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Staff Platform Engineer

Staff Platform Engineer

  • Location United Kingdom - London
  • Travel required Up to 10% travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category IT&S Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ074300
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary


Innovation & Engineering

Job Family Group:

IT&S Group

Job Summary:

bp’s Innovation & Engineering (I&E) organization is the central organization for all software and platform development. We build all the technology that powers bp’s businesses, from upstream energy production to downstream delivery of energy to our customers. We have a variety of teams depending on your areas of interest, including infrastructure and backend services through to customer-facing web and native applications. We encourage our teams to adapt quickly by using native AWS and Azure services, including serverless, and enable them to pick the best technology for a given problem. This is meant to empower our software and platform engineers while allowing them to learn and develop themselves.

Job Description:


As a Staff Platform Engineering Manager, you will be responsible for providing technical leadership, mentorship, and management of a team of talented engineers. With a passion for automation and a drive to tackle challenging problems in innovative ways, you will be expected to lead by example, motivate, and challenge your team to deliver their best work. Your ability to empower, challenge, and coach your teams, as well as your passion for problem-solving and creating innovative solutions, will be crucial in delivering the next generation of software platforms and services.

  • Provide hands-on technical leadership to drive the execution of a rich and innovative roadmap; owning teams that design, build, and operate a highly complex and cutting-edge software platforms and services.

  • Act as a technical expert, mentor, and coach, providing guidance and support to the team

  • Set project and team goals, prioritize and execute initiatives, and deliver results in a product-led, empowered environment

  • Be a genuinely inclusive leader, with an enthusiasm for building and leading a diverse team spanning multiple geographies

  • Rise to the challenge of owning and operating a service that is critical to bp’s digital strategy

  • Resource allocation, budgeting, and yearly planning

  • Attract, hire, retain, and motivate a diverse and world-class engineering team

  • Communicate effectively with team members, stakeholders, and customers

  • Drive the quality software and platform engineering at the team level

  • Work with other team leaders to drive cohesive solutions

  • Promote robust and maintainable code, clear documentation, and high-quality work

  • Develop and implement controls and procedures to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and standards, including security, software licensing, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

  • Coordinate with internal and external audit teams to prepare for and participate in security, software licensing, and regulatory audits, ensuring that all necessary documentation and evidence is available and accurate

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to implement new controls and procedures to address identified compliance gaps or risks

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Computer Information Systems, or equivalent work experience

  • Expert in enabling the team to solve complex problems by helping to break them down into small iterative steps of incremental value

  • Master in leading, coaching, and mentoring driven individuals

  • Expert ability to provide technical leadership, and governance with a focus on balancing agility, flexibility, supportability, scale, and consistency.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and manage software and platform engineers to maintain architectural vision and software quality

  • Experience building, leading, managing and mentoring high-performance engineering teams

  • Experience creating and managing budgets up to $5M+

  • Ability to align budgets with product goals and priorities

  • Experience forecasting future budget needs and making data-driven decisions

  • Proven track record of managing and evolving a product portfolio and/or driving product vision and strategy

  • Track record demonstrating the ability to build a diverse and strong team – attracting, hiring, retaining, and motivating the best talent

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate ideas, expectations, and feedback to team members, stakeholders, and customers. Foster collaboration and teamwork

  • Master ability to influence teams and individuals in order to drive initiatives forward without a strict top-down mandate

  • Ability to collaborate closely across silos to function as one team, delivering cohesive solutions

  • Expert in problem solving and critical thinking - Lead by example to motivate and challenge the team to deliver their best

  • Possess a passion for analyzing complex problems, identifying root causes, and developing creative and effective solutions

  • Master in the ability to adapt to new technologies and processes, and able to work independently and as part of a team

Software Engineering Skills

  • Skillful in designing and building complex software systems end-to-end which have been optimally delivered and operated in production. You should understand security, compliances scalability, and reliability best practices as well as how to properly monitor, log, and alarm production systems

  • Experience working designing, building, and operating cloud systems, with an understanding how to architect and build them

  • Ability to take raw product requirements and create software and platform architectures and designs to bring them to life

  • Master in software engineering practices & best practices for full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, continuous deployments, testing, and operations

  • Skillful in at least one programming language (C# or Python) developing cross-platform solutions.

  • Skillful in systems design

Infrastructure and Operations

  • Master in building and scaling infrastructure services using Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure

  • Master in the understanding of using core cloud application infrastructure services, including identity platforms, networking, storage, databases, containers, and serverless

  • Master knowledge of networking technologies and abstractions in modern architectures

  • Master in troubleshooting large-scale distributed production systems

  • Experience supporting production systems. You’ll have supported these production systems through on-call rotations


  • Skillful knowledge of databases, such as relational, graph, document, and key-value

  • Skillful ability in data modeling and database design

  • Skillful ability in SQL

What sets you apart?

  • You have a product-centric mindset that you use to understand business needs. You have the technical and interpersonal skills to collaboratively design scalable systems and engineering solutions that meet those needs

  • You employ strong senses of empathy and curiosity to build the best possible experiences for the users of your products

  • You focus on delighting customers with amazing user experiences and customer service

  • You are comfortable operating in an environment that is loosely coupled but tightly aligned toward a shared vision

What does success look like?

  • You will have found your place in our mission by understanding how to drive engineering solutions and look to future challenges

  • You will understand our customers and the impact our product has on their lives 

  • You will make contributions to the wider engineering goals of the company

  • You will inspire a team environment where ideas are shared and openness is valued

  • You will help us scale-up and build world class digital platforms that bring energy to tens of millions of customers

What you get back?

  • The ability to choose your own path to success – you will have the freedom to define how the technology is built together as a multi-discipline product team

  • The freedom to have real impact – engineers and managers at bp are trusted with a high degree of autonomy, you’re not a cog in the machine

  • The opportunity to inspire teams

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 a hybrid of office/remote working


Business Acumen, Commercial acumen, Communication, Data Analysis, Data cleansing and transformation, Data domain knowledge, Data Integration, Data Management, Data Manipulation, Data Sourcing, Data strategy and governance, Data Structures and Algorithms, Data visualization and interpretation, Digital Security, Extract, transform and load, Problem Solving

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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