As a multi-national company we want our workforce to represent the societies in which we operate. So we work to attract, motivate, develop and retain the best talent from communities around the globe. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) enables us to be creative, competitive and thrive in our environment, as we deliver safe and reliable energy the world needs now and in the future.
We believe that success comes from the energy of our people. We currently have over 80,000 employees working in 80 countries across the globe; we employ around 20,000 people in Upstream and over 50,000 in Downstream. In addition, our global activities support thousands of other contractors and joint venture staff.
The better our people, the better we are. D&I is a key component in our continued growth and success. We respect individual differences and we value the contribution of each employee to make their team and the business more effective. In a recent survey, 74% of our employees believed that managers seek out diverse views from their teams.
We have set out what we believe to be best practice in our group"D&I ambition, with business leaders being accountable to progress diversity and inclusion with the ambition to achieve the following goal:
I was a LT and a Naval Aviator.I was responsible for flying various combat and combat support helicopter missions throughout the Middle East, Asia, and South America. I also was in charge of a 25 person maintenance detachment that ensured that all of our helicopters were repaired and mission capable.
When I was an Investment Banker, I worked on a large Merchant Power acquisition that BP provided some of the natural gas and power hedging for.The Structured Products team was looking for someone that had my unique skillset, and recruited me to join the team in 2005.
In the Navy, I learned to lead a team under stressful conditions and in difficult environments.I was able to think on my feet, and make fast-paced decisions that affected thousands of people.In essence, I learned to be a leader rather than just a manager. I am able to leverage these skills every day in my current job.I am responsible for a team of 4 professionals, but also have to perform and deliver as an individual contributor.
The skills I learned in the military were easily transferrable to BP. As a military officer, I learned to lead people and work as a team under pressure, in order to deliver specific goals within a specific timeframe.These skills have enabled me to succeed within a results driven organization such as BP.
BP is a very large company with multiple career paths and opportunities for veterans. There is definitely a home for someone who is eager, intelligent, hard-working, and has attention to detail.Whether it is in Upstream, Downstream, or IST there are amazing opportunities for someone to succeed and find a career that they enjoy.
I found the transition offerings from BP to be extremely helpful and indicative of the teamwork I'd quickly realize working here. The presence of the BP Veterans BRG was a huge help to me as I began to navigate a new ways of working and corporate culture. It's incredibly important, and comforting, to have other veterans with whom we can connect. It helps restore the sense of community and identity veterans often find missing after leaving the military. The work our BRG does to help our fellow veterans externally and to support BP's veteran hiring initiatives internally provide a sense of purpose that most veterans crave.
As a veteran, I like knowing that the company truly values my military experience. And I'm excited to see the opportunities that my fellow veterans and I have to make a difference in our communities and for other veterans even in our corporate roles. I like knowing that we can still change the world from where we stand in our company.
I've come to recognize just how well trained we are in leadership skills and I'm pleased to be able to share my experience with my colleagues. In the military you're taught how to lead, even from junior positions, while maintaining proper organizational protocols. Team dynamics and problem solving are daily parts of our military experience and I'm always excited when I have the opportunity to exercise those skills in my work at BP.
My military experience has been a tremendous asset for me at BP. It's given me the confidence to know that I can bring new ideas and approaches to the table with credibility and a logical presentation. The military is beautifully diverse organization where I learned how to perform with excellence on teams of people from a variety of backgrounds. This experience is one of many that align well with the established culture at BP. One of the most important ways my military background has helped me at BP is found in the similar values between military service and BP. Veterans are well trained in safety, excellence, courage and teamwork which means veterans are already a great fit for BP's culture and BP is a comfortable, natural fit for veterans.