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Military Placement Programme (MPP)

bp’s trading & shipping business offers a fantastic structured placement programme, giving top military leavers the opportunity to gain commercial experience at bp

If successful in gaining a place on the programme, you’ll complete a 12-month paid placement in which you’ll receive all the training and development you’ll need to deliver great things. With the support of a dedicated mentor, you’ll gain a good understanding of the wider trading and shipping business as you develop your skills and knowledge to go on to apply for a permanent position.


We are currently not accepting applications for this programme


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What to expect during the programme

As well as receiving technical training, business exposure and commercial experience, you can expect:


  • A real role with real responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Specific induction to support your transition into bp.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Support from a dedicated business mentor.
  • CV and interview skills sessions.
  • Networking opportunities
  • Help to identify and apply for suitable permanent positions.


Whether your long-term career remains within bp or not, completion of our placement programme will give you the best possible start in meeting your post-military career aspirations.

Learning and development

You’ll develop core skills and knowledge through on-the-job and formal training.?Combining role-specific with broad industry learning, you’ll gain a firm understanding of your responsibilities, the wider business, and how to perform to the best of your capabilities in that context.


Your training will be tailored to the skills and knowledge required for your role within the business.


Courses may include:

  • Introduction to energy markets and refining.
  • Energy trading operations.
  • Finance and risk training.
  • Systems and Excel training.


You’ll also be able to benefit from any presentations, learning and networking opportunities run by the business during their time on the programme.??


Our programme enables you to gain work experience within one part of bp’s supply and trading business while you seek out a full-time role from within the bp business. Our direct hire opportunities offer the chance to move into full-time roles at a level commensurate with your experience.

Who we're looking for

Service leavers can offer unrivalled experience, outstanding personal qualities and a wealth of transferable skills that will be of considerable benefit to our supply and trading business.

By definition, military personnel are self-disciplined, highly motivated and results-driven. You’ll have been tested in highly demanding and pressurised situations. Quick to learn, you pick up new skills and adapt to new circumstances easily. You take responsibility for your actions and get things done, whatever it takes.
These skills and attributes are hugely attractive to bp. Combine this with excellent analytical skills, the ability to cooperate and work as part of a team, effective networking, excellent communication skills, the desire to learn, ability to deliver commercially and a genuine interest in the oil and gas commodity business, and you could be the ideal candidate for our programme.

Why join bp?

Trading & shipping is a global business employing over 3,000 people. Diversity is one of our core strengths and we aim to have a workforce that’s representative of the societies in which we operate.


This means attracting, developing and retaining the best talent – wherever that may come from. Our ability to be competitive and thrive globally depends on it.?


The recruitment of those who have served in our armed forces will add to the mix of skills, experience and perspectives that we have already. What’s more, ex-military personnel have lived our values in the career they’ve enjoyed so far.

About trading & shipping

bp trading and shipping (T&S) is one of the world’s leading energy trading houses. Our traders work with our partners to buy, sell and move energy, integrating our products and services to provide energy solutions for 12,000 customers in 140 countries.


At any one time, about 300 ships are on the water for bp, enabling us to move around 240 million tonnes of oil, gas and products every year. Our state-of-the-art Partnership Class LNG vessels have also helped reduce carbon emissions by 190,000 tonnes in 2019.


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