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Fuels Quality and Supply Specialist - closing 7 November 2018

  • Permanent Contract
  • Highly competitive salary + excellent benefits
  • London-based with frequent national travel, occasional international travel


The UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) represents the main refining and downstream oil marketing companies operating in the UK.  Associate membership is also available to companies that are involved in process safety and transportation within the downstream oil industry.

Our members and associates play a vital role in the supply of petroleum products used as road transport, aviation, marine and heating fuels, for power generation and as feedstocks for the petrochemicals industry.  Millions of consumers, including thousands of businesses, hospitals, schools, the emergency services, maritime and aviation customers depend on these supplies for mobility, power and heating.

As the energy landscape in the UK transforms, the refining and downstream oil sector will continue to adapt and provide innovative solutions to meet the challenges posed by this transformation.  UKPIA is striving to secure the right conditions to support continued investment and a safe, competitive and resilient sector, to deliver an orderly transition to a growing, low-carbon economy in which the sector thrives.

Role overview

UKPIA are seeking a subject matter expert who understands international, EU and UK fuel quality issues and specifications, along with knowledge of how the global, regional and local supply system operates.

In this role, working with other members of the UKPIA team, member company experts and other stakeholders, you will help answer the following questions:

  • What is the refining and downstream oil sector likely to look like in 2050?How will the sector adapt and transform itself to continue playing a key enabling role for the UK economy and an attractive return for investors?
  • What part are new technologies likely to play, for example:low-grade waste heat recovery; carbon capture, utilisation and storage; artificial intelligence; use of biomass and waste feedstocks and captured CO2 for manufacture of low-carbon liquid fuels and petrochemicals?
  • What are the implications of this transformation for fuel technology and quality and for supply resilience?

The Specialist will steward a number of UKPIA’s industry committees and working groups, providing leadership, developing clear, robust and agreed policy positions for engagement with Government and other decision makers and to support member companies and associates.  Reaching consensus among members, often with diverse viewpoints, will be crucial to the success of this role.

A key component of the role will be facilitating the sharing of good practice on management of fuel quality issues between member companies and in developing guidance on interpretation of key legislation.  This will require development of strong, purposeful relationships with government departments, standards bodies and other stakeholders.

This role will report to UKPIA’s Director of Downstream Policy.

Desired technical knowledge and experience

  • A broad understanding of fuels technology and quality and supply resilience issues. An understanding of air quality issues and applicable legislation would be an advantage.
  • A leader with strong influencing skills and experience of working with a diverse range of external stakeholders.
  • Track record of success in management of fuels technical issues in a downstream oil and/or refining setting.
  • Adaptable and able to drive change in both internal and external environments.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, with excellent numerical and data handling skills.
  • A strong track record in project management and delivery, including written reports and delivery of presentations.
  • Willingness to travel to undertake relevant stakeholder engagement.
  • Flexibility and a willingness to support colleagues, where necessary, across the association.

A full job description can be downloaded below.

How to Apply

For all applications please email your CV along with a supporting statement to Dr. Andrew Roberts (

You must have the legal right to work and reside in the United Kingdom.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 7th November 2018.

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