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Business Development Director - Midwest (Hydrogen)

Business Development Director - Midwest (Hydrogen)

  • Location United States - Illinois - Chicago
  • Travel required Yes - up to 25%
  • Job category Strategic Planning & Business Development Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 139466BR
  • Experience level Executive
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Job summary

Responsible for driving and overseeing a broad range of business development and growth opportunities, including technical and economic evaluation of projects based on deep business expertise, collaborating with teams to develop optimal development solutions, and managing a range of strategic projects, exercising a strong combination of commercial and technical rigor to help achieve bp's growth objectives while championing best practices in business development. Responsible for the leadership and identification of business development and growth opportunities, driving the activity in developing progressive offers and leading strategic projects in order to increase market position, execute the strategic agenda and deliver growth for bp in line with overall business priorities. Also responsible for ensuring best practices in business development.

At bp, we're striving to meet the growing global demand for safe, sustainable, and affordable energy. A career with bp is an opportunity to help shape the future of bp. To power the scale and pace of growth that we are targeting, we need the best people in the industry. As part of the team, you’ll be playing a key role in support bp to move towards our net zero ambition, at the same time as being part of one of our exciting new energy businesses. You’ll help to plan for and develop our hydrogen projects, growing your talent in all kinds of new and exciting ways to define the future of energy.

About the role
As the US Midwest Business Development Director for Hydrogen you will work in a multi disciplinary squad to help play a pivotal role in reshaping bp’s business. The squad activity will be at the heart of bp’s strategy implementation, driving growth through delivering new low carbon investments.

This role will be leading and working within a mixed subject area commercial and technical squad to deliver the Midwest Hydrogen & CCS hub project. The squad will be structuring commercial opportunities and delivering commercial agreements, securing partner and bp approvals.


You will be accountable for:

  • Lead commercial opportunities, working to create and develop the hub projects
  • Deliver key commercial agreements around opportunity formation
  • Work alongside the technical engineering team to develop and maintain project schedules and budgets ensuring project and commercial activity is aligned
  • Establish and manage relationships with potential partners and external customers
  • Work closely with other parts of bp to secure additional supply or offtake agreements
  • Prepare and handle internal approvals for project
  • Support on ad-hoc commercial initiatives
  • Mentor and support team members


About you
A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in engineering, science, technology, business or finance is required; MBA is desirable.

Experience matters. A minimum of 20 years of relevant work experience leading large integrated projects such as Hydrogen, LNG, gas and power projects. You will have experience in leading projects at various stages of development, particularly early development while understanding the steps required for development of projects from concept into operations. We are looking for someone who can challenge conventional methods of working, examine multiple options and tackle innovation & new solutions.

Other experience that are also important to have:

  • Well-developed team working and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a diverse team with minimum guidance
  • Excellent organisational, planning, written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with decision-makers and non-specialists
  • Ability to build networks to enhance effectiveness and share knowledge, building trust and confidence to support efficient progress with action items

Having exposure to and an understanding of US energy markets, fuel value chains and/or power markets is advantageous to the role. In addition, having knowledge and/or experience of deregulating markets can be helpful.


Why join us
At bp, we support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and ambitious environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are meaningful, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options (60/40 hybrid model), a generous paid parental leave policy, and excellent retirement benefits, among!

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