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Experience ExxonMobil 2019 - Commercial Placements

Internship in Leatherhead, United Kingdom

Degree level


Job function

General business

Required language

English (Fluent)

Work experience

0 to 2 years

Start date

July 1, 2020

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At ExxonMobil we’re using technology and innovation to meet the world’s growing energy needs. We’re recruiting now for exceptional people who we can empower to think independently, take initiative and be innovative as part of our energy. We invite you to apply to attend Experience ExxonMobil to explore the opportunities awaiting you and fast track yourself towards a student placement in 2020.

ExxonMobil UK - 2020 Placement Opportunities 

Our placements offer real work experience, either over our eight week Summer Placement or 13 month Industrial Placement, starting in July 2020. While on placement with ExxonMobil you will have support and guidance from managers, supervisors and more recent graduates to enable you to use your degree knowledge and fulfil your potential, gaining confidence and experience as an individual learning new skills in a real operational environmental. Our placements are paid and we offer competitive salary and benefits.

We have commercial placement opportunities for Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths students in one of the following business teams: Fuels and Lubricants Marketing, Commercial and Trading, or Gas and Power Marketing.

All placements will be located in Leatherhead, Surrey, at ExxonMobil's UK head office.

Fast Track Your Application and Experience ExxonMobil

We know that choosing your placement can be a difficult decision, therefore, we invite you to apply to attend Experience ExxonMobil so you can make an informed decision on your preferred placement programme having learnt more about us and our career opportunities.

  • We’ll introduce you to ExxonMobil’s businesses in the UK and what opportunities exist for a Commercial role
  • ExxonMobil’s recent graduates will tell you what working for ExxonMobil is really like and what you can expect from our placement programmes
  • Our Career Expo will then give you a networking opportunity to meet with and ask questions of our hiring managers and recent graduates

By attending Experience ExxonMobil you will be joining the fast track route to securing your 2020 placement. Once you’ve decided on your preferred placement programme, we’ll interview you for that programme on the day while you’re at the event – the majority of our 2019 placement students secured their placement in this way at Experience ExxonMobil events in 2018.

We want your experience with ExxonMobil to be a success for you and for the Company. Ultimately ExxonMobil is looking to recruit future leaders, so your placement could secure you a graduate career in the future too.

Event dates: 24 and 25 October 2019

Ready to Experience ExxonMobil? Check you're eligible and apply now before applications close at midnight on 31 August 2019.


To be eligible for the Experience ExxonMobil events and our 2020 placements you must:

  • Be in the penultimate year of your degree course in the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Be seeking to gain work experience on a paid Summer Placement or Industrial Placement commencing in July 2020
  • Be expecting to achieve a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelors/Masters degree (or equivalent) in a STEM subject
  • Have a minimum of three A levels (or equivalent) of at least grade B

Application Process 

If your application meets the minimum criteria, you will be invited to take our online test, which you must complete within five days of receiving. Candidates who pass the online test will be invited to a competency based Skype interview between May and September. If you're successful, you'll then receive an invitation via email to Experience ExxonMobil by mid-September.

If you're not successful in applying to Experience ExxonMobil, we'll aim to let you know via email by mid-September, if not sooner.

Further Information

A commercial placement with us could see you in a role within one of the following business teams. Whichever team you start in you’ll be given real responsibility within 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 a retail network of around 1,100 Esso-branded service stations.

Our business is much broader than just retail fuels 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 delivers the marketing materials that support our products, manages our product portfolios, and oversees the value chain that delivers Esso-branded materials to our customers to enable them to build their businesses.

• 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 requires 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.

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.

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