Talent is precious to us and we strive to create an environment in which individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds can reach their full potential.

Our behaviours and our flat organisational structure facilitate an entrepreneurial and collaborative ethos

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Our people are our business

They are a key differentiating factor that drives our ongoing success

It is their ideas, dedication and the way they work together, day in and day out that makes a difference.
Our people

Vitol: 55 years in the making

Two people talking

Another decade of investment, with the acquisition of refinery and downstream assets worldwide. By the close of the 2010s, Vitol was invested in a downstream network comprising over 6,000 service stations, five refineries in three continents, 16 million cubic meters of storage and gas-fired power generation in the UK. Together with Eni, it had also developed significant oil and gas fields offshore Ghana.


The business continued to expand with turnover growing from $37 billion in 2000 to $144 billion in 2009. To facilitate its trading business, Vitol established VTTI, a storage company, in 2006 and acquired 90% of the Fujairah Refining Company in 2007.  It divested the Come by Chance refinery in 2006.


Tom Vonk became President and CEO in 1990 and was succeeded by Ian Taylor in 1995. The business expanded, doubling turnover to $20 billion by the end of the decade. Vitol bought a metals business, Euromin and established a sugar trading desk. It also established Anchor insurance, a wholly owned insurer to give it access to Lloyds, acquired the Come by Chance refinery in 1995 and expanded into the CIS through its joint venture with Pechoraneftegas.

Busy office

The Bahrain office opened (1982) and Vitol’s 25 employees celebrated its 20th anniversary. Ian Taylor, future CEO and Chair, joined Vitol in 1985 and established its crude oil trading business.

Crude oil

Vitol established a presence in the US (1974) and Singapore (1979) and moved its Swiss office to Geneva. In 1976 Jacques Detiger became CEO.


Founded in Rotterdam in 1966 by Henk Viëtor and Jacques Detiger. Vitol began trading fuel oil barges from ARA up the Rhine. It opened its first Swiss office in 1968 in Zug and in London in 1969.

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It isn’t our ships, terminals or cargoes that create our success: it’s our people

We are always looking for talented people to join our teams. We encourage innovation and entrepreneurship across the organisation with our people focused on delivering results efficiently and safely.

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A business on the move

Our company is evolving. We are solving the energy challenges of the world today and investing in energy solutions for the future. By deploying our scale and market understanding, we are investing in solutions that can help facilitate the energy transition. To date, we have committed $2.2 billion of capital to renewable power generation and sustainable energy solutions.

Find out more about our E&S strategy

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Important Notice

Vitol has recently become aware of external parties falsely claiming to be recruiting on behalf of the Vitol Group. Vitol is taking appropriate legal action against those parties. Vitol wishes to make it clear that it will never ask for financial payment at any stage of the recruitment process and any requests for personal data will be made at the appropriate time through our formal recruiting channels. Moreover, please note that any correspondence that does not originate from the domain should not be considered as genuine.

Jane Pickford
Vitol at work

A day in the life as Head of Claims, Jane Pickford

'Vitol's reputation is so high in the industry, a typical day at work is always so varied’
Laura Baz
Vitol at work

A day in the life as an Investment Manager, Laura Baz

"It's very much an environment where you roll up your sleeves and get involved."
Vitol at work

A day in the life in Aviation Trading and Marketing, Leticia Hachuel

" I cannot highlight enough how lucky I am to be excited and happy to come to the office every day.”
Vitol at work

A day in the life as I.T. Support, Zarko Juric

"A typical day at Vitol? I don’t think this exists, you think you’re going to finish something and then you have other priorities jumping in, but at the end of the day you have the feeling that you’ve achieved a lot."