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Corporate and Functions

Our business infrastructure underpins every element of what we do.

Business support teams work in every part of our organization to ensure we never compromise on our values or ethics, and that safety is always our number one priority.

Corporate

Commercial and external affairs enables us to make sound business decisions. Compliance and ethics ensures we do the right thing for all our stakeholders. Finance improves our business performance and maintains robust financial controls. HR teams act as strategic and operational business partners. Group audit provides assurance on risk management.

Legal teams are involved in everything from employment law to dispute resolution. Our tax function ensures compliance with tax legislation and optimizes our tax position. And our treasury team acts as our internal bank.

Career Areas

Business support

Business support

We have a global reach. Our interests range from discovering and shipping oil to selling fresh coffee. The importance and variety of our businesses demand the very best support. That’s why our support teams work in every part of our organization. Their dedication, talent and flexibility ensure we can continue to develop new and better ways to solve the challenge of meeting tomorrow’s energy needs.

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Communications and external affairs

Communications and external affairs

One minute it’s a press story on our upstream developments. The next, it’s agreeing a public engagement strategy in the US. There are important external and internal audiences – our customers, suppliers, employees, host governments, neighbours and communities in which we work. We use multiple channels from videos, magazines and social media to corporate reports, speeches and events. But what unites all the communication teams across our organization is the need to build relationships that support BP’s business priorities and values. And, when the business covers six continents, our activities include exploration, refining and marketing, transportation and trading, and safety is our number one priority, our communications and relationships with stakeholders have to be as powerful and effective as possible.

Our reputation is one of our biggest assets – and we believe that our future is linked to our reputation. That’s why what we say about our

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Compliance and ethics

Compliance and ethics

As one of the world’s leading energy companies, we take our responsibilities seriously. Our own people, the communities where we operate and our customers all expect us to observe the highest ethical standards. Our code of conduct gives us the guidance and support we need to conduct our business ethically and to comply with the law; these two things are vital to our success. It is based on our foundations: ‘What we do’, ‘What we stand for’ and ‘What we value’.

Our compliance and ethics teams support businesses, functions, leaders and individuals across BP to meet their ethical and legal obligations, and manage compliance risks. So we need qualified compliance professionals, from directors to analysts, who can role-model best practice in behaviours, encourage a speak-up culture and hold themselves and others accountable.

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Economics

Economics

Our refineries safely and reliably produce a wide range of fuels, petrochemicals and lubricants for domestic, industrial and commercial applications. Our commercial modelling and economics team serves as a centre for excellence that assists our refineries and fuels value chains (FVCs) across the world. Its global role is to develop and evaluate robust strategies, as well as the commercial and capital investments we are making to maintain, improve and expand our refining business.

This high-calibre team also supports projects beyond the refining remit – in areas such as integrated supply and trading (IST), upstream (exploration and production) and joint ventures – where refining knowledge is critical to successful delivery.

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Finance

Finance

BP is built on incisive financial decisions. With a business partner model in place, the fundamental purpose of finance is to add value to our diverse company. It aims to improve the performance of our Upstream and Downstream businesses and corporate and functions, while maintaining an effective and robust control environment. It does this by providing expert advice, driving strategy, offering independent perspectives and delivering efficient processes.

Finance at BP attracts high-calibre professionals from over 60 nationalities. We can offer you a rich and varied career, working across different locations and cultures to tangibly impact our business in a safe and reliable environment. You could be talking to South Africa about expenses, or our regional Asian business service centre in Malaysia about improving financial performance. You could be liaising with Russia about how they intend to define their project plans, or global business services, Europe, in Budapest about business process transformation.

Ours is an industry that’s constantly changing. Global markets literally shift overnight. We buy and sell assets, and negotiate huge contracts around the world. Discoveries need to be assessed, new technologies funded and strategies agreed. Our finance professionals deliver the commercial expertise to projects to ensure we keep pace.

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Group audit

Group audit

Group audit is our third line of defence for all our risks. We focus on our significant risks; we make a positive impact – helping to make BP safer, better managed and more valuable.

We play a critical role in meeting our strategic priority of putting safety and operational risk management at the heart of our business, as well as restoring trust and creating value in an ever-evolving world. We work directly with our businesses to strengthen processes, improve controls and help people work more efficiently.

Whether at an oilfield in Alaska, a trading floor in London or any other part of BP, group audit works with every part of our global operations. With over 80,000 employees and a vast number of huge projects around the world, we have a global and diverse portfolio. The technologies we rely on, the places we work and the customers who use our products are all changing rapidly.

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Human Resources

Human resources

A company as pioneering as ours doesn’t wait to be discovered by people who have the right talents and skills. HR professionals have to put together the plans that will recruit, retain and reward people who can keep us ahead in the global energy challenge. They also develop world-class training programmes for over 70,000 employees, build our capabilities and anticipate the demand for new skills. And when it comes to HR policies and procedures, they help create a culture of mutual respect. In short, HR drives our performance – on a global scale.

At BP, HR professionals act as business partners. Some deliver strategic guidance. Others support the day-to-day needs of managers and employees. And when a business has operations in six continents, that guidance and support has to be powerful enough to deliver commercial goals.

Efficiency holds the key to what HR can achieve and we invest in systems, data and core processes to manage governance, policy and compliance. That way HR can respond quickly and effectively to the fast-changing energy industry. HR plans and policies help equip our people for their roles – whether that’s drilling deeper wells, delivering clear financial reporting or promoting safety.

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Legal

Legal

Whether it’s advising on employment law, leading on dispute resolution, registering our patents or preparing contracts for a major development, lawyers have an indispensable role to play at BP.

Our legal teams act as collaborative partners to every part of our business, providing the insight and expertise we need across the globe to make the right decisions and progress as a company that puts safety first. Our legal teams either sit in a central function, such as corporate reporting or group general counsel office, or support individual businesses, including Upstream, Downstream, and integrated supply and trading (IST). There are also opportunities to specialize in fields such as energy law, regulatory law, intellectual property rights and health, safety, security and environment (HSSE).

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Mergers and acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions

In our business, standing still isn’t an option. At BP, we’re constantly looking for opportunities to expand our business by acquiring and selling assets throughout the world with whom we have a mutual interest. Our mergers and acquisitions (M&A) team therefore has a vital part to play in our long-term business strategy.

BP is built on a foundation of values and ethics, with safety and excellence being our top priority, but incisive financial decisions are just as important. M&A is all about identifying new business opportunities before the competition, evaluating their viability and, where appropriate, formulating a proposal and seeing the transaction through to conclusion. It’s a demanding remit that calls for an impressive combination of commercial acumen, financial know-how, market understanding and strong negotiating skills.

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Procurement and supply chain management

Procurement and supply chain management (PSCM)

The platform is being constructed in Trinidad, but the raw materials are thousands of miles away and exactly how much steel is needed from the contractor? What about the underwater cabling that connects the new platform to land? Then there’s the question of equipment for the onshore processing plant. Time is of the essence, but so are costs and reliable contracts.

Top-calibre professionals in procurement and supply chain management (PSCM) ensure we buy goods and services that deliver commercial and competitive advantage, while contributing to safe and reliable operations across the globe. And, with a business that includes everything from oil exploration in Africa to selling petrol for cars and coffee for passengers, managing how we spend money is vital.

There’s no doubt that the demand for energy is growing and that keeping up with this demand will be challenging. A strong, efficient approach to making sure that every part of our organization has access to the best and most cost-effective resources has never been more important.

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Tax

Tax

The purpose of the BP tax function is to ensure that we comply with the tax legislation in every country and jurisdiction in which we operate. At the same time, the function looks to optimize our tax position and effectively manage any tax risk that we may incur. It’s all about acting responsibly towards both governments across the world and our own shareholders.

Whether you take on a group-wide role dealing with our corporate tax returns, or support an individual business in handling its direct or indirect taxes, BP offers an ideal opportunity to build on your experience of tax planning, accounting and compliance. We’ll give you world-class learning and development to keep your tax knowledge up to date and enable you to follow a flexible, long-term career path in line with your strengths and ambitions. We’ll also welcome your ideas on how our tax function can do things better, faster and more efficiently.

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Treasury

Treasury

As part of a huge international finance function, our treasury team is involved in a range of activities. These include raising debt through bonds, managing corporate risk by hedging the group’s foreign exchange exposure, providing insurance and managing the group’s pensions fund. But our main role is to ensure that BP has the right funding, liquidity and currency in the right place at the right time.

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