Why Shell Trading?
Our shared values of honesty, integrity, and respect aren't simply a strapline. They're part of everything we do. An equal opportunities employer, we place the highest value on our inclusive approach and do all we can to make this a flexible and supportive place to work, backed by a leadership team that's fully supportive of our diversity ambitions. And it’s important to us that we the way we trade is ethical and compliant.
Backed By A Global Business
Although trading demands individual decision-making and independent thinking, it’s good to know you have the full backing of a business with a strong history, a powerful brand and a huge product range. When you join Shell, you’re part of a diverse team of c.85,000 people, working across 70 countries. We’re an end-to-end, fully integrated business. So, unlike some of our competitors we don’t just trade commodities; we extract them, refine them and ship them all over the world.
Learn From The Best
Ask any of our trainee traders and they’ll tell you that there’s a wealth of experience to tap into here. You’ll share the trading floor with some of the sharpest people in their field – learning how to outmanoeuvre the market and outpace the competition from some of the best in the business.
From day one, you’ll feel very highly valued. Our teams trade the equivalent of 13 million barrels of oil every single day. They occupy an influential position in the business; we trust them to shape our prosperity and generate commercial value. Naturally, we invest heavily in nurturing the next crop, both financially and in terms of the time and attention we devote to our trainees.
Never Stand Still
Life never stands still in trading. It’s a hugely fulfilling career for people who want to take responsibility and add value to the bottom line. You’ll learn how to see the bigger picture and the finer details; how to keep pace with macroeconomics and stay one step ahead of the market.
As a trader, the stronger the relationships you build, the better the deals you can strike. If you pride yourself on being a versatile communicator, you’ll be in your element here. You’ll work in an open, collaborative culture and make connections with people in different parts of our business, all over the world.
There’s a world of opportunity here. Our Trading & Supply business is one of the world’s largest energy trading operations. We have hubs in Dubai, Houston, London, Rotterdam and Singapore, trading in crude oil, natural gas, LNG, electrical power, refined products, chemical feedstocks and environmental products.
About the Programme
The TDP is designed to turn today’s talent into tomorrow’s traders. It will help you develop the skills and gain the experience required to build a successful trading career with us.
We’re recruiting in the following locations:
- London, UK
- Houston, USA
- Beijing, China
- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Typically, the TDP takes 2-3 years to complete but no two trainees follow the same route. You’ll find that the TDP is highly individualised and dynamic, tailored to your aptitude and experience, as well as the requirements of the trading desk you’re working on.
With the ongoing support of an experienced, dedicated mentor, you’ll be learning on the job alongside some of our very best traders. Depending on your skills and the demands of the business, you can expect to be exposed to one of the following: businesses: crude oil; oil products; LNG; carbon; gas and power trading
Along the way, you’ll sharpen your ability to analyse markets and develop trading strategies, unearth opportunities to generate profit and manage risk, and learn how to successfully negotiate and structure deals.
We’ll give you plenty of feedback and assess you regularly– there are several ‘stage gates’ that you need to pass through – so you’ll always know how you’re progressing.
At the end of the TDP, there’s a final assessment to validate your readiness to trade. Pass this and you’ll be officially Trader Ready and fully equipped to apply for a permanent Trader role with us.
Who we’re looking for
You don’t need trading experience to join us. We look for women and men with at least a degree coupled with some relevant professional experience. Diversity is hugely important to us, so this could be in any number of fields. In the past, strong applicants have come to us from:
- Refinery, engineering
- Technology, digital
- Commercial start-ups
- Finance, banking, fintech, risk management
- Accountancy, Audit
- Trading analyst/operations
- Commodities, equities markets
Whatever field you’re working in, we’re looking for the following qualities:
You’re numerate and highly analytical. You’ve shown you can digest wide amounts of information from different sources, pinpoint the relevant details from a huge range of data, and synthesise it to form critical insights.
The market changes by the minute so you need to be comfortable thinking on your feet and making quick decisions, even if you don’t have all the facts at your command. Speed of thought is vital you’re someone who can move easily between a micro and macro view.
This is a highly open, collaborative environment where we achieve results through teamwork. You’ll be talking to colleagues and contacts all over the world, so you’ll need to be able to change your social style to suit your audience. We value people who’ve proven they can persuade and influence; in English and, ideally, a language native to the market you’re working in.
You’ll need to cultivate an incisive understanding of how global energy markets work – that means you should be entrepreneurial, self-motivated and commercially astute with a keen interest in how business works. You’re passionate about working in trading and excited by the prospect of finding opportunities to create monetary value.
In trading, the risks you take must be calculated and the decisions you make considered. You’ll be accountable: someone who takes responsibility for their decisions and can adhere to both the letter and the spirit of all relevant legislation and compliance. You’ll always work with Shell’s values of honesty, integrity and respect for others firmly in mind.
Selection and Assessment
Throughout the assessment process, both in Stage 1 phone interview and Stage 2 assessment centre, you will be assessed against what we deem our ‘Trader Qualities’. The Trader Qualities refer to a set of behaviours which are central to effective performance across a range of roles in trading. They are grouped into three key categories:
1. Trader Capacity: This refers to the ability to analyse and synthesise multiple sources of information, and understand the strategic context and commercial factors in which the Trading organisation operates. It also involves the ability to produces useful, creative, and innovative solutions to problems.
2. Trader Achievement: This refers to the ability to learn quickly and continuously, persevering despite obstacles in a challenging environment.
3. Trader Relationships: This refers to the ability to build effective relationships with a wide range of people, and being a true team-player.
An overview of Stage 1 Assessments
The Stage 1: Phone Interview consists of two assessments: A Commercial Case Study, and a Competency Based Interview. Please see below for a brief outline of each assessment.
COMMERCIAL CASE STUDY: In the case study you will be presented with a commercial problem and asked a series of questions to assess your capacity for strategic thinking, numerical ability, and ability to propose solutions to problems.
COMPETENCY BASED INTERVIEW: In the competency based interview, your interviewer will ask you a series of questions to learn more about some of your relevant past experiences and, in particular, how you dealt with specific situations. It is recommended that you come prepared to discuss specific tasks/projects you have worked on in the past 18 months, or which you worked on in your last role if you have not been working in the last 18 months.
At the end of the interview there will be some questions to help us identify why you are interested in the TDP. Make sure you’ve done some research in to the programme and are able to articulate why you are interested in a career in Trading.
Finally, you’ll have an opportunity to ask your assessor some questions. This part won’t be assessed, but it’s a valuable opportunity for you to find out a bit more about Shell Trading and your potential career here.