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Commercial procurement and supply apprenticeship

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Procurement apprenticeship

As a global energy business, we lead the world in powering a cleaner, more sustainable future. And as our business is so diverse, so are the types of people we employ: from engineers and geologists out in the field, to IT professionals, research scientists, financial traders and retail workers. 


Because of this, our teams come from all kinds of different cultures and backgrounds – so a career at bp is always going to be exciting, challenging and full of incredible opportunities.


Study for a Level 4 commercial procurement and supply apprenticeship, Professional qualification from Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)


The CIPS qualification will help you make a real impact in your career. It’s recognised by employers all over the world for producing competent and confident procurement and supply professionals, who can guide and lead their organizations. 


Your learning will focus on:

  • Delivering effective and efficient procurement and supply strategies that enhance an organization's prospects for long-term financial stability and longer-term success.
  • Development, configuration and implementation of global commercial strategy to achieve competitive advantage.
  • Evaluating the influence of strategic supply chain management and assessing the methods that are available to measure, improve and optimise supply chain performance.
  • Analyzing the changing needs of the profession, and looking ahead to consider future strategic challenges.
Join our commercial procurement and supply apprenticeship to:


  • Develop an understanding of the principles of procurement and supply.
  • Gain hands-on experience in a dynamic environment.
  • Study towards membership of the Chartered Institute Procurement and Supply Chain (CIPS).
  • Earn while you learn, with a competitive salary plus London allowance and bp benefits. 

You’ll be able to take all you learn from your studies and apply it directly to a world-leading, multi-national organization. 

What to expect

On our commercial procurement and supply apprenticeship you’ll enjoy plenty of on-the-job experience, with 20% of your time dedicated to formal learning. This will include core degree activity, as well as access to our own Procurement learning and development resources, to help you develop your technical knowledge and soft skills.


You’ll have full support from your apprenticeship training provider and the bp early career programme team – as well as regular structured feedback on your development, progress to date, and next steps. In addition, you’ll be guided at every step by an experienced mentor and buddy.


Over the course of the apprenticeship, you’ll be based our GBS Procurement function as part of our global Supply Strategy Innovation team. 


You’ll work on a range of projects that will see you:

  • Partner with the stakeholders to drive value in line with the BP strategic agenda.
  • Solve business problems by connecting what the supply market is offering in new and impactful ways .
  • Support the delivery of complex, transformative commercial programmes.
  • Help our business start-ups to grow by working with our new ventures team.

So, who are we looking for?

To excel as a procurement professional, you’ll need to bring us:

  • A willingness to learn and adapt quickly 
  • Effective communication skills
  • Good commercial awareness 
  • Resilience and willingness to take responsibility 
  • Curiosity

Recruitment process

  • Online application - this is your chance to show us what motivates you
  • SJQ - a set of untimed questions will look to see how you match up with bp values
  • Online tests - these will check your numerical, verbal reasoning and error checking abilities
  • Assessment centre - a motivation and values-based interview, a group exercise and lunch
  • Offer and feedback - either a firm offer or guidance on how to succeed next time



You must be 18 or over at the start of the programme in September 2020 and have 5 GCSE’s grade A* - C (to include English & Maths)  


If you’re studying A-levels or completing further education, you must be due to complete your qualification/s in 2020 (we’re unable to progress applications for students who will be part way through their studies when the programme starts).


This programme is for school leavers and others who don’t have a degree. If you’re studying for or have a degree, please apply to our student and graduate opportunities.


We’ll give you details of any travel required during the selection process, and discuss any adjustments you might need.