If you are a regulatory expert, a leader in your field with a passion for energy markets and a commercial mindset this could be your chance to make a difference in the energy industry. You will play a key role in growing the Shell integrated gas and power business by shaping the Central, South and East Europe regulatory framework and advising business developers and traders on commercial positions.
Where you fit in
The EU gas and power regulatory frameworks are rapidly evolving in response to the challenging energy transition agenda.
Understanding the complex regulatory environment in Central, South, and East Europe, translating regulations into winning and defensive commercial structures, influencing the shaping up of new policies and regulations affecting the gas and power value chain in the region will be key success factors for Shell to outcompete others in the market and deliver on its growth ambitions.
You are going to be a key part of our Shell Energy and Renewables and Energy Solutions Regulatory Team, a team of regulatory experts who are passionate about:
- delivering value for Shell by identifying key regulatory risks and mitigating strategies to protect Shell's existing and aspired commercial positions;
- developing opportunities to change existing regulations to enable business growth; and
- actively pursuing and delivering regulatory change by playing a thought leadership role in external regulatory processes.
What's the role?
As the Central, South, and East Europe Team Lead you will work closely with the Shell Energy Europe and the Shell Renewables and Energy Solutions business developers and traders to provide senior regulatory expertise, guidance, and support to enhance business performance and enable business growth. In particular, with regard to policy, legislative, regulatory, and market design in the Central, South, and East Europe region, your role will be to:
- Lead, develop and nurture a team of 4 regulatory experts focussing on South, East Europe, and new markets;
- Lead on monitoring national authorities on policy, regulatory, and market design issues having a commercial impact on our business;
- Lead on the development of insights into the regional gas and power regulatory and market design structures and trends;
- Use this knowledge to derive and facilitate commercial strategies to generate tangible financial results in the short, medium-term, and long term;
- Lead on engaging commercial and functional teams, including the local sales offices and the local operations teams, to develop joint views on regulatory and market design opportunities, risks, and threats;
- Leveraging on your professional regulatory network, lead on the development and execution of influencing and advocacy strategies to secure value protection, new opportunities, and business growth;
- Represent Shell in relevant trade and industry associations and their committees and working groups, This will likely involve external leadership roles, e.g. committee chair;
- Particularly for new business activities, market entries, or customer value propositions, provide support to the business in identifying relevant rules and regulations and establishing efficient and effective processes so that business is conducted in full compliance;
- Maintain close liaison with the Corporate Relations team and work closely with them to effectively influence political stakeholders.
What we need from you
The role requires diverging skill sets. At times you will work on formal consultations with a large amount of complex material that can be quite academic in nature developing comprehensive Shell positions. On the other, you will need the ability to distill the information, grasp the commercial concept, build a compelling argument, coordinate input from other regulatory, commercial and technical experts, and execute effective advocacy and lobbying actions. This will entail the ability to communicating messages with confidence and credibility.
The skills required are different but necessarily complimentary:
- Degree, preferably in economics, engineering, or political science;
- Substantial knowledge of gas and/or power markets in the Central, South, and East Europe region and experience of the changing regulatory, commercial, customer, and competitor playing field;
- Ability to distill a broad array of data and knowledge, together with specialist and strategic advice, and synthesize it into a clear consistent storyline;
- Ability to develop and execute effective lobbying strategies with a tangible impact;
- Self-starter, able to initiate new opportunities from a broadly defined set of objectives, meet/exceed performance targets and motivate others to do likewise;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in written and spoken English essential. Fluency in one other Central, South, and East Europe region language is required (preferably German, French or Italian);
- An existing strong network in the European regulatory space, a strong external focus, and the ability to network and develop relationships, as well as diplomatic skills;
- High commercial acumen and creativity allowing the incumbent to respond adequately (and in many cases under time pressure and in public fora) to challenges in negotiations with highly experienced and commercially astute regulatory professionals;
- Ability to lead, supervise and motivate a team of regulatory experts and ensure high-quality delivery.
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