Operations plays an important role in executing BP’s trading strategies, logistical optimization, and overall supply chain processes. As a Trading Operator, the primary focus is to act as the primary liaison between Integrated Supply & Trading (IST), BP, and our counterparts to coordinate delivery of all purchases and sales of various commodities.

General responsibilities of the Trading Operator role will include the coordination of various supply chain activities, including, but not limited to, pipeline, terminal, barge, vessel, and marine operations in the Americas. The successful candidate will be required to manage multiple activities simultaneously and must be able to multitask and stay organized.

A key component of this role will be developing and maintaining strong relationships with various functions within IST as well as our BP counterparts. This role will require the ability to manage multiple activities simultaneously and the ability to multitask and stay organization. This role will also work closely with our IST traders to maximize commercial value on a daily basis and require proactive communications to align appropriate stakeholders on end-to-end logistics.

The primary responsibilities of this role will focus on truck and pipeline operations, which will include the coordination of domestic crude to be loaded by truck from the producer and transported to the discharge terminal. The candidate must be flexible, managing offload volumes based on rail timing, pipeline allocation, and daily production at the wellhead. A successful operator will communicate any changes in timing/volume to other schedulers and trader and provide operational insight to add value to the book. After delivery, the operator will nominate and manage the volume on the pipeline/rail.

The operator will also be responsible for managing daily production at the wellhead, ensuring that trucks are able to keep up with production. This includes mobilizing trucks as needed for wells with high inventory. The candidate must be able to multitask and stay organized, as they will be required to optimize multiple truck and pipeline movements simultaneously. The candidate will be responsible for timely entry of data into the systems of record and ensuring that all movements are scheduled correctly and on time. Other responsibilities will include monitoring gain/loss on all modes of transportation and helping to resolve any discrepancies with external partners and reviewing, verifying, and approving vendor invoices in a timely manner.

Due to the operational nature of this position, the successful candidate will be on call 24 hours/7 days a week.

Key accountabilities:

  • Manage product supply/demand balances, asset inventories and logistical operations
  • Schedule commodity logistics and movements
  • Communicate positions and provisions effectively to critical internal partners
  • Interface with numerous stakeholders including counterparts, pipeline operators and others
  • Ensure appropriate support of inventory reconciliation, settlement activities, and other administrative duties
  • Verify and manage operational costs
  • Provide operational and cross-commodity backup coverage for team members
  • Perform other related ad-hoc duties and requests

Essential Education:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant industry experience

Essential experience and job requirements:

  • Ability to anticipate problems in advance and engage others in solving these problems as appropriate
  • Ability to make good, quick judgment decisions
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Team player and possesses ability to develop productive relationships and engage others
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location):


Desirable criteria & qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the oil and gas industry
  • Experience in Commercial and Trading activities
  • Knowledge of refinery, shipping, or terminal operations
  • Basic understanding of physical trading and related terms and activities

About BP:

Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. With a workforce of 80,000 employees, BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 80 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

Integrated Supply & Trading (IST) is BP's face to the traded markets for BP in oil, gas, power, chemicals and finance. IST's role is to enhance Group value through distinctive supply, commodity trading, risk management and information technology skills underpinned by a world class finance, control and compliance infrastructure. IST has a dynamic and highly skilled workforce, which creates value by combining analysis and commercial innovation with the material asset base of BP.

IST Oil Americas handles the supply and trading activities for BP's Oil and Chemical businesses in the Americas. The business unit and majority of our 800+ staff are headquartered in downtown Chicago, IL, with a material presence in offices in La Palma, CA; Houston, TX; Calgary, Canada. Our teams work closely with the BP business units in Refining and Marketing and Exploration and Production.

IST fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace for all employees. We are proud of our stance on fairness, equal opportunity and meritocracy, which focuses on all of our employees reaching their full potential.


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