12 Month Fixed Term 

Our goal is that the NSTA continues to be a ‘Great Place to Work’. Offering a flexible 37-hour week working environment with hybrid model (40% office working) and up to 2 accruable flex days per month. Work life balance is very important to us with a workplace culture that fosters collaboration, respect, and professionalism. In addition, we offer a range of benefits including a competitive pension - employer contribution (28.97%).

Brief overview of role

The NSTA Energy Transition Technical Data Manager is responsible for carrying out a wide range of technical data management and policy related activities relating to information and samples created under Carbon Storage (CS) Licences and other offshore licences, as well as leadership activities contributing to the NSTA’s objective of assisting the Secretary of State with meeting the net zero target, and support investment in relevant activities.

Just as data supports the activities of petroleum licensees, data will support the activities of CS licensees and others, contributing to the goal of net zero. The 2023 Energy Act introduced provisions for information and samples related regulations and work is ongoing to put in place this secondary legislation. This role is currently focused on those policy and regulatory matters; responding to a public consultation, helping to draft legislation, writing guidance and other documentation in order for the legislation to be laid in parliament. The role involves close collaboration with a number of stakeholders including other NSTA teams (New Ventures, Carbon Storage and Transportation, Licensing, Policy and Legal), other UK agencies (The Crown Estate, Crown Estate Scotland, The UK Hydrographic Office) and DESNZ legal and policy stakeholders. In addition, the role will involve working closely with CS licensees, in particular their Information and Sample Coordinators.

The role is part of a multi-disciplined team reporting to the NSTA’s Head of Compliance and Data Services within the Digital / Data team.

Detailed job description and key responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • Work with the NSTA Head of Compliance and Data Services and NSTA Policy Leads to ensure the appropriate legislation is put into place
  • Work with CS Licensees to set expectations for Information and Samples management and compliance
  • Work with the NSTA Head of Compliance and Data Services and NSTA Directorates to identify requirements to retain and report data and physical samples, specifically which data and in what form and manner, and of that data what should be disclosed and when
  • Work with NSTA teams, including Consents and Legal to ensure Infrastructure Data, used for CS related purposes is retained, reported and disclosed
  • Co-ordination of data QC and loading – including well, storage site / complex and infrastructure data
  • Work with the Head of Data Services & Compliance to manage data reporting to the NDR and issue of reporting notices
  • Lead the development of reporting processes, industry guidance and supporting the development of IT applications to support the reporting and disclosure process
  • Manage the interface between data acquired pursuant of Petroleum Licence activities and the role that ‘Petroleum Related’ data will play in fulfilling the NSTA’s objective of assisting the Secretary of State with meeting the net zero target, and support investment in relevant activities
  • Lead the development of compliance measurement processes including internal process development and support and interaction with licensees
  • Included in all of the above are matters to do with physical samples and where relevant, matters to do with volumes of carbon dioxide stored and ongoing monitoring activities
  • Input to and help co-ordinate the requirements gathering for new or improved Energy Portal applications that will support CS licence activities.

Priorities and key challenges

The immediate priorities for the Energy Transition Technical Data Manager are as follows:

  • Finalise work to ensure that carbon storage information and samples regulations, based on provisions in the 2023 Energy Act, are fit for purpose before being laid in parliament, have appropriate guidance, and are understood by CS Licensees
  • Consider regulations that need to be put in place to support the role the NSTA has in respect to hydrogen and gas storage
  • Raise awareness of the data required to support the Energy Transition working with colleagues across NSTA

Person specification

Competence 1:          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.

Competence 2:          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:          Collaborating, Influencing and Including

Working collaboratively, sharing information appropriately and building supportive, trusting and professional relationships with NSTA colleagues and stakeholders.  Have the confidence to challenge assumptions and create an inclusive environment.

Competence 4:          Planning Performing and Achieving

Effective planning, performing and achievement to successfully achieve objectives and improvements to the quality of service, taking account of diverse stakeholder needs and requirements. The ability to structure and organise time and activities to deliver a high quality and efficient service, applying agile approaches to support delivery.

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


  • BSc In a technical data, engineering or geoscience related subject and/or energy policy
  • Able to articulate the data related requirements in respect to Energy Transition activities to multiple audiences (legal, operational, policy and others)
  • Experience writing ‘Guidance’ documentation or other instructive / technical documentation
  • Basic understanding of petroleum licence data quality and governance and how that will translate to CS Licences
  • Understanding of UK regulations in relation to Petroleum Industry Information and Samples
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Good reporting skills


  • Significant proven experience in technical data management across typical Exploration & Production or geoscience related domains
  • Understanding of service management and project management principles
  • Understanding of current transactional, consenting, system of record and data reporting applications in the NSTA Digital Energy Platform including the Energy Portal, the NSTA Data Centre and NDR
  • Experience with requirements gathering for application development and process mapping

Job Details

  • Salary £64,642
  • Appointment Type Fixed Term
  • Appointment Term Full time
  • Vacancy Reference Number NSTA 422
  • 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 17 June 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 Recruitment@nstauthority.co.uk 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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The NSTA is committed to embedding equality and diversity into all our policies and processes. We will aim to recruit, retain and promote staff on the basis of competence and regardless of characteristics including those listed under the Equality Act 2010. These protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The NSTA is an accredited Disability Confident Committed employer. We have also been awarded silver accreditation for the Gender Diversity Benchmark through Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network.  In addition, we are signed up to their Race at Work Charter and implement its five principles. As a further commitment to attracting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce we have signed up to the Axis Pledge.

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