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Designed for talented, ambitious people to help fulfil their potential.

The Future Leaders Program is a four year program made up of two, two year rotations within a distinctive capability area. The program is aimed to develop and challenge individuals to enable post-program accelerated progression to home country leadership roles.


The Future Leaders Program consists of four best practice developmental elements:

  • Developmental experiences: All individuals undertake two, two-year rotational experiences aligned to their distinctive capability area that helps to build technical skills and ability to progress their career.
  • Capability Development: All individuals are provided with a structured learning and development offer, focused on developing leadership capability and technical skills throughout the four year rotational program.
  • Support: All individuals are provided with significant interaction and visibility with senior leadership across their distinctive capability area. In addition each individual will have a formal business sponsor and mentor, who will support their career development and progression.
  • Networking: All individuals are provided with opportunities to build networks across their distinctive capability area and broader FLP community. All individuals are encouraged to partake in an annual FLP global event which provides them access to the broader FLP community as well as exposure to senior leaders across the Downstream business.

As part of your career development pathway the two rotations will provide you with the right experiences and exposure to support your accelerated career post programme. You will receive a structured learning and development offer focused both on your technical and leadership capability including "learning on the job", "learning through others" as well as "formal learning interventions".

Through the duration of the Programme you will be provided with a dedicated mentor to support your professional development as well as a business sponsor who will guide your career progression together with your line manager during each of the rotations.

The Programme provides various networking forums both within the FLP community, you distinctive capability area and with senior leaders within the Downstream business. Each year you will be encouraged to attend the Global FLP Event designed to help you develop key skills, build your network and gain exposure to senior leaders.


The distinctive capability Commercial is represented by three main sub-disciplines, including refining supply and optimisation, supply chain operations and logistics and lastly marketing supply and pricing.

Refining Supply and Optimisation: Maximises the commercial performance of the value chain through the optimisation of its refineries and associated assets. It ensures there are efficient, cohesive refining supply activities spanning fuels and IST global oil in the short and medium term timeframes. It identifies and implements opportunities to improve the commercial performance of the refineries and associated assets, acting at all times to maximise value. (Example job titles: Refining Supply Manager, Refinery Planner, Refinery Optimisation Manager).

Supply Chain Operations and Logistics: Ensure safe, efficient and reliable execution of the regional supply plan activities. Supply chain operations schedule physical movements into and out of the refinery ensuring complete and efficient handoffs between regions and with IST global oil. Logistics ensures that logistics processes are strategically and commercially aligned with the fuels business and manage all pipeline, terminal and secondary transportation operations. (Example job titles: Supply Operations Manager, Logistics Manager, Supply Operator).

Marketing Supply and Pricing: Marketing supply and pricing maximises the commercial performance of marketing assets within the value chain for the short-term timeframe and lead the mid-term optimisation for the fuels business by requesting the appropriate input from relevant stakeholders including Refining supply, sales & marketing and Finance. It ensures that efficient, reliable and competitively priced products are marketed across the value chain, acting at all time to maximise value to BP and the overall gross margin contribution. (Example job titles: Marketing Supply Manager, Mid-term Planner, and Demand Planning Manager).

Sales, Marketing and Retail

The distinctive capability area of Sales, Marketing and Retail is made up of these three areas each with their own independent sub-disciplines and career pathways.

SALES: Sales consists of four different sub-disciplines, these include direct sales / B2B focused on managing the direct sale to customers, indirect sales focused on managing the sale to distributors or other third parties. As well as global and key account management, focused account management of our customers who will bring long-term value and lastly customer excellence, focused on supporting (pre and post) sale of products and services. (Example job titles: Demand Analyst, Customer Excellence manager, Account Manager, Sales Representative).

RETAIL: Retail focuses on providing retail services to customers through company-owned or dealer-owned sites as well as supplying commercial fleet customers within the transport and industrial sectors. (Example job titles: Area Manager Retail, Retail Manager, Retail Customer Experience Manager)

MARKETING: Marketing consists of five different sub-disciplines, these include, general marketing strategy and planning, brand management, communications and engagement, insights and customer understanding, product and offer development and customer experience. (Example job titles: Offer Development Manager, Customer Experience Manager, Brand and Communication Manager).


The technology distinctive capability area in Downstream consists of range of different sub-disciplines all fundamental to the success and future of BP allowing for a wide variety of technology roles.

If youŽre looking for a new opportunity, the Future Leaders Programme is an exciting prospect for you to consider. Wherever youŽre working, youŽll work in roles that will develop your skills and prepare you for success. Help us stay one step ahead. Find out more about our Future Leaders Programme and apply here.


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