BP Supply and trading graduate programmes - Europe

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


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 starts with and induction and embedding in your specific role but will also incorporate a blended learning approach combining online and virtual learning with face-to-face classroom training also. All of this will give 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.

Accepting applications from 19 September 2018


Every year, BP invests billions of dollars searching for new sources of energy and supplying our customers with the fuels they need. Investing in our people is critical to our success. Join us as a commercial graduate and you’ll help to ensure we make the best use of our investment whilst developing your skills. What we do is central to our organisations’ success, and we’ll ensure you have everything you require 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 meaningful 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.

Within supply and trading, you could be involved in anything from analysing data, organising shipping operations, economic evaluation 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.

Accepting applications from 19 September 2018

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.

Accepting applications from 19 September 2018

London, IT&S Graduate Programme
MEng Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

In the four months that I’ve been with BP, I’ve learnt more than seven programming languages.

Energy and technology are the two main things in my life. I grew up in one of the biggest cities in Indonesia. It suffers from frequent load shedding, and every day we would have 4-8 hours without electricity. So I determined at a very young age to contribute to the energy sector in some way.

At university, I realised I could combine my two passions by going into this industry as a software developer. I have always had a passion for building things, to engineer something that can impact other people’s lives, whether in their daily lives or in their day jobs.


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.

As part of our Technology programme, you could be placed across a number of different roles and business areas.  If you have an interest in any particular role or business area, you will have the opportunity to specify this during the recruitment process.

Accepting applications from 19 September 2018


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.

Accepting applications from 19 September 2018

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