Lead Economist: global oil markets and transportation, United States – District of Columbia – Washington DC, United States – Texas – Houston

Req ID 94372BR

Job category Economics

Location United States – District of Columbia – Washington DC, United States – Texas – Houston

Role synopsis

BP is looking for an experienced senior economist to join our global Group Economics team, to be based in the USA (either in Washington DC or Houston), reporting to Group Chief Economist, Spencer Dale. This is an opportunity to join a team of professional economists with a worldwide reputation, within one of the world’s leading energy companies. The team comprises 10 economists and provides analysis of global energy markets and trends to inform business decisions within BP. A particular focus is on analyzing the transition to a low-carbon energy system and how this should shape BP’s long-term strategy. The team has a significant external presence and is responsible for producing BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy and BP’s Energy Outlook.

In this role you will lead a small group focused on analyzing and monitoring global oil markets and global trends within the consumption and production of oil. You will also lead the Economics Team’s analysis of emerging trends within the transportation sector (eg electric cars, ride sharing, autonomous driving) and their implications for future energy trends. You will also serve as the company’s senior US economist, supporting BP’s US (and other North American) businesses as well as representing the company externally in government, academic, and industry fora.

Key accountabilities

Work in a small global team of energy economists, providing frontline advice and support to BP’s businesses and decision making.
Apply rigorous economic analysis and modeling to monitor and assess global energy trends and their implications for BP.
Have responsibility for: (i) leading a small team analyzing developments in global oil markets; (ii) leading the Economics Team’s analysis of emerging trends within the transportation sector and their implications for future energy trends; (iii) providing a particular focus on US/North American economic and energy developments.
Help produce BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy and BP’s Energy Outlook.
Represent the team internally and externally, including internationally.
Communicate the results of rigorous economic analysis to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Essential Education

Applicants should have a post-graduate degree in an Economics/Energy related field.

Essential experience and job requirements

10-15 years’ experience working as a professional economist, ideally dealing with global energy markets or macroeconomic issues.
Desire and ability to use rigorous economics and modelling to inform corporate decision making and strategy.
Strong numerical skills and a willingness & ability to work with large and complex data sets.
Ability to work within a small, widely dispersed, global team, with the communication skills, confidence and self-organizing capability to be an effective leader and contributor while operating at a large distance from other members of the team (most of whom are based in London).
Strong communication skills, with ability to communicate analytical insights clearly and concisely, both internally and externally.
Able to build and maintain a network of external contacts that provides advantaged access to information and insights.
Willingness to travel domestically and internationally to support BP’s global businesses

Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location)

25% Travel Required

Desirable criteria & qualifications

Professional knowledge of global oil markets is strongly desired.

Relocation available

Yes – Domestic (In country) only

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.

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.

In America, we are the largest producer of domestic oil and gas and one of the largest energy investors. Our operations include the North Slope of Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, the refineries in the Midwest, West Coast, and Gulf Coast, a solar plant in Frederick Maryland and wind farms across the country. The Chairman and President is our most senior leader for BP in the US.


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If you are selected for a position in the United States, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-placement drug test (and alcohol screening/medical examination if required by the role) as well as pre-placement verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process. The drug screen requires a hair test for which BP must be able to obtain a sufficient hair sample for analysis (~4 cm/1 ½” scalp, or > 2 cm/¾” body – arms & armpits/legs/chest)

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, BP is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, military status, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other protected group status. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us or have one of your representatives contact us at BPUSApplicationAssis@bp.com or by telephone at 281.366.1999.

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Eligibility Requirements

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.


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