Shell Contracts Manager - Wells in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


Job Title:

Contracts Manager - Wells

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Job Description:

Contracting & Procurement (CP) Wells Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) is a critical enabling function which works in partnership with the Wells & Exploration business to support the Wells & Exploration activities in-country. CP Wells T&T is responsible for developing and executing contracting strategies with global, regional and local Wells & Exploration and business stakeholders using comprehensive external market intelligence; ensuring robust post award contract management processes are in place and value adding results are achieved; managing third party supplier relationships in a manner that delivers sustainable Best in Class value to the business; and supporting Goal Zero for personal and process safety in the Wells & Exploration business.

Trinidad & Tobago is a strategically important Integrated Gas country for Shell due to the importance of the existing assets as well as the future growth opportunities. The country is in a unique position within the Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) portfolio where there is significant investment potential to turn this Line of Business into an important cash generator for RDS.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Ensure related Supply Chain Strategy supports Goal Zero Aspiration through implementation of robust Contractor Safety management practices and alignment to personal and process safety Goal Zero focus areas in Wells & Exploration.

  • Implement Contractor Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) best practices in close liaison with Contract Holders and Owners.

  • Develop commercially competitive contracting & procurement strategies for assigned contract portfolio which meets the Business Demand while taking into account potential implementation of Global Strategies at local/ regional level.

  • Conduct tenders, evaluate bids & drive negotiations with Suppliers in accordance to the Category Management & Contracting Process (CMCP) as an overall ‘guidance’.

  • Ensure delivery & effectively manage contracts while continuously drive value improvement targets.

  • Identify, develop & implement supply chain improvement opportunities.

  • Proactively identify & understand commercial/procurement needs from internal stakeholders (Shell Business) and collaboratively propose competitive solutions. This may involve constructively challenging the Business Demand &/or Procurement Practices in order to drive value and efficiency for the organization.

  • Manage Supplier Relationships effectively and collaboratively drive continuous performance improvement via relevant contract key metrics (E.g.: HSSE, Operations, Cost). This would involve constructively challenging the Suppliers in terms of the contract delivery and performance as well.

  • Build and maintain strong network in the market, being fully aware of supplier developments and opportunities coming up in the market.

  • Ensure strong connect across the wider CP Organization (E.g.: Production, Wells & Exploration, Projects, Operations, LMMM, Centre of Excellence) to ensure continuous cross sharing and leverage of best practices.

  • Provide support and guidance to other team members to ensure delivery of results where possible.

  • Build effective working relationships with others and makes a constructive contribution within immediate team.

  • Ensure application of the End to End CMCP process, using commercial judgement, common sense and a simplification mind-set, understanding the difference between non-negotiable compliance elements (Safety, E&C, Code of Conduct, Law) and CP operating practices, while always keeping enterprise business value in focus.

Other dimensions:

  • In order to achieve and sustain “most competitive supply chains”, future value delivery will predominantly be derived from the Demand and Specification levers, which will require further and deeper application of Supply Chain Transformational approaches combined with deeper collaboration with key suppliers in the Supply Chain.

  • Ability to manage and prioritize value and the potentially dynamic nature of the portfolio based on Business Demand and Team Capacity.

  • Implementation of robust CP tactics/strategy and contract documentation to secure third party services and materials in compliance with business need, quality requirements and on best commercial terms that fully accounts for all market capacity/capability and risks/opportunities.

  • Supporting the delivery of contracts awarded, which includes developing comprehensive post award contract management plans to enable value maximization for the organization.

  • Various interface management which includes internal (Business Stakeholders, Global Category Team, wider CP Team) & external (Suppliers, Contractors) that would require excellent collaboration and close cooperation.

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Country of Work Location:

Trinidad and Tobago

Company Description:

As one of the world’s leading energy companies, Shell plays a key role in helping to meet the world’s growing energy demand in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. Shell is committed to high standards of health, safety and environmental performance; to upholding honesty, integrity and respect for people in every aspect of our operation; and to the equal treatment and development of staff. Shell has been active in Trinidad for a century. Our business activities in Trinidad include exploration and development activities, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and providing high technical support to a state company.

The world faces energy challenges that are becoming more complex each day. We’re looking for people who share our passion for taking on those challenges with cutting edge technology, innovative thinking and a commitment to properly managed risk. Shell develops and operates some of the largest and most complex projects in the world and we always endeavor to work at the leading edge of technical innovation.

Work Location:

Port of Spain


  • Undergraduate Degree Required (Business/Engineering)

  • 10 years Proven track record of execution excellence & delivering results in CP.

  • MCIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) Qualification would be preferred but not mandatory.

  • Highly tuned commercial acumen and curiosity with demonstrated ability to develop and deliver value from complex deals.

  • Proven experience in contract negotiations & complex tender evaluation.

  • Good understanding of strategic, technical, legal, finance, taxation and commercial issues.

  • Highly driven, ‘can do’, inspiring, able to articulate in a crisp and precise manner.

  • Focused on tangible value outcomes for the enterprise, translates strategy to outcomes.

  • Brings external market/supplier into the conversation (curiosity).

  • Mix of operational experience and global/regional corporate roles, multiple Lines of Business.

  • Uncompromising on HSSE, ethics & compliance is a ‘must have’ in all CP.

  • Collaborates and integrates within CP and with business, enterprise first.

  • Quick to adapt in understanding the business and speaking the business language.

  • Has effective influencing skills and can flex his/her style to audience.

  • Continuous improvement and simplification mindset.

  • Strong and Proven Interpersonal, Influencing & Stakeholder Management Skills.

  • Ability to cope with complexity & uncertainty and proven adaptability.

  • Driven, Motivated & Passionate to drive positive change.

City, State (if applicable):

Port of Spain