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Operations Technician, Motorsport

Operations Technician, Motorsport

  • Location United Kingdom - Reading
  • Travel required Up to 10% travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Research & Technology Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ071704
  • Experience level Entry
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Job summary


Innovation & Engineering

Job Family Group:

Research & Technology Group

Job Summary:

bp-Castrol’s motorsport technology team develops and supplies bespoke fluids for our motorsport partners, to maximise performance and help solve their engineering problems. The overall team goal is to provide a test-bed and showcase for bp-Castrol fluid technology and to build relationships and win wider business with automotive OEMs.

This role is in support of our activities related to a specific Formula 1 customer and is focused on conducting blending operations (both small- and large-scale), associated tasks such as raw material and finished blend stock management, and logistics tasks to enable timely delivery of products to the customer in a safe and quality-compliant manner.

This is a fully operational role where you will work under instruction of development technologists (who define the motorsport formulations) and the logistics coordinator in delivering the team objectives. Motorsport can be a fast-changing and high-pressure environment so the role will require flexibility to changing priorities and an agile approach. The role will also support the wider non-motorsport blending team when required which will provide variety and additional learning.

Job Description:

  • Manage, prioritise, and undertake blending of engine oils / lubricants as requested by the motorsport logistics coordinator and development technologists

  • Work closely with the motorsport logistics coordinator to carry piy non-blending tasks for the team, such as decanting, dispatch prep and booking in of raw materials and products to storage.          

  • Manage storage of incoming raw materials, including stock control, quality control and safety data sheets

  • Responsible for the implementation and management of laboratory operating procedures e.g., equipment calibration, raw material storage, equipment maintenance responsibilities

  • Submission of samples for testing at both internal and external labs

  • Co-ordinate / support training for new starters and visitors to include operation of laboratory equipment, blending and raw material management

  • Arrange purchase of consumables and new laboratory equipment, and proactively assist and support colleagues  as required

  • Work closely with the wider blending and motorsport teams to ensure application of best laboratory practices, sample handling, lab standards and all HSSE requirements.

  • Help identify and implement ideas for continuous improvement and efficiency gains.

  • Support team compliance with quality standards in support of several external accreditations.

Essential Experience/Education

  • GCSEs of equivalent in the sciences or related disciplines

  • Languages Required: English – written and spoken

  • Able to demonstrate a collaborative approach to working

  • Able to demonstrate a high level of organisational skill

  • Able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills to a diverse set of stakeholders

  • Laboratory experience including accurate working/attention to detail, stock/inventory control, and knowledge of safe working practises are critical.

  • Good digital skills, including use of Microsoft applications.

  • English fluency, written and oral

Desirable Experience

  • Analytical, science or mechanical testing experience

  • Basic knowledge of lubricant products, their composition, manufacture and application

  • Basic understanding of the engine oil, motorsport, or similar business would be useful

  • Data analysis and manipulation skills using Microsoft Excel or similar

  • Experience of agile working and use of planning tools e.g. MS planner, Azure DevOps

  • Forklift truck licence

Key Challenges faces in the Role:

  • Motorsport is a fast-paced environment with tight timing constraints, so an agile and flexible approach is required

  • Attention to detail is required as product issues can cause major issues with motorsport customers and reputational damage to bp-Castrol

  • Use of digital systems and processes; work is prioritized using an agile workboard

  • Working as a team to manage workload, improve ways of working, processes and systems.

Why Join our team?

At bp, we provide an excellent working environment and employee 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.

We support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and exciting 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 significant, 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 others benefits.

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

Apply now!

Travel Requirement

Up to 10% travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is not available for remote working


Agility core practices, Analytical Thinking, Creating new methodologies, Experimental Design, Formulated product testing, Formulation Deployment, Formulation design, Intellectual Asset Management, Multi-physics modelling, Presenting, Product Development, Product Sustainability Performance Management, Project Management, Raw materials knowledge, Research and development, Rheology, Safety management across the value chain, Science and Technology Leadership, Scientific publication, Technology Management Processes, Testing electric vehicle charging systems, Thought Leadership, Tribology, Vehicle propulsion technologies, Writing skills

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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.

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