatory framework for offshore energy projects.

- The Department’s Strategic Environmental Assessment for offshore energy projects, which allows the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) to licence offshore areas for oil and gas, gas storage and carbon dioxide storage and The Crown Estate to lease offshore areas for offshore renewable energy developments.

Within OPRED, the Offshore Environment Unit (OEU) is responsible for developing the environmental regulatory framework for offshore energy projects on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), and for administering and ensuring compliance with the regulatory regime.

Within OEU, the Environmental Management Team is responsible for the environmental assessment and approval of offshore energy projects, covering the entire life-cycle of the offshore operations.

Job description

Working to the Grade 6 Director of the Offshore Environment Unit (OEU), alongside the Offshore Inspectorate Technical Lead and the Environmental Operations Team Leader, the Environmental Management Technical Lead oversees the assessment of environmental applications in relation to offshore energy activities. To ensure consistency on technical matters across the Unit, the Environmental Management Technical Lead must also closely liaise with, and, if necessary, provide resilience to, the role of the Offshore Inspectorate Technical Lead.

Working closely with OEU colleagues, the Environmental Policy Technical Lead and senior management within the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), the Environmental Management Technical Lead also provides support in relation to a number of domestic and international initiatives on environmental matters relating to offshore energy industries, including developing and amending environmental policy, particularly in relation to OPRED's net zero approach, regulations, guidance or procedures.


The post holder will be responsible for:

• Providing expert advice and briefing on environmental matters relating to offshore energy industries to OPRED Senior Management, Senior Officials (including liaison with Special Advisors and Press Office) and Ministers;

• Providing leadership, advice and support to the Environmental Management Team on relevant environmental legislation and core regulatory functions;

• Representing and influencing OPRED’s views in various domestic and international environmental and technical fora;

• Working closely with the Policy and Corporate Governance team to provide technical support to policy development and strategic direction on technical policy, regulation and operational matters;

• Managing stakeholder engagement with technical matters, including liaison with other Government Departments, Public Bodies; Devolved Administrations; Industry representative bodies and non-governmental organisations;

• Providing technical input in relation to the performance management process for Environmental Management Team technical staff;

• Contributing to producing and updating the annual Unit and Team business plans;

• Undertaking or supporting technical and administration recruitment exercises; and

• Providing input to the development and implementation of fee charging schemes.

The listed salary scale is inclusive of a Specialist Environmental allowance of £24,000 pa, and a potential RRA of up to £5,000 pa which may be included in the salary package. The base salary without this allowance is £52,875 - £60,200 (Please note that this role equates to the "Environmental Team Leader" grade within the Environmental Jobs Family, which has its own approved pay scales).

Technical Skill

1. Specialist/Technical Knowledge assessed at application and interview

Demonstrate technical knowledge of relevant offshore energy projects and have extensive knowledge and / or experience on legislative matters relating to climate change issues, atmospheric emissions and the marine environment, and be able to lead and provide advice on undertaking a comprehensive assessment of the potential environmental impact of proposed offshore energy projects.


Applicants must have an honours degree or equivalent qualification, or a post-graduate qualification in one of the following areas:

- Climate and Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Environmental Pollution, Marine Resource Development and Protection.

- Biology, Bioscience, Marine Biology, Microbiology or Zoology.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Specialist / Technical Knowledge


BEIS offers a competitive mix of benefits including:

A culture of flexible working, such as job sharing, homeworking and compressed hours.

Automatic enrolment into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

A minimum of 25 days of paid annual leave, increasing by 1 day per year up to a maximum of 30.

An extensive range of learning & professional development opportunities, which all staff are actively encouraged to pursue.

Access to a range of retail, travel and lifestyle employee discounts.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Candidates will be sifted on behavioural statements and any technical skills required.

In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be sifted on the lead behaviour (Making Effective Decisions).

Please note - your CV is for information purposes only and will not be scored.

Expected Timeline subject to change

Expected Week of Sift * Week commencing 20th September 2021

Expected Week of Interviews * TBC

Interview Location * Virtual (MS Teams)

Candidates are asked to note the above timetable, exercising flexibility through the recruitment and selection process.

The interview will consist of behaviour and technical questions.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

Any move to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Please note terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

BEIS does not normally offer full home working (i.e. working at home); but we do offer a variety of flexible working options (including occasionally working from home).

Please note that BEIS does not hold a licence to sponsor visa applications.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.


Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Environmental Management - Technical Lead

The Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED)
Aberdeen, UK
Full Time Work

Published on 24 Aug 2021