BP Americas, Inc. Crude and Coke Supply Planner in Blaine, Washington


Job title:

Crude and Coke Supply Planner



Role synopsis:

The Crude & Coke Supply Planner leads the process of optimizing inbound crude & feedstock logistics and supports campaign planning for the Cherry Point refinery. It leads the alternate crude evaluation/approval team as well as the out-month and mid-term strategy development regarding tank farm utilization. The role manages the operational interface with the coke marketing supply team by coordinating coke production quantities and qualities and driving optimization opportunities with refinery campaigns and coke customer shipments. The position works closely with counterparts in Chicago, Calgary, Huntington Beach, and the refinery to spearhead new crude and coke approvals and associated projects within the refinery to realize emerging crude and coke markets.

This position is part of Fuels North America’s Supply and Optimization group. It is physically stationed at the Cherry Point Refinery, and reports to the Cherry Point Refining Supply Manager. The Refining Supply team works closely with refinery operating units, technical and commercial optimization engineers, Coke Marketing and Global Oil (IST) to develop and execute the short and long term refinery operating plan.

Req ID:



United States - Washington - Blaine

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:

Yes - up to 10%

Key accountabilities:

  • Leads the process of optimizing inbound crude logistics for the Cherry Point refinery.

  • Responsible for developing the out-month and mid-term tactics & strategies regarding crude and coke campaign plans, delivery timing, crude tank farm and green coke barn utilization, and optimization of crude and coke blends in service of both operational and commercial needs, including assisting the Lead Refinery Planner in any assessments required for granting cover for crude and feedstock purchases.

  • Works closely with Fuels NA Supply Counterparts in Chicago to spearhead new crude approvals and associated projects within the refinery to realize opportunities from emerging crude markets.

  • Leads Cherry Point’s crude approval process and the Alternate Crude Team with the purpose of growing Cherry Point’s commercial flexibility while ensuring that the crude slate stays within operating constraints.

  • Leads West Coast Coke Focus Team which is a joint effort with Coke Marketing to enhance crude flexibility by utilizing various coke blending options. Coordinates Coke pricing and demand information to the Out Month and Mid Term Asset Economist for crude evaluations and volume plans.

  • Proactively identifies commercial opportunities and works closely with IST to realize those opportunities.

  • Serves as a technical expert on crude logistics for Global Fuels Technology, Business Improvement Team, Projects, and the Commercial group to help realize new feedstock-related business opportunities. This will also entail active participation in the global Crude Knowledge Continuous Improvement Forum (CK CIF) as the Cherry Point site representative

  • Provides input into maintenance of ORION and other crude planning tools

  • Generates various monthly performance and CBM metrics to maintain a healthy learning loop and help “tell the performance story”.

  • When necessary, coordinates the scheduling and logistics aspects of certain intermediates and feedstock’s (i.e. bunker fuel, transmix, green coke), including the facilitation of approval meetings as required.

  • Provides backfill coverage for Refinery Crude Planner (primary), Lead Refinery Planner (secondary), and Asset Economist (secondary) and helps facilitate future succession planning for these positions

Essential Education:

Bachelors’ degree

Desirable criteria and qualifications:

  • Chemical engineering degree preferred

  • Experience with Refinery Product or Crude scheduling, or backfilling for schedulers preferred, including Orion scheduling tool

  • Previous Supply experience preferred, and strong understanding of refinery economics and commercial impacts

  • Able to deal with ambiguous situations, and to quickly set and communicate direction to resolve issues

  • Strong ability to lead others through influence; highly credible and able to foster trust and commitment across the refinery and IST

  • Broad understanding of financial concepts; solid analytical skills and mathematical ability are required

  • Deep understanding of refinery processes, Linear Programs and refinery logistics

  • Commercial competencies, understanding of trading concepts, Basic to skillful level for refinery optimization, supply chain management, refinery operations, modeling and analysis skills.

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.

Application close date:



Process Engineering

Job category:


Countries (State/Region):

United States - Washington


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Essential experience and job requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of combined refinery process engineering, operations, logistics, or commercial experiences.

  • Must be available to field occasional calls and work issues 24/7 if/as circumstances warrant

  • Self-starter with strong work ethic and great time management skills

  • Team player willing to work mainly self-directed and take on additional assignments and increased accountabilities without being asked

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

There are no additional requirements. Please respond with N/A below.

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.