Intelligence Advisor

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 19

Position description

ISC’s Business Intelligence (‘BI’) team identifies risk, finds opportunity and maximizes value for BP through the delivery of actionable intelligence relevant to major commercial activity. The Intelligence Advisor plays an integral role in this process by independently collecting, analyzing, and presenting deeply-buried intelligence, developing key internal and external relationships, and providing guidance and leadership to junior team members. The Washington-based Intelligence Advisor will serve as a key point of engagement for the BI team’s diverse network of external intelligence providers in the US and abroad and will be responsible for identifying and cultivating operational relationships with new intelligence sources based on BP’s evolving commercial needs.

This position requires a highly motivated self-starter who can work independently while also contributing to a globally dispersed team. Strong interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, deep curiosity and focused attention to detail are key attributes required for success.

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Key accountabilities include:

  • Under the direction of the Business Intelligence (BI) Team Lead, serve as a principal point of intelligence accountability for some of BP’s most significant commercial deals. 
  • Provide dynamic collection, tailored analysis, and regular written reporting on a range of issues affecting major commercial activity (both risk and opportunity).
  • Collection Management: Develop tailored collection strategies for new projects involving a dynamic set of collection mechanisms, including HUMINT and OSINT. 
  • OSINT: Conduct extensive open-source intelligence collection utilizing a wide range of intelligence tools and social media. Interrogate large volumes of data to support IAU’s analytic judgments. Identify and exploit global sources of information including databases, local and foreign-language media and academic journals, internet sources and public records. Identify and exploit various forms of both popular and obscure social media for use in finished intelligence reporting.
  • HUMINT: Independently develop and execute tailored collection strategies for new intelligence projects involving a dynamic set of collection mechanisms, including HUMINT. Liaise with IAU’s diverse global network of intelligence providers to support bespoke intelligence projects.
  • Analysis/Reporting/Briefing: Regularly draft informative and succinct intelligence reports detailing IAU’s collection findings and analysis. Synthesize data into graphic analyses such as link charts, time lines and spread-sheets to assist with the presentation of complex issues. 
  • Stakeholder engagement: Key constituents include Heads of BP’s major commercial development teams across segments and functions, including Heads of Business Development, Marketing & Origination, and Managing Counsels.


Bachelor’s Degree required; graduate degree desireable

Essential Experience and Job Requirements:

  • 7 - 10 years’ Experience managing the intelligence cycle in a professional setting (establishing requirements, collecting raw intelligence, conducting analysis, briefing findings to consumers).
  • Experience planning and executing human-source and open-source intelligence collection operations, preferably in a government setting.
  • Experience cultivating and managing trust-based relationships with senior intelligence consumers and decision-makers. 
  • Experience applying intelligence methods to complex commercial challenges, assessing risk against business imperatives, and informing commercial strategic decision-making. 
  • Experience using open source tools to gather deeply-buried information affecting commercial risk and opportunity. Familiarity with and experience using open-source tools which help uncover complex corporate structures, adverse media, political connectivity, and sanctions and regulatory risks associated with potential BP commercial partners and business opportunities.
  • Knowledge of global/country politics and international affairs. 
  • Must possess strong research skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Formal certifications in intelligence collection, collection management, intelligence analysis, or other intelligence disciplines from a government agency.
  • Knowledge of global/country politics and international affairs. Ability to apply a core set of research and analysis skills to an extremely diverse range of geographies and issues. Must possess strong research skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. Sound judgment is required, as well as the ability to parse most relevant information from large volumes of data.
  • Foreign language, international work and travel, and advanced degrees a plus.

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.

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