Military Placement Programme (MPP)


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.

Applications open from 19 February 2018

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 must be available for full-time employment for 12 months from May 2018.

London: market intelligence research analyst

Sitting within BP’s Supply and trading business, the Market Intelligence (MI) team forms part of the Global Oil Market Analytics community. We serve to deliver tradable insight to our trading benches by identifying, exploring and developing existing and future data sets.

As a market intelligence research analyst, you’ll help drive our commercial insight through analysis projects. You’ll build close relationships across the front office, the wider BP group and external providers to optimise available and expected data, and develop our capability in information collection and management.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • Experience in intelligence collection and interpretation
  • A keen interest in energy markets and the global economy
  • A desire to add commercial value through analytical insight
  • An appetite to learn about alternate data sources, machine learning and “big data” technologies
  • Strong communication skills
  • To manage multiple projects in parallel
  • Experience in Excel / computer programming languages would be advantageous but not essential.

London: operational excellence specialist

Sitting within BP’s Supply and trading business, the Operational Excellence team investigates control incidents and conducts root cause analysis, determining actions to mitigate operational and control risks.

As an operational excellence specialist, you’ll support the team leads in setting and promoting new and continuing improvement initiatives compliant with operational risk standards and internal control processes and take an active role in new projects, ensuring that they are executed safely and effectively.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • Analytical and investigative skills
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • A desire to get deep understanding of commercial activities, with required numerical ability
  • To build relationships and influence in challenging circumstances.

Houston: North America Gas & Power (NAGP) analyst – gas scheduler

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.

As an NAGP analyst, you will work with a team of regional traders and schedulers; providing transactional analysis to optimize and accurately provide activities on pipelines in support of the trading organization.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • The ability to work in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent time-management skills and the ability to work to deadlines.
  • To be self-motivated, proactive and possess a strong desire to grow and expand in knowledge and responsibilities.

Chicago: Global Oil Americas (GOA) 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.

In GOA, you will have the opportunity to experience one or more of the following roles during the program: Financial Risk Analyst, Operations Analyst, Information Technology and Service (IT&S) Analyst. You will have exposure to operations and colleagues across the business.

To join us, you’ll need:

  • To be educated to degree level
  • The ability to work with traders and other teams successfully
  • To excel in a fast-paced environment
  • A strong track record of delivering results
  • Good skills in problem solving, communication, organization and prioritization
  • A focus on continuous improvement

There are 2 open vacancies for this role. 

Veteran profiles

Alexandria De Luna

Regularity analyst

BP is one of the only major oil companies to own upstream, trading/supply, and downstream operations. This offers a wide array of career opportunities and ways to maximize the potential of every employee. Whether you have worked at BP for 20 years or 2 years – everyone is willing to help your development. The MPP provided me with multiple opportunities to learn different areas of the company and learn what interests me most.

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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