Title: Shell Trading - George, Team Lead Gas Trading
Duration: 1:38 minutes
Description: George talking about the advantages of working at Shell
Shell Trading - George, Team Lead Gas Trading Film Transcript
Interview with George
Regional Team Leader
“I left university, did a management degree in Manchester and joined six years ago. I did an internship at another company, actually, at the end of my… during the summer of my second year, and then I joined Shell, or applied for Shell and was accepted just before the end of my final year at uni.
Working at somewhere like Shell gives you an advantage over some of the more financial institutions, because here we have a large physical network and you can get to understand a lot about the way that the actual physical gas flow, so where the molecules flow and how the markets work, which gives you a much better physical understanding of the positions, which you might not get at a different kind of shop. So if you were interested in learning that side of the business, which is extremely important in understanding what happens at the market, then I would say Shell has a big advantage in that over some other shops.
I started off working as an analyst, which gave me quite a good fundamental understanding of the way that the gas flows worked and the supply and demand balance. That’s very important for understanding what’s going to happen in price and when we’re making our trading decisions we use that information a lot in order to help us to decide when we should be buying and selling.
Everyone is empowered to be responsible for their own trading decisions. So here you are… once you move onto the trading desk you’re quite quickly given a lot of responsibility, which is probably something that I think we do quite well. As soon as someone comes in and they do a good job then they give them responsibility and if you continue doing a good job then that responsibility increases in a pretty short period of time. It’s very much an organisation where that’s rewarded.”
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