Supply and trading

Supply and trading is BP's face to the traded markets in oil, gas, power, emissions, chemicals and finance

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Supply and trading’s role is to enhance performance and maximize group value for our assets through distinctive supply, commodity trading, risk management and information technology, underpinned by a world-class finance, control and compliance infrastructure.

Wherever you join us in supply and trading, you’ll be joining a unique, diverse, multi-national organization which will give you exposure to both supply and trading. Our trading environment is different because it’s not part of a large financial institution.

Our graduate schemes are three year rotational programs (technology is a two year rotation) and are designed with your individual development at their core. During the program, you will experience a world-class learning journey that incorporates online and virtual learning with face-to-face classroom and on-the-job training. Combined with our mentor and buddy program, we will equip you with both the behavioral and technical skills you need to build a truly outstanding career with BP. You will also be part of our global Universal Grad Skills program which support your development and gives you an opportunity to network virtually with your peers across the globe.

As long as you possess strong analytical skills and a passion for working in teams, you can join most supply and trading programmes from any degree discipline. We’ll make sure that we give you every opportunity to gain the technical and professional skills you need to succeed, through formal training and practical learning. On top of this, you’ll have a buddy and mentor assigned to you, helping you to navigate the organisation, guide your development and learn what it takes to be successful in your career.

Please see below for more information on each of our programs

Analytics

Overview

Our supply and trading teams identify changes in supply and demand and communicate the potential impact to the trading benches. Join them and you’ll be helping advise one of the world’s largest energy trading businesses with operating hubs in London, Chicago, Houston, Calgary and Singapore.

As an analyst, you’ll have the opportunity to directly influence the bottom line as part of the commercial team. Working in the very fast-paced world of our trading floors, you’ll be focused on driving continued growth in trading profits. It’s a big opportunity to build a career with a global organization that’s truly committed to your development and success.

Your role and responsibilities

Join us and you’ll be on our development programme which will give you at least three exciting roles across our oil, gas and treasury business areas. The breadth and scope of our trading activity provides the ideal environment within which to start and develop a career analysing energy markets and the factors that drive them. More importantly, supply and trading gives you the opportunity to see how your analysis makes an impact on our business and associated market views — through the ability to directly influence trading strategies. It’s this close partnership with trading teams that makes this programme so attractive.

Development opportunities

The supply and trading analytics graduate programme is a rotational programme lasting three years. In each rotation you will be located on our trading floors, working directly with experienced analysts and our traders to build your understanding of the markets in which we trade — including natural gas, LNG, crude and products. Each role in the rotation will allow you to make a tangible contribution to supply and trading’s performance and gain invaluable knowledge to help prepare you for your future career. The work is very fast-paced and technically demanding. Expectations are high, but in return you will see your contributions making a real difference.

Along with job rotations, on-the-job experience and personal mentoring, you’ll have in-house and external training courses, expert advice and regular appraisals and feedback. This carefully thought-out approach builds your base of knowledge and helps you understand the industry, how supply and trading fits into BP, the role of analytics and the instruments we use.

Your future

On completion of the programme, you’ll have the proven ability to deliver insights to our trading benches and make consistent contributions to successful trading strategies. The rotational programme gives you the breadth of exposure to help you decide where to go next. supply and trading’s analytical teams are well developed and offer opportunities for progression both on a technical and professional level. These roles could focus on a particular commodity before progressing to multiple products within a region or across regions.

 

Commercial IST

Overview

Every year, BP invests billions of dollars searching for new sources of energy and supplying our customers with the fuels they need. Join us as a commercial graduate and you’ll help to ensure we make the best use of our investment. What we do is hugely challenging, but we’ll ensure you have everything you need to understand the commercial aspects of our business. We want you to be in the best position to propose new and creative ways to maximise value. We have a number of challenging opportunities that enable you to learn and grow in our business; to use your skills and to develop your commercial interests, wherever they might lie.

Your role and responsibilities

Supply and trading is one of the world’s largest and most successful energy trading organisations. We engage in controlled trading around our asset and supply position and the commodities we trade go way beyond crude oil and natural gas. Within supply and trading, you could be involved in anything from analysing data, organising shipping operations and reporting daily profit and loss, to directly supporting the traders, while always looking to optimise BP’s performance and ensuring our global customers receive a safe, controlled supply of energy products.

Development opportunities

At BP, you’ll combine formal training with valuable on-the-job experience — the very best way to learn.

On this graduate programme, the combination of continual training and three rotations of 12 months will expose you to one of the most dynamic sectors, and help you to develop skills and knowledge in a variety of commercial roles. Aside from crude oil and natural gas, the commodities we trade include refined products, chemicals, blending components, natural gas liquids (NGLs), foreign exchange, long and short term debt, interest rates, precious metals, biofuels, carbon credits, power and more besides. Graduates are placed in roles that span the entire spectrum of what we trade and each role in the rotation will allow you to make a tangible contribution to BP’s performance, while allowing you to develop your technical and individual skills. You may find yourself placed in a team that sets strategy, tracks the market, or manages foreign exchange, or you may be a trading operator responsible for the logistical success of a trading deal. No matter where you work, all of the roles will offer a challenging experience that gives you first-hand exposure to our supply and trading activities and will contribute to building your long-term career in the organisation.

Your future

The diverse experience you can expect to gain on the development programme will open the door to a range of opportunities, either within the area in which you have specialised or in the wider BP business. You could go on to play a role in economics, planning, strategy or business development. As your career evolves, the possibility of international opportunities will grow too.

Locations

The Commercial programme is predominantly based in London, Canary Wharf but may include some roles in Sunbury-on-Thames or Milton Keynes (both in the UK). All graduates are required to be geographically mobile for the duration of the programme.

Finance and risk

Overview

No other graduate programme provides you the same breadth of experiences across finance and risk. It means you can expect to build a strong understanding of how these functions interact with each other and gain an invaluable insight into how finance, risk and compliance are integral to the business.

This three year programme is offered by our global supply and trading business in London, Chicago, Houston, Calgary and Singapore. Supply and trading is the commercial trading face of BP, with professionals working in 35 countries under a wide range of regulatory regimes and BP’s own internal control process. Its role is to link our experience as a leading energy producer and marketer with our knowledge of specific markets to provide customers with the energy products and service they need – whether oil, gas, electrical power, chemicals, finance or a combination of these.

In supply and trading, our expertise and reputation is built around our people. Join the programme, and you’ll be able to develop your career in a challenging and entrepreneurial environment characterised by innovative thinking, knowledge and teamwork.

Your role and responsibilities

You’ll follow a rotational programme that provides hands-on experience working in real roles, to deliver tangible benefits and measurable results.

Role rotations are available in the following areas:

Accounting, reporting and control

The accounting and reporting team submits Supply and trading's trading activity to BP group accounts for inclusion in our quarterly reports, annual report and accounts and other statutory reports. You’ll work closely with Commodity Risk to ensure that management accounts and management information are aligned and with our settlement, legal and tax teams to ensure assets and liabilities are fully recognised and correctly reported.

Settlements

The Settlements teams manage all end to end Trading Settlements processes. They ensure supply and trading's and BP's Cash position is carefully managed through funding and robust control. Settlements teams work closely with the Front Office to ensure accurate and timely settlement. Many of the teams work with 3rd parties and Group Companies all over the world. They maintain a strong control environment to manage c. $1bn of BP's cash daily, across multiple businesses and currencies. Working in the Settlements team you will gain a detailed understanding of the end to end trading lifecycle across supply and trading.

Operational excellence

As part of the Operational Excellence team, you will help with managing, setting and promoting new and continuing improvement initiatives, compliant with Operational Risk standards and Internal Control processes across supply and trading.

Commodity risk

Working in Commodity risk means you must understand, control and constructively challenge trading activity and positions on a near real-time basis within supply and trading to ensure it is compliant and aligned to intended trading strategy. Commodity Risk teams are present on each trading floor within supply and trading to analyse consistency of risks, results and positions. They provide independent and unbiased daily market exposure and P&L reports, ensuring that data is accurate and insightful.

Development opportunities

The rotational programme will provide you with an invaluable breadth of experience and first-hand exposure to how our functions support our supply and trading activities.

While in the programme, you can expect to develop a range of competencies and skills through on-the-job and formal training. You’ll participate in a training plan that will ensure you develop your non-technical as well as technical skills. There will also be a strong focus on leadership skills, as we are looking to build future leaders of the business.

A range of professional qualifications are supported within finance and risk and there is the flexibility for you to influence what you study, subject to the business needs.

The programme will expose you to the oil industry and allow you to work side by side with some of the best energy trading support professionals around. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about and help solve some of the most important issues we face.

As part of your programme there may be an opportunity to study towards a relevant professional qualification, for example CIMA.

Your future

The programme will provide you with a foundation to build a long-term career with BP. On successful completion, you’ll move into a finance and risk role depending on where your interests lie and where you can add the most value.

Global environmental products

Overview

Every year, BP invests billions of dollars searching for new sources of energy and supplying our customers with the fuels they need. BP is meeting worldwide demand for energy while addressing climate change and other environmental issues through our Supply and Trading’s Global Environmental Products team, Alternative Energy and Ventures teams. Join us as a Clean Energy commercial graduate and you’ll help to ensure we make the best use of our investments. What we do is hugely challenging, but we’ll ensure you have everything you need to understand the commercial aspects of our business. We want you to be in the best position to propose new and creative ways to maximise value. We have a number of challenging opportunities that enable you to learn and grow in our business; to use your skills and to develop your commercial interests.

Your role and responsibilities

The role will cover a broad range of business and development activities, including economic and investment evaluations and the development of trading and origination opportunities. The role will require a strong combination of strategic thinking, idea generation and technical / commercial rigour. The role will help drive collaboration across Alternative Energy, Integrated Supply and Trading and Ventures divisions of BP.

Development opportunities

At BP, you’ll combine formal training with valuable on-the-job experience — the very best way to learn. On this graduate programme, the combination of continual training and three rotations of 12 months will expose you to BP’s Clean Energy agenda, and help you to develop skills and knowledge in a variety of commercial roles. Rotations across three of Supply and Trading’s Global Environmental Products team, Alternative Energy, BP Ventures and Group Policy divisions will allow you to make a tangible contribution to BP’s performance in the area of Clean Energy whilst allowing you to develop your technical and individual skills.

Your future

The diverse experience you can expect to gain on the development programme will open the door to a range of environmental and business opportunities.

Locations

The Commercial programme is predominantly based in London across Canary Wharf and St James Square offices. All graduates are required to be geographically mobile for the duration of the programme.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from all courses if you have a strong academic record (a minimum 2:1 degree, or equivalent). We are particularly interested in receiving applications from graduate or undergraduate students studying for a business or economics degree preferably with a focus on energy and environment (for example: environmental economics, economics and policy of energy and environment). You must be seriously considering a career with us and have a strong interest in building your commercial skills, as well as a passion for environmental issues.

Information technology and services

Overview

A trade takes place in Houston. The data comes from London, the bank is in Singapore and the trader is sitting in Chicago. The rapid flow of information is crucial to the success of BP’s supply and trading sector, which is one of the world’s largest energy trading businesses. But it’s the work of a global, dedicated, information technology and services (IT&S) division that makes a difference. We deliver innovative IT to the business, enhancing supply and commodity trading activity across supply and trading's global gas and oil strategic performance units.

Join us and you’ll be part of a rapidly changing business that will constantly test your technical and personal skills. The oil and gas sector offers a number of unique opportunities for graduates who are keen to build a career in technology. Systems, software and architecture play a significant role in the development of our business and information technology is one of the most important factors in keeping trading and traders ahead of the competition. We have over 900 IT professionals working in 50 countries, with key hubs in London, Chicago, Houston, Calgary and Singapore.

Your role and responsibilities

As a graduate on the Technology Programme within supply and trading, you’ll play a pivotal role in helping the business with new systems, working in partnership with traders to develop the new ways of working for the future.

Your development will be through job rotations and structured training; you’ll come into contact with a broad variety of individuals and work on a variety of projects. This cross-discipline expertise is central to the operation and development of supply and trading and is essential in your early career. Throughout the programme, our carefully thought-out approach will provide opportunities to increase your technical knowledge and personal capabilities through practical experience and formal training that’s tailored to your needs.

Development opportunities

The programme offers some of the best training and development the industry has to offer. Typically lasting two years, you’ll have the opportunity to work in two very different teams — giving you experience of a delivery role and a supporting function. You will push the boundaries of our current thinking and bring your fresh focus and energy to help us innovate and challenge the way we make the most of technology in a dynamic business. You will learn how to implement change, innovate and help us be part of the technology of tomorrow within our trading business.

Your learning is paramount, so your mentor and training team will support your professional and technical development every step of the way. We believe that this combination of learning, development and breadth of exposure will give you the best possible start to a career within IT&S supply and trading.

During your first year you will take part in Graduate Skills Week with your IT&S peers across the globe where you will develop both your technical and soft skills. As a part of this week you will be join 6 month project working in teams to solve a real business challenge. 

Your future

On successful completion of the scheme, you’ll apply for your first role. This will be driven by your choice, experience to date and where you would like to develop your skills. During your first role you will remain in country but there will be opportunities to apply for international positions thereafter.

Locations

London, Singapore, Chicago, Houston. As a graduate you will have a country base for the duration of the programme however you may have the opportunity to complete one of your rotation roles in an supply and trading office in another country.

Marketing and origination

Overview

In North America Gas and Power, we’re always looking for opportunities to expand BP’s network of assets. In marketing & origination, based in the US, you’ll help maintain and enhance customer relationships, as well as grow our ability to create value across the entire natural gas value chain. You’ll also play a role in originating solutions in the form of long-term arrangements with our customers and help to develop our financial offers.

Your role and responsibilities

When you receive a graduate development programme offer to join the marketing & origination path, you will rotate into a new role each year, giving you well-rounded exposure to our businesses and how they interact. You'll build and maintain key relationships, develop unique solutions and create additional value for our trading business.

Development opportunities

You’ll have rigorous reviews and assessments, as well as development opportunities that include a blended learning approach, formal and informal on-the-job training, classroom and online instruction and self-study industry books. During the program, you’ll be able to take advantage of our buddy program, monthly graduate development program meetings and many volunteer events.

Your future

When the program ends, you can apply for the M&O early development programme or apply for a marketing analyst role.

Locations

If you join marketing & origination as a graduate you will be based in Houston.

Trading

Overview

BP is one of the largest physical traders of oil and gas in the world with a huge array of assets, including refineries, ships, tanks and retail systems. Supply and trading is the market-facing component of our trading activities. It combines all our oil, gas, power and chemical trading activities, and has a dedicated financial markets trading team that manages our daily exposure to global currency and interest rate fluctuations.

We work with other energy companies, financial institutions, such as investment banks and hedge funds, as well as companies looking to reduce their exposure to the risks of changing oil prices. BP’s global trading activity generates a huge amount of information that other companies, without access to physical assets, simply do not have. This gives us a substantive advantage in converting such information into effective market calls. So, if you have passion, ambition and enthusiasm, why not pursue your goals with a business at the cutting edge of trading and explore your opportunities within supply and trading?

Your role and responsibilities

Our Development Programme is well regarded by our graduates and the industry as a whole because our high-touch programme allows graduates to develop extensive knowledge about our business in a variety of roles — giving them the opportunity to have a successful and long-term career at BP.

We spend time upfront in our selection process to ensure we get the right people so that, over the course of the three-year programme, our efforts are fully focussed on training and developing you. With three job rotations, you’ll gain a broad exposure to a range of our front-line commercial roles. Each role will allow you to make a tangible contribution to BP’s performance, giving you access to some of the best traders in the business. What’s more, all practical experience is backed up with specific commercial training to enhance your understanding.

Development opportunities

Your learning and development is our primary focus. Through job rotations, on-the-job experience, personal mentoring, in-house and external training courses, expert advice and regular appraisals and feedback, you’ll have extensive and bespoke opportunities. Our carefully thought-out approach will deepen your technical knowledge and personal capabilities through practical experience, while formal training is tailored to your needs. The training offer is extensive; helping you understand the industry, how supply and trading fits into BP, what we trade and the instruments we use. You will have every opportunity to grow into a respected trader as quickly as possible and on a path that is right for you.

As a trader graduate you will have the opportunity to complete our internal course and certification that could support you to become a commodities trader.

Your future

At the successful completion of your rotations and trading assessments, the trading community will support you into your first role within the business.

Locations

Our operating hubs are based in London, Chicago, Houston, Calgary and Singapore.

As a graduate you will have a country base for the duration of the programme, however you may have the opportunity to complete one of your rotation roles in a supply and trading office in another country.

Trading operations

Overview

Trading Operations are responsible for commercial optimization of deals post Trader execution ensuring that all contractual and operational requirements are fully met in a safe and compliant manner. As trading operators, we utilize physical assets such as ships and tank terminals and our relationships to add value to the deals. We have strong working relationships internally with Trading benches, Legal, Contracts, Commodity Risk and externally with third parties such as other integrated oil companies, trading houses, commercial terminals, ship owners, brokers, agents, ports & customs and independent inspection companies.

This program is offered at our supply and trading business hub in Singapore.

Your role and responsibilities

This Three year Graduate Trainee program will involve rotations in various teams within Trading Operations which is made up of sub-teams like Inventory & Ancillary, Cargo Assurance, Demurrage, Documents Support and Trading Bench Operations. Other rotations include Shipping Operations and Finance & Risk. The program will provide you with a breadth of experience & first hand exposure to how Trading Operations add value to our supply & trading activities. This includes managing the logistics of the oil flow like shipping, product quality and quantity control, terminal & tankage utilization, relationship building and optimization.

Development opportunities

This is a unique program to build up the key competencies of a successful Trading Operator. Through the rotations you will gain hands on experience in the various facets of operations and have an opportunity to work on different commodity benches. You will also build internal relationships with rotations in Shipping and Finance & Risk.

Along with job rotations, on the job experience and personal mentoring, you will have in house and external training courses, expert advice and other bespoke opportunities. You will have regular appraisal and feedback from the Operations Leadership team and our carefully thought- out approach will deepen your technical knowledge and your personal capabilities.

The role rotations will equip you with several skillsets covering the following areas:

  • Commercial decision-making process and managing both risks and logistics with Trading and Chartering teams.
  • Optimize the value for BP with astute commercial acumen and careful allocation of company's assets.
  • Build strong relationships with internal and external counterparts.
  • Blending and inventory management of components to the highest commercial value and product quality integrity.
  • Collaborate with all counterparties in a professional and equitable manner: Communicate concisely and meeting the obligations established in all agreements. Within this area you can expect to build your commercial acumen, negotiation and communication skills, problem solving and team working ability and an understanding of the oil industry.  

Your future

Upon the successful completion of your rotations, you’ll move into an Operations role where you may apply your acquired skills and knowledge to add the most value within the Operations team. The programme will provide you with a foundation to build a long-term career with BP.

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