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Shell Supply Manager (Chemicals) - Houston, TX in Houston, Texas


Job Title:

Supply Manager (Chemicals) - Houston, TX

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Job Description:

The position exists to strategically and operationally lead the supply chain activities for a Base Chemical or Intermediates product portfolio, thereby effectively aligning the commercial demand aspects with the production aspects of the business. This position is part of the Chemicals Supply Chain organization in the Americas and reports directly to the General Manager of Operations. The incumbent is expected to work effectively with all other Supply Managers, the Regional Integration Team, the commercial organization and manufacturing stakeholders. This role serves as a model leader within the Chemicals community, in particular in the area of HSSE and people development, thereby actively helping to further develop capabilities and staff motivation of the wider organization.

The Role

The Supply Manager is accountable for the planning, optimization, operation and performance delivery of the regional supply chain activities for the corresponding products. This role will need to work effectively with stakeholders involved in these activities, such as commercial, manufacturing, HSSE, logistics, 3rd party product suppliers, co-producers and service providers for delivery. Execution of the supply chain involves sourcing, planning and optimizing of materials, planning and optimization of production, scheduling of product movements (intermediate and finished products), inventory management and product delivery to customers (incl. order processing). Commercial activities are included when necessary to optimize the supply chain (accountability for direct sales to customers resides with the commercial team). The Supply Manager is also accountable to work with commercial to define the optimal set of service offerings for our customers in the context of the Chemicals Customer Value Capture (CVC) principles.

Key accountabilities of the role include:

  • Define the long-term supply chain strategy for the products, in support of the commercial product line strategy

  • Lead the S&OP process for the products, thereby optimizing the short to medium term planning and execution of the business

  • Identify and implement supply chain tactics and plans to outperform the targets as defined in the business plan

  • Act as the operations liaison for the commercial team in the context of developing and defining supply chain and logistics solution/options to support customer value propositions (CVC)

  • Understand and evaluate the HSSE risks involved in the execution of the supply chains and implement action plans to mitigate.

  • Ensure proper and compliant execution of the OtC (Order to Cash) and MSC (Manage Supply Chain) processes within the team

  • Drive Continuous Improvement (CI) of the business through performance assessment and identification, initiation and delivery of CI activities, incl. removal of constraints hindering further business optimization

  • As contract owner of supply driven contracts, oversee the execution of tolls, sales & purchases and swap/exchange agreements by the team and ensure proper performance management of these contracts

  • Oversee product quality aspects of the business, including management of off-spec material and driving optimization of product specifications to improve the business

  • Lead their direct team and actively coach/support the team members to build a highly motivated, capable, team.

  • Oversee Staff of 1-5 direct reports

  • Oversee 720KT/year of sales to third parties at a value of +$700MM/year revenue for all product lines

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Commercial Business to Business (B2B)

Country of Work Location:

United States

Company Description:

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.


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Work Location:

Houston - EP Center Americas


This is a critical position in the Chemicals supply organization that requires the incumbent to work effectively across multiple organizational boundaries within & outside Chemicals Business unit (e.g. Chemicals Commercial, Chemicals Supply, Manufacturing, Trading & Supply, E&S, P&T).

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.

  • At least ten (10) years operational supply chain experience (Chemicals or other Downstream or relevant business) is required, given complexity and business criticality of the role.

  • Proven experience in hydrocarbon management and value chain optimization

  • Commercial or Manufacturing experience is a plus.

  • Proven leadership experience as a team leader.

  • Degree in a technical, supply or business area required - MBA a Plus


  • Setting Strategy – The ability to envision both short and long-term potential opportunities in order to position the business to capitalize on them. A supply “thought leader” who impacts the bottom line through understanding and creating competitive advantage. Has provided supply, operations and logistics leadership and oversight to multiple products lines and classes of businesses.

  • Executing for Results – Sets positive, compelling goals and aggressive schedules for improvement. Translates the vision/mission of the organization into actionable, quantitative plans. Conveys a sense of urgency and drives issues to closure. Leverages own experiences and applies best practices as catalysts for improving commercial operations.

  • Leading Teams – Exhibits strong personal leadership and team development skills. Forges diverse teams of people with multiple perspectives and talents. Engages the team through his/her enthusiasm and excitement about the business. Delegates significant responsibilities to team members and holds them accountable. Gets personally involved in development of people for key positions. Assesses the overall quality of the existing supply teams, operations, and processes to create a world-class supply organization. Motivates others to pursue common objectives and builds consensus.

  • Building Relationships and Using Influence – Expert communicator who is able to influence key decision makers across a matrixed organizational structure both internally and externally. Displays an affinity for strong relationship management and stakeholder satisfaction. Develops deep multi-functional, multi-layered relationships within and across organizations. Readily “connects” with others and puts them at ease quickly.

  • Personal Competencies – Holds to well-articulated core values and expected behavior and holds others to the same standard. Has the confidence to hire the strongest, smartest people and is willing to admit mistakes and identify the learning game from them. Is savvy and pragmatic about how to effect change in a different organizational culture. Demonstrates tenacity and persistence in pursuit of goals despite difficult obstacles. Has a strong and forceful personality and the ability to communication passion, energy, intensity, and excitement.

City, State (if applicable):

Houston, TX