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Ancilliary Team Leader

Ancilliary Team Leader

  • Location Hungary - Budapest
  • Travel required No travel is expected with this role
  • Job category Supply & Trading Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ080007
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Job summary



Job Family Group:

Supply & Trading Group

Job Description:

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have around 60,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

In Hungary, we operate bp’s Global Business Services organization which is an integrated part of bp. Our people want to play their part in solving the big complex challenges facing our world today and, guided by our bp values, are working to help meet the world’s need for more energy while lowering carbon emissions. In our offices in Budapest and Szeged, we work in customer service, finance, accounting, procurement, HR services and other enabling functions – providing solutions across all of bp. Join our team, and develop your career in an encouraging, forward-thinking environment!

Would you like to discover how our diverse, hardworking people are leading the way in making energy cleaner and better – and how you can play your part in our world-class team?

Join or Demurrage Team and advance your career as

Ancillary Team Leader

The Ancillary Team (part of Oil Operations) provide a first-class service to T&S RPTA and the Fuels Value Chains (FVC’s) for handling Ancillary and shipping related ancillary charges. We are experts for vessels and barges in the calculation and payment of freight, pipeline, terminal and inspection fees, calculation and negotiation of Ancillary claims, calculation, and negotiation of related shipping costs such as deviation, detention, port costs etc., and the interpretation of the contract clauses to minimize exposure to claims wherever possible.

The Ancillary Team Lead is responsible for setting direction, creating a vision and optimizing the day to day activities of the team. The Team Lead is expected to understand and articulate to their team the RPTA strategy and how the Ancillary team can most effectively contribute to its delivery. The role focuses on process improvement, providing strategic interventions and team leadership. This role will maintain a small claims portfolio and must understand technical Ancillary to support resolution of claim and relationship-based disputes. Day-to-day operations should be managed by the Ancillary Negotiators. At time the Ancillary Team Lead may need to take on additional operational activity to support the team through intense periods.

In this role You will:

  • Provide leadership and act as a leader for the entire Ancillary team.
  • Develop strong external relationships with counterparties to support positive commercial relationships and leverage positive outcomes for bp.
  • Understand and engage with bench/RPTA strategy to direct Ancillary activity to support their delivery. Help negotiators to see and consider the holistic situation.
  • Along with the Senior Ancillary Negotiator(s) jointly audit claims across the team including the STP agreements.
  • Drive continuous improvement
  • Understand Ancillary implications and support the trading and operations teams before, during and after deal transactions to deliver value for the business. Leverage relationships to ensure Ancillary are engaged to provide pre-deal support.
  • Support the team through coaching of more complex claims, issue resolution, the delivery of change and counterparty interactions. Where required liaise and seek participation from the Ancillary technical experts.
  • Responsible for the accuracy, timely response, and quality of negotiation within the Ancillary claims’ portfolio.
  • Play an active part in ensuring that the operational capabilities and procedures are in place to support delivery of the RPTA strategy, new business, new regulations, and policy changes.
  • Actively assist in the design and development of system implementation projects for the future benefit of the group.
  • Manage an individual claims portfolio where required to optimize team delivery and support intense periods.
  • Verify, input, and manage ancillary costs relating to physical operational movements within deadline.

We have the following requirements:

  • Relevant university degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in finance or trading, or shipping
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in managing various teams and projects.
  • Knowledge about the trading or shipping industry, physical oil environment
  • Fluent English knowledge and ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and relationship build capability. Leveraging these relationships to influence decision making.
  • Passion for continuous improvement and ability develop capability with team members.
  • Ability to deliver through others.
  • Strong problem solver with collaborative style.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail is essential.

Desirable Experience:

  • Knowledge of the physical oil environment.
  • Knowledge of commercial shipping matters and industry leading Charter Parties.
  • Knowledge of shipping freight, demurrage and related ancillary charges.
  • Problem solving skills, highly numerate and analytical.
  • Working knowledge of accounting principles including experience with SAP.
  • Experience using the Veson IMOS platform

At bp, we provide the following environment & benefits to you:

  • Different bonus opportunities based on performance, wide range of cafeteria elements
  • Life & health insurance, medical care package
  • Flexible working schedule: home office up to 2 days / week, based on team agreement
  • Opportunity to build up long term career path and develop your skills with wide range of learning options
  • Family friendly workplace e.g.: Extended parental leave, Mother-baby room
  • Employees’ wellbeing programs e.g.: Employee Assistance Program, Company Recognition Program
  • Possibility to join our social communities and networks
  • Chill-out and collaboration spaces in our beautiful Budapest Agora and Szeged offices e.g.: Play Zones, Office massage, Sport and music equipment
  • Assets like phone for private usage and company laptop are provided from the first day of employment with other equipment if requested

bp Hungary won the Most Attractive Employer 2023 Award (SSC / BSC sector) third time in a row at PwC's annual employer research. Come and join us!

Travel Requirement

No travel is expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Ancillary cost management, Commercial Acumen, Communication, Competitor intelligence, Customer service delivery excellence, Demurrage, Developing and implementing strategy, Group Problem Solving, Influencing, Inventory Management, Listening, Marine assurance, Mentoring, Negotiating, Shipping/transport, Supply chain management, Trade discipline and compliance, Trading and scheduling operations, Trading Fundamentals, Sentiment and Trends, Trading knowledge, Troubleshooting, Voyage operations

Legal Disclaimer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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