Government Relations Adviser

London or Aberdeen

Offshore Energies UK is the leading representative body for the UK offshore energy industry, a not-for-profit membership organisation with a history stretching back five decades. Our membership includes over 400 organisations with an interest in offshore energy with our focus on oil, gas, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, and wind. From operators to the supply chain and across the lifecycle from production to decommissioning, they are safely providing cleaner fuel, power, and products to the UK.

Working together with our members, we are a driving force supporting the UK in ensuring security of energy supply while helping to meet its net zero ambitions. We work on behalf of the sector and our members to inform understanding with facts, evidence, and data, engage on a range of key issues and support the broader value of this industry in a changing energy landscape.

To support our advocacy and engagement with stakeholders on key areas connected to existing Offshore Energies UK and member energy operations we are looking for a public affairs professional to join our external affairs team as a Government Relations Adviser. Reporting to the Head of External Affairs you will assist in driving support and engagement with governments and parliament, civil society stakeholders across the UK and devolved nations with a particular focus on Westminster, Whitehall, and Holyrood in a dynamic team.

At a critical time for policy making in UK as we approach a General Election with energy policy at the centre of political debate, this is an exciting opportunity to join a high pace environment working with policy makers and industry.

Key Accountabilities

  • Assist in the effective delivery of external affairs strategies and campaigns that meet OEUK’s business priorities and further assist the associations objectives.
  • Employ appropriate tactics for effective, regular engagement, both written and oral, to raise awareness of OEUK’s policy positions and strengthen its reputation with key policy makers, decision-makers, and other external stakeholders.
  • Create high quality, accurate content for briefing materials, consultation responses, policy position papers, and other written or oral communications to support the delivery of OEUK policy positions.
  • Ensure stakeholder management, engagement, and communications processes are comprehensively recorded, reviewed, reported, and continuously improved.
  • Monitor the political environment in Scottish, UK, and other relevant parliaments, identifying and evaluating opportunities and risk, to provide timely intelligence to relevant internal staff and coordinate informed responses.
  • Coordinate formal consultations and responses to stakeholder inquiries, policy launches, reports, and other relevant issues of a political nature.
  • Analysis of energy and fiscal based policy and legislation relating to the offshore energy sector.
  • Travel across the UK for meetings with key stakeholders.
  • Champion quality and demonstrate leadership through personal high standards of quality and service.
  • Key account management


Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes


  • A degree in politics, communications, journalism, law, public relations, social policy, or equivalent experience in these areas
  • Experience working for an MP, MSP, MEP, peer, or a member of another political institution is advantageous.
  • Experience working for UK government departments, think tanks, or political organisations is advantageous.
  • Experience of parliamentary procedure is advantageous.



  • Experience of successful advocacy
  • Sound knowledge of the workings of government and parliamentary procedure, and good political nous
  • An understanding of the external political environment and political developments
  • Experience of working in partnership with peers and stakeholders at all levels to facilitate effective decision-making and issues management to mutual success.
  • Sound analytical and fact-finding skills, ability to identify and understand key issues.
  • Ability to present complex information in a way that is straight forward to understand, whether in writing.
  • Experience of writing high quality copy and content to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to prioritise and work under pressure, meeting deadlines with tight schedules.
  • Collaborator with a positive attitude and flexible approach
  • Excellent diligence with solid proofing skills



  • A good knowledge or awareness of energy issues in general and the offshore energy sector in particular
  • A commitment to stakeholder focusses and relationship management
  • Results-driven, equally comfortable and experienced at working strategically or operationally to drive continuous improvement and operational excellence.
  • The role will require you to gather, assimilate and analyse information and views from stakeholders and specialists, with a view to formulating well evidenced recommendations.
  • Ability to work as part of a team but also independently and proactively.
  • Demonstrates high personal standards of ethical behaviour and professionalism, aligned to company values.
  • A creative mind partnered with the ability to find practical solutions.


Why work at OEUK?

The global energy industry is in transition so at OEUK you will get the opportunity to contribute to the progress the UK offshore energy industry is making to meet our net zero targets, supporting our members, developing key skills, being able to participate and make a difference.

The development of our employees is the key to our success, and we support this by offering the following benefits:

  • Flexible / hybrid working
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • 27 days annual leave
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Purchase / sell leave
  • Life cover 4 x salary

In return this position offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package for the right individual.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please apply by sending a detailed CV and a personal statement confirming your interest to the HR Team at [email protected] . To view the full job description, you can access by clicking on the link here.


To apply for this role

If you are interested in the above role and want to know more, please send through your CV along with a cover letter to the HR team, letting us know why you consider you are the right person for this role, to [email protected]

You must be able to work in the UK legally and you will not require sponsorship.

  • Job Title:
    Government Relations Adviser
  • Location
    London or Aberdeen
  • Duration
    Full time, permanent (hybrid)
  • Closing date
    17 May 2024

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