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Offshore Industries Adviser

Ref No: 201921
Grade: H
Type of appointment: Permanent
Location: Aberdeen
Team: Marine Management Team

Published: .

JNCC’s Marine Management Team provides evidence-based advice on the environmental impacts of activities taking place in the offshore marine environment (beyond territorial waters) to appropriate authorities responsible for their regulation. The advisory functions of the team are centred on helping government(s), regulators and developers meet the requirements of relevant legislation, including the Habitats Directive, Birds Directive, Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the Marine and Coastal Access Act. The majority of the team’s work focuses on advising on impacts of offshore oil and gas, aggregate extraction and renewable energy, as well as other industry sectors. We also advise on the development of marine plans.

As conservation advisers, JNCC has a significant role to play in the management of the offshore marine environment and we work closely with our partners and wider stakeholders to deliver sustainable management approaches. This includes advising on management of the network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the UK offshore marine area.

The closing date for this post is 09:00 on 26 July 2019

The anticipated interview dates are 7–9 August 2019

How to apply


The postholder will carry out the functions listed below, with the overall objective of meeting the advisory requirements of governments and offshore industry efficiently. Many of the following functions will require working in close collaboration with other JNCC staff, both within the marine management team and in other teams, and with external stakeholders.

  • Within agreed deadlines, assess proposals relating to industry in the offshore marine environment and advise governments on the extent to which the proposals meet criteria defined to achieve the conservation of marine species and habitats. Advice provision involves reviewing and commenting on development applications and associated Environmental Impact Assessments and/ or Habitat Regulations Assessments. Liaison with regulators and/ or developers is often required during the advisory process in order to ensure that industry submissions and JNCC’s advice are of the required standard.
  • Within agreed deadlines, assess consultations relating to licensing rounds, strategic environmental assessments and marine plans
  •  Adhere to quality assurance procedures relating to the provision of offshore industries advice and contribute to the development of improved quality assurance procedures.
  • Work with colleagues to identify and address issues that are affecting the provision of our offshore industries advice (e.g. legal, scientific or procedural issues). This may require engagement with the statutory nature conservation bodies, regulators and industry.
  • As required, develop new approaches and procedures for assessing the impact of human activities on the UK’s marine environment to support environmental protection and management.
  • As required, manage research project contracts to address key conservation issues associated with offshore industries.
  • As required, deputise for the Offshore Industries Advice Managers in other aspects of offshore marine advice.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the specialist, technical and core competencies (skills, knowledge and behaviours) set out below. The post-holder will be expected to have those marked Essential at the outset, whilst those marked Desirable can be developed whilst in post.

Specialist and Technical

  • Relevant qualification (or equivalent experience) in marine biology, biological sciences, environmental sciences or other relevant discipline.
  • Good knowledge of marine conservation issues, particularly the potential impacts of offshore marine industries (i.e. aggregate extraction, oil and gas exploration and production and renewable energy) and the ways in which these impacts may be mitigated and managed.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of marine biodiversity in offshore waters, particularly offshore benthic habitats.

Additional skills and experience that would be desirable to the post are:

  • A good understanding of UK and European legislation relating to the management of offshore industries.
  • Experience in reviewing Environmental Impact Assessments and/or Habitat Regulations Assessments and their associated permit applications.
  • Experience of working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including marine industry.


 Making Effective Decisions

  • Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/ data and draw key conclusions (Essential)
  • Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations (Essential)

 Leading and Communicating

  • Communicate in a succinct, engaging manner and stand ground when needed (Essential)
  • Convey enthusiasm and energy about their work and encourage others to do the same (Desirable)

 Collaborating and Partnering 

  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes (Essential)
  • Encourage collaborative team working within own team and across the Department (Desirable)

Managing a Quality Service 

  • Implement, maintain and review [quality] systems and service standards to provide quality, efficiency and value for money (Desirable)Delivering at Pace
  • Take responsibility for delivering expected outcomes on time and to standard, giving credit to teams and individuals as appropriate (Essential)
  • Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands (Essential)Building Capacity for All
  • Proactively manage own career and identify own learning needs with line manager, plan and carry out work-place learning opportunities (Essential)
  • Continually seek and act on feedback to evaluate and improve their own and team’s performance (Essential)


Starts at £27,398 pa

Hours of work

Normal minimum hours of attendance for full time posts are 36 hours per week over a 5-day period, Monday to Friday. Flexi time is available. The postholder may be required to work away from the office location for short periods (usually a few days), which could include work abroad.

Annual Leave Entitlement

The annual leave allowance is 25 days per year, rising to 30 days per year after 5 years service. There are also 12 days public and privilege leave. Part time staff will receive this on a pro rata basis

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