What it does: Multinational oil and gas company
Staff stats: 74,500 globally, with around 10 per cent of those based in Australia and New Zealand
The good bits: Great professional development
The not so good bits: Bureaucracy
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration
The BP story
Beyond discovery, BP develop, produce supply, market and sell the chemicals and materials to make the products for heat, light, power and mobility. BP is the only oil and gas company engaged in the Australian market from well to bowser. BP deliver fuels and lubricants, with brands spanning BP Ultimate, Castrol, Air BP and Shipping.
BP are also a retailer, focussed on bringing great offers and rewards to customers, opening fresh retail sites and introducing leading-edge technology to market.
BP is a global organisation with a diverse workforce. BP Australia encourages both women and men, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islanders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for positions, including grad and intern programmes. BP Australia partners with the National Association of Women in Operations and has historically been recognised as an Employer of Choice for gender equality. We’re also Flex Able certified through Diverse City Careers; awarded for providing a truly flexible work environment.
For over a decade, BP Australia has had a strong and proud history of involvement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) formalises the work they have been doing in this area and continues their commitment to Indigenous programs. Examples of this commitment include their support of the Melbourne Business School MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass program and their partnership with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience.
BP also worked with governments and Indigenous organisations to develop Opal low-aromatic fuel. Following its introduction in 2005, this innovative fuel dramatically reduced the incidence of petrol sniffing in affected communities.
BP Australia’s supports organisations such as OzHarvest and the McGrath Foundation.
About the programmes
BP Australia offers 12-week internship programmes (including one specifically for Indigenous students) across a variety of in areas including sales, finance, marketing, engineering, and mathematics. To qualify for an internship, you’ll need to be in the second-last year of an undergraduate or postgraduate course. BP’s internship programme is designed to feed into their graduate programme. If all goes well, you’ll also have the opportunity to apply for BP’s graduate programme after you’ve completed your internship (and of course, your degree).
If you’re a recent university graduate, you can apply to join BP’s graduate programme. BP’s graduate programme has three main streams – Retail / Convenience, Commercial and Engineering/Science. There are typically graduate opportunities at corporate head office in Melbourne and their refinery in Perth. As a BP graduate, you could be working within any number of areas – from sales, marketing, IT, HR or finance, right through to engineering.
The recruitment process
The application process involves entering your university qualification and location into a ‘degree matcher’. If your application proceeds, you’ll then need to submit an application form highlighting why you want to work for BP. The intern & graduate recruitment process differ slightly, but typically, you’ll complete online testing and a recorded video interview, as well as an assessment centre. Here you will be required to complete two group exercises and one individual one relating to the oil and gas industry.
What BP look for
You’ll need to demonstrate you can be both analytical and creative, have teamwork skills and are driven to succeed.
This varies on where you are based and what grad program you are doing but the company promises “a generous salary and benefits package.” While your base salary will be around the industry average, as a grad you can expect various incentive payments, generous super, access to the company share plan and various other perks such as fuel discounts.
BP is known for investing in the professional and personal development of its staff. You’ll be expected to construct a personal development plan by using MyPlan, the company’s performance management tool that identifies areas for development. All staff are also able to access MyLearning, the company’s well-resourced training and development site.
The vibe of the place
Senior leaders are accessible and make a point of interacting and being available to staff at all levels. Like all big businesses, while it can take a while to get used to the BP way of doing things and get your head around company jargon, it’s a supportive and encouraging workplace culture. You can expect plenty of opportunities to get involved and connected and there is a social committee that arranges regular events, including an annual ball.
Star Rating: 3.8 stars
From The Employer:
Think about it. Heat. Light. Power. Mobility. Chemicals and materials to make the products that define modern life. All are made possible by oil and gas. As demand for them continues to grow, delivering that oil and gas sustainably and at a reasonable cost, remains one of the biggest challenges in the world today.
In our efforts to meet this challenge, which impacts every single person on the planet, we make some huge scientific breakthroughs and accomplish some genuinely astonishing engineering achievements. But for all of us, the most exciting things about working with BP is discovering what we, as individuals, are capable of what we can achieve together. It's an incredible business to be part of and an amazing time to be part of it.
Our role is to find, develop and produce essential sources of energy. We turn these sources into products that people need everywhere. The world needs energy and this need is growing. This energy will be in many forms. It is, and will always be, vital for people and progress everywhere. We expect to be held to high standards in what we do. We strive to be a safety leader in our industry, a world-class operator, a good corporate citizen and a great employer.
In Australia we are engaged in: the exploration for and production of oil, natural gas and liquefied natural gas; and the refining, transporting and marketing of petroleum and lubricant products. Via our refinery and a national network of terminals, depots and truck stops, we are one of the largest suppliers of fuel to Australia's industrial sector. We also have a network of some 1300 retail service stations.
The most important form of energy comes from our people. Next year, you could be working at BP, one of the largest energy companies in the world, with leaders who believe in the power of their people and in a culture that values respect, diversity, opportunity and shared success.
You’ll enjoy a culture of collaboration and respect. Working across teams and functions, you’ll enjoy access to some of the most talented people in their fields. Equally, you’ll be valued for your skills and expertise. Collective success is rewarded and diversity is highly valued. So we’ll welcome your ideas and opinions, trust you to do your job and treat you with genuine respect and consideration.
BP focuses on training and development. From the start, you’ll have a ‘buddy’ and a ‘mentor’. You will also be part of a performance review cycle which is a key process in helping you reach your potential. Over your Program, you will be able to engage in several professional and personal development opportunities, which include:
- Structured development activities that build your technical and non-technical development
- Regular networking events to build your professional and personal networks
- Unique and diverse opportunities and experiences tailored to your strengths and areas of development
- A learning environment that provides consistent levels of support both formally and informally
- Regular feedback opportunities