30 August 2017
BP are looking for a Structured Trade Finance Specialist to join the Structured Trade Finance team within BP’s supply and trading business (IST). The team facilitates business growth by partnering with credit, trading, and origination teams to execute risk cover and liquidity transaction (e.g. trade credit insurance), as well as structure more complex short term (< 1 year) transactions utilising credit risk mitigation products and various financing solutions to support working capital optimisation and risk distribution.
In this role you will focus on the support of the forward-looking growth aspirations of IST, which leans more heavily on higher-risk geographies and counterparties, integrated financing structures, and the need for stronger credit risk distribution capabilities. You will also build enduring relationships and negotiate with banks and financial institutions leveraging trade finance best practices across IST in support of commercial activities globally. Working in London you will be part of a global team, providing support across an oil and gas multi-commodity supply and trading organization operating worldwide with the primary focus being Europe and Africa.
Key accountabilities include:
•Structure and execute liquidity and risk cover solutions (trade credit insurance, discounting) in support of commercial transactions
•Lead the negotiating of financing documents, such as bank purchase agreements, prepayment, extended-terms purchase agreements
•Book risk cover with banks and/or insurers as directed by Credit for effective risk mitigation. Ensure cover remains valid by behaviour as a prudent uninsured. Own the process, documentation, and communication internally and externally.
•Seamless and cooperative partnership across the business, including Trading, Origination, Credit, Treasury, Legal and other functional teams.
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. 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 Finance operates in support of IST’s strategic objectives, helping it to achieve its aim of being the world’s pre-eminent energy trader, in a controlled and compliant way. IST Finance is an integral function within BP’s global oil and gas trading and supply activities. It is accountable for short term planning and for all financial and middle office control and reporting activities. It also ensures consistency and monitors compliance in processes and Operating Standards. IST Finance operates around 3 Global processes: Accounting & Reporting, Trade Completion and Product Control and operates seamlessly with the Risk function to support the business.
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.
•Adept at building and maintaining strong, cooperative working relationships across various organizational levels – both internally and with key external partners, counterparties and banks
•Self-directed high performer with an innovative and entrepreneurial mind-set
•Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
•Attention to detail / process excellence
•Deep understanding of fundamental credit drivers – particularly for stressed and distressed counterparties, including an understanding of collateral protections and bankruptcy law dynamics.
•Familiarity with credit portfolio management theory and practice and/or secondary credit markets (loans, bonds, CDS) is a plus.
•Capital markets experience, particularly with stressed or distressed companies, in any of the following sectors or geographies a potential plus – Refiners, E&P, Merchant Power, LNG, Asia, Africa, Latin America.
•Letter of credit experience, with emerging markets or L/C financings, is a plus.
•Familiarity with treasury management products is a plus.
•Foreign language proficiency a potential advantage