Company: Shell
Skills: Supply Chain Management
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: Tokyo, Japan

Purpose of the role

The Renewable Energies Business in Shell is developing quickly and is actively pursuing many opportunities across the globe. Realizing these ambitions is seen as critical for Shell to thrive in the energy transition. Many of the business lines (Wind, Hydrogen, Solar, New Fuels, etc.) will not succeed in achieving their ambition unless they are able to tap into the best supply chain solutions available.

The selected candidate will be part of a team that works across global Offshore Wind (OW) opportunities, both organic and inorganic.

He/she will perform a front-line role to support the Business Opportunity Managers and Project Managers in securing winning bids for Bottom Fixed and Floating offshore wind farms in Japan. Besides this, he/she may be asked to support other Offshore Wind opportunities in Asia.

Specifically, the successful candidate will support the following:
  • Build on current Shell/Joint Venture (JV) relations and meet representatives from multiple suppliers, conduct site visits for the end-to-end offshore supply chains to identify the potential players for Shell JVs.
  • Securing Statement of Interest for Japan Offshore Wind Auctions from suppliers for the entire supply chains for Shell JVs that will participate in the upcoming bids.
  • Conduct tenders, negotiate contract terms, prices and help with supplier selection for consultancy, pre feed engineering and OW farm equipment and services contracts.
  • Collect relevant supplier track record; equipment and services local content information to incorporate them as part of the bid document the Shell JV will submit in the auction.
  • He/she will provide dedicated procurement support to multiple Japanese opportunities based on the specific JV requirement and policies while learning from other projects in the region.

In a bit more detail:

Shell aims to develop 3.5GW new offshore wind generation capacity on a yearly basis globally and be the global leader in floating by 2025. Shell and its JV partners will be preparing for bids to secure exclusive rights to build offshore wind farms off the coast of Japan. We intend to participate in all upcoming auction rounds. The Japanese opportunities will be a fundamental cornerstone to this ambition, as well as an important milestone in our efforts to establish a beachhead to build an integrated power business in Asia.

We are looking for a talented, ambitious, and high-energy procurement lead that can help us develop and implement a supply chain strategy to realize large-scale bottom and floating offshore wind farms in Japan. Although the industry is still in its infancy, the expectation is that offshore wind technology will play an important role for Japan.

A special challenge for the person is that the supply chain is still under development, foreign suppliers need to work in local partnerships, the auction requirements are changing and have multiple elements which are unique to Japan. To commercially scale-up, regional supply chains need to develop. In addition, local content and relevant track record will be a prerequisite for the project's success.

The person will be among a small team of Shell members of the project team accountable to secure the winning bids and thereafter develop the project to reach final investment decision and take the project through construction and operation. He/She will be supported and guided by at least another procurement focal from Japan and other Offshore Wind focal from the region.


He/she will be responsible for ensuring that all contracting matters are in accordance with legislation, ethical practices, procurement policies and tender requirements. The person will work with the team to jointly determine best overall strategy to deliver cost effective solutions considering local content, Shell, and JV requirements.

The supply chain input - including procurement strategies and securing statement of interest, track rock, detailed plans and binding offers - are a key element of the Offshore Wind bid submissions to the Japanese government.
  • Understand the Japan offshore wind auction guidelines and supply chain market - including Capability, local content and stakeholder management.
  • Provide supply chain input in the bids to government
  • Conduct Requests for Proposals (RFPs), review and levelized vendor proposals, and negotiating contracts that result in the best value possible.
  • Lead all procurement issues, playing a pivotal role and involving as required other Project areas such as: Legal, Finance, Wind Assessment, Technical, Project Management, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with the Shell Global procurement Wind team and the JV team. Leverage shareholders' relationships with key potential suppliers and accountable for maintaining relationships and mutual understanding with the key industrial suppliers.
  • Identify new potential suppliers to create additional competitiveness and market tension for various project areas.
  • Use of established contract, Non-disclosure Agreements, RFP templates and JV legal positions for all procurement activities ensuring subject matter approvals for any deviations from standard practice. Deal with claims mitigation and challenge cost disputes with 3rd party suppliers.
  • Ensure that all purchase orders and contracts are placed in accordance with defined business processes.

  • Support current established JVs in Japan and new possible project opportunities that are being developed.
  • He/she may also be asked to support other opportunities, supplier developments in Asia that Japan can leverage upon.
  • Due to the size of these opportunities the candidate would deliver together with other procurement professionals, for example procurement operations, Market Intelligence, category management teams.
  • This position will be part of an Offshore Wind supply Chain Team.

Skills & Requirements
  • You are fluent in Japanese and English (spoken and technical writing)
  • You bring a passion for Renewable Energies. The wind business team is equally passionate.
  • You are an effective communicator with proven ability to collaborate and integrate across multi-disciplinary teams.
  • You are a flexible, driven individual. The business is keen to remain flexible and nimble in this business environment, so a "can-do" attitude and some adaptability are crucial characteristics for the successful candidate,

Furthermore, we are keen to hear from candidates that bring:
  • Contracting and Procurement professionalism with high capacity and strong performance history.
  • Understanding of Project Contracting & Procurement concepts (strategic quilts, EPC contracting, claims mgt, etc.). The wind business is expected to be dominated by large complex offshore wind projects for the next few years. Business partners clearly expect an individual who is well-versed with project contracting concepts.
  • Commercial acumen (e.g. strategy creation, contract management, contractor performance management, negotiations) especially in the renewable space or in Japan government projects.
  • Supply chain experience in OW Auction Round 1 is an advantage.
  • Other supply chain competencies expected from a seasoned contracting and procurement individual.