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Why work at Cairn?

Are you looking for an empowering and rewarding career in an open and friendly company? If so, here are five great reasons why a career at Cairn might be right for you.

1: We are one of Europe’s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies

Our operations span from the desert to the Arctic, including assets and investments in Asia, UK and Norway, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Margin.

We’ve been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1988. 

Our leadership is dynamic, stable and financially astute.

2: We are different – we are entrepreneurs

The people at Cairn are entrepreneurial and focused on sustainable success.

Our success comes from taking an unconventional approach to exploration.

Many of our competitors prefer to explore in established areas and are content to make smaller discoveries. At Cairn, we concentrate on exploring new basins with the aim of making significant discoveries and opening up new frontiers.

It's a bold approach but a rewarding one. The potential of frontier discoveries greatly exceeds those in established, more mature areas.

3: We have a rewarding, innovative culture where people can thrive

It’s our pioneering spirit that gives us our competitive edge. This means we’re always on the look-out for people who can embrace our culture – who are enthused by the prospect of working in a fast-paced environment on a range of fascinating projects.

We’re a flexible, innovative organisation that doesn’t shy away from making decisions. We trust the talented people we employ, and empower them to use their initiative and run with their ideas – without the fear of encountering a blame culture.

We care about career development and will deliver this through real on the job responsibility - you'll be trusted to choose your own challenges and we'll support you all the way.

Cairn is a growing company in a dynamic industry. There are plenty of diverse opportunities, fresh challenges and the chance to develop new skills, all in an open and friendly environment. We’re committed to empowering our people so they can fulfil their potential.

Cain people care about the company - they're loyal and trust us with their long-term careers.

4: We don’t just talk about corporate responsibility – it’s an integral part of how we work and who we are

We want to discover, develop and deliver value in our assets and people for the benefit of all our stakeholders. We are passionate about enriching people's lives through energy exploration and development.

For us, this includes nurturing the talent of our staff, developing safe and healthy work places, protecting the environment and supporting strong , vibrant communities.

Our operations can have an impact on local people and environments. Before we start working in a new area, we assess these potential impacts and identify ways to mitigate them, before designing and adapting our operations accordingly.

Our values are core to the company: respect, relationships and responsibility. We believe that being open and honest, and respecting others, helps to build successful relationships. So wherever we operate, we work with local people and encourage them to contribute to and benefit from our projects.

In Greenland, for example, we worked to maximise local employment opportunities, training local people and ensuring that local businesses had an opportunity to become part of our supply chain. We also instigated a rigorous safety regime focused on protecting people and the local environment.

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5: It’s an opportunity to live in one of Europe’s most thriving and exciting cities – Edinburgh

Our headquarters are in Edinburgh, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Edinburgh is one of the best places in the UK for quality of life. It has stunning architecture, world class galleries and museums and great restaurants and bars, not to mention beautiful countryside on your doorstop. It’s also a great place to bring up a family.

What’s more, everything is within walking distance, no matter in what part of Edinburgh you choose to live.

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We are big and we are different. We're committed to working responsibly and are based in one of the UK's most attractive cities. And we have an innovative culture that sets us apart.