Shell: LNG Commercial Freight Operator

Shell is seeking an LNG commercial freight operator to be based in Singapore.

Shell Energy Operations (SE Ops) is responsible for execution of all deals and trades for Shell Energy which encompasses the global LNG business including downstream LNG and gas and power trading in Europe and Americas. SE Ops will also act as a talent pool for SE commercial.

Where you fit in

SLMT (Shell LNG Marketing & Trading) is the Global LNG Trading organization and the Commercial Freight Operator sits within STO which is the Operations arm of Shell Trading. Shell is global leader in LNG business. The current scale of operation is largest in the industry. This is a global business with supply projects in both Atlantic and AP basins and customers spread across Asia, Europe, Middle East and South America. The nature this high value trade is evolving fast with the mix of long- and short-term contracts changing fast.

Commercial LNG Operations provides commercial, logistical and administrative support to Shell Trading and is as such responsible on a day to day basis for the timely implementation and execution of freight and commercial transactions to ensure that all obligations arising from the LNG contract and time charter party (TCP) are met and carried out professionally. They work closely with Freight traders and Optimisation Trader to maximize the value-add through the application of economics and optimization skills for profitable operations and minimize the profit leakage from the flexibility and optionality embedded in the LNG contracts and Supply programs. Trading operations are also involved in the development of projects and new contracts. Due to the nature of physical trading operations, out of office hours working will be required.

What’s the role?

The LNG Operations team is responsible on a day to day basis be able to operate LNG ships under SLMT responsibility working closely with the chartering team. In addition to freight operations this incumbent will also be expected to gain necessary experience to implement and execute commercial deals.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Include, but are not limited to:

  • Display visible leadership and commitment to HSSE within the team. Engage with external partners to echo and reinforce our strong focus on HSSE.
  • Ensure that LNG Operations fully complies with Shell’s internal standards incl. compliance and HSSE, paying special attention to HSSE hazards and risks that may have impact on vessels voyage or port operation.
  • Ensure that all obligations arising from the time charter parties are carried out, and that any necessary requirements are complied with.
  • Pro-actively devise optimal and most economic voyage plans working with the vessel and commercial colleagues. This includes voyage and bunker economics.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders e.g. Traders, Optimization Traders, Finance, STASCO Shipping, understand drivers for decision making, challenge those where required.
  • Promote constructive relationships with Owner/Masters to continuously monitor and improve operational efficiency over and above TCP obligations.
  • Manage relationships with external stakeholders, counterparties and service providers, regulatory bodies, ship owners and agents.
  • Pro-actively close out operational related disputes, including COU issues, with external and internal counterparts or support and guide less experienced team members where necessary.
  • Ensure that all operational information is entered into Trading systems on time and with ‘First time right’ approach
  • Close out the charter parties accounting for all costs, including TCP claims and obtain sign-off from freight traders.
  • Support short term initiatives to continuously improve the efficiency of all aspects of the commercial freight operations for the movement of cargoes and port interaction
  • Deliver against relevant SLMT and agreed Operations KPI’s.
  • Whilst key accountability lies with the regional team, the operator is expected to understand contractual constraints globally and collaborate with the Freight and Cargo operations team in other regions to resolve the issues.
  • The operator will handle global 24/7 trading activities and whilst colleagues are available in other time zones, the operator is expected to respond flexibly to requests outside of normal office hours.

Please visit Shell’s website for more information.