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Future Leaders Programme (FLP)

Do you have what it takes to be a future leader?
Our FLP attracts and develops talented professionals with post-graduate degrees, accelerating their progression to leadership roles in key parts of our Downstream business. The programme is global and is made up of two 24-month assignments, one of which could be international. Joining commercial, technology or sales, marketing and retail, you’ll benefit from dedicated support, exceptional exposure to our business ambitions and strategy, plenty of opportunities to network and the chance to develop your leadership and technical capabilities to enable your progression to a leadership role.
Bringing great people with wide-ranging experiences into BP early in their careers is key to our talent strategy. By building on those experiences and fresh perspectives in a structured way, we aim to maximise the potential of these people to be great leaders in our businesses for years to come. Already the FLP has generated numerous success stories. There are specific examples of people who have progressed to group leadership in BP or are currently leading large businesses across multiple countries.Evelyn Gardiner,Head of HR Downstream

What the programme offers

You’ll have a permanent role from day one. So expect a well-structured, stretching and immersive development programme offering vast exposure in a global environment. The FLP is highly respected by our existing senior leaders who will advise and guide you as you explore opportunities to advance your skills and know-how, and accelerate your progression into a leadership role. And all this is on top of an excellent rewards package.


Training and development


We’ll build on your professional background, honing your ability to lead and develop others as well as the technical skills you’ll need to excel in your discipline. You can look forward to development through experience, exposure and education, including: 

  • Two rotations relating to your capability area that will help you build the right technical skills.
  • Structured learning and development offer focused on developing your leadership capability and technical skills.
  • Opportunities to attend networking events across your capability area and the broader FLP community, exposure to senior leaders and an annual global event for the FLP community.
  • Interaction and visibility with senior leaders and support from a formal business sponsor, professional mentor and line manager.


The FLP journey

BP future leaders

Hear from our future leaders around the globe

FLP programme is an amazing programme that brings a group of enthusiastic and ambitious talents together and opens the door of opportunities for individual growth, skill sets and good experience in our Downstream business, which gets me prepared for my long-term career. It's a well-organized programme and a good self-development journey.Elaine Xian Gu,FLP, China
My mentor is my gold standard for management. Besides her charisma and valuable career advice, she has made me part of the BP world by introducing me to excellent people.Alessandro Antonioli,FLP, United Kingdom
Being a member of the FLP community gives you immediate credibility. People trust you and give you meaningful projects to remonstrate your ability to add value in a particular area within BP.Dr. Cynthia Pierre,FLP, Australia
I am currently working on a strategic project for the company. It’s a three-year strategy for the Castrol auto service channel. The fact that the company has given me the opportunity to do this after just three months means a lot. BP really want to empower their people.Aida Elbouanani,key account manager, UAE
As a member of FLP, you get lots of opportunities to talk to many different teams within BP, so I have been fortunate to be able to work with the venturing team. It’s fascinating to see how they deploy capital to benefit the wider business, and potentially the whole world.Robin Zhu,project engineer, Canada
FLP give you an amazing opportunity to develop. People trust and believe in you and they’ll do whatever they can to help you grow into the organisation. The HR team is very supportive as is the FLP community. People here are also very approachable.Alix,FLP, Chicago
Previous to working for BP, I was a professional athlete for 13 years. BP really optimised the same values and behaviours that I look to in sport and I see these in everyday life at BP – people live and breathe the values. To be on the BP programme is a honour; it’s an amazing programme. Fewer and fewer corporations are investing like BP is in development. BP create opportunities for growth and expanded learning and broaden your spectrum of skills and what you bring to the table.Emily,FLP, United Kingdom

Key requirements and attributes

Our downstream business is where we supply, trade, refine, transport, manufacture and market our products. It’s a diverse operation and its workforce - including its leaders - is just as diverse. However, as well as holding an MBA, PhD, MSc or MEng, those who benefit most from the programme have other things in common:

  • Relevant work experience in commercial, technology or sales, marketing and retail so they can hit the ground running.
  • Commercial awareness and the potential to progress to leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated personal effectiveness in the skills aligned to BP’s leadership expectations (energize others, maximize value, build enduring capability and lead through our values).
  • Ideally a flexible approach to work location and placement.

We look for high-calibre people who can lead through our values of safety, respect, excellence, courage and ‘one team’.


Training development and support

The ultimate aim of the FLP is to develop, stretch and challenge your skills, so you should be flexible and prepared to work in a position that will truly test you. You’ll take part in two, two-year rotational job experiences within a distinctive capability area.


We pride ourselves on giving the right support so you can achieve your full potential. You’ll receive structured training through our leadership development programmes, as well as more technical subjects related to your discipline. At every step you’ll have a dedicated mentor and access to our senior leaders who will advise, support and guide you on your journey.


With your level of ambition and initiative, we ‘ll also expect you to actively seek feedback from them so you can shape and drive your development. There are opportunities to attend annual conferences and dedicated FLP networking events. You’ll be part of a supportive community where you can share experiences with people who are as bright and capable as you are.


Application process

If you feel you meet the qualifying criteria and you’d like to apply to the FLP, please click the 'search jobs' button below.


Please note, you will only be able to make one application so you should choose the position you apply for carefully.


We’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome.


This is a quick checklist of the FLP requirements you should be able to tick-off before you start your application:

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant subject.
  • At least five years relevant work experience aligned to BP’s downstream distinctive capability areas of:
    • Commercial
    • Sales, marketing and retail
    • Technology
  • Proven leadership potential.
  • Flexible approach to work, location and placement.