Women return to work

We’re delighted to introduce our Return to Work Programme.

Starting in September 2018, this new six-month programme is aimed at anyone who’s taken a career break of a year or more and who wants to re-immerse themselves back into professional life.

Why we’ve launched this programme

At Shell, we believe we can power progress together if we have a culture where different perspectives are encouraged and considered. Our success in shaping the global future of energy depends on tapping into the broadest possible range of talent.

Right from the top, there’s a firmly held view at Shell that diversity isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s at the very heart of the way we work: it enriches our culture, informs our ideas and shapes the connections we make, all over the world.

Through engaging work that fits around your life, we’ll help you sharpen your skills, refresh your knowledge and renew your confidence – by the end of the programme, you’ll be well prepared to take your career to the next level.

“To be a truly competitive and resilient company through energy transition, we must attract and retain the very best talent, from all walks of life and all backgrounds. This programme is about accessing untapped talent; ensuring we leverage their experience, capability and help them unlock their potential.”

Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair

Who we’re looking for

Who Were Looking For

This opportunity is aimed at women and men of all ages, from all backgrounds, who have taken time out of work for at least the last twelve months. Perhaps you’ve been raising a family or caring for someone. Maybe you’ve put your career on hold to deal with a personal setback.

Now, although you may still have personal commitments to juggle, you feel ready to re-establish your career. You’re looking for an engaging role that fits your personal commitments and befits your professional experience.

We’re looking for people who’ve already made a positive start to their careers following graduation and who want to make the most of their professional expertise or leadership potential.

You’ll need to be eligible to work in the UK from September 2018 to March 2019, available to join us in the office for the equivalent of three days a week and have knowledge, skills and experience that align to at least one of the disciplines participating including:

  • IT Project Management or IT Advisory
  • Corporate Accounting & Treasury Management
  • Geology & Geophysics
  • Reservoir Engineering

How it works

How it works

The Return to Work programme starts on 17th September 2018 and lasts for six months until 15th March 2019. You’ll be part of a cohort of fellow returners, in one of the following business areas:

  • Finance - (Shell Centre, Waterloo)
  • IT - (The Strand, London)
  • Geology - (Canary Wharf)
  • Geophysics - (Aberdeen)
  • Reservoir Engineering - (Aberdeen)

You’ll be engaged as a contractor (through a preferred agency) for the duration of the six month programme but wherever you join us, you’ll be working on live projects that and have a real impact on our bottom line.

Highly supportive

Your manager will be a valuable source of support from start to finish. Before the project, you’ll meet up to discuss your goals, your preferred way of working, and set outcomes. Throughout the programme, they’ll provide on-the-job coaching, regular check-ins to feedback how you’re doing, and a mid-term and end-of-programme review.

You’ll also have a mentor – someone from your field of professional expertise – and a buddy to help you get to know Shell. A key support feature of Shell’s programme is the opportunity to receive one-to-one coaching and group career coaching from our external providers Inclusivity. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to build your contacts and explore your priorities too – whether at monthly Lunch & Learn sessions, get-togethers with your cohort, in meetings with country leadership or at any number of our diverse networking events.

Your future

The goal is to help you reintegrate into the world of work and to get a taste of a career with Shell. With guidance from your line manager, mentor and buddy, you’ll be well positioned to confidently return to work following your break. And, as your programme comes to an end, you can organise ‘Get to Know You” meetings with hiring managers from any part of the business. Although we cannot guarantee that we will be able to offer employment to you, depending on business needs and availability of positions, you may be considered for a role with us on successful completion of the programme.

Set the pace

You’ll have the privilege of being part of the very first cohort to join our programme – you can be sure that we’ll take a keen interest in your future progress. And you’ll have chance to help us evolve and improve the programme for generations of returners to come.

Our promise to you

Our Promise

This is the first time we’re running our Return to Work programme but we’re no stranger to taking on returners. There are many, many of us already working here so we understand the concerns you may have and the hurdles you might face. Here’s what you can expect from us:

  • Engaging work that matches your skills.
  • A contract for the equivalent of at least three days a week.
  • Support from a manager who’s been trained to help you get the best out of the programme – plus a mentor and a buddy.
  • Clear points of contact before and during your placement so you can tap into support and navigate the world of Shell.
  • Knowledge sharing sessions and regular check-ins to see how you’re progressing.
  • Flexibility around hours – you may well have personal priorities outside work, so we won’t expect you to work a typical 9-5.
  • Clarity on what we expect from you; regular check ins.
  • Practical advice with care arrangements, whether for children or anyone else you care for (via Bright Horizons, our external partners).
  • Constructive feedback on your interview, even if you’re not successful in gaining a place on the programme.

How to apply

How To Apply

Submit your CV to our trusted partners at Inclusivity here before 13th June 2018. Don’t worry about it being out of date – we’ll also ask you for a personal statement, so we can better understand why you’ve taken a break from work, what motivates you, and where you see your career heading in future.

We’ll review all applications and contact our preferred candidates to arrange an initial telephone interview with a recruiter. Next, there’s a second interview, probably in person with the line manager. We’re aiming to communicate the outcome to successful candidates during July.

Please ensure that your CV clearly shows a career break of 12 months or more immediately preceding the date you commence the programme.

“The Return to Work Programme is now closed to applications. Please see our careers page for more opportunities.”

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