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Director of Energy Development

Contract Type
Energy & Manufacturing, Public Sector
Expiry Date
You will be part of the Senior Leadership Team of the Department and have wider corporate responsibilities.

Job Description

Key responsibilities will be to: 

  • Provide confident, empowering and inspiring leadership to a directorate of around 140 people, split across London and Aberdeen. Provide visible and engaged leadership to the directorate and within the Energy & Security group and the wider department. Support five team leaders to work as a team and manage the directorate resources to best effect. 
  • As sponsor for the Oil and Gas Authority and policy lead on upstream oil and gas, ensure safe and clean maximum economic recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf. Ensure that Government has robust and realistic plans for handling the implications of low oil prices, and mitigating any taxpayer risks. Maintain and develop strong links with the oil and gas industry. 
  • Provide oversight of the Offshore Petroleum Regulator in order to keep the seas and coasts around the UK safe from pollution and environmental damage arising from offshore oil and gas activity. 
  • Ensure cost effective and clean decommissioning of offshore oil and gas infrastructure. 
  • Develop a clear, agreed and effective roadmap for the safe and sustainable exploration and development of shale gas resources. 
  • Ensure that major energy infrastructure planning decisions are made on a timely and robust basis and support wider energy policy, and that liabilities from the former nationalised coal industry are managed effectively to minimise financial risk to the Department and taxpayer. 
  • Manage a budget of around £60m and provide sponsorship of the Oil and Gas Authority and the Coal Authority. 

The directorate comprises five teams: 

  • Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning 
  • Upstream Oil and Gas 
  • Shale Gas 
  • Energy Infrastructure Planning 
  • Coal Liabilities Unit 


The successful candidate will need to demonstrate capability and success against the following essential criteria: 

  • Evidence on leading long-term policy development, taking into account the wider context and impacts in order to provide a clear vision of departmental objectives. 
  • Successful track record of ensuring delivery partners have the right skills and resources to fulfil their role in a challenging environment. 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, with the ability to build strong collaborative relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders’ at the most senior level. 
  • Evidence of strong leadership skills, with a proven track record of providing visible leadership to support long term strategies, with a proven ability to develop a motivated, engaged and high performing workforce and commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate the following civil service competencies: 

  • Seeing the Big Picture 
  • Making Effective Decisions 
  • Leading and Communicating 
  • Collaborating and Partnering 
  • Building Capability for All 




  • Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Things you need to know


  • Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.


Selection process details

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


Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.


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Contact point for applicants


Sift/interview dates and location

Advert Closing Date
09:00 Monday 18th September 2017 

Short List Meeting
29th September 2017 

Assessment - Staff Engagement Exercise 
W/c 9th and w/c 16th October 2017 

Panel Interviews
Tuesday 31st October 2017