Commercial Graduate Programme 2020

  • ExxonMobil
  • Leatherhead, UK
  • Oct 03, 2019
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At ExxonMobil we’re using technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. We’re recruiting now for our 2020 UK Graduate Programme and we are seeking exceptional people who we can empower to think independently, take initiative and be innovative. 

What’s in it for you?

We’re one of the world’s biggest energy and chemical companies and we reward our employees accordingly. We offer a competitive graduate starting salary and you’ll also receive our generous graduate resettlement allowance. In addition, we offer an excellent benefits package, which includes a defined benefit pension scheme, share incentive plan and private health care for employees and their families. Continuing the health and wellbeing theme, there are also free gyms at most of our UK sites. 

But more than that, ExxonMobil is a great place to start and to build a career, it isn’t just another graduate job. Crucially, we offer our graduates real jobs from day one, with future UK-based and international opportunities. Our graduate development programme provides you with an in depth introduction to the company as well as technical training to enable you to succeed in your first job. We also provide on-going learning and technical training.

What would you be doing?

Our commercial graduate programme could see you in a role within the following business teams. Whichever team you start in you’ll have real responsibility from day one and we’ll provide a supportive learning environment. 

  • Fuels and Lubricants Marketing

ExxonMobil is best known in the UK for our famous brands: Esso and Mobil. We are one of the largest petrol retailers in the UK. We serve around 800,000 customers every day, 365 days of the year, through our retail network of around 1,100 Esso-branded service stations. 

Our business is much broader than just retail fuels retail though. Our Lubricants business also supplies customers in the basestocks, specialties, marine, aviation, industrial and automotive industries with products to suit a wide range of lubricant applications – some 350 finished lubricants, including an extensive range of engine oils. Possibly our most famous partnership is with Red Bull Racing, in which we provide the fuels and lubricants used by its Formula 1 Grand Prix Team. 

Our Fuels and Lubricants business designs and deliver the marketing for our products, manages our product portfolios, oversees the value chain of delivering Esso-branded materials to our customers to enable them to build their businesses. As a Graduate your first role could see you taking responsibility for a portfolio of service stations or providing technical support to our business customers who use our products. 

  • Commercial and Trading

Our European crude trading activities involve teams of specialist traders networking with our trading offices in Houston and Singapore to buy and sell crude oil around the world. The traders buy crude oil for our network of European, American and Asian refineries and sell crude from our upstream production locations around the world. Increasingly they also seek additional commercial trading opportunities in the fast moving, dynamic crude oil markets. 

  • Gas and Power Marketing

ExxonMobil is the world's largest non-government producer and marketer of equity gas with total sales volumes over 120 billion cubic metres per year. Our European team, based in Leatherhead, accounts for about 40% of ExxonMobil's worldwide gas sales. In the UK alone, the South Hook LNG terminal (in which we are a joint venture partner)  is capable of supplying over 55 million cubic metres of gas per day - approximately 30% of UK demand. 

ExxonMobil sells its gas and power primarily to other energy companies, distribution companies and large industrial consumers.The work often involves lengthy and detailed negotiations with highly professional counterparties. Bringing gas, power or natural gas liquids from source to customer involves the operation and management of complex and high value assets. We oversee all aspects of the value chain to maximise overall value for the Corporation by co-ordinating all functions involved. 

Our Graduate Analyst roles will develop your knowledge of our business and the skills you will need to progress your career. You can expect to be leading projects that involve the commercial analysis of our business and the markets in which we operate to inform decision making, collaborating with colleagues across our business.  

You’ll have excellent opportunities to gain an array of experiences in your first few years with the Company and those detailed above are just two examples. For further details on ExxonMobil Graduate Careers refer to our Careers Brochure

What are we looking for?

To be eligible for this role, you must:

  • Have, or be on track for, at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) degree. Science, technology, engineering or mathematics degrees, or those which include a high analytical content, are preferred. 
  • Be graduating in 2020 or have graduated in 2019, 2018 or 2017 

Successful candidates should possess a broad range of personal effectiveness and leadership skills, with the ability to facilitate and influence business decisions in a team environment. 

Candidates should also be motivated to progress on a commercial career path – this programme would not support chartership in technical disciplines such as chemical engineering. 

Relevant work experience on summer or industrial placements is preferred, but not essential. 

How do you apply and what’s the process?

Interested? Click 'Apply Now' and submit your application to our Recruitment Team today. Applications are open until 18 October 2019. 

If your application meets or exceeds our minimum criteria you will be invited to take our online test (it should be completed within five days of you receiving it). Candidates who pass the online test will be invited to a competency based Skype interview between June and November. If successful, this will be followed by a competency based interview at our Leatherhead (Surrey) office. The final round will be at an assessment centre at our Leatherhead office in November or early December. 

If your application is not successful at any stage we will let you know as soon as we can, but please allow up to 21 days. 

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidates will be made a conditional offer of employment. The conditions include, but are not limited to: a satisfactory criminal records disclosure; satisfactory employment references over five years (where applicable); verification of qualifications, including any professional accreditation stated in the application; completion of a pre-employment medical, including a test for illicit or unprescribed drugs in accordance with the Company's safety policies; and the legal right to work on the agreed commencement date. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

ExxonMobil and its United Kingdom subsidiary companies, Esso Petroleum Company, Limited, and ExxonMobil Chemical Limited, are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. All applicants are offered equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities during our recruitment processes, therefore, please contact the Recruitment Team if you wish to discuss any particular requirements to enable you to complete our recruitment process.

Experience level of the applicant we want

College / Sixth form