Shell Trading Careers
Careers in Shell Trading mean much more than buying and selling. Because markets are constantly shifting, Shell Trading requires natural innovators who optimise their positions.
Careers in Shell Trading are some of the most exhilarating in the business
The innovative thinkers – the ones with a gut feeling for what’s going on in their market – make up our fast-paced and dynamic Trading team.
Our Traders support the entire Shell business and operate in the natural gas, crude oil, oil products, chemical feedstocks, biofuels, electrical power, and freight markets. The Trading team also manages one of the world’s largest fleets of LNG carriers and oil tankers and provides maritime expertise to both Shell companies and external customers.
Who we look for
A cool head under pressure and an ability to work on your own initiative are essential, as well as strong numeracy skills and intuitive commercial acumen. We are looking for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds who want to see their work help make a real difference in the industry.
You also have a duty to guard Shell’s reputation and adhere to our strict compliance culture. As such, new recruits to Shell Trading will receive comprehensive training in key areas of the Shell Code of Conduct, including the Shell General Business Principles and the Shell Trading Compliance Manual.
Shell Traders are obligated to conduct themselves in a professional manner with honesty, integrity and with a respect for others, in compliance with not just the letter, but also the spirit and intent of all applicable laws and regulations. In return, Shell Trading provides a stable support network as well as unparalleled opportunities for training and long-term career development.
Shell Trading Career Stories: Andrew Smith Vice Preseident Trading and Supply
Title: Trading & Supply_Andrew Smith
Duration: 02:30 minutes
Portfolio Development Manager Andrew Smith describes his job and offers advice for those looking to work in Trading & Supply.
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EVP Trading & Supply
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Trading & Supply is the part of Shell that makes sure that Shell gets best value for its upstream production and makes sure their marketing businesses have a cost-competitive supply. We trade around the flows that that gives us, adding value to Shell. We also take care of all the transportation activities for Shell, so whether that’s ships, trucks or terminal [?], we manage that globally.
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We trade a variety of products: We trade crude oils around the world; we trade finished products like gasoline and diesel and fuel oil and the components that we use to make those. We also trade gas, electricity and environmental products like CO2 permits.
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Trading & Supply is probably one of the most commercial parts of Shell so it suits people who have a real commercial bent, a real desire to make money for the company, but what’s important is that’s done in the right way. We’re a regulated firm and so compliance with the laws is really important; market conduct is really important. So a strong sense of business ethics is important to us.
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Our frontline traders come from a great variety of backgrounds: some are engineers; some are geologists; some are sales staff. They come in with all sorts of backgrounds. What they have in common is that commercial drive.
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They also have to be comfortable with taking risk; there are very few risk-free trades. Some days we make money; some days you’d lose money. You have to be comfortable with risk.
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The best traders are team players. Collaboration is incredibly important. We’re a very physical trading operation here. We manage a lot of physical oil. That makes it quite complicated, so you need to be able to work as a team.
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My advice to people thinking about joining Trading & Supply is to talk to some of the people here, find out what they really do and back yourself and give it a go. I love this business. Shell is one of the world’s largest commodity trading firms.
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We have built a tremendous business, adding enormous value. It’s a really exciting place to work, full of a great variety of people; every day is fun.
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