Future Leaders Programme

Do you have what it takes to be a Future Leader?

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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 global market, we need leadership to help us stay ahead of the industry.

Our Future Leaders Programme (FLP) is an international 4-year rotation programme which takes enthusiastic, talented people from a range of professional backgrounds and gives them the skills and opportunities to drive our Downstream business forward. You will be a permanent employee from the day you join us.   The programme consists of 2, 24-month rotations within one of our distinctive capability areas, your second rotation could be international depending on your development requirements and BP’s business needs

Our global programme will make the most of your potential, talent and experience. All whilst giving you the skills and opportunity to lead BP into the future and develop your own long-term career. 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. 

Your mentor will guide and support you on your journey. 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 with plenty of networking opportunities.

We review applications in the order they are received so we strongly encourage early applications for the Future Leaders Programme.


Our Downstream business is the product and service-led arm of BP, focused on fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals worldwide. You could develop a career supplying, trading, refining, transporting, manufacturing or marketing our products.

Our Future Leaders Programme matters to us and is exactly that: a structured approach to developing talented men and women with a global mindset who are our leaders of the future. Bringing great people into BP at an early stage of their careers and with wide-ranging experiences is a key part of our talent strategy. By building on those prior experiences in a structured way, we aim to maximise the potential of these people to be great leaders in our businesses for years to come.
Evelyn Gardiner, Head of HR Downstream

BP Future Leaders

Hear from our Future Leaders around the globe


FLP programme is an amazing programme that brings a group of enthusiastic and ambitious talents together and opens the door of opportunities for individual growth, skill sets and good experience in our Downstream business, which gets me prepared for my long-term career. It's a well-organized programme and a good self-development journey.
Elaine Xian Gu, FLP, China


My mentor is my gold standard for management. Besides her charisma and valuable career advice, she has made me part of the BP world by  introducing me to excellent people.
Alessandro Antonioli, FLP, United Kingdom


Being a member of the FLP community gives you immediate credibility. People trust you and give you meaningful projects to remonstrate your ability to add value in a particular area within BP.
Dr. Cynthia Pierre, FLP, Australia


I am currently working on a strategic project for the company. It’s a three year strategy for the Castrol auto service channel. The fact that the company has given me the opportunity to do this after just three months means a lot. BP really want to empower their people.
Aida Elbouanani, Key Account Manager, UAE


As a member of FLP, you get lots of opportunities to talk to many different teams within BP, so I have been fortunate to be able to work with the venturing team. It’s fascinating to see how they deploy capital to benefit the wider business, and potentially the whole world.
Robin Zhu, Project Engineer, Canada


FLP give you an amazing opportunity to develop. People trust and believe in you and they’ll do whatever they can to help you grow into the organisation. The HR team is very supportive as is the FLP community. People here are also very approachable.
Alix, FLP, Chicago


Previous to working for BP, I was a professional athlete for 13 years. BP really optimised the same values and behaviours that I look to in sport and I see these in everyday life at BP – people live and breathe the values. To be on the BP programme is a honour; it’s an amazing programme. Fewer and fewer corporations are investing like BP is in development. BP create opportunities for growth and expanded learning and broaden your spectrum of skills and what you bring to the table.
Emily, FLP, United Kingdom

Poonam Kaushik’s FLP journey

1st Rotation

2nd Rotation

FLP graduation

Key requirements and desired attributes 

To apply to the Future Leaders Programme you will need:

  • Postgraduate degree (i.e.MBA, PhD, MSc or MEng)
  • At least five years relevant work experience aligned to BP’s Downstream distinctive capability areas of:
    • Commercial
    • Sales, Marketing and Retail
    • Technology

* Five years’ relevant professional experience is usually required but we will consider exceptional applications from those with less 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 and who have a flexible outlook to work anywhere in the world.

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, development and support

The ultimate aim of the Future Leaders Programme is to develop, stretch and challenge your skills, so you should be flexible and prepared to work in a position that will truly test you. You’ll take part in two, two year rotational  job experiences within a distinctive capability area.

We pride ourselves on giving 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. At every step you’ll have a dedicated mentor and access to our senior leaders who will advise, support and guide you on your journey.

With your level of ambition and initiative, we ‘ll also expect you to actively seek feedback from them so you can shape and drive your development. There are opportunities to attend annual conferences and dedicated FLP networking events. You’ll be part of a supportive community where you can share experiences with people who are as bright and capable as you are.

Application process

If you feel you meet the qualifying criteria and you’d like to apply to the Future Leaders Programme, please click the apply button below.

Please note, you will only be able to make 1 application so you should choose the position you apply for carefully.

We’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome.

This is a quick checklist of the Future Leaders Programme requirements you should be able to tick off before you start your application:

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant subject.
  • At least five years relevant work experience aligned to BP’s Downstream distinctive capability areas of:
    • Commercial
    • Sales, Marketing and Retail
    • Technology
  • Proven leadership potential.
  • Flexible approach to work, location and placement.
  • Ability to speak more than one language and/or have lived, worked or studied abroad.

Recruitment process

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