Supply and trading

Build your career with one of the largest physical traders of oil and gas

Supply and trading is currently recruiting in three key areas. Select a programme from the slides below to find out more

Supply and trading works in close partnership with upstream and downstream, providing the commercial face for BP. It enhances BP’s group value through the application of distinctive supply, trading, risk management and information technology skills, underpinned by a world-class control infrastructure. 

We trade a varied range of products including oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, currencies, metals and financial derivatives. To put that into perspective, in a year Supply and trading completes some 550,000 transactions and serves over 12,000 customers across more than 140 countries. Every second our servers are crunching over 157 trillion independent calculations, equivalent to around 100,000 home PCs.

Supply and trading helps to create long-term value from our assets by managing the flow of these commodities. It also brings our specialized knowledge of safe and reliable energy production and asset management, together with our experience of global markets, to create a single commercial face to the traded markets.

Our 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 clear advantage in converting up-to-the-minute data into effective market calls.

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Supply and trading touches 85% of our business units – over 80% of the group’s turnover flows through our supply and trading business (2012) – and combines all our oil, gas, power and chemical trading activities. And because we work with other energy companies, financial institutions and a host of other organizations, our people have wide exposure and long-term career development opportunities.

Supply and trading has around 3,250 employees working in a culture of mutual trust and collaboration. These include 300 traders and 200 originators, the majority of whom are based in our five main trading hubs. In all our purpose-built trading and financial offices, you can see the passion, ambition and enthusiasm we have for working at the cutting edge of trading.
Supply and trading is made up of the following:

Supply and trading recruits world-class traders, commercial specialists and experts in specific energy sectors, as well as risk managers, financial controllers and technologists.

Trading analytics comprises a number of high-calibre teams including quantitative analytics, market analysis, long-term analytics, structuring analytics and treasury analytics located across our five main trading hubs worldwide.

Trading operations carries a broad remit and this is reflected in the wide range of people we recruit – top-class engineers, marketing professionals, IT specialists and those with natural gas scheduling experience, to name but a few.

Our locations

Our main trading hubs are located in the following cities:

London is the capital city of England and the UK - a diverse and exciting cosmopolitan metropolis. It has some of the world's best historical and cultural attractions, such as Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Plus, the best theatre scene in the world, an iconic skyline, premier shopping and green, open spaces. 

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States and a city buzzing with energy. In the so-called ‘Windy City’, towering skyscrapers overlook sandy beaches and you’ll find world-class dining, shopping and entertainment, including theatres, museums and galleries. 

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, the largest in the state of Texas. It’s filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping and nightlife – the historic Heights, the Museum District and the Space Center are a must to be enjoyed. 

Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, situated on the Bow River. It is famous for its arts and culture, an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars and, of course, its winter sports. 

Our Singapore office is located in the Harbour Front area, in the south west of the island. It is currently being developed into a business and lifestyle hub, with many large corporations choosing to make their home there alongside BP. It is close to the Harbour Front centre and VivoCity, Singapore’s largest shopping mall.