Our people play a major part in our success. Meet some of them here and find out what they have to say about their work, living in Edinburgh and what it's like to work at Cairn.
I knew Cairn had great people and an impressive reputation.
My team is part of the Planning and Management reporting department. We deliver the accurate planning and forecasting that keeps our decision-makers well informed.
We rely heavily on up-to-date information from various budget holders, so I need to make sure we’re all communicating in the right way at the right time. What I enjoy most is the variety and the opportunities to build my business know-how, both strategic and operational.
I’m developing a good understanding of the oil and gas industry too. I joined Cairn just three months ago from a utilities business, but I’ve already had quite a bit of training on our industry and what drives it. I knew Cairn had great people and an impressive reputation.
But I was surprised to discover how much trust the firm has in its employees – something rare in the current economic climate. It’s certainly more people focused than my previous company, with a long list of employee rewards, both formal and informal.
Being based in Edinburgh is another plus. As well as an easy commute, it offers the friendliness of a small town rather than a big city, an excellent mix of culture and history, and a great range of bars and restaurants for after-work socialising.
We're all encouraged to take responsibility and use our initiative.
I've been in this role since 2008, buying and selling assets and negotiating contracts. I have to be creative to find opportunities that others have overlooked, but also disciplined so that I can make sure the deal will add value to the company. The skills are a mix of commercial and legal acumen, relationship building and managing all the strands that have to come together for a deal to happen. I need to get it right, particularly as my recommendations usually feed straight into the CEO.
We have an energetic, agile team which punches well above its weight, and that’s what initially attracted me. The culture is entrepreneurial and we’re all encouraged to take responsibility and use our initiative. But there’s plenty of support too. Cairn has enabled me to work on project teams in fields that are unfamiliar, paid over 50% of the cost of my MBA and sent me on an eight-month secondment to our Indian affiliate. Rather than offering a fixed career path, the company develops people by challenging them to perform outside their comfort zones. Now I’m looking forward to helping find new M&A opportunities and positioning the company for the next phase of growth.
Life outside work is great too with a huge range of things to do. Beaches, golf courses and mountains are in easy reach, and the Highlands and west coast are just a few hours away.
Every day brings something new and interesting.
I provide legal support to the Edinburgh office, spending most of time right now advising on our work in Greenland.
I’m involved in a huge range of issues, in some tough negotiations and in transactions that can be ground-breaking. My role’s taken me to many far-flung places, including India, where I’ve taken part in high-level meetings with Government departments. Every day brings something new and interesting.
I was seconded to Cairn in 2004 from a commercial law firm and was delighted to be offered a full-time role. Here I‘ve been able to gain far wider experience and enjoy greater responsibility. I’ve also found Cairn much more flexible in terms of both career development and working practices. I didn’t have an oil and gas background, but Cairn gave me a lot of support, sending me on courses to improve my industry knowledge. Since joining as a Solicitor I’ve been appointed Deputy Head of Legal and have also worked closely with the Greenland Asset, helping to deputise for the Asset Manager.
I think my time here has made me more rounded. I’ve visited parts of the world I probably wouldn’t have otherwise, and seen the industry and the work I do from the perspectives of different stakeholders – ranging from foreign governments and national oil companies to NGOs, shareholders and advisers.
At Cairn, your development is in your control.
I define and deliniate drillable prospects by interpreting seismic data. Then I carry out a volumetric assessment to work out the likely volume of hydrocarbons. At my level, peer review is crucial to this process so I’m always keen to get the opinion of the whole team.
The biggest challenge of working on data in a frontier area is there’s no calibration, so you don’t know if your model is correct. But thanks to the pace of our exploration strategy, you quickly get to find out.
Since I joined Cairn in 2009, right after my MSc, I’ve sampled life on a jackup rig in offshore Tunisia – invaluable in developing my knowledge of operations geology. I also spent four weeks on a seismic vessel offshore Greenland, getting an incredible insight into seismic acquisition and processing as well as the chance to see some spectacular scenery. The culture here is really friendly and open, right from the top down. I’ve learned a lot from experienced colleagues as well as from a host of industry-recognised courses in everything from seismic interpretation and operations geology to time management and problem solving. At Cairn your development is in your control – something I think is a big plus.
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