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We are Cairn Energy.

Cairn is an innovative energy company that has explored, discovered, developed and produced oil and gas in a variety of locations throughout the world. We concentrate on exploration with the aim of making significant discoveries and opening up new frontiers.

It’s our pioneering spirit and collaborative approach that gives us our competitive edge. We’re always on the lookout for people who can embrace our culture – who are energised and enthused by the prospect of working in our fast-moving environment. Would you like to join us?

Our values and culture

The foundation of our culture is built on our core values, known as the 3Rs, which stand for ‘Building Respect’, ‘Nurturing Relationships’ and ‘Acting Responsibly’. These are the actions that we expect to see in our people every day.

As a progressive company with an entrepreneurial spirit, we strongly believe in career development and growth. We promote on merit and empower employees to shape their career. Cairn is in a strong position in 2021, with ambitions to grow its portfolio of assets and deliver ongoing value for our shareholders and stakeholders. We have an exciting new opportunity for someone who is ready to make an impact.

Join our team

It’s an exciting time to join the Corporate Affairs team as we help to build and manage relationships and reputation across our international business. You’ll be an integral part of the work the Corporate Affairs team does in shaping the external perception of Cairn and in ensuring our colleagues and those who work with Cairn are engaged and motivated in delivering the objectives of the business.

You’ll directly contribute to creating the content and materials that help the company tell its story of growth, responsibility and value. We are looking for someone with a strong background across corporate communications, with in depth exposure to social media content creation and ideally, someone who has worked in a corporate/listed company environment. In this role, you will work closely with the Senior Corporate Affairs Manager in the daily operational management of the CA function, including leading the coordination of the annual reporting process, the corporate website, social media, the Company’s charitable giving programme and supporting internal communications.

The principal duties of this role are: 

  • Lead the development and maintenance of the company’s social media outlets to support relevant business needs
  • Develop and lead social media campaigns
  • Create a programme of activity across relevant channels including LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube to support business focus on recruitment, media, partners and investors
  • Support development of appropriate internal communications supporting Executive team – blogs, social media, broadcast and print materials
  • Support communications with key external stakeholders including joint venture partners, media, governments, communities and capital market community. Regular contact and liaison with senior management across the business including Regional Directors, heads of department and executive management
  • Support preparation of crisis emergency response materials, working with the Corporate Affairs Manager, with assets, health, safety and environment, and joint venture partners and suppliers, including management of the crisis communications support agency
  • Undertake the Corporate Affairs role on the Crisis & Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Key experience we are looking for in this role: 

  • Relevant experience in a corporate/listed company environment
  • Attention to detail, ability to multi-task with strong organisation skills and pro-active approach to delivery
  • Extensive experience across corporate communications, company reporting and technical writing
  • Positive, can-do attitude and the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Understanding of and interest in online communications and social media channels
  • Exposure to working on annual reporting processes would be advantageous
  • Excellent project management skills

Are you ready for a new challenge?

If you are somebody who relishes being proactive, taking on responsibility for important projects and having the freedom to generate ideas and then see them through to reality, you will enjoy working at Cairn. 

It’s a business that is fast-paced, entrepreneurial and supportive: ideal for a self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills.

Contact us or apply here.

If you’d like to find out more about this fantastic opportunity with Cairn Energy, please get in touch with Denholm Associates today.

Thank you.

Jonathan Watt

Cairn Energy

Clydesdale Bank Plaza
Exchange Plaza
Lothian Road

Our Community

As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.

Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.

Our Environment

We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.

Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option. 

Our People

Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!

We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.

We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.

Our Purpose

Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.

Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.

The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.

As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.

And this is what we do, every day.







Communication Advisors

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team. 

You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Supporting the key account lead with day-to-day client liaison, providing strategic counsel on day-to-day account matters when required
  • Active involvement in planning and delivering global PR, marketing and digital campaigns
  • Managing content programmes, including mapping out content themes, spotting industry trends and story angles, writing copy when required which may include opinion articles, web and social
  • Building strong media relationships, creating pitches based on your story ideas and delivering content in-to suit the client’s target media and securing opportunities
  • Planning and running client’s social media programmes, and management of their channels
  • Continuously identifying opportunities to grow brand awareness and profile our client’s businesses within their target sector through events, webinars, thought leadership
  • Producing comprehensive and timely reports on client activity 
  • Supporting in the development of client proposals to help grow or win parts of the business

In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven background in account handling and direct client liaison – 4 years’ minimum
  • Experience in an agency setting focusing on B2B communication or PR
  • Strong communications skills, verbal and written
  • A background in delivering creative, digitally led B2B communications such as LinkedIn campaigns
  • An innate understanding of earned media, with the ability to create stories and generate coverage across traditional media, digital and social
  • Experience working on content management programmes, with an awareness of the changing way business audiences consume information and an appreciation of search, paid and wider customer marketing activity, and how it all fits together
  • A history of working with clients in a variety of sectors is welcomed but experience in the tech and energy industries is advantageous.

Communication Lead

We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies 
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors 
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business 
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates.

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Experience in Energy, Renewables, Financial Services or Life Sciences would be very desirable
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth 
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance


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