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Ship Operator

Ship Operator

  • Location United States - Illinois - Chicago
  • Travel required Negligible travel
  • Job category Supply & Trading Group
  • Relocation available Negotiable
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code 138123BR
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Job summary

A Ship Operator manages all aspects of the voyage in accordance with the Charter Party terms; engaging with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and acting as the single point of contact for masters and owners/brokers. This role is on the front line of the management and mitigation of Trading & Shipping Risk and is therefore expected to proactively spot issues and take pre-emptive action to mitigate risk, challenge information flow and maximize commercial value.

Ship Operators are encouraged to positively challenge and be courageous with all stakeholders they interface with in order to eliminate risk and complete safe, successful voyages while maximizing commercial value. The role offers a unique opportunity to interact daily with our trading business and gain exposure to our other commercial teams within Trading & Shipping. The person fulfilling this role needs to be able to see the bigger picture and see how their individual actions within Ship Operations has a greater impact on Trading & Shipping and the business as a whole.

In your role you will look to maximizes commercial value, be accountable for assuring compliance and efficient execution of voyages for Owned/Time Charter and spot vessels. The team offers a dynamic working environment where no day on the job is the same. Being on the front line of managing and mitigating risk on behalf of the Trading & Shipping means you can really see how your work and contributions make a difference.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, offering support and providing guidance to ensure the safe, compliant and reliable planning and execution of voyages, while maximizing commercial value. Partnering with:
    • The wider BP Group
    • Teams within Shipping (Vessel Managers, Vetting & Clearance, Chartering & Commercial)
    • Functional teams (BP Shipping Legal, Finance, Demurrage)
    • External bodies (such as owners, brokers and agents)
    • The Masters of the vessels
  • Provide commercial expertise and marine awareness to manage risks associated with transportation of hydrocarbons, chemicals and dry bulk.
  • Management of all non-scheduling activity including day-to-day operations of allocated voyages for owned, time chartered and spot-chartered vessels in accordance with the charter party terms and internal policies, such as:
    • Management of vessel, port and berth clearances
    • Generation and issue of Voyage Orders (including load and discharge instructions).
    • Intakes optimization and UKC compliance
    • Appointment of port agents
    • Management of Charter Parties terms
    • Identify opportunities for optimum bunker procurement
  • Make innovative commercial interventions to maximize voyage earnings and opportunities for cost savings. Drive dashboard insights that analyse these savings and learned opportunities.
  • Provide pre-fixture advice to Charterers.
  • Provide BPs Trading business with commercial expertise and marine knowledge that informs and aids their activity.
  • Support out of hours and weekend duty cover for relevant benches. Including support to the BP Shipping Incident Management Team (IMT) and Business Support Team (BST) where needed.

Essential Education:
  • Higher education or equivalent Marine qualification preferred

Essential Experience and Job Requirements:
  • Previous commercial experience (in a Shipping environment or Company)
  • Marine experience
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills leading to effective decision making
  • Ability to successfully prioritize and complete tasks in fast paced environment
  • Ability to manage across multiple interfaces and stakeholders

Desirable Criteria:
  • Strong bias for action
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Managing time and pressure in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to make a quick decision, sometimes without all the facts
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to proactively manage day to day issues
  • Ability to foresee potential problems and engaging others as necessary in resolution
  • Commercial acumen aptitude

A Ship Operator manages all aspects of the voyage in accordance with the Charter Party terms; engaging with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and acting as the single point of contact for masters and owners/brokers. This role is on the front line of the management and mitigation of Trading & Shipping Risk and is therefore expected to proactively spot issues and take pre-emptive action to mitigate risk, challenge information flow and maximize commercial value.

Ship Operators are encouraged to positively challenge and be courageous with all stakeholders they interface with in order to eliminate risk and complete safe, successful voyages while maximizing commercial value. The role offers a unique opportunity to interact daily with our trading business and gain exposure to our other commercial teams within Trading & Shipping. The person fulfilling this role needs to be able to see the bigger picture and see how their individual actions within Ship Operations has a greater impact on Trading & Shipping and the business as a whole.

In your role you will look to maximizes commercial value, be accountable for assuring compliance and efficient execution of voyages for Owned/Time Charter and spot vessels. The team offers a dynamic working environment where no day on the job is the same. Being on the front line of managing and mitigating risk on behalf of the Trading & Shipping means you can really see how your work and contributions make a difference.

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