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Implementing the new bp approach: Viktoria’s story

Published:
27 September 2021

Viktoria’s team plays a vital role within bp because soon GBS will be the only organisation within bp that is responsible for sourcing and negotiating contracts with bp suppliers. GBS is also working to implement bp’s new strategy, as Viktoria and her team source greener energy solutions

After spending the first ten years of her career working in a variety of logistics and sourcing roles, Viktoria studied for her MBA at Budapest Technical University whilst on maternity leave. “After a lengthy career, I loved being back in school and learning again. It was interesting to compare the theory with the practical experiences I already had”, she explains. With an MBA under her belt, Viktoria joined bp in 2018, at a time when the organisation was shifting its sourcing activities to run out of Hungary. “The move posed an interesting challenge for the GBS organisation because it marked the first time that we supported manufacturing sourcing,” Viktoria remembers.

 

I was tasked with renegotiating expired contracts, but my role evolved to become focused on on-boarding and coordinating new colleagues as the team grew and we took over more complex projects.

An important organisation within bp 

 

Viktoria and her colleagues in GBS support bp refineries, dealing with new requests and challenges every day. “For my team, comprised mainly of economists, each project is exciting. The contracts that we support have a heavy technical background and so we’re constantly learning about the technical aspects of bp’s work,” she says. 

 

Viktoria’s team plays a vital role within bp because soon GBS will be the only organisation within bp that is responsible for sourcing and negotiating contracts with bp suppliers. And despite moving into a project management role, Viktoria is still involved in the day-to-day activity of contracting, tendering and acting on supplier negotiations. 

 

GBS is also working to implement bp’s new strategy, as Viktoria and her team source greener energy solutions:

 

We are looking to establish long-term relationships with those suppliers who can offer greener, more efficient solutions, or provide renewable energy. Building a new organisation, and being there from the beginning, is very exciting for everyone.

 A supportive environment

 

Viktoria also feels passionately about how bp’s core values - teamwork, excellence, courage and respect - are reflected in her work. 

 

We’re encouraged to speak up and challenge ideas, without worrying about any negative consequences.

Although the last 18 months have been challenging for everyone, for Viktoria, bp’s supportive culture shone through during the pandemic. “Balancing working from home and raising my son was difficult,” Viktoria explains, “but I soon realised I didn’t have to feel guilty if I needed to reorder my working hours. We had the space we needed to prioritise our families.”

 

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