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Early Careers - Leadership & Culture Specialist

Early Careers - Leadership & Culture Specialist

  • Location United Kingdom - Scotland - Aberdeen/Dyce, United Kingdom - South East - Sunbury
  • Travel required Yes - up to 10%
  • Job category HR Group
  • Relocation available No
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 141001BR
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

At bp, we’re reimagining energy for people and our planet. We have a bold ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and help the world get to net zero. Ensuring that we attract, employ and retain the right talent is a critical part of getting there.


The Early Careers (EC) team within Leadership & Culture (L&C) defines our strategy for the early careers talent across bp (graduates and apprentices), working in close partnership with our colleagues in Talent Acquisition and Matching (TA&M).

The L&C EC team partners with the business to determine long term strategy for this critical talent pool, as well as annual demand, and manages the end-to-end early careers development programmes and engagement activities for all entities, disciplines and regions.


About the opportunity:

We are now looking for a Leadership & Culture Specialist, who will have responsibility for leading a global programme, region/country specific leadership of early careers in location as well as responsibility for delivering projects that span all our programmes.

This is a global role and the team is based across the world with team members in the United Kingdom, Europe, America and Asia Pacific. It is also a varied and exciting role, involving operational delivery, creativity, and connection to the business.

The role will be based in the United Kingdom (either Sunbury or Aberdeen office), and we're adopting the hybrid working solution, meaning this position would be split between remote and office working.

About the role:

In more detail, some of your key accountabilities will be to:

Global programme leadership - Specialists within the EC team will lead on one of more of the programmes within our early careers portfolio – examples of programmes include Engineering, Digital, Apprenticeships
  • Develop relationships with stakeholders across People & Culture (P&C) and within the business
  • Partner with stakeholders to determine the strategic direction of early careers talent for all programme touch points
  • Lead the implementation, and ongoing delivery, of our centralised Early Careers playbook including managing rotations, graduations, demand planning and community building
  • Manage programme governance mechanisms
  • Maintain links and connections to other programmes, to ensure consistency
  • Work in close partnership with Future Skills & Learning (FS&L) and / or Safety & Operations Learning (S&OL) for technical learning paths and training
  • Partner with TA&M on demand, hiring and interns
  • Support the education of business leaders and the P&C team on our early careers approach

Country and region responsibility
  • Regional and/or country lead to provide specific early careers leadership including onboarding, in-country engagement sessions and demand planning
  • Lead any country and region-specific projects (e.g., apprentice approach, or specific Diversity, Equity & Inclusion activity)
  • Local touchpoint for business leaders, P&C partnering and local TA&M colleagues to support on specific country / region activity

Cross bp early careers activities (spanning all programmes)
  • Lead work that touches on all our early careers programmes – for example the global demand planning approach, early careers line manager capability, bp wide comms and competitions, onboarding approach or data and metrics


About you:

You are an individual who enjoys working in a fun, fast-paced team. You are able to cope with change and ambiguity, and quickly change gear and direction. You also have willingness to work in global team and foster collaborative and virtual.

It would be useful that you have:
  • Specific early careers experience – acquisition or development / management
  • Experience in implementation and delivery of talent programmes or initiatives
  • Understanding of apprenticeships, and experience of managing apprentice programmes
  • Application of talent KPIs and analytics
  • P&C business partnering experience
  • Learning design skills
  • Learning management skills and experience of learning software

In term of key skills, you will also have:
  • Strong programme management skills – ability to manage a global programme involving multiple stakeholders, different cultures and various time zones; ability to create and deliver against project plans and manage risks and issues
  • Great stakeholder engagement skills - ability to develop, high quality, trust-based relationships and work collaboratively, both in person and virtually
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal), including the ability to adapt your style for different audiences
  • Good facilitation skills - confident to facilitate sessions, both virtually and in-person


Why join our team?

We support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and challenging environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to crafting 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, collaboration spaces in a modern office environment, and many others benefits!

Reinvent your career as you help our business meet the challenges of the future. Apply now!

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