BP to open new service centre in Szeged

BP to open new service centre in Szeged

Brian Puffer, VP of Global Business Services at BP

BP announced that it will be opening its second Global Business Services (GBS) centre in Hungary. The investment of the British company creates potentially up to 500 high added-value jobs in Szeged by 2020. BP appreciates the help and support of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) to collaborate in the setting up of the new centre.

BP, one of the world's leading integrated oil and gas companies established its GBS centre in Budapest in 2009. BP's business centres in Budapest and now in Szeged provide a wide range of services in 13 different languages for all of BP's businesses and customers. The activity managed from GBS Europe includes finance and accounting, procurement, tax, HR, trading and customer services as well as settlement support for BP's trading business. 85% of BP's employees in Hungary hold advanced degrees, their average age is 32 and over half speak more than two languages fluently.

Speaking after the ceremony Brian Puffer, VP of Global Business Services at BP, said: "Through our Global Business Services' (GBS) centres we operate a varied range of vital business activities. We deliver a world-class service, and the quality of the people at our centres is a key differentiator for us. Hungary gives us access to highly skilled, multi-lingual professionals.

According to the HIPA database, currently around 90 companies have more than 100 active service centres in Hungary, employing a total of approximately 40,000 people. Thanks to over two decades of experience, Hungary is now considered a well-established mature location where the majority of the projects come from Western Europe and the USA.