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A world of opportunity
Follow the international journey of Indresh Kumar, as he travels to different locations for a variety of roles with Shell. From General Manager, Finance based in Singapore to Vice President Finance within the Upstream business based in The Hague, the Netherlands, Indresh’s career has been packed with global opportunities. In his words “Shell just doesn’t offer you a job, it offers you a career."
Think about a world without energy
Despite establishing a career in finance, in 2007 Indresh Kumar found himself in need of a new challenge. And he knew exactly where he could get it…
"I found the idea of working at an energy company incredibly attractive because it touches the lives of many people,” says Indresh. “Think about a world without energy – things we take for granted such as turning on a light or driving to work wouldn’t be possible. We would have no plastics, would not be able to heat our homes. Energy is at the heart of our everyday life. Plus, the idea of working for a diverse company that is at the forefront of technological innovation was very appealing to me.”
I immediately became part of a global network of colleagues.
Indresh’s first role with Shell was in Singapore, where he became General Manager, Finance within the consumer-focused Retail Business in East Asia.
“If I had been going to work for a standalone company it would have been the equivalent of running the finances of a Fortune 500 company. My first role with Shell happened to be in the Far East, but I immediately became part of a global network of colleagues. There are finance people wherever Shell has a presence around the world.”
Indresh’s next move was to a business role as General Manager, Finance for the Asia Pacific and the Middle East Region for bulk fuel and lubricants. After six years in the Far East, Indresh moved to The Hague in the Netherlands to take up a role as Vice President Finance within the Upstream business.
Shell just doesn’t offer you a job, it offers you a career, and with that career comes the opportunity to work in various kinds of businesses without changing companies.
“One of the main differentiators between Shell and other companies is its committment to develop and invest in its people. Shell just doesn’t offer you a job, it offers you a career, and with that career comes the opportunity to work in various kinds of businesses without changing companies. I started with Shell in a role that was customer focused and now I work at the other end of the value chain in Upstream. The depth and the breadth of opportunities in one company are unparalleled.
“Also, at Shell the business managers have an enthusiasm for working shoulder to shoulder with their finance colleagues. It’s a very inviting environment and I think that’s the uniqueness of Shell for a finance person.”
There is a diverse range of roles within Shell Finance, suitable for people who display the right commercial and interpersonal skills. It doesn’t matter where in the world you work for Shell, it’s a company with global reach connecting you to a worldwide network of colleagues across the entire business.
Shell is a dynamic international company that’s breaking new ground, whether that’s developing innovative technologies or contributing to growth in new economies.