Commercial Advisor



Rotterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2023
, Netherlands

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Trading Jobs

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Experienced Professionals

Job Description:

Who we are

Shell Trading integrates a worldwide trading network with an unsurpassed global portfolio in Crude Oil, Refined Oil Products, LPG, Gas, Power & Environmental Products with larger locations in London, Houston, Calgary, Singapore, Dubai, Rotterdam, and Bahamas.

Shell Trading & Supply (T&S) is one of the world’s largest energy traders and is a key segment of the Shell portfolio.

You will be working as a member of the T&S Oil Contract Team. The team is part of Commercial Operations and provides a commercially driven service to the trading teams within T&S as well as being responsible for the overall management of the trading contractual activities.

What’s the role?

The T&S Oil Contracts team is responsible for managing the entire oil contracts process including the provision of pre-deal and post deal commercial advice, contract negotiating and drafting records management, and commercial value driven advice to the business with respect to complex contractual arrangements . The scope of the contracts support provided by by this role specifically covers all above mentioned activities with respect to both spot and term agreements for low carbon fuels and related agreements including related documentation..

Your key accountabilities will include

  • Provide pre and post deal commercial advice to the business with respect to the commercial, contractual and financial risks associated with their business, identifying areas where there are opportunities for value creation as well as areas where the exposure to value leakage exists.

  • Advise the business of the commercial and contractual risk associated with a trade and ensure that a contract and related documentation drafted are fit for purpose.

  • Provide advice to the business when negotiating complex contractual arrangements/framework contracts agreements etc.

  • Acting as a first line of defense in ensuring compliance with Shell’s Control Framework, protecting Shell’s license to operate by ensuring/verifying that all contracts comply with all local implementation policies, manual of authorities, business controls, Shell Group policy and standards as well as meeting all regulatory and regulated market requirements.

  • Authorise and draft outgoing contracts and responses to incoming contracts

  • Provide advice and help in resolving contractual disputes with counterparties, liaising with corporate legal counsels as necessary.

  • Maintain an awareness of any new trade opportunities and regulatory restrictions that may involve changes to existing procedures or support processes.

  • Prepare and negotiate ad hoc agreements needed to facilitate new business and structured transactions.

  • Assist in maintaining a contract and clause database, as well as manage an efficient status reporting mechanism.

  • Reviewing and negotiating amendments to 3rd Party General Terms and Conditions.

  • Assist in refining/revising current contracts processes in line with those of other functions (e.g. Settlements) to reduce profit leakage and ensure optimal efficiency

  • Working closely with various subject matter experts to make sure contract documentation is updated with any new regulatory requirements.

What we need from you

We are interested to hear from candidates able to work in an energetic and fast paced environment, where people are encouraged to play an active role in shaping the way business is run

The key requirements for this role are:

  • Fluency in German together with good knowledge of English is the mandatiory requirement for this role

  • Strong commercial mindset.

  • Demonstrating effective negotiating skills and capable of managing the expectations of various stakeholders to a contract.

  • Demonstrating a flexible approach and be commercially orientated with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Ability to prioritise workload while adhering to tight deadlines.

  • Genuine interest in commercial processes and a strong understanding of contract terminology, contractual drafting, and legal issues.

  • Meticulous with a keen eye for detail.

  • Good interpersonal skills, able to communicate effectively with both internal and external customers/stakeholders.

  • Literate with IT systems and able to grasp and absorb IT technical knowledge in a relatively short time frame (e.g. Power BI) and operate in it.

  • An understanding of energy/commodity trading and Übertragung der Erfüllung der Quotenverpflichtung "Quotenhandel" would be beneficial.

If you don't see yourself fully reflected in every job requirement listed on the posting above we still encourage you to reach out and apply. We are committed to creating a more equitable, inclusive and diverse company and we strongly encourage applicants of all genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation, and life experiences to apply.



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