Careers

Why work at Cairn

Are you looking for an interesting and rewarding career in a successful company with an entrepreneurial and engaging culture?

Here are five great reasons why a career with Cairn may appeal:

1. Cairn is an independent, UK-based oil and gas exploration and development company

For more than 30 years, we have built a strong track record of exploring, discovering, developing and producing oil and gas in a variety of locations across the world.

Cairn is listed on the London Stock Exchange, with headquarters in Edinburgh and offices in London, Norway and Senegal.

2. Cairn has a dynamic, entrepreneurial and engaging culture

Cairn has a dynamic, entrepreneurial culture.

Our success comes from taking an exploration focus on frontier and emerging basins, from which the greatest value can be created.

We concentrate on exploring new basins with the aim of making significant discoveries and opening up new frontiers.

Cairn started off as a small and pioneering company which achieved significant success in India, transforming the business into a FTSE 100 oil and gas exploration, development and production company.

We retain that entrepreneurial spirit which fostered our initial success and continue to encourage our people to be curious.

Today, the business is focused on our development projects in Senegal and Norway, our production assets in the North Sea and our exploration portfolio with potentially high impact opportunities across frontier and emerging basins. 

3. We have a fast moving culture where performance is rewarded and people can thrive

It’s our pioneering spirit and collaborative approach that gives us our competitive edge. This means we’re always on the lookout for people who can embrace our culture – who are energised and enthused by the prospect of working in a fast-moving environment on a range of diverse, interesting projects.

We’re a flexible, innovative business 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.

Personal development is a key driver in growing the business’ capability and contributes to our strategic objectives.

Our people are encouraged to progress their personal and technical development with our support providing opportunities and new challenges.

Cairn people care about the Company – they're loyal and trust us with their long-term careers.

It is important to us to ensure we are managing people in the right way and in line with international standards. As such we are pleased to have external validation in the form of accreditation from the internationally recognised standard Investors in People (IIP).

Investors in People is a global standard for people management. The standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. We have been an accredited Investor in People since 2004.

4. Corporate responsibility is an integral part of how we work and who we are

We are committed to working responsibly as part of our strategy to deliver value for all stakeholders. This means working in a safe, secure, environmentally and socially responsible manner.

This includes nurturing the talent of our staff, developing safe and healthy workplaces, protecting the environment and supporting the communities where we operate. We are seeking to enrich people's lives through hydrocarbon exploration and development.

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, as well as designing and adapting 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. Wherever we operate, we work with local people and encourage them to contribute to and benefit from our activities.

5. It is an opportunity to live in some of the most thriving and interesting international locations

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

Edinburgh is one of the best places in the UK for quality of life, with stunning architecture, world-class galleries and museums, great restaurants and bars and beautiful countryside on its doorstep. It also offers first-rate education, with high quality schools and universities.

The office in Edinburgh is within easy walking distance from Haymarket train station, in the city centre, and many other local transport options.

Our other international offices are in London, Stavanger in Norway, Dakar in Senegal and Mexico City in Mexico. Our London office is based on the Strand, where we have a number of people based permanently and often also have colleagues and partners from around the world visiting as an international meeting point. Stavanger, on the west coast of Norway, is an oil and gas industry hub, and Cairn’s office here was opened in 2012. We opened our office in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, in 2013 to support our exploration and appraisal drilling campaign offshore Senegal. The Mexico City office was Cairn’s most recent expansion, opened in 2018 to support our country-entry into Mexico and act as a hub for the significant activity planned for Cairn’s offshore licences.