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. We are one of Europe’s leading independent energy companies

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.

We are listed on the London Stock Exchange, with headquarters in Edinburgh and offices in London, Mexico City, Cairo and Nouakchott, Mauritania.

2. We have a dynamic, entrepreneurial and engaging culture

 

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

To this day, 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 production assets 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.

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

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, Mexico City, Cairo and Nouakchott in Mauritania. 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. The Mexico City, Cairo and Nouakchott offices have been our most recent expansion, opened in 2018 and 2021 respectively, to support our country-entry into Mexico, Egypt and Mauritania.