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We need a diverse range of talented people who want a career that matches their ambitions

BP has been based in the UK for more than 100 years and we continue to invest in our business and people so we can provide the energy the country needs. We directly employ 15,000 people across the UK working in cutting-edge labs with next-generation technologies, on bustling trading floors, and on innovative oil platforms. Together they work to find, recover and refine oil and gas, as well as market our products.  And it’s this diverse range of talented people who continue to innovate, develop and create fresh ideas that make BP the company it is today.

Awards

At BP, our employees are extremely important to us. After all, it’s their dedication, expertise and fresh ideas that help us to continually develop. We’ve been recognized for our commitment to making BP a great place to work for our employees, some of our most recent awards include being named a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer for 2015 and Targetjobs most popular Graduate recruiter in energy and utilities award 2015.

Lifestyle

Sunbury, our largest site in the UK, is just 25 minutes by train west of London and is home to the international centre for business and technology (ICBT) and our upstream learning centre. Staff here can enjoy opportunities to network and join affinity groups, which support internal activities and knowledge sharing. The site has its own subsidised gym, and there are many spaces to relax at lunchtime and enjoy a little peace and tranquillity away from a busy day. There is also a doctor’s surgery and physio on site to keep you fit and healthy. 

Two important BP UK offices are located in London. One of our global integrated supply and trading (IST) hubs can be found in Canary Wharf, the financial centre. Our head office is in St James Square, central London. 

We also have an office in Hull which is home to some of BP’s most innovative and cutting edge operations - whether that’s researching new biofuels, or manufacturing acetic acid for a variety of products such as paints, adhesives and solvents. And the lifestyle and highlights of living in the area are without comparison. 

Formulated products technology (FPT) in Pangbourne is the central hub of our global network of technology centres. These centres carry out pioneering research and development of fuels and lubricants under the BP brand. With safety and reliability front of mind, they also provide regulatory and technical support to our customers. 

Swindon is the global headquarters of our lubricants business. Its products are sold in dozens of countries all over the world and our team is responsible for the research and development of new, safe and reliable lubricants for automotive, marine, aviation and industrial uses. We also manage production and marketing across the world. 

Since the 1960’s, BP has been a lead operator in the North Sea with our operations for the region headquartered in Aberdeen. Our North Sea portfolio includes over 20 fields, four pipeline systems and three onshore oil and gas terminals. We are continuing to focus on innovation and growth and our employees here can be a part of exciting projects including the Clair Ridge project and several expansion projects in the region. 

Sullom Voe Terminal (SVT) in the Shetlands is one of the largest oil and gas terminals in Europe. It covers 1,000 acres and has processed over eight billion barrels of oil and gas since it opened in the 1970s. With safety, reliability and operational excellence at its core, the terminal was designed to be entirely self-sufficient and to allow continuous production offshore, even in bad weather. Getting to and from Shetland is an easy, 50 minute fixed-wing flight out of Aberdeen Airport, provided by BP.

Social commitments

The nature of BP’s work in the energy industry demands the latest technology and innovation to produce oil and gas from some of the world’s most remote and challenging environments. Globally, the BP Group spent $663 million on research and development in 2014. 

Around 40% of this sum was spent in Britain, in our own research centres and investments in partnerships, for example, with Imperial College London, the University of Manchester and the University of Cambridge. 

To invest in the engineers and technologists of the future, BP also supports education in “STEM” – science, technology, engineering and maths – subjects through funding for research and course content development. As an example, King’s College London and the Science Museum, supported by BP, have teamed up in a five-year research project to help make students, their families and teachers more aware of the many factors that influence a child’s inclination towards science subjects.

BP’s community investment includes support for arts and culture through BP’s long-standing partnerships with museums and other cultural organizations. BP also supports staff who wish to contribute their time, skills or money to charities or community organizations. UK communities benefited from over $5m in 2014 of employee contributions matched by the BP Foundation, and close to 37,500 hours were volunteered by UK-based employees.

Graduate opportunities in BP UK

Our industry moves at a rapid pace. That’s why we stay in front of the latest developments by making investments in our people as often as we invest in technology. In fact, each year, we spend millions of pounds developing exceptional people, including curious, ambitious and academically strong graduates like you.  No matter where you join BP UK – whether you join us in engineering, science or business – you’ll be part of a company committed to growing our business – and your career. 

BP UK offers graduate opportunities in Upstream, Downstream, Corporate & Functions (C&F) and IST programmes. 

Learn more about our programmes.

Joining one of our programmes, you’ll enjoy real responsibility from day one and the freedom to choose your own path. Enhancing your knowledge, stretching your skills and gaining real-world experience alongside some of the brightest minds in the industry. 

Career development starts early at BP. Combining practical experience with formal learning, the aim of the programmes is to enable you to make real and valid contributions to the business as quickly as possible. 

Disciplines

We’re looking for graduates to join us in a variety of business, engineering, science and supply and trading roles and offer opportunities as far reaching as automotive and pipeline engineering to chemistry or petrophysics through to HR, technology and trading. Find out more about our programmes and disciplines. 

What you can expect

We offer a variety of programmes for graduates and wherever your talents lie, you’ll gain exposure to real environments and technologies right from the start. Building your technological understanding and specific career skills, you’ll lay a firm foundation for the rest of your career. All this hands-on experience will be backed up by a full programme of structured learning, support from mentors and a graduate buddy, coaching and assessment. 

Who we're looking for

Specific requirements vary across business areas and disciplines. For opportunities within our upstream, downstream and Corporate & Functions businesses you’ll need a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and for our IST roles you will need a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in any discipline and 320 UCAS points (or equivalent). Whatever your role at BP UK, you’ll receive the training, support and guidance you need to build a more rewarding career with BP. We welcome applications from non UK nationals.

Learning and development

We encourage all our people to use our career development resources to build relevant skills and discover your true potential. Specific training varies by business and discipline but whatever your role, you’ll follow a programme that will be the foundation for your future here. Our programmes are designed to help you build the technical and non-technical capabilities, directly from industry specialists which will ensure you become an expert in your field as soon as possible. You’ll develop practical skills, gain up-to-date knowledge and reinforce what you’re learning every day through a combination of experience and structured learning. Our performance management process will set clear, achievable objectives for you and help you track your progress in achieving them. 

Read about our universal graduate skills programme.  

Rewards and benefits

As a graduate at BP UK, you’ll have an impact on our business almost immediately. We recognise the contribution you make with a whole range of benefits including:
  • Base salary £33,000 - £40,000
  • £3,000 - £5,000 sign on bonus
  • Discretionary yearly bonus
  • Location and lunch allowance (site dependant)
  • Flexible benefits tailored to your needs
  • Share plans
  • On-site sports facilities
  • A great pension plan
  • Discounts on selected BP products
  • Discounts on certain vehicles
  • Health screening

Application and assessment

If you meet our application criteria, please use our degree matcher to search for roles which suit your skills.  
The process starts with a detailed online application form.
The next step is to complete our Online Situational Judgement Questionnaire, which is a scenario based questionnaire that helps to understand how you would react in certain situations and how aligned you are to the BP values & behaviours.
If you are successful at SJT stage, you’ll be invited to complete our short online numerical and verbal tests. You’ll even have a chance to practise before submitting the real thing. 
If you’re successful, you’ll be invited for a phone interview. 
You’ll then be invited on-site to a technical interview with one of our experts where you’ll answer scenario based questions. 
The next stage will be to come to one of our assessment centres where you’ll take on group and individual activities. 
If you’re right for a role at BP, you’ll then be made an offer of employment as soon as possible.  

If you need to make any adjustments to the process above, for example due to an illness, injury or a disability please get in touch on 0800 279 2088 or by sending us an email at enquiry@bpgraduates.co.uk. 

If you are calling from overseas, please dial +44 1635 584149. Please note that you will need to inform us of any necessary adjustments ahead of any face to face assessments.

Student opportunities in the UK

We offer the chance to experience life at BP UK before you decide if we’re the right place for you.  And, due to the programmes we offer, you don’t have to wait until your final year to experience our world. This includes day-long experiences to inspire tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and business professionals, to internships that let you see what life in our global business is really like, there are plenty of experiences to choose from.

Internship opportunities

Our paid internships last for a full 12 months or for 11 weeks over the summer months. Offering a whole host of opportunities for creative and inquisitive individuals, the internship is a chance to start learning and growing with us as you work on some of the most exciting and technically challenging projects our industry has to offer.

Trading and business interns (summer)

Trading is the market-facing part of our organization – it’s where we buy and sell energy and get resources to customers all over the world. 

Based in London’s  financial hub of Canary Wharf, with offices in Singapore, Chicago, Houston and Calgary, it’s an exciting place to be. And joining us as a trading and business intern, you’ll be given real responsibility from day one as you work on challenging projects that really make an impact to our business. 

Disciplines

We’re looking for interns to join us in a variety of business, engineering, science and supply and trading roles and offer opportunities as far reaching as automotive and pipeline engineering to chemistry or petrophysics through to HR, technology and trading.   

Find out more about our programmes and disciplines. 

Who we're looking for

Our paid internships are primarily targeted at students in their penultimate year of study. There are exceptions if you are taking a specific sandwich degree course, such as our chemical engineering one-year internship, which is open to students for year three of a five-year sandwich course. We look for students with a strong academic background and the determination and passion it takes to flourish. 

What you can expect

Our internship programme aims to provide students with an insight into BP and the launch pad to develop a successful career. You’ll work alongside highly qualified and experienced colleagues, working on live projects and operations using the latest technology. The internship offers the opportunity to get involved in a range of BP Group activities along with a host of summer intern projects. You’ll also gain the technical and personal skills you need for a successful career, while earning a competitive salary and learning about the real world of business.

As an internship could lead to a graduate job at BP, it’s a good idea to seek an internship in the area you hope to get a graduate job in, as you will be moving through the full graduate recruitment process before receiving your internship offer. If you do well in your internship and in a review meeting with your Line Manager and an Assessor at the end, you could return to university for your final year with a job offer for the following September.

Rewards and benefits

As an intern at BP UK, you’ll make a very real impact on our business. We recognise the contribution you make with a whole range of benefits including:
  • Salary of £25,000 (pro-rata for summer interns) plus possible location allowance
  • Share plans
  • 25 days paid holiday (pro rata for summer interns)
  • On site sports facilities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Personal development and training
  • Discounts on goods and services, plus subsidised restaurants

Hear from our interns

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2015 Canary Wharf interns

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2015 Hull interns

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2014 Sunbury interns

Application and assessment

Please view our step-by-step process:

Step-by-step

If you meet our application criteria, please use our degree matcher to search for roles which suit your skills.  
The process starts with a detailed online application form.
The next step is to complete our Situational Judgement Questionnaire, which is a scenario based questionnaire that helps to understand how you would react in certain situations and how aligned you are to the BP values & behaviours.
If you are successful at application stage, you’ll be invited to complete our short online numerical and verbal tests. You’ll even have a chance to practise before submitting the real thing.  
If you’re successful, you’ll be invited for a phone interview. 
You’ll then be invited on-site to a technical interview with one of our experts where you’ll answer scenario based questions. 
The next stage will be to come to one of our assessment centres where you’ll take on group and individual activities. 
If you’re right for a role at BP, you’ll then be made an offer of employment as soon as possible.  

If you need to make any adjustments to the process above, for example due to an illness, injury or a disability please get in touch on 0800 279 2088 or by sending us an email at enquiry@bpgraduates.co.uk. 

If you are calling from overseas, please dial +44 1635 584149. Please note that you will need to inform us of any necessary adjustments ahead of any face to face assessments.

Discovery days

We have now closed for 2016 Discovery Day applications. Our Discovery Days take place across the months of April, June and September this year. If you have applied to attend one of our Discovery Days we will be in touch with the outcome of your application throughout the month of March 2016.

Shadow an intern

Following a high number of applications, the UK Discovery Days and Shadow and Intern Programme for 2016 are now closed for applications. If you are a 1st or 2nd year student, please have a look at our Widening Participation Programme (WPP) or the IST Discovery Week to see if these might be of interest and/or available to you.

In August, when our interns are here, we run ‘shadow an intern’ days designed to give you a snapshot of a day working at BP. You will be paired with an intern who will ensure that you spend an interesting day with them, gaining insights into what they do and meeting with other interns, graduates and BP employees. We match each successful student applicant to an intern who will contact you to work out a date that fits best for both of you.

This programme is open to all university years; however those in their pre-penultimate year will receive first preference.

We’ll reimburse you for reasonable travel costs within the UK.

Application process

Apply using our online application form. Applications open from the 23rd September 2015. Places fill quickly so we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment. 

Widening participation programme (WPP) week

Following a high number of applications, the Widening Participation Programme for 2016 will close on Thursday 28th January 2016

The Widening Participation Programme (WPP) is run by BP’s Positively Ethnic Network (PEN), whose aim is to promote the recruitment and advancement of UK based ethnic minority employees.

The WPP lasts for a week and will help you find out how you can use your Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) knowledge in a company like ours. You’ll participate in workshops on skills like CV writing, presentations and interviews, two days shadowing employees in a discipline related to your degree or chosen career path (where possible), plus a visit to a BP operating site. You’ll also be able to network with PEN representatives and BP employees, to help you find out what a career with us would be like.

It will be particularly valuable for you if you are a first or second-year undergraduate studying a STEM subject. 

The WPP is open to anyone studying a STEM subject but we particularly welcome candidates with degrees that are industry relevant. You can find out more about the degree programmes from which BP most frequently recruits by visiting our degree matcher.

This programme takes place in mid-June in BP’s Greater London offices and is non-residential. If you do not live in the Greater London area you will be required to provide your own accommodation. Travel to and from the programme during the week will be reimbursed at actual cost to a maximum of £15 per day and meals will be provided.  

Students opportunities in Integrated supply & trading (IST)

IST Discovery Week

The IST discovery week is designed to give you an idea of the breadth of opportunity in IST, providing valuable insight into the energy industry and how IST enhances BP group value through supply, trading, risk management, marketing and analytics. An induction day is followed by three days of rotations and various opportunities to learn about specific roles within the business.  You’ll participate in simulations, case studies and other hands-on activities to develop your understanding of the business and economics of energy. You’ll also get to build your professional networks as you meet both graduates and senior members of the business. On the final day, you’ll be invited to choose the kind of area that suits you and participate in a technical assessment. Successful completion of the week will see you fast tracked to the final stage of our Summer Internship programme assessment process.

The programme is open to students due to graduate in 2018 and acts as a fast track to a 2017 summer internship assessment centre.

Discovery Week will run from Monday 4th April - Friday 8th April 2016. 

Application process

Please view our step-by-step process:

Step-by-step

The process starts with a detailed online application form which will be available from the 4th January 2016.
The next step is to complete our Online Situational Judgement Questionnaire, which is a scenario based questionnaire that helps to understand how you would react in certain situations and how aligned you are to the BP values & behaviours.
If you are successful at SJT stage, you’ll be invited to complete our short online numerical and verbal tests. You’ll even have a chance to practise before submitting the real thing.  
If you’re successful, you’ll be invited for a phone interview. 
If you’re right for the programme, you’ll be invited in to join us for the week. 

IST discovery days

Following a high number of applications, the UK Discovery Days and Shadow and Intern Programme for 2016 are now closed for applications. If you are a 1st or 2nd year student, please have a look at our Widening Participation Programme (WPP) or the IST Discovery Week to see if these might be of interest and/or available to you.

An IST discovery day is a half a day offering you valuable, real-world insight into the exciting challenges that we face, allow you to meet recent graduates, hear about the different work streams and walk the trading floor. The programme is aimed at students in their first or second year of university.
 
Our discovery day for IST is on the 20th April 2016. Please use our online application form to apply for your spot. Places fill quickly so we recommend applying early.

BP IST School Leaver Programme

The IST school leaver scheme is an alternative to university that provides you with the relevant skills and experiences needed to succeed in a business role. You will receive the appropriate development needed to be a high performing and valued employee. 

Who we're looking for

We look for school leavers with A-Level ABB or above grades, International Baccalaureate 27 or above or a BTEC Extended Diploma DDM or above along with the determination and passion it takes to flourish. 

What you can expect

The IST school leaver scheme aims to provide you with the foundations to build a long term, successful career with us. You will be placed in a front office role as an active member of your team. You would receive on the job learning and be line managed and coached by senior members of your team. 

The programme offers: 
  • A 3 year structured training and development programme.
  • Two job rotations in front office roles and have the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of commercial activity in our oil, gas and shipping sectors such as:
Analysing Market Data.

Working with Product Control.

Supporting operations team on a trading bench.

Working with the derivatives marketing team.

Supporting commercial trading as part of a financial team. 
  • A buddy and a mentor will be assigned to you to help support and advise you on your desired career path.
  • We will work with you to determine the best career path that could take you into commercial operations, trading or other parts of IST.
At the end of the 3 year programme we will help you secure a permanent role in the organization in your chosen occupation. Alternatively, for those interested in a career in trading you will be able to progress onto a further development track and have the opportunity to become a trader after the two years.

Rewards and benefits

The IST school leaver scheme will help you make a very real impact on our business. We recognise the contribution you make with a whole range of benefits including a competitive salary plus benefits that include a pension, inner London allowance and subsidised gym membership.

Application and assessment

The process starts with a detailed online application form, make sure you include relevant skills and experience and we recommend having a family member or friend read through before you submit it.
If we’re impressed at this stage, you’ll be invited to complete online verbal and numerical reasoning tests. 
If you’re successful, you’ll be invited for a personal phone interview. 
The next stage will be to come to one of our assessment centres where you’ll take on group and individual activities including a technical interview and a trading simulation. 
If you’re right for a role at BP, you’ll then be made an offer of employment as soon as possible.  

Come and meet us

Join us on Facebook to find out about when and where we’re visiting a campus near you or visit bp.com/bpexperience to register.