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Government Affairs Adviser

Government Affairs Adviser

  • Location United Kingdom - London
  • Travel required Up to 25% travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Communications & External Affairs Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ082444
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Communications & External Affairs Group

Job Description:

At bp, we’re reimagining energy for people and our planet. We’re leading the way in reducing carbon emissions and developing more sustainable methods for solving the energy challenge. We’re a team with multi-layered strengths of engineers, scientists, traders and business professionals determined to find answers to problems.
And we know we can’t do it alone. We’re looking for people who share our passion for reinvention, to bring fresh opinions, ambition, and to challenge our thinking in our goal to achieve net zero!

Role Synopsis:

The UK Government Affairs team, sits within the UK & European Region. Our UK activity includes a major focus on our project portfolio covering a number of areas including CCUS and hydrogen, retail fuels and bp pulse, and offshore wind, as well as our oil and gas operations in the North Sea.

This role is based in our UK headquarters in London. The role would support bp’s engagement with government affairs stakeholders, building relationships and coordinating advocacy with the UK Government officials, Parliament, departments and non-governmental organisations and opinion formers in the UK, such as policy think-tanks and trade associations. The role will identify and manage political and legislative issues that affect our projects activities in the UK, and support our projects to respond effectively.

Key accountabilities:

  • As part of the UK Government Affairs team, build and maintain key relationships with the UK Government including ministers, officials, advisers and relevant non-governmental organisations and opinion formers, in support of our UK projects. Act as an interface/gatekeeper between them and bp’s various businesses.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with politicians from across the political spectrum plus other key opinion formers to ensure that bp is able to contribute to the debate on a wide-range of issues that inform and influence the business and regulatory environment and/or enhance overall perceptions of the company.
  • Provide insight on UK politics and advise the various bp business areas in managing potential policy and regulatory changes and co-ordinate bp’s response to the associated consultations. Manage the political engagement required to implement day-to-day business activity and long-term investment plans.
  • Represent bp in external fora, e.g. Carbon Capture & Storage Association (CCSA), Hydrogen UK.
  • Represent bp at events, including outside of normal working hours, in support of the Government Affairs team and UK projects.
  • Work with bp’s international businesses and partners to support delegations to bp projects and vice versa.
  • Develop communications and relationship/reputation management plans for specific projects as assigned.
  • Provide correspondence, briefing and speech-writing support.


  • Candidates will likely have a strong academic record with the ability to understand and communicate (written and verbally) complex topics.

Experience and Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrable experience in explaining policy issues to external audiences.
  • Political insight, likely developed from a respectful appreciation of, and familiarity with, current/political affairs and the work of UK Government and Westminster.
  • Knowledge of the oil and gas industry, and low carbon technologies.
  • Proven project management skills
  • Proven team-working skills with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Comfort dealing with and explaining ambiguity.
  • The courage to speak up and do the right thing.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to develop relationships with, and to influence, all levels across the organisation
  • Ability to develop relationships with, and to influence, senior political figures and public or voluntary sector partners

Other Requirements:

Occasional attendance at weekend events, as well as at more regular breakfast and evening events.

Disclaimer: please note that this role will be based in St James Square (SJS) until early 2025, at which point it will move to another South East UK location. 

Why Join our team?

At bp, 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. Diversity Statement: At bp, we provide an excellent environment and benefits such as an open and inclusive culture, a great work-life balance, tremendous learning and development opportunities to craft your career path, life and health insurance, medical care package and many others!

Diversity sits at the heart of our company and as an equal opportunity employer, we stay true to our mission by ensuring that our place can be anyone's place. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application and interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

Travel Requirement

Up to 25% travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Advocacy, Agility core practices, Analytical Thinking, Brand visual standards, Campaigning, Channel Management, Commercial Acumen, Communication, Content Design, Creating and measuring impact, Crisis Communications, Digital Communication, Digital fluency, Employee Engagement, Influencing, Issues and Policy Management, Listening, Market Trends, Performance Consulting, Presenting, Social Impact Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Stakeholder Management, Writing skills

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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