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Oil and gas operations manager

Alternative titles for this job include Oil and gas production manager, oil and gas exploration manager

Oil and gas operations managers plan and co-ordinate onshore and offshore exploration and production.

Average salary (a year)

£35,000 Starter


£75,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

44 to 46 a week

You could work

as a contractor / self-employed away from home

How to become

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How to become Oil and gas operations manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role


You could do a degree or postgraduate qualification before applying to join an oil and gas company's management training scheme. Relevant subjects include:

  • engineering
  • science
  • mining
  • geology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You may be able to move into this role through training and promotion if you're already experienced in the industry. For example, if you're a project engineer, production manager or quality controller.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming an oil and gas operations manager from My Oil and Gas Career.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • business management skills
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an operations manager, you will;

  • make decisions about where to explore for fuel reserves
  • carry out risk assessments
  • manage a technical team and subcontractors
  • make sure production facilities are working efficiently
  • meet production targets
  • control budgets
  • manage emergency response teams
  • make sure production processes, facilities and refineries meet safety standards

Working environment

You could work in an office, on a rig or visit sites.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could become an operations director or work independently as an oil and gas consultant, travelling to production sites all over the world.

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