Shell Business Manager in London, United Kingdom


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Business Manager

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Job Description:

Company: Shell Foundation

Job title: Business Manager

Location : London, Canary Wharf

Salary: Competitive market rate

Posting date: 15/01/19

Closing date: 13/2/19

A career-changing role with a leading global Foundation ripe for someone with experience of investing in developing countries. Injecting enterprising expertise to help tackle major social and environmental issues, you could potentially change millions of lives.

Where you fit in

You’ll be a key part of the Shell Foundation (SF), an independent UK charity, established in 2000 and co-funded by Shell and other partners. We’re a unique organisation with a positive mission: to apply business thinking to major social and environmental issues linked to the energy sector.

Our growing portfolio addresses two major global development challenges: access to energy and access to affordable transport. We act like an investor in taking a hands-on, “more than money” approach, creating valuable social impact and the financial sustainability of our partners.

What’s the role?

Part Portfolio Manager, part Investment Manager your role will be to lead on the sourcing, screening, investing and incubating of start-ups in developing and emerging countries. If you can think like an investor and an entrepreneur, we’ll empower you to make decisions and move fast on investments that will command attention globally and amongst senior leaders within Shell.

Specifically, you’ll lead our commercial, corporate finance, M&A and deal-making activity, across the SF portfolio, providing strategic and governance support across a core set of partners. With encouragement (and expenses) to travel freely (you can expect to be away from London for at least 90 days of the year), you’ll be cultivating networks in key geographies, scanning the horizon for the right opportunities, harnessing the power of the Shell business, and participating in investment committee meetings.

Our values

Shell is a company with shared values. Honesty, integrity, and respect aren't simply a strapline: they are a part of everything we do. What's more, Shell is an equal opportunities company, and we place the highest possible value on the diversity of our people and our inclusive approach. Join us and you’ll belong to a world where you can feel pride in your achievements and propel your career with global opportunities

Women’s perspective

We care deeply about fostering a truly diverse workplace. We believe in doing everything we can to make Shell as flexible, appealing and supportive a place for women to work as possible. And we've retained our title as a top employer for women in the Times again in 2017.

We help with things like our formal (and informal) flexible working. Like our global and transparent pay policies backed by a leadership team fully supportive of our diversity ambitions. And we'll help foster your career through our Women's Career Development programme.

People with an impairment

At Shell, we're all about top talent. End of story. We want to encourage those of you who may face an impairment to regard Shell as a place where you'll be fully supported to grow and develop your career. It's as simple as that.

If you'd like to apply, just let us know about your circumstances. We can support you throughout the process. From application, to interview, to your first day of a rewarding career with us.

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Country of Work Location:

United Kingdom

Company Description:

Shell started operations in the United Kingdom more than 110 years ago. Since then we have grown into a leading innovative oil and gas company that rewards its employees by investing heavily in their careers and learning. Our people are our greatest asset, and our commitment to your career will see you thrive in a work environment that offers an industry-leading development programme. When your ideas travel, Shell will benefit and innovation will thrive. Shell has a key role to play in helping meet the UK’s growing energy demand, whilst using innovative technologies to develop cleaner energy. We are the largest FTSE 100 company in the UK by market capitalisation, and make a significant contribution to the UK economy. As well as processing 35% of the gas coming into the UK, we serve more than four million customers at our filling stations each week. Shell employs some 6,400 skilled staff as well as many contractors.


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Work Location:

London - Bank Street


What we need from you

Armed with an impressive degree and, ideally, an MBA (or equivalent), you’ll bring us incisive insight into the problems people face in developing or emerging countries (especially when it comes to transport and energy). Whether with another Foundation or in an investment house or bank, you’ve sharpened your leadership skills over several years’ of investing, supporting start-ups and taking projects to scale. A capable negotiator, you’ve shown you understand risk and can prepare and present compelling investment business cases, right up to board level.

Personally, you’ll need plenty of emotional intelligence to deal with potentially difficult stakeholders, entrepreneurs and business owners. You’ll need to adapt your communication style and find ways to win trust; vital if you’re to inject the advice and ideas required to nurture and incubate successful businesses. You’ll also need to confidently handle the press and the public: these are high profile projects.

Key experience required:

  • Fund/portfolio management

  • Corporate finance – with a focus on equity, debt, restructuring, financial structuring and governance

  • Investing in start-ups in developing markets

  • Experience of financial intermediaries – funds, lenders, etc

  • Exposure to access to energy, mobility

  • Exposure to agribusiness

  • Exposure to working in Africa or other emerging markets




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