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Oil and gas operations manager

Oil and gas operations managers plan and co-ordinate onshore and offshore exploration and production.

Annual Salary

£35,000 to £75,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

44 to 46 a week

You could work: as a contractor / self-employed; away from home

Future employment

There will be 5% more Oil and gas operations manager jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

As an operations manager, you will;make decisions about where to explore for fuel reserves; carry out risk assessments; manage a technical team and subcontractors; make sure production facilities are working efficiently; meet production targets; control budgets; manage emergency response teams; make sure production processes, facilities and refineries meet safety standards

Working environment

You could work in an office, on a rig or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role

You could do a degree or postgraduate qualification before applying to join an oil and gas company's management training scheme. Relevant subjects include:

  • engineering
  • science
  • mining
  • geology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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You may be able to move into this role through training and promotion if you're already experienced in the industry. For example, if you're a project engineer, production manager or quality controller.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming an oil and gas operations manager from My Oil and Gas Career.

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You could become an operations director or work independently as an oil and gas consultant, travelling to production sites all over the world.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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