We were one of the first foreign companies to begin operating in China, trading and licensing our technologies in the 1970s and moving into oil and gas exploration in the 1980s. Since 1990 we have played an active role in China’s economic development – as at June 2015, we had invested around $4.5 billion in the Chinese oil and gas sector.
We also have extensive downstream interests in China, including the supply of aviation fuel and the marketing of advanced lubricants.
We have consistently respected and upheld Chinese law and are transparent in the way we do business. Today, our business activities continue to grow in China, with safety, reliability and operational excellence top of our agenda. This means a huge range of career opportunities for ambitious and dynamic people.
If you’re an adaptable individual who makes excellence your personal standard, you’ll thrive here. An inspiring leadership style will help you to do your best. You’ll be able to take pride in delivering phenomenal work. And your voice will be heard. We empower everyone to speak up, share their thinking and offer their unique perspectives – because we know that different views make us stronger.
Our environment is friendly, open and collaborative Join us and you’ll be working with people who are as bright and talented as you are. Who solve problems together. Who have an uncompromising belief in doing the right thing. Who put the safety of each other, and the communities where we work, above everything else.
“I first joined bp as an intern in Chicago and kept in touch with some of the people I worked with. They spoke very highly of their colleagues in Shanghai and that persuaded me to return to bp after consulting and marketing roles elsewhere. It wasn’t false praise, either. I work with some amazing people in Shanghai and you inevitably learn from them. There’s a strong collaborative culture at bp. People are very open and want to help, so I’ve always felt comfortable asking questions.
“My first job in Shanghai was planning manager. Then I became strategy manager for petrochemicals in bp’s global HQ. This involved working with finance teams in the petrochemicals business units on their long-term plans, then with commercial teams to refresh the strategies. I’m now China regional finance lead in integrated supply and trading (IST), helping to support the IST growth agenda. I manage my work around different zones; talking to colleagues in the US is my first job of the day. But since I get everything done Monday to Friday I can devote weekends to my wife and young daughter. Career and family wise, it’s all worked out brilliantly.”
“Teams trusted each other and worked collaboratively – the project really brought the bp values to life.”
“There have been a lot of changes in my 14 years at bp in China. But change brings opportunity. I’ve had seven different jobs, in both specialist and generalist HR/business partner roles, and each move has enabled me to try new things and widen my expertise. bp encourages people to own their career development; the opportunities are there, you just have to take them. I currently wear two hats: resourcing and reward manager for a retail joint venture and China retail business unit HR manager.
“I’ve really been able to see the value of my work. For three years I was heavily involved in the China liquid petroleum gas business exit project. This impacted around 1,500 employees and some 700,000 customers. The exit was a huge challenge and brought together a number of different teams. But teams trusted each other and worked collaboratively – the project really brought the bp values to life, particularly our one-team spirit and the respect we have for each other. In the end we managed a safe exit, meeting our commitment to people and fulfilling our social responsibilities.”
Today, our oil and gas exploration and production activities continue to grow in China, with safety, reliability and operational excellence top of our agenda
As a programme intern, you’ll work on some of the most exciting and technically challenging projects our industry has to offer
Despite slowing energy demand growth, China remains the world’s largest energy consumer, accounting for 22% of world energy consumption in 2040