Structured Trade Finance Specialist

  • Competitive GBP
  • London, England, United Kingdom London England GB
  • Permanent, Full time
  • BP Plc.
  • 12 Sep 18 2018-09-12

This role sits in the Structured Trade Finance Team within BP’s supply and trading business and will help facilitate business growth by partnering with regional credit and origination teams to identify risk distribution/participation paths and structure potential transactions accordingly.

Role Synopsis:

This role sits in the Structured Trade Finance Team within BP’s supply and trading business and will help facilitate business growth by partnering with regional credit and origination teams to identify risk distribution/participation paths and structure potential transactions accordingly.

You will focus on developing an external network of alternative asset managers to co-invest in commodity-led transactions, in addition to capitalizing on your creativity and structuring skills.  This role sits within a small global team providing support across a multi-commodity supply and trading organization operating worldwide and will work collaboratively with regional credit and origination teams. 

Key Accountabilities:

• Identify, develop, maintain and leverage an extensive global distribution network of bank and non-bank, investors/lenders. Clearly communicate transaction and transaction-related merits, credit risks and mitigants, as well as negotiate the finance, business and legal considerations associated with multi-participant transactions. Source potential new transaction opportunities from investors and banks and refer to appropriate origination managers for review.
• Assess distribution risk and general marketability.  Participate in due diligence and then underwrite, structure, draft and negotiate transaction terms, conditions and pricing for new and existing commodity-lead transactions in collaboration with credit and origination. Deliver proposals and presentations on those transactions to current and potential investors, assessing and structuring market appetite. Provide ongoing market commentary to current and investors and colleagues.
• Help frame and progress credit risk appetite conversations within IST & BP by coupling risk/reward analysis with an understanding of both fundamental credit drivers and credit portfolio dynamics & fit. Develop and/or validate credit exposure and pricing treatment of larger transactions, including those subject to executive level review.
• Provide structuring leadership and/or support on strategic and complex transaction opportunities. Leverage integrated understanding of commercial growth strategies, fundamental credit outlooks, current credit portfolio and available structuring and risk mitigation tools to help develop credit strategies and potential transaction opportunities consistent therewith.
• Provide periodic updates with market color and a current list of recent transactions to executive management, credit and origination teams. Track various risk categories in the commodity and credit space. Keep origination and credit informed of trends and competitive information regarding pricing, covenants, amortization, and other terms to ensure that we remain competitive in our commodity/financing offer.

Essential Education:

• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required; MBA or CFA preferred

Essential Experience:

• Experience in developing and implementing financing and transaction structures, within a commercial / investment bank, an energy trading enterprise or both.
• Deep knowledge of syndication markets and processes, as well as demonstrated experience with negotiation, execution, and syndications in the alternative financing space.
• Extensive experience in preparing and presenting investment ideas and rolodex/relationships with global alternative asset managers.
• Broad understanding of fundamental credit drivers – particularly for stressed and distressed counterparties, including an understanding of collateral protections and bankruptcy law dynamics
• Adept at building and maintaining strong, cooperative working relationships across various organizational levels – both internally and with key external partners and counterparties
• Comfortable adapting role and input to needs of situation – structuring lead, structuring support, limited advisory role, etc.
• Self-directed high performer with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset
• Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
• Excellent PC skills, including proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. 

Desirable Criteria:

• Capital markets experience, particularly with stressed or distressed companies, in any of the following sectors or geographies a plus – Refiners, E&P, Merchant Power, LNG, Asia, Africa, Latin America.
• Familiarity with credit portfolio management theory and practice and/or secondary credit markets (loans, bonds, CDS).
• Expertise in financial analysis and cash flow modelling.
• Experience with SPVs.
• Letter of credit experience, with emerging markets or L/C financings
• Foreign language proficiency a plus