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About the team

The Compliance Team, part of the broader Digital and Data Team currently comprises 10 people including the Head of Data Services and Compliance.  

Two team members focuses on internal Document and Records Management, another member on matters to do with Carbon Storage related information and samples, whereas the remaining team focus on a broad range of regulatory and information reporting matters covering current and legacy petroleum related data. 

The team have a number of responsibilities including overseeing the reporting of currently reportable data (well, seismic, production, infrastructure), ensuring summary data sets (systems of record) for wells, seismic and infrastructure are complete and correct, working to ensure unreported legacy data is reported and supporting the National Data Repository (NDR) team with missing data requests.

The team also manage consents, such as well consents, and work with the NSTA Policy Team in respect to revised regulations and guidance.  

Brief overview of role

The NSTA is seeking a Seismic Data Manager who will report to the Head of Data Services and Compliance and collaborate with other team members within the Data Compliance Team. In this role, you will be responsible for leading services and key initiatives that contribute to the delivery of seismic data compliance objectives.

Your primary focus will be managing the compliance of seismic survey owners’ obligations, to retain and report data in accordance with relevant standards and regulations. Working closely with the Head of Data Services and Compliance and the rest of the Digital and Data Team, including the Digital Team who support the NSTA Digital Platform (NSTA Data pages, Data Warehouse etc.) and the NDR Team, you will play a leading and vital role in the creation, implementation and continued development of seismic data management processes, policies, and best practices, that lead to the disclosure of good quality seismic data, into the public domain, which is vital for continued petroleum operations, but increasingly important to the carbon storage industry and to the UK’s goal of achieving Net Zero.

Responsibilities will include identifying and addressing any compliance gaps or issues and working with survey owners to address these. Whilst also contributing to the development and enhancement of data compliance processes and strategies, ensuring alignment with industry standards and best practices.

In the past, the obligation in respect to seismic data, was to retain the data and not report unless requested. The current requirement is that all new survey data is reported following processing. Renewed interest in seismic data due to carbon dioxide storage and other energy transition related matters has led to a significant upsurge in legacy seismic reporting to the NSTA. Seismic data plays a critical role in petroleum related activities and will have an increasingly important role in carbon storage and other energy transition activities, hence the new requirement for a specific Seismic Data Manager role. In this role you will be solely accountable for the domain of seismic data reporting.

This role has one other team member reporting into it. That person has responsibilities related primarily to infrastructure data, but reporting into this role for reporting purposes and to spread the reporting and day to day management within the Compliance Team.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to work within a dynamic team, engaging with stakeholders across the organization, and contribute to the successful delivery of data compliance initiatives.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

  • Have a very clear understanding of current and legacy seismic data retention and reporting obligations and understand the NSTA’s right to disclose seismic data.
  • Lead contributor in defining and improving the process to add new surveys to the seismic system of record, driving its development and overseeing its implementation.
  • Engage with industry stakeholders to improve the seismic system of record’s existing content including the inclusion of all site surveys.
  • Engage with the wider Digital and Data Team to ensure easy public access to the Seismic System of Record through GIS maps, listings and APIs on the NSTA Data Centre.
  • Engage with survey owners to manage their compliant reporting of new survey headers for all marine and site surveys ensuring the system of record for surveys is accurate.
  • Ensure all new surveys are represented within the system of record, using the UK Governments Portal Environmental Tracking System (PETS) and close collaboration with survey owners.
  • Engage with survey owners to ensure the compliant reporting of recent survey data, to the NDR, within the specified reporting periods.
  • Assist the NDR team with seismic missing data requests ensuring that owners report data to fulfil the requests in a timely manner. Have the ability to prioritise requests based on NSTA and UKCS stakeholder priorities.
  • Support legacy survey owners in their drive to report legacy data, relieving them of the obligation to retain.
  • Be a subject matter expert in respect to seismic data reporting, supporting NSTA internal requirements, such as developing strategies to prioritise tasks when there is an imminent licensing round or to support specific studies.
  • Help develop seismic data management policies to reflect evolving NSTA and industry requirements in areas such as carbon storage and other energy transition related activities
  • Assist the Licence Event Co-ordinator with identification of surveys on licences subject to surrender, transfer of rights, operator changes and changes of control. Ensuring the seismic detailed within the ISP is uploaded to the NDR.
  • Ensure reprocessed datasets, which included data from commercial surveys, are clearly defined when uploading to the NDR.
  • Take the lead in initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of seismic data in the NDR. This involves improving data structure, formatting, and tagging to ensure optimal accessibility and usability.
  • Development and implement seismic data management and compliance measurement processes and ensuring successful integration into daily operations, so that management have easy access to statistics on compliance trends and other key indicators.
  • Define legacy survey ownership utilising historical petroleum and exploration licence information obtained from the NDTA systems.
  • Help manage and improve the System of Record for Exploration Licences, in particular legacy survey ownership.
  • Represent NSTA at external events such as the IM Forum, ISC SIG and Seismic Workshops. This involves both participation and preparation to ensure effective engagement and representation.
  • Act as a back-up to other ‘Compliance Team’ members (Licence Event Coordinator / Technical Data Manager etc.). This requires a broad knowledge of all aspects of data management to provide support when needed.

Person specification

Competence 1:          Fair: Innovation, Initiative and Agility

The ability to be responsive, innovative and seek out opportunities to create effective change, suggesting ideas for improvements to the way things are done, and working in “Agile”, and more focused ways. The NSTA is a strong proponent of the Agile approach to delivering projects.  Effective delivery often requires staff to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team of colleagues, to deliver high quality results. 

Competence 2:          Accountable: Delivery

Aptitude for working on numerous projects simultaneously with effective time to ensure that multiple stakeholders needs are met within required timeframes. Focus on delivery timely performance, taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.

Competence 3:          Considerate: Collaborating, Influencing and Including

Collaborative working, sharing information and building supportive, responsive and respectful relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst ensuring assumptions are challenged in order to influence outcomes to meet the NSTA’s goals and objectives 

Competence 4:          Robust: Strategic & Commercial Thinking

Having an understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider stakeholder requirements. Prioritising activities which focus on and deliver outputs that achieve the greatest value in terms of knowledge and information management and the wider organisation.

Specialist Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Licenses, Memberships or Language


  • Relevant degree qualified or demonstrated track record of seismic data management, with significant, relevant experience in a seismic data management position.
  • Knowledge of the UK NDR functionality and use.
  • Proficient in meeting deadlines and effectively handling multiple priorities, all while upholding accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated, finisher–completer able to act alone, as well as act on advice.
  • Possesses strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritise tasks.
  • Proficient in data management and skilled in analytical capabilities.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience of Microsoft products particularly Microsoft Excel.


  • Broad knowledge of petrotechnical data management
  • Knowledge of the UK petroleum related regulatory landscape
  • Experience of using PowerBI and with knowledge of GIS use.

Job Details

  • Salary £64,642
  • Appointment Type Permanent
  • Appointment Term Full time
  • Vacancy Reference Number NSTA 416
  • No. of posts 1
  • Grade SEO
  • Location Aberdeen
  • Travel to other location within the UK? Occasional
  • Level of Security Clearance Basic
  • Medical Required? No
  • Unless otherwise stated consideration will be given to requests to work on a part time or job share basis. Flexible working hours can also be considered.

Application details

  • Closing date for applications 22 May 2024
  • Anticipated shortlisting date TBD
  • Anticipated interview date TBD

Personal information

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online application process below, however, if you do require the application form in a different format please contact us at quoting the recruitment reference number and job title

You should provide examples in your covering letter that best demonstrate your skills and abilities against the competencies and specialist skills. The maximum word count against each competence example is 2,000 characters. The information you provide will be assessed during the short listing stage and if you are invited to attend an interview, the indicated competence areas will discussed further.

When completing your application, you should use the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action and Result) methodology for each competence. All appointments are subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks

For further information please see the Information to Candidates pack (PDF)

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