Military Placement Programme (MPP)

Overview

BP’s supply and trading business offers a fantastic structured placement programme giving top military leavers the opportunity to gain commercial experience at BP. If successful in gaining a place on the programme, you’ll complete a 12 month paid placement in which you’ll receive all the training and development you’ll need to deliver great things. With the support of a dedicated mentor, you’ll gain a good understanding of the wider supply and trading business as you develop your skills and knowledge to go on to apply for a permanent position.

Placements

Applications open from 4 February 2019

Placements will be in our London, Chicago and Houston offices. Each role on the military placement programme offers a different experience. Review the role descriptions below and choose the one which most appeals to you. You can apply to one position only and must have the right to work in the country to which you apply. You will ideally be available for full-time employment for 12 months from May 2019, but start dates can be flexible.

Houston: North America Gas & Power (NAGP) marketing analyst

Our North America Gas and Power (NAGP) business unit handles the supply and trading of natural gas and power in the North American energy market. Our business model is based on the growth of customer-facing businesses, underpinned by BP's supply position, web of interconnected assets, and world-class trading capabilities.

As an NAGP marketing analyst you will be involved in many aspects of customer interactions with us including deal entry for the origination teams, internal and onboarding processes, contracts and invoicing. You will provide management information and analysis from customer data, plan and execute events and actively support business development.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • To be self-motivated, proactive and keen to grow your knowledge and responsibilities
  • Multitasker with great professionalism, customer service skills and strong business acumen
  • Ability to improve efficiencies and processes
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and able to maintain deals on the deal entry system
  • Good mathematical skills and detail-oriented

Houston: Commodity risk analyst – valuations and business management information (BMI)

Our North America Gas and Power (NAGP) business unit handles the supply and trading of natural gas and power in the North American energy market. The valuations and BMI team is an integral part of the finance organization within BP’s supply and trading business.

In this position, you will assist in the delivery of quality management information to the business within a robust reporting framework. You will support the valuation of trading assets and liabilities in accordance with the independent price verification policy as well as manage several controls within the operating standards for the NAGP trading environment including DOA monitoring, deal-entry monitoring and publishing P&L.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Good IT skills - Excel macros, VBA
  • Strong analytical skills – grasping and communicating complex trading concepts and their economic effects
  • Attention to detail – working with detailed transactions and reporting
  • Ability to perform in deadline orientated environment –  acting decisively, prioritizing and dealing with ambiguity and change
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • To be an assertive self-starter with integrity and credibility
  • To be a team player – eager to learn and teach in partnership across the team and beyond
  • To look innovatively at ways we could do things better

Chicago: Global Oil Americas (GOA) financial risk analyst

Our Global Oil Americas (GOA) business unit handles the supply and trading activities for BP’s oil and chemical businesses in the Americas. The business unit and majority of our 800 staff are headquartered in downtown Chicago. Our teams work closely with the BP business units in Refining and Marketing and Exploration and Production.

As a financial risk analyst in GOA you will provide deep business understanding and control through the delivery of value-added reporting and analysis. Along with monthly accounting and financial reporting, you will be responsible for ensuring that trading activities are conducted within a robust control framework.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A track record of delivering results
  • Ability to spot opportunities for continuous improvement and support innovation
  • To be a self-starter who can work well independently and as part of a team
  • To be Problem-solver who communicates well and can organize and prioritize

Chicago: Global Oil Americas (GOA) operations analyst

Our Global Oil Americas (GOA) business unit handles the supply and trading activities for BP’s oil and chemical businesses in the Americas. The business unit and majority of our 800 staff are headquartered in downtown Chicago. Our teams work closely with the BP business units in Refining and Marketing and Exploration and Production.

As an operations analyst you will be responsible for the movement of cargo safely via truck, rail, pipeline, barge, and ship while minimizing losses. In addition, you will be responsible for analyses of supply and demand in the areas assigned and for providing operational recommendations that optimize BP's sales of crude oil and refined products.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A track record of delivering results
  • Ability to spot opportunities for continuous improvement and support innovation
  • To be a self-starter who can work well independently and as part of a team
  • To be a problem-solver who communicates well and can organize and prioritize

London: Marine fuels analyst

Sitting within BP’s supply and trading business, BP Marine serves as the single face of supply and trading in the retail marine fuels market.  BP Marine manages the day-to-day long-term relationship with an international portfolio of ship owners and operators, marketing and selling marine fuels.

As a marine fuels analyst, you’ll manage and co-ordinate the day-to-day supply of marine fuels across BP Marine’s supply locations, a portfolio that spans the globe. The role also encompasses analytical input into longer term business development projects and contract negotiations.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • Operations management experience
  • Analytical thinking
  • To be a confident communicator
  • To have a strong team ethic

London: LNG (liquefied natural gas) commercial management and operations

Within BP’s supply and trading business we have developed a distinctive LNG business based on BP equity and third party LNG supply. The existing LNG portfolio gives BP access to re-gasification in several European countries as well as customers in Asia, Middle East and South America. The operations team is responsible for the delivery of all contracts and physical cargos within the LNG portfolio.

In this role, you will be responsible for running the daily base case of the portfolio in our optimization tool, maintaining shipping information in the financial system to reflect accurate operational data, running scenario modelling and developing the systems with our digital team.

To join us, you’ll need:                    

  • The ability to build co-operative and trustful relationships with senior management and a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Potential for strong commercial understanding
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong numerical/financial skills, attention to detail and ability to sense check and work with incomplete data
  • To be proactive with strong analytical / problem solving skills
  • Excellent team working and influencing skills
  • Previous delivery of process/continuous improvement solutions
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize across key deliverables

Veteran profiles

DeRae Crane

Distribution analyst

I’d had an interest in oil and gas for a few years and I felt that MPP would be a great introduction to the industry. It would allow me to fill industry-specific gaps in my skill set so, when the time came for a permanent role, I could excel.

Leanne Brandling-Harris

GEP analyst

What stood out about the supply and trading scheme was that it is quite small and targeted, meaning BP really invest time and training in you. They give you a specific role which allows you to develop your sector knowledge and insight, but you’re also given a lot of support to network and have exposure to all sides of the business. From day one you have a sense of purpose and a role to carry out. In the military you make decisions in a strategic way, in a short time frame – and at BP those skills are really valued. It’s a perfect opportunity for anyone with an inquisitive mind who likes to be challenged. There’s so much variety and so many exciting projects - there’s never a dull moment. You really are given the time and support that you need. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.

Gordon MacGregor

Project coordinator

There are a number of similarities between BP and the military – a strong emphasis on values and standards being one of many that unify the workforce.  The diversity of character within BP reflects, in parts, the military’s composition, enabling value to be added through ability rather than title. My role here at BP has given me the opportunity to engage across the functional areas, exposing me to the full breadth of BP’s Supply and trading business.  I’ve spent time from the trading floor to a BP vessel discharging gasoline at terminal, which all helps to build the bigger business picture.

Frank Verducci

Director, veteran outreach

Having gained an MBA from the University of Chicago when in the Navy, Frank was working as an Investment Banker when he first came into contact with BP. At the time their Structured Products team was looking for someone with his unique experience and quickly recruited him. He found it easy to translate the skills he’d learnt in the Navy to BP – those of leadership, working as a team under pressure and delivering goals within specified timeframes. Being a large company he cites the multiple career paths and opportunities available at BP as appealing to veterans. For him, he enjoys the variety of work and the fact that no two days are the same.

What to expect during the programme

As well as receiving technical training, business exposure and commercial experience, you can expect:

  • A real role with real responsibilities and deliverables
  • Specific induction to support your transition into BP.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Support from a dedicated business mentor.
  • CV and interview skills sessions.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Help to identify and apply for suitable permanent positions.

Whether your long-term career remains within BP or not, completion of our placement programme will give you the best possible start in meeting your post-military career aspirations.

Learning and development

You’ll develop core skills and knowledge through on-the-job and formal training. Combining role-specific with broad industry learning, you’ll gain a firm understanding of your responsibilities, the wider business, and how to perform to the best of your capabilities in that context.

Your training will be tailored to the skills and knowledge required for your role within the business.

Courses may include:

  • Introduction to energy markets and refining.
  • Energy trading operations.
  • Finance and risk training.
  • Systems and Excel training.

You’ll also be able to benefit from any presentations, learning and networking opportunities run by the business during their time on the programme.  

Our programme enables you to gain work experience within one part of BP’s Supply and trading business while you seek out a full-time role from within the BP business. Our direct hire opportunities offer the chance to move into full-time roles at a level commensurate with your experience.

Who we're looking for

Service leavers can offer unrivalled experience, outstanding personal qualities and a wealth of transferable skills that will be of considerable benefit to our Supply and trading business.

By definition, military personnel are courageous, self-disciplined, highly motivated and results-driven. You’ll have been tested in highly demanding and pressurised situations. Quick to learn, you pick up new skills and adapt to new circumstances easily. You take responsibility for your actions and get things done, first time, whatever it takes.

These skills and attributes are hugely attractive to BP. Combine this with excellent analytical skills, effective networking, excellent communication skills, the desire to learn, ability to deliver commercially and a genuine interest in the oil and gas commodity business, and you could be the ideal candidate for our programme.

Why join BP?

Supply and trading is a global business employing over 3,000 people. Diversity is one of our core strengths and we aim to have a workforce that’s representative of the societies in which we operate.

This means attracting, developing and retaining the best talent – wherever that may come from. Our ability to be competitive and thrive globally depends on it. 

The recruitment of those who have served in our Armed Forces will add to the mix of skills, experience and perspectives that we have already. What’s more, ex-military personnel have lived our values in the career they’ve enjoyed so far.

About Supply and trading

Supply and trading is BP’s face to the traded markets in oil, gas, power, chemicals and finance. Supply and trading has a distinct capability through its people, their skills and know-how, risk management approach, systems and control processes. It creates value for BP by combining those capabilities with the dynamic and material asset base of BP. It’s a global business, with key locations in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

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