Applications Now Open for BP’s Military Placement Programme

It’s an exciting month for one of the world’s leading integrated oil and gas companies. With the assistance of its Supply and Trading arm, BP has opened its third round of recruitment for the Military Placement Programme it first set up for Service-leavers in 2016.

The Military Placement Programme offers only two positions but it’s an excellent and worthwhile opportunity for Service-leavers. It is set to continue following the success of BP’s chosen entrants from earlier rounds of the Programme since employment.

BP demonstrated its absolute commitment to the scheme when Andy Milnes, the Global Head of Integrated Supply and Trading (IST), gave the opening presentation at the Military Discovery Day in Canary Wharf on 28th February, informing Service-leavers of what can be expected from the Military Placement Programme. His strong message was that BP is not just focused on trading; there are many pivotal roles existing in support of the traders. IST has approximately 2,000 people in the UK.

Offering their support to the running of the Programme, both Leanne Brandling-Harris and Gordon MacGregor, ex-Army, attended the Military Discovery Day in Canary Wharf. Gordon was the first chosen candidate for the scheme and Leanne the most recent.

“As BP’s business is positioned around the importance of an ever-changing and rapidly growing environment there is a great opportunity for ex-military personnel to make an impact”, says Lisa Jones, Career Consultant at the OA.

The ability to deal with uncertainty in a rules-based environment, an aptitude for making decisions under pressure, an understanding of risk in a difficult environment, strong leadership skills and the ability to harness diversity of thought within teams are all skills in demand within the sector.

BP highly values Service-leavers as they possess these very skills. Their additional exposure to difficult environments also helps them contribute new perspectives to the business, enabling BP to continue to grow and stay ahead of the competition.

Although there are only two places on the scheme, there will also be some opportunities for lateral hires, so networking is a valuable activity.

To find out more about the programme, including what to expect and details of the learning and development involved, as well as the application process itself, visit

Applications close on Wednesday, 29th March and the 12 month placements will begin in May 2017.