August 24, 2017 by texasbbacareerservices
Major: BHP/Supply Chain Management
Grad Year: 2016
Job Title: Procurement Manager
Company name: Shell
Majors you recruit: Business majors include BHP, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Marketing, MIS, ERB.
What is something cool/exciting/unique about your industry?
You can essentially split integrated energy companies into three different sectors:
upstream, midstream, and downstream; the supply chain extends all the way from hydrocarbon extraction to retail sales. This industry is truly and uniquely an end-to-end effort, and its sheer size, influence, and significance in the world is fascinating in and of itself. This presents unique challenges in that the industry must flex and respond on a continuous basis to different governments, changing legislation, and shifting energy needs. There are endless learning opportunities in this industry– to be part of such an intricate, extensive supply chain and to collaborate with such a diverse array of stakeholders is a wonderful opportunity to learn and develop as a professional.
Culture of the office and cool amenities:
- Discounted Employee Stock Purchase Plan
- Pension Plan
- 401K Matching
- 16 weeks Paid Maternity leave, enhanced paternity leave (2018)
- 1:1 Charity matching up to $7,500 (HERO Program)
- Vacation Purchase plan
- Employee club discounts, including oil change discounts at Jiffy Lube
- Gym & onsite trainers, fitness classes, and massage therapy
- Mini golf Course
- Rec Room
- Cafeteria, 3 Starbucks, Red Mango
- Meditation Room
- Dry Cleaner
- Convenience Store
- Credit Union
- Onsite Day Care
- WAVE (Women Adding Value Everywhere)
- MILNET (Military Network)
- SEA Shell (GLBT)
- SHEN (Shell Hispanic Employee Network)
- SAPENG (Shell Asian Pacific Employee Network)
- SBNG (Shell Black Networking Group)
- Shell Houston Open PGA Golf Championship ($60 Million raised 1992-2017)
- New Orleans Jazz Fest
- United Way
- NASCAR Sponsorship – Joey Logano
- IndyCar Sponsorship– Helio Castroneves
Please share current industry/department trends.
While it is true that this industry is cyclical and experiences periodic downturns, oil/hydrocarbons will never “go out of style.” Hydrocarbons touch our lives in countless ways: from the plastic in our smartphones to the clothing we wear, oil and oil derivatives will always be needed. Additionally, to stay competitive in this industry, companies must be nimble and forward looking; Shell for one invests continuously in technologies that allow its businesses to operate more efficiently and safely while remaining considerate of environment. Moreover, our New Energies business was created in 2016 to explore opportunities that combine wind and solar power with gas, as well as new ways to connect consumers to energy.
Why do you like working for this industry?
I enjoy being a part of a global industry with bottom line implications to essentially everyone who drives a car or uses products that were manufactured using oil derivatives/industrial motor oils. From a supply chain perspective, it is both impressive and humbling to go to a Wal-Mart and see your products on the shelf knowing all the work and time that went into the finished product!
Why should students decide to work in the energy industry?
Aside from wonderful work life balance, competitive compensation, and countless opportunities to learn something new on the job (from the role itself, lunch&learns, and through networking), the energy industry has global presence and impact. You can truly gain an international perspective by working in this industry.
Fun fact about company or industry that people may not know.
Shell plans on spending $1 billion a year on clean energy by 2020.