BP

Technology Principal, DIO (Digital Innovation Organization)

Recruiter
BP
Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
26 Mar 2019
Closes
10 Apr 2019
Ref
95171BR
Sector
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Role synopsis:
BP's focal point for digital technology leadership and innovation is the Digital Innovation Organization (DIO). The DIO provides fast and efficient application of emerging external digital technology innovation to BP group, business, and functions requirements. The DIO is focused on solving business problems outside of traditional IT solutions and leverages its ecosystem of external knowledge sources, including start-ups, venture capital firms, IT vendors, major corporations, research organizations, governments, military, academia, and consultants. The DIO also increases business awareness of operational and growth opportunities built by new technologies and works to improve BP's external reputation regarding digital technology and business practices. The DIO works closely with the business to accelerate the efficient adoption of new technology and to initiate programs to deploy technologies at scale.

The primary measure of DIO's performance is the business adoption of new digital technologies. Although relatively small in size, the DIO is world class in reach, processes, activities, and results. It works with the very highest levels of external organizations and operates within the full context of external digital and business innovation as well as BP Group and Segment strategy. It collaborates closely with other IT&S teams, BP's technology organizations and line businesses.

The Technology Principal is responsible for the identification and application of range of emerging digital technologies for the BP group. The expectations for the impact on BP in terms of economic value are very high due to the increasing importance assigned to digital technologies at the BP Executive Team Members (ETM) level. Virtually all of BP's front-line activities are being digitized and digital technologies have been identified as a major source of BP's productivity and potential for top line improvement. Also, the range, and scope of external digital technology change are increasingly broad in scope and occurring at a faster pace.

This position is part of a team which combines innovation, business development and relationship management. It is significantly different from traditional leadership roles in IT, which focus on a more structured set of activities involving large budgets and headcount. By contrast, this role will lead a number of initiatives working with highly technical people engaged in leading edge, innovative activities that are inherently unstructured. A very high degree of stature, leadership, influence and soft skills are required achieve success in business adoption of new technology.

Key accountabilities:
External Networks: Scans the horizon to identify emerging digital trends, new products and solutions potentially relevant to all business segments and functions; assesses potential vendors, consultants, and market segments.

Internal Networks: Works closely with business and IT&S executive management to identify key challenges that can be addressed through new technology and seeks to solve problems with the help of DIO's ecosystem.

Relationships: Develops and nurtures collaborative external relationships at the CEO or executive level with major vendors, venture capital firms, governments, academic institutions and research firms for long-term collaboration.

Networking: Networks extensively in BP to understand business context, direction, and challenges, recognizing the importance of digital technologies to core technologies and the synergies between the core and digital technologies.

Organization: As part of a small team of digital technology professionals, acts as a role model and mentor, inspires and motivates the more junior members of the team to a high level of performance. Promotes team working and close collaboration with the business and the traditional IT and technology organizations.

Leadership: Shows fluidity, speed, an initiative in unstructured contexts, longer-term vision and prudent risk-taking typical of business development entities. Leadership capabilities demonstrated in investment banking, venture capital and successful business development organizations serve as better comparators than traditional IT operations and support.

Project and Program Development:
  • Delivers Proof of Concept projects to prove technical viability or potential value to BP, prepares builds business cases and prepares the organisation for further technology adoption
  • Holds accountability for first implementations and is responsible for technology introduction through the delivery of business benefits
  • Terminates POC's, trials, or other projects if the technology is not ready, it becomes clear that sufficient value will not be realized or priorities changes
  • Works with IT&S, Business, and Partners to facilitate programs that may be centered on related technologies or business problems or adoption at scale for those technologies shown to solve some of BP's significant challenges and hold significant value. This requires extensive persuasion at the executive level and persistence. In particular, mature judgment on technology viability and the organizational and business savvy to accurately assess the readiness for change are required

Technology Advisor: As a Senior Level Leader, the Technology Principal is an expert in one or more technology disciplines and acts as the rapid knowledge transfer agent to a wider community in BP. More specifically:
  • Helps to identify major technology trends and drive awareness and adoption throughout BP
  • Provides a fast and direct bridge to the cutting edge of relevant external information technologies and expertise.
  • Promotes awareness on emerging information technologies and trends among senior management in BP.
  • Provides advice and counsel to senior executives in setting major business directions or policies and makes a significant contribution to segment and functional strategies

Special Projects: From time to time is engaged in a variety of special projects, including the design and implementation of innovation processes or by designing and delivering high quality symposia and other events with leading technology providers

Essential Education:
Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math, or equivalent professional experience

Essential experience and job requirements:
The ideal candidate must bring an entrepreneurial spirit, high organizational EQ/influencing skills, track record of applying science or technology within a large and complex organization.
  • 10+ years' experience of evaluating scientific and/or technology trends and delivering innovative projects
  • Track record of identifying leading edge technology, innovations, products, and solutions to translate ideas and concepts into business opportunities and successful technology adoptions
  • Motivated by the challenges of solving complex problems and a passion for making things happen, with the ability to work across a large, complex institution and community
  • Ability to rapidly grasp new concepts, achieve a high level familiarity with new technologies and sense their application; aptitude to think at the very forefront
  • Capability to provide technical clarity and business direction to executive management
  • Understanding of the petroleum industry and significant experience working in an upstream, downstream, energy trading or alternative energy context
  • Comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Effective presentation and persuasion skills, ability to conduct effective workshops
  • Project management skills, including anticipation and surmounting of technical, vendor, organizational and other challenges
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of freedom and discretion in contract, discussions and other activities to successfully deliver projects with minimal supervision
  • Strong cross-functional and team-building skills with an ability to build positive and productive working relationships and foster creativity, innovation, and integrity within and across teams


Other Requirements (e.g. Travel, Location):
In IT&S we are committed to the provision of agile or flexible working arrangements. Agile or flexible working encompasses a wide range of working options which support individuals to their full potential. It is more than adhoc home working or part time working, it's about finding the best way and role modelling BP's IT technology to get a job done, that works well for both the business and our employees.

So even if a job is advertised as full time, please reach out to the hiring manager or the recruiter as agile or flexible working arrangements may be considered.

Desirable criteria & qualifications:
Master's degree in a STEM field

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 is one of the three largest energy companies in the world, operating in over 100 countries across 6 continents. Information Technology & Services (IT&S), provides a full range of IT services to BP's global business segments.

IT&S plays a critical role in the delivery of defined world-class operational services that BP businesses can rely upon in support of their own performance. Our specific accountabilities include the delivery of services to specified target levels, including availability, recoverability and cost to the corporation. These services must also be delivered safely and secured against the growing risk of viruses and other security threats.

We aim to benchmark our performance favorably against a defined peer group of the world's best and intend to deliver our services with professionalism to rival any major business corporation in the world - this is what we mean by being 'World Class'. To achieve this exciting level of performance will require a commensurate level of enthusiasm, commitment and expertise in our people.

Disclaimer
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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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