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Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 92,000 employees in more than 70 countries.

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About Shell

Shell works in more than 70 countries and territories, and employs around 87,000 people. Those people work across a diversity of Shell companies, grouped, broadly, as Upstream, Downstream and Projects and Technology.

Your Career

What to expect

Shell's graduate programme is a framework that will help you make the most of you potential, personally and professionally.

As soon as you start, Shell will assign you a supervisor. He or she will help you decide what you want from your career and the best way to achieve it within Shell.

The outcome of this discussion is captured in your development plan. This sets the course for the time you spend on the Programme, which can be anywhere from 3 to 5 years depending on your role.

Shell believes you learn more, faster, when you're challenged. In other words, it inspires you to progress in your career.

Hands-on placements to help you discover your strengths and develop your skills.

Shell's placement programme is designed to widen in scope, enabling you to prove yourself in different situations, over time.

As you move through different experiences on live projects, Shell will provide you with continuous learning in the form of training courses, e-learning modules and workshops.

An important aspect of the Programme is monitoring and tracking your performance through regular appraisals with your supervisor and mentor, concluding with a final review.

The sequence and nature of your placements depends on your plan and whether you will be working in a technical discipline, a commercial or a corporate role.

A technical professional

In a technical discipline, you spend 2 to 3 years on competence-based tasks and a course of formal learning with the support of technical coaches. A progress check every 6 months ensures you're on track.

Learning Journey: Coaching Formal Progress Training Check

Relevant roles: Geosciences, Engineering (Petroleum, Wells, Facilities, Production, Mining, Chemical and Process) Research & Development, Exploration/Development, Production, Manufacturing, Project Services, Health, Safety and Security & Environment Formal Training Examples: Geology Subsurface Integration, Petrophysics Foundation, Pipeline Engineering & Operations, Reservoir Engineering, Leadership.

A career in trading

On-the-job experience in this area entails 3 different Role Rotations over 2.5 years. The objective is to give you competencies and insights into the value chain and trading operations, supported by formal training and progress checks, towards becoming a top industry trader.

Learning Journey: Coaching & 1st Role Formal 1st Mentoring Rotation Training Assessment

Relevant roles in the area of: Crude Oil, Oil Products Energy Trading - Trade Gas, Analysis Formal Training Examples: Operations, Accelerated Development, Commodity Specific Curriculum, Shell Open University. Assignments include Value Chain Assignments to understand value chain and structures influencing Trading, Leadership.

A commercial role - Upstream

These are commercial roles within the businesses which source and extract crude oil and natural gas. Here, you could complete up to 3 role rotations over 3 to 5 years, immersing yourself in deal delivery, commercial management, economics, contracts and agreements with a view to working on some of the world's largest and most complex energy projects.

Learning journey: Coaching & 1st Role Formal Progress Mentoring Rotation Training Check

Relevant roles: Commercial Advisor, Petroleum Economist, Business Development Analyst, Opportunity Lead, Business Development Advisor, Gas Advocacy Analyst, Business Intelligence Advisor, Portfolio Analyst

Formal Training Examples: Natural Gas, Introduction to Upstream Business, Negotiations, Upstream Economics, Opportunity Realisation in Shell, Ethics & Compliance. Sustainable Development, Contracting & Procurement, Leadership.

A commercial role - Downstream

This puts you at the heart of one of Shell's numerous businesses producing a range of refined petrochemical products. Here, over 3 years, you will complete 2 role rotations to give you broad commercial experience, including customer engagement. Formal learning and progress checks are involved.

Learning journey: Coaching & 1st Role Formal Progress Mentoring Rotation Training Check

Relevant roles: Sales Account Manager, Business Commercial Analyst, Retail Support Analyst, Marketing Advisor/Implementer, Marketing Project Manager, Pricing Manager within Retail, Lubricants, Chemicals, Global Commercial/Business to Business (Bitumen, Aviation, Marine, Bulk Fuels), Trading, Supply and Distribution, Biofuels and CO2

Formal Training Examples: Overview of Downstream Business, Shell General Business Principles, Marketing, Pricing, Business to Business, Retail, Supply, Leadership

Working in Downstream Supply Chain and Distribution

This role takes you through 2 different role rotations over 3 years, each lasting 18 months. You will gain a full understanding of the value chain from end-to-end with a view to becoming a supply chain professional.

Learning journey: Coaching & 1st Role Formal Progress Mentoring Rotation Training Check

Relevant roles: Business Analyst Supply Chain Optimisation, Health, Safety, Security and Environment, Supply Chain, Accounting, Supply Contracts Analyst, Supply Chain & Trading Operator, Supply Chain Integrator, Supply Project Manager, Trader, Refinery Economist

Formal Training Examples: Overview of Supply Chain, Supply Chain Economics, Refinery Economics, Price Risk Management in the Oil market

A role in Corporate Functions

If you're working in Information Technology, Human Resources, Finance or Contract and Procurement, for example, you spend 3 years in the Graduate Programme and undertake 2 different role rotations with a mix of on-the-job training and formal learning.

    Relevant Roles: HR Advisor/Analyst, Recruitment Specialist, Policy Advisor, Talent Advisor, Remuneration and Benefits Specialist Formal Training Examples: Organisational Effectiveness Business Partnering

    Relevant Roles: HR Advisor/Analyst, Recruitment Specialist, Policy Advisor, Talent Advisor, Remuneration and Benefits Specialist
    Formal Training Examples: Organisational Effectiveness Business Partnering

    Relevant Roles: Business IT Manager, Business Analyst, Consultant, IT Service Delivery Manager Data & Administration
    Manager Formal Training Examples: Business Analysis, Business Process, Improvement, Risk Management

    Relevant Roles: Contracting & Procurement Manager
    Formal Training Examples: Professional Accreditation (Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply)



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Training and development

    To support its graduates in their ongoing development journey, Shell supplies continuous coaching and mentoring from experienced business leaders. Fundamental to your progression within the industry, you will also receive training in areas of the chosen path within the Graduate Programme.

    Throughout the programme, regular progress checks will help Shell coordinate your progression by understanding the direction you wish to take your career, and your development plan will be mapped out with your individual requirements and career aspirations.