Future Leaders Programme

The Future Leaders Programme is designed to develop talented, ambitious people and help them grow to their full potential

As a world leader in the oil and gas industry, BP operates at every stage of the energy lifecycle. In this highly competitive and constantly changing international market, we realised that a new perspective on leadership would help us stay ahead of the industry. So we developed a programme that takes enthusiastic, talented people from a range of professional backgrounds and gives them the skills and opportunity to drive our business forward. We call it the Future Leaders Programme. 

If you have bold aspirations, true determination, and a flexible outlook to work anywhere in the world, our programme will make the most of your potential, talent and experience. All while giving you the skills and opportunity to lead BP into the future and craft your own long-term career.

An accelerated development programme, the Future Leaders Programme will offer you the chance to develop your full potential across our vast Downstream business, within Safety and operational risk (S&OR). Wherever you join, as well as tailored training, you’ll have access and exposure to our senior leaders who’ll advise, support and guide you on your journey – helping you to explore your strengths and achieve your potential in whatever inspires you most. 

The programme

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The Future Leaders Programme runs over two 18-24 month rotations. We’ll ask you to share your ambitions, strengths and ideas, so together, we can tailor the best development programme to suit and stretch you. You’ll be given real responsibility plus exposure to our business and the global energy industry. What’s more, you’ll be part of a close, supportive Future Leaders Programme community that regularly connects across countries, joining together at dedicated events, conferences and ongoing virtual meetings.

If you have the initiative, you’ll have the freedom to define how you want to progress within an organization that’s committed to supporting your talents.

Our requirements

Along with a postgraduate degree (MBA, PhD, MSc or MA) you’ll need at least three years’ professional experience. We’re proud of our diversity, so there’s no single mould for our leaders. However, those that benefit the most from the Future Leaders Programme are people who are flexible self-starters with real initiative to drive their career; people who are adaptable to an environment that evolves as their experience grows.

We look for leaders who listen and are comfortable giving and receiving feedback; those who are respectful of the people they work with, and have the courage to speak up when something isn’t right or could be better. If you’re eager to learn, open to new ideas, determined to succeed and able to build strong professional relationships, then you have precisely what we look for in a future leader.

Training and development

We pride ourselves on providing the right support so you can achieve your full potential. You’ll receive structured training through our leadership development programmes, as well as more technical subjects related to your discipline. You’ll also have a dedicated mentor and access to our senior leaders. With your level of ambition and initiative, we expect you to actively seek feedback from them so you can shape and drive your development. There will also be opportunities to attend annual conferences and events to help you network and share experiences with people who are as bright and capable as you are.

Take a closer look at our Downstream and Safety and operational risk (S&OR) programmes. The Information Technology and Services programme is closed for 2014; it will reopen for applications in 2015.