BHP’s Commercial function maximises commercial and social value and minimises costs across the end-to-end supply chain.
The function is organised around our core value chain activities – Sales and Marketing; Maritime and Supply Chain Excellence; Procurement; and Warehousing Inventory and Logistics and Property – supported by short- and long-term market insights, strategy and planning activities, and close partnership with our assets.
Our Operating Model enables us to provide improved service levels to our assets and customers, by harnessing deep subject matter expertise, simpler processes and centralisation of standardised activities. By embracing our strategic end-to-end supply chain mandate and partnership with our suppliers and customers, the Commercial function also creates social value through supply chain integrity, community and sustainability focus.
Sales and Marketing
Sales and Marketing connects BHP’s resources to market through commercial expertise, optimised sales and operations planning, deep customer insights and proactive risk management. They present a single face to markets across multiple assets, with a view to realising maximum value for our products.
Maritime and Supply Chain Excellence
Maritime and Supply Chain Excellence manages BHP’s enterprise-wide transportation strategy and chartering ocean freight to meet BHP’s inbound and outbound transportation needs. They work to ensure consistent safety standards across BHP’s maritime supply chain and lead the industry toward a safer and more sustainable global ecosystem. The team focuses on supply chain excellence and sourcing marine freight coverage at the lowest available cost.
Our global Procurement sub-functions purchase the goods and services used by our projects, assets and functions. Procurement works with our business to optimise equipment performance, reduce operating costs and improve working capital. They manage supply chain risk and develop sustainable relationships with global suppliers and local businesses in the communities in which we operate.
Warehousing Inventory and Logistics and Property
Warehousing Inventory and Logistics and Property design and operate our inbound supply chain networks for the delivery of spare parts, operating supplies and consumables. They design and operate our office workspaces globally.
Market Analysis and Economics
Our Market Analysis and Economics team develops BHP’s independent view on the outlook for commodity demand and commodity prices. The team works with our Procurement, Maritime, and Sales and Marketing sub-functions to help optimise end-to-end commercial value, and with the Finance and External Affairs functions to identify and respond to long-run strategic changes in our operating environment.