Chief Engineer, China – Hubei – Wuhan

Req ID 95797BR

Job category Commercial

Countries (State/Region) Hubei

Location China – Hubei – Wuhan

Role synopsis

 The successful candidate will lead a team of technologists and engineers working within the DFJV.
 A key role and a key connection to Castrol and Castrol Technology community via dotted reporting line to the Castrol’s Technology Director in China.
 Drive technology development and innovation for the DFJV.
 Maximize return for DFJV by driving the technology strategy and implementation with DFJV team, delivering compelling differentiated propositions at optimized formulation costs.
 Provide on-going technical expertise to DFJV team.
 Perform as technical tag linking back to GLT to provide project update, share technology development progress and leverage BP technical expertise to drive project implementation under agreed IP framework.
This role sits in our Castrol business, a part of the BP Group. Join Castrol and you’ll get all of the benefits of a company steeped in family spirit and history, coupled with the security and opportunities a big corporation can offer.

Key accountabilities

 Leading a team of technologists, senior development technologists and engineers to deliver technical projects to support the business objectives.
• Lead team development in terms of developing performance contracts, ensuring team members have career & leadership behavior development action plans.
• Ensure test programs are executed within codes of practice / quality systems.
• Provide technical expertise in setting up and executing technical programs.
• Maintaining technical assurance and product integrity of marketing and performance claims of products.
 technical expert; be able to represent DFJV’s technology with strategic partners / customers.
 Supporting activity to ensure DFJV’s claims of product approvals comply with OEM and internal guidelines.
 Champion Intellectual Property acquisition and infringement risk assessments within the team.
 Proactively manage team budget.
 This role will be based in the Wuhan, China but expected to build strong working relationships with the Castrol China Technology Center located in Shanghai and other global technology centers and the functions listed below under ‘key interactions’; in order to achieve this it is anticipated up to 25% of travel is required.
 Work with external suppliers, especially the additive companies to ensure access to their latest technologies and developments.
 Managing and delivering the agreed projects within the context of a changing external environment which can create urgent & unexpected work (such as base oil shortages, additive shortages, cost of raw material increases) and also in a fluctuating business environment where the objectives are often “moving targets”.
 To balance marketing desire for differentiated products with unique formulations or propositions in environment where cost of goods has to be reduced and formulation proliferation is not desirable.

Essential Education

• Master/PhD Degree level or equivalent in a scientific subject

Essential experience and job requirements

 Experience (years and nature)
• Typically a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the relevant industry.
• At least 1-2 years’ knowledge of product development.
• The post holder must have excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated good networking skills, cross functionally and cross culturally. Experience of working across different cultures would be beneficial.
• Must have experience and demonstrated good skills at leading and developing teams.
• Have strong project management experience in an international arena, with outstanding track record on delivery.
• Experience of managing project budgets
• Experience of working in ambiguous/changing environments and able to respond to fast changing circumstances.
 Language Skills
• English – Fluent
• Chinese – Fluent

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)


Desirable criteria & qualifications


Relocation available


Travel required

Yes – up to 25%

Is this a part time position?


About BP

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world’s ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

BP has been operating in China since the early 1970s and is one of the leading foreign investors in the oil & gas sector in China. Our business activities here include exploration and development, petrochemicals manufacturing and marketing, aviation fuel supply, oil products retailing, lubricants, oil and gas supply and trading, LNG terminal and trunk line and the chemicals technology licensing.

Building on its business successes in China, BP has also expanded partnerships with the national energy companies beyond the country’s borders. BP is working with CNPC in Iraq and Australia, Sinopec in Angola and Singapore, CNOOC in Australia, Indonesia and Argentina, and with China National Aviation Fuel in Singapore.

BP publishes BP Statistical Review of World Energy and BP Energy Outlook on annual basis. The publications are regarded as one of the world’s most reliable sources of energy data and are widely consulted.

In parallel, BP has been working to contribute to China society by helping address the local sustainability issues. BP has also been actively engaged in energy research activities, particularly in clean energy R&D initiatives. To date, BP’s accumulative spending on community contributions in China has exceeded US$ 50 million. BP’s community practices have been widely recognized.

BP is committed to contributing to China’s energy solutions by continuing to be a trusted energy partner and valuable contributor supporting China’s strategic development.



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