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Principal Connectivity Architect

Sunbury-on-thames, TW16


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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How we know this

    • 15% report getting one week notice or less
    • 21% report getting two weeks notice
    • 41% report getting three weeks notice
    • 15% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 8% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 73 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    How we know this

    29% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 65 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • People feel stressed

    How we know this

    57% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 72 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    55% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 58 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    59% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 59 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    How we know this

    54% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 63 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Enough training

    How we know this

    65% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 69 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Good for parents

    How we know this

    63% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 19 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • No short notice shift changes

    How we know this

    31% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 71 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    64% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 66 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People are paid market rates

    How we know this

    65% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 55 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Opportunities to progress

    How we know this

    In the last year, 55% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 66 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    67% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 60 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People recommend their team

    How we know this

    62% of people report that they would recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 74 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • People get sick pay

    How we know this

    67% of people say they would get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 69 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • No unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    39% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 61 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • Well informed about head office

    How we know this

    65% of people feel that they are kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 68 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

  • Easy to book holiday

    How we know this

    83% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 65 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Breaks are paid

    How we know this

    89% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 70 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Good for students

    How we know this

    100% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying

    Based on information from 6 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

  • Managers are respectful

    How we know this

    81% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 64 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    24% of people report they worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 50 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

What employees are saying about BP

  • Best thing

    Work from home, good pay, nice team, supportive managers,

    Worst thing

    Long hours, workloads that often exceeds those hours, no sickness pay, no insurance, no safety net, no redundancy payout and no promotion (was contracted now an NRE)


    Inventory control, April 2021

    • £30.00 per hour
    • 34–44 years old
  • Best thing

    The team

    Worst thing

    Poor management not passing on information which is detrimental to your job


    Employee, April 2021

    • £9.00 per hour
    • 55–64 years old
  • Best thing

    No home work

    Worst thing

    Pressure to work overtime


    Sales assistant, January 2021

    • £8.90 per hour
    • 25 or older
  • Best thing

    We work a rota 3 weeks on 4 weeks off, the time off is great

    Worst thing

    The weather and been away from friends and family


    Employee, April 2021

    • £80,000 per year, working a 90 hour week
    • 55–64 years old

Principal Connectivity Architect, BP

Job Profile SummaryAbout BP's Network Services Organization:BP's IT team solves big sophisticated challenges with our data and technology expertise to help BP advance a lower carbon future. We are organized as a collection of Products, Services and Platforms teams that work together to enable our users to accomplish their missions.In Connectivity Services, we deliver one of the largest networks in the world. Our operations span over 600 office and production sites, thousands of retail locations and operate in nearly every continent. We are a diverse team of network technologists, software developers and automation engineers committed to delivering evergreen, elastic and ubiquitous connectivity experience across some of the most diverse and ambitious environments on earth. The Principal Architect crafts the vision, technology strategy and architecture standards for connectivity products and services globally, and plays a pivotal role in modernizing the technology and operating model, enhancing capability and automation practices within the domain while also providing leadership to the wider network technical community across major change activities, incremental enhancement, operational simplifications and optimizations. Why you matter:A technologist at-heart are passionate about planning and building robust networks, at scale, supporting constantly evolving business models and consumer grade services. You empower and inspire teams to deliver value, stay ahead of new technologies and integrate those technologies into a flexible and consumer centric services. The choices you make will define our architectures, standards, and solutions we will use to interconnect our people and digitize our businesses!You believe that delivering an effective service architecture depends on a deep understanding of business need, technology, and long-range planning but with a bias for short-term action. You will operate in a dynamic and delivery focused environment, with the resources of one of the world's most forward-thinking digital departments and leading vendors at your fingertips. You are confident and comfortable working across cultures and fostering effective relationships.Job AdvertYour Accountabilities:Team: Our culture is exploring, thinking, and doing, and you will live this every single day, managing and developing a team of domain architects who design, build, and govern connectivity products for our digital businesses! You will define network automation standards and deliver the framework by which teams automate and integrate connectivity services.Architecture: Like most large enterprises, some elements of our platform portfolio contain the most sophisticated technologies readily available, while others are legacy. Whether its retail stores, offshore platforms, backbones point of presence, or trading floors, you will develop the vision and service strategies, reference architectures, and integrated roadmaps that will enable us to evolve and innovate the connectivity portfolio.Relationships: You will understand the business drivers, challenges and emerging use cases that will influence our strategy and trigger change in network products and capabilities. You will continuously scan the external market for relevant technologies, and you will recommend and introduce those technologies at scale and with pace. You do this by forming relationships both inside and outside of BP.Technology: You have a passion for learning and leading by example, and enjoy architecting, designing, and building automated and virtualized communication networks. You possess broad knowledge of network and security products, solutions and vendors and an ability to rapidly assess new technologies with a commercial and operational perspective.Safety and Compliance: Safety of our people and our customers is our highest priority. You will advocate and help ensure our architectures, designs and processes enhance a culture of operational safety and improve our digital security.Crucial Experience:Proven background in delivering multi-vendor, multi-product services that utilize routing, switching, optimization, security, and virtualization on a global scale in the data center, in the cloud and at the edge. In-depth understanding of legacy and modern networking infrastructure, protocols, topologies, transport technologies and are experienced in leading teams that architect solutions for large enterprises. You love envisaging the art of the possible and making that a reality.Functional knowledge of the leading technology providers and their networking products including Cisco, VMware, Aruba Networks, zScaler, and Microsoft with a solid grasp of the security practices and solutions and understand the security considerations and challenges inherent to evolving large scale distributed networks.In depth and current knowledge of cloud service provider networking and security capabilities, specifically Amazon web services and Microsoft Azure and have architected cloud and on-premise services using those products.Working knowledge in IPv6, Cellular networks including LTE/5G, Medium earth orbit satellite, low earth orbit, and LORAWAN.A proven grasp of architecture development and design thinking in an agile environment. You adapt techniques to drive meaningful product experiences and agile governance.Plus:A first degree from a recognized institute of higher learning, ideally computer science, information science, or engineering based.Exposure to adjacent technology domains such as edge computing, and cyber-security.Powerful interpersonal skills including the ability to relate sophisticated topics in simple and accessible language.Equal OpportunityBP strongly believes in the value of bringing your whole-self to our organization. While we cannot offer Visa sponsorship, we commit to equal opportunity regardless of race, religion, creed, disability, or sexual orientation. Every member of the BP family commits to the BP Values and Behaviors and seeks to uphold these standards in all that we do.EntityInnovation & Engineering Job Family GroupIT&S Group Relocation availableNoTravel requiredNegligible travel Time TypeFull time CountryUnited Kingdom About BPINNOVATION & ENGINEERINGJoin us in creating, growing, and delivering innovation at pace, enabling us to thrive while transitioning to a net zero ‎world. All without compromising our operational risk management. Working with us, you can do this by: • deploying our integrated capability and standards in service of our net zero and ‎safety ambitions• driving our digital transformation and pioneering new business models• collaborating to deliver competitive customer-focused energy solutions• originating, scaling and commercialising innovative ideas, and creating ground-breaking new ‎businesses from them• protecting us by assuring management of our greatest physical and digital risks Because together we are:• Originators, builders, guardians and disruptors• Engineers, technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs‎• Empathetic, curious, creative and inclusiveExperience LevelExecutiveReq ID: 124456BR
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