Where you fit
As a member of the Process Evaluations (PE) team within the technology organization, you will provide guidance to R&D programs within Projects & Technology and with external partners, techno-economic evaluations for Shell businesses (New Energies, Chemicals, Downstream, CO2, Biofuels) and the development of and support to Business and technology strategies. PE is a key partner to identify and drive new opportunities internal and external to Shell, contributing directly to decision-making on technology selection and application. With our increased focus on Chemicals Sustainability/Circularity topics, and as a key partner to other platforms such as hydrogen, electrification, and energy storage we are at the forefront of helping Shell thrive in the Energy Transition. This position offers a unique opportunity to operate at the intersection of strategy, projects, business and technology, contributing to all areas.
What’s the role?
Your key accountabilities are:
- Support R&D activities including steering research targets, guidance on selection of development paths to commercialisation, pilot plant design and operation.
- Develop/scout new or emerging technologies of interest to Shell and advocate them internally, including developing funding proposals for new programs.
- Coordinate technical and economic studies for novel and emerging technologies to ensure healthy R&D funnels for Chemicals and New Energies.
- Deliver integrated studies including techno-economic evaluations, commercial analysis, deployment options and CO2 footprint/life cycle analysis, accountable for involving and integrating the required disciplines and experts.
- Enable quality decision making with appropriate framing, evaluation of alternatives, economic modelling and sensitivity analysis to ensure transparency and articulate risks and uncertainties.
- Participate in venture economic modelling, technology investment analysis, competitive benchmarking, and value chain analysis.
- Maintain connections with various technology teams across the different geographies and explore how we can further add value and help with developing commercial mindset in R&D environment.
- Being a capabilities-based group, this role may support the Front-End development for new projects, new process design, pilot plant experimental programs, or manufacturing location projects if required.
- This role reports to the Process Evaluations Team Lead (based in Houston), and you will be part of a global team of ~20 engineers in the Process Evaluations group with staff in Amsterdam, Bangalore and Houston. The group includes Evaluations/Process Engineers supporting various projects across the Chemicals & New Energies portfolio. Many projects are performed through global teams working across the organization and multiple businesses and generally involve collaborations with other groups globally.
What we need from you
- Master’s degree or PhD in chemical engineering or related discipline with 4-10 years of relevant experience.
- Experience with relevant Chemical technologies and asset support experience is an advantage.
- Innovative mindset and passion to add value in an R&D environment to nurture and mature new ideas that can have a commercial impact.
- Effective stakeholder management and ability to work across multiple businesses and disciplines to coordinate and deliver activities.
- Ability to focus on key value drivers to provide objective input and guidance to all levels in the technology and business organizations and ensure reliable, transparent data for quality decisions.
- Flexibility to adapt and manage changing priorities, and handle multiple projects simultaneously, effective organizational and project management skills.
- Excellent team player and communicator with ability to balance different views and inspire people to work together effectively.
- Eagerness to learn and build capability in novel technologies as well as new ways of working.
- Knowledgeable of process simulation tools such as Aspentech, Unisim, and ProII to create and evaluate conceptual flowschemes.