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Technologist, Product Development

Technologist, Product Development

  • Location United Kingdom - Reading
  • Travel required Negligible 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 RQ082392
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Job summary

Job Family Group:

Research & Technology Group

Job Description:

We have an exciting new opportunity to join as a Product Development Technologist at bp! The primary purpose of the role is to contribute to key parts of a number of different projects in the team that design and develop new lubricant products and test methods. The new products and methods are required to meet the changing demands of global markets and to provide opportunities to differentiate the performance of BP’s products from its competitors.

The role holder will work under guidance of more experienced team members to support the reporting and delivery of the specifications for products that have new or improved performance features and/or improved cost of goods benefits compared to previous BP or competitors’ products.

What does the day to day look like?

  • Participate in a portfolio of development/investigation projects, planning, executing and documenting test programmes so that key milestones are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Building effective networks with both subject matter experts and operational staff within the technology function to facilitate the delivery of projects, these networks include product: testing, deployment, quality, stewardship, intellectual assets, research and compliance.
  • Building effective networks outside of the technology function to include suppliers of goods and services, technical consultancies, OEMs, BP marketing, BP Legal.
  • Manage and analyze datasets to determine trends and key learnings
  • Develop and share expertise to facilitate continuous improvement within the Development Team

What do we want to see from you!

  • Degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Engineering or related technical discipline
  • Experience in delivering projects focused on product development, engineering or research
  • Demonstrate a collaborative approach to working
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Provide evidence of designing novel work programmes


  • Demonstrated experience in Lubricants, Additives or Automotive/Manufacturing industries would be advantageous.
  • Basic knowledge of automotive, manufacturing and/or systems engineering.
  • Basic knowledge of data modeling and data management.

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 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!

Travel Requirement:

Negligible 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


Agility core practices, Analytical Thinking, Creating new methodologies, Experimental Design, Formulated product testing, Formulation Deployment, Formulation design, Intellectual Asset Management, 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, Thought Leadership, Tribology, Vehicle propulsion technologies, 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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