BP Supply and trading graduate programmes - Americas

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

Applications open on 20 August 2018


Supply and trading is BP's face to the traded markets in oil, gas, power, emissions, chemicals and finance. Its 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, you’ll be part of 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. Yet it’s one of the largest in the world and has hubs in London, Chicago, Houston and Singapore.

Roles and responsibilities

Our graduate schemes are three year rotational programmes (technology is a two year rotation) and are designed with your individual development at their core.

Your world-class learning journey will incorporate online and virtual learning with face-to-face classroom and on-the-job training giving you the behavioural and technical skills you need to build a truly outstanding career. 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.

We look for a passion for, and commitment to, responsible energy. Beyond this, as long as you’re a final year student or have less than two years’ professional experience, you can join most supply and trading programmes with any degree discipline. You should also have or be on track for a second upper class honors degree or equivalent.


Our supply and trading teams identify changes in supply and demand and communicate the potential impact to the trading benches.

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. In each of your rotations 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.

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.


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.  This is supported by the different rotations you will undertake. 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.

Finance and risk

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. Role rotations include accounting, reporting and control; settlements; operational excellence and commodity risk.

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

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.

Your 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.

Marketing and origination

Developing and maintaining customer relationships and ensuring we continue to build value from our natural gas assets - that's what you'll be doing on this programme. It's about building and maintaining long-term customer relationships and helping to develop our financial offers. So, you'll enjoy contributing to negotiations, looking at future opportunities and working with people from a variety of backgrounds.


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, and it’s the work of a global, dedicated, technology division that makes a difference. We deliver innovative IT to the business, enhancing supply and commodity trading activity. Systems, software and architecture are vital and IT is one of the most important factors in keeping trading and traders ahead of the competition.

You’ll play a pivotal role in helping the business with new systems, working in partnership with traders to develop 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.

Houston, Trading Development Programme, Natural Gas Liquids Trader
Bachelor's in Economics and Statistics, Rice University

I’ve had the opportunity to work on projects that change the way our trading strategy works.

From alternative energy to gasoline retail, learning about all the different parts of the company has been a surprise, and really interesting. It’s enabled me to see the economy at much more of a macro level, which has really helped my understanding of how markets work.

I’m really interested in being engaged in commodity markets, keeping up with what’s going on and playing my part in the global economy. And one day I hope to put everything I’ve learnt about the energy market into action on the trading benches.


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. Our 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?

As a trading graduate you will have the opportunity to complete our internal course which could support you to become a commodities trader.

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