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[Met-jobs] Job - Climate Science Program Lead at BP

From "Horsfield, Michelle" <>
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Date Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:01:36 +0000

An opportunity has arisen for a Climate Science Program Lead to work in BP within the Office of the Chief Scientist. It’s a role requiring significant climate science expertise and effective project management skills. 

For a full job description and to apply for this post, please go to the website.  Closing Date for applications: 05/10/17.

 Role synopsis

This role will lead an important programme focused on understanding what potential impacts a changing climate may have on BP’s businesses.  You will be part of the Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies (CCST) team and apply knowledge of science, technology and policy etc. to help inform investment decisions and manage risk in the existing portfolio.
In particular, this role will focus on leading the climate resilience programme which will continue to build the CCST team’s scientific understanding of projections for climate change and look to develop tools for the business.  In addition, about a third of the role will contribute to other aspects of the Science and Sustainability programme.  The Climate Science and Sustainability Programme Lead will report to the Climate Science and Sustainability Manager.

The role will build on established academic relationships to help keep abreast of leading knowledge and expertise in the area.  This will enable the postholder to help assess the resilience of BP assets (and the supply chain) to projected physical impacts of climate change and to determine a framework for how this is done. The role will determine the steps to ultimately creating tools and processes for the business.
The role will also manage other programmes and projects within the Science and Sustainability programme for example ‘Methane’ and ‘Net Zero emissions’.

Key accountabilities

  • Continue to build the scientific understanding of climate change to better understand evolving climate science, the uncertainties and the practical application of climate science to understand the potential regional and operational impacts associated with projections for a changing climate.
  • Leverage networks with established academic partners to help communicate key risks identified to relevant businesses.
  • Keep abreast of improvements in global climate models, including downscaling approaches, to determine when global, regional and downscaled climate models should be adopted at regional and business level.
  • Develop and deploy appropriate tools for the business to better understand the potential risk exposure of assets to projected physical impacts of climate change and to identify potential climate change impacts worthy of greater investigation;
  • Interact with BP colleagues working in this space, including Metocean and Environmental Engineers and build networks to the wider BP organisation (both in Upstream and Downstream) to understand key business needs;
  • Take an active part in other BP Group Technology programmes (currently methane and net zero emissions) or in the shorter term project work that the team performs.

Key challenges include

  • Providing information to inform risk when uncertainty is high
  • Interpreting advances in science and integrating it into what this means for the business – impact and opportunity

Essential Education

Degree (Engineering or Science) and /or Masters or equivalent

Essential experience and job requirements

  • Considerable experience in atmospheric science, meteorology and oceanography
  • Familiarity with key global and regional climate models
  • An understanding of climate model limitations and uncertainty in key parameters of interest
  • Proven history of managing and delivering technically demanding, multi-disciplinary projects
  • Recognised expertise in effective Project Management
  • Ability to communicate with specialists and non specialists effectively and form  networks in- and outside of BP
  • Self starter, independent and quick learner
  • Analytical and thorough



Michelle Horsfield CEnv


Climate Science and Sustainability Manager | Climate Change and Sustainability Technologies, Group Technology

Lyncphone 44 203 401 6874| mobile 44 7884 206378 |

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