As one of the leading foreign investors in China, we’re growing together with our 15,000 talents, including employees, joint venture staff and contractors
We were one of the first foreign companies to begin operating in China, trading and licensing our technologies in the 1970s and moving into oil and gas exploration in the 1980s. Since 1990 we have played an active role in China’s economic development – as at June 2015, we had invested around $4.5 billion in the Chinese oil and gas sector. We also have extensive downstream interests in China, including the supply of aviation fuel and the marketing of advanced lubricants.
We have consistently respected and upheld Chinese law and are transparent in the way we do business. Today, our business activities continue to grow in China, with safety, reliability and operational excellence top of our agenda. This means a huge range of career opportunities for ambitious and dynamic people.
We invest in talented people who can who can help us build a strong, sustainable business. Everyone at BP in China is given the encouragement, support, project variety and multiple-team exposure that enables them drive their career within our inclusive, respectful and people-driven culture. Our people matter and majority of our employees in China believe that BP cares about their health and wellbeing.
If you’re an adaptable individual who makes excellence your personal standard, you’ll thrive here. An inspiring leadership style will help you to do your best. You’ll be able to take pride in delivering phenomenal work. And your voice will be heard. We empower everyone to speak up, share their thinking and offer their unique perspectives – because we know that different views make us stronger.
Our environment is friendly, open and collaborative Join us and you’ll be working with people who are as bright and talented as you are. Who solve problems together. Who have an uncompromising belief in doing the right thing. Who put the safety of each other, and the communities where we work, above everything else.
Meet our people
“I first joined BP as an intern in Chicago and kept in touch with some of the people I worked with. They spoke very highly of their colleagues in Shanghai and that persuaded me to return to BP after consulting and marketing roles elsewhere. It wasn’t false praise, either. I work with some amazing people in Shanghai and you inevitably learn from them. There’s a strong collaborative culture at BP. People are very open and want to help, so I’ve always felt comfortable asking questions. “My first job in Shanghai was planning manager. Then I became strategy manager for petrochemicals in BP’s global HQ. This involved working with finance teams in the petrochemicals business units on their long-term plans, then with commercial teams to refresh the strategies. I’m now China regional finance lead in integrated supply and trading (IST), helping to support the IST growth agenda. I manage my work around different zones; talking to colleagues in the US is my first job of the day. But since I get everything done Monday to Friday I can devote weekends to my wife and young daughter. Career and family wise, it’s all worked out brilliantly.” “Teams trusted each other and worked collaboratively – the project really brought the BP values to life.”
“There have been a lot of changes in my 14 years at BP in China. But change brings opportunity. I’ve had seven different jobs, in both specialist and generalist HR/business partner roles, and each move has enabled me to try new things and widen my expertise. BP encourages people to own their career development; the opportunities are there, you just have to take them. I currently wear two hats: resourcing and reward manager for a retail joint venture and China retail business unit HR manager. “I’ve really been able to see the value of my work. For three years I was heavily involved in the China liquid petroleum gas business exit project. This impacted around 1,500 employees and some 700,000 customers. The exit was a huge challenge and brought together a number of different teams. But teams trusted each other and worked collaboratively – the project really brought the BP values to life, particularly our one-team spirit and the respect we have for each other. In the end we managed a safe exit, meeting our commitment to people and fulfilling our social responsibilities.”
Future leaders programme
Our accelerated 18 to 24-month Future Leaders Programme takes enthusiastic, talented people from a range of professional backgrounds and gives them the skills and opportunity to drive our business forward. The FLP focuses on our vast Downstream business. The programme takes enthusiastic, talented people from a range of professional backgrounds and gives them the skills and opportunity to drive our business forward. If you have bold aspirations, true determination and the flexibility to work anywhere in the world, our programme will make the most of your potential, talent and experience.
Through our Challenge programme, creative, innovative and flexible graduates – who are fluent in English – are given the training and support to develop the skills and knowledge they need to ultimately become the senior leaders of our business. Over three-and-a-half years, you’ll rotate around a number of business units, enjoying a variety of learning experiences and making a tangible contribution to BP. Regular assessments and feedback will allow you to keep track of your progress. Careers at BP in China fall into four main areas: Business, Engineering, Science, and Supply and Trading.
It’s really important that we work well together, especially when the majority of our businesses in China are joint ventures. We’re strong partners. It’s not easy to do and we do it really well.our perspective on partnership
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Diversity and inclusion
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) enables us to be creative, competitive and to thrive in our environment. So we work to attract, motivate, develop and retain the best talent from all our communities. We respect individual differences, value the contribution each employee makes and welcome different perspectives. In a recent survey, of the majority our employees in China believed that managers seek out diverse views from their teams. We also believe that the proportion of women in leadership should be reflected in our workforce as a whole and we are making good progress to attract, develop and retain more women.
Rewards and benefits
To attract and retain the best people, we offer competitive rewards that go far beyond the financial. When you join BP, you’ll be eligible for a pay and benefits package that is amongst the best in the Chinese employment market. On top of that, we’ll enable you to learn and develop through both formal training and informal mentoring.
Learning and development
We’ll invest in your development, both to equip you with the technical skills to do your current job and to ensure you have a fulfilling, long-term career that’s in line with your strengths and ambitions – whatever direction you want to take. Through our performance management process, we’ll work closely with you to ensure that you accomplish a set of clear, previously agreed and achievable objectives. We’ll provide great induction and work-shadowing programmes to get you up to speed. And, as you progress, we’ll support you to learn as much as you can – however experienced you are – although you’ll have every opportunity to drive your own development. A range of structured courses, online learning and mentoring will help you develop your leadership, personal and technical skills.
Commitment to safety
BP in China makes the safety and reliability of its operations the overriding priority. We learn through the challenges we constantly face and explore new ways to improve our design, technology and processes. And by developing engineering and control systems that reduce hazards and support compliance, capability and performance, we look to ensure all our people are safe and secure in the environment they work in.