Predominantly a nuclear energy producer, France has very few natural energy resources, and its energy sector is primarily focused on electricity generation. However, France is a major importer of oil, which accounted for 65% of total net imports in 2004, from such key fossil-fuel suppliers as Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation. The country's natural gas supply has grown steadily, with resources coming into the country from Europe, North Africa and Russia. Headquartered in Paris, Total S.A. is the fifth largest publicly traded oil and gas company in the world and is a significant international offshore player.
Business Development focuses on finding new growth opportunities for the organization, whether it is through acquiring new customers, market expansion and/or brand awareness. The primary goal is to build partnerships that allow leverage to drive revenue. Although often thought to be synonymous with sales, business development involves a mix of negotiations, marketing, networking, and project management to create long-standing relationships and profitability.