Safety & operational risk (S&OR)
Safety is our overriding consideration
The safety of those who work for us, the safety of the communities around us and the safety of the environment. On every rig, in every plant, in every office, our unequivocal commitment to safety and operational risk underpins everything that we do.
About Safety and Operational Risk
While safety is ultimately everyone’s responsibility at BP, Safety and Operational Risk (S&OR) is the organisation that endeavours to strengthen safe, reliable and compliant operations – wherever we are. Because it touches every part of BP, we have a wide range of opportunities for safety-focused and talented people. Explore our stories and roles to find out where you could fit in.
In S&OR, we provide in-depth technical expertise to the line – and we have a key role in assuring that our individual businesses conform to applicable safety standards. We deliver the strategic leadership that strengthens the businesses’ ability to follow consistent safety practices and protocols and embed a culture of safety across our operations.
We use our capability and judgement to identify, assess and manage operating risks – and we seek to assure there are robust action plans in place to control or mitigate them. We provide independent checks and balances to audit our safety performance – and we drive continuous improvements in performance by optimising BP’s operating management system (OMS) to deliver ever-better results.
Who do we look for?
Safety and operational risk covers such a wide and critical agenda that we seek good practice from all industries. There is no stereotypical 'safety' or 'risk' professional here. You could be working in the energy business at present, but equally you could operate in another high-hazard sector such as the nuclear, chemical or aeronautical industries where risk management is critical. Similarly, you don’t need to have followed a 'mainstream' HSE career path. Many of our recruits, for instance, have held exploration or other roles in the upstream business, or joined S&OR from a military, project management or HR background.
What all S&OR employees do have in common is their exceptional abilities and their passionate interest in managing safety and operational risk. As the driving force for safe and reliable operations within one of the world’s leading energy companies, S&OR needs the best talent around. This means people who can demonstrate, or quickly acquire, deep technical knowledge, share their expertise at all levels, provide an independent view, inspire a company-wide safety culture and turn strategic plans into clear actions.
As well as technical knowledge and an intelligent, enquiring mind, you’ll need plenty of self-belief. We look for decisive people with the confidence to influence others and the credibility to become respected leaders on safety matters – those who can make a long-term difference. At BP, you’ll also need to be able to work in a culture of respect and collaboration, where inclusivity and different viewpoints are valued.
Why Safety and Operational Risk?
The breadth of the S&OR remit is reflected in the sheer range of opportunities available – for people with or without energy industry experience. S&OR comprises of a central team and a number of deployed teams. Join our central team, and you’ll be providing technical and discipline expertise and taking ownership of group safety standards. As a member of a deployed team, you’ll be working alongside colleagues in upstream, downstream or other functions, providing integrated solutions that visibly help to make BP stronger and safer.
Within S&OR, you could work anywhere in the world. And whatever your role and wherever you’re located, you’ll be at the heart of significantly improving our operations and building a safer, stronger BP. But your influence will extend beyond BP: when it comes to safety and operational risk, we aim to be a leader in the energy business, so your input could be shaping the way the industry manages risk in the future.
In a business as complex as ours, challenges will come thick and fast. With our collaborative ‘one team’ ethos, everyone’s opinion is respected and we’ll wholeheartedly welcome your ideas on how to identify and mitigate risk. In return, we’ll back your professional development. We have a commitment to learning and you can expect world-class training in safety and risk which, combined with stimulating on-the-job experiences, will enhance your current expertise.
You’ll be working with some of the best minds in the business – people who will help to support your career growth. Equally important, you’ll get exposure to the very latest technologies in the safety and risk arena, benefiting our culture of constant innovation.