Company: Shell
Skills: Materials Management
Experience: 5 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Shell is a leading supplier of catalyst technology to the refining, petrochemicals, environmental, upstream, and renewable energy industries. The Catalysis and Analytical Technology group provides a central capability within Shell for Catalysis and Materials. In addition to supporting Shell through development and commercialization of catalysts for refineries, chemical plants, and environmental applications, the team also leverages key skills like materials synthesis, scale-up, and commercialization to enable Shell's Energy Transition ambitions. Involvement in these projects offers our staff the opportunity to broaden themselves, build up a larger network, and contribute directly to the Energy Transition.

Where you fit in -

The Refining Catalyst Team is responsible for supporting Shell's refining catalyst businesses and, increasingly, Energy Transition programs. The team is accountable for invention and development of new catalysts and materials, quality assurance and technical support of catalyst manufacturing, laboratory- and pilot-scale performance testing of catalyst and materials, development of performance models for catalysts and materials, building of data analytic tools, and provision of technical support to our customers.

We are looking for an exceptional leader to join the Refining Catalysts Team. This leader will be responsible for managing eight materials-synthesis staff within the team. This team handles catalyst & materials synthesis activities for the catalyst businesses, along with materials and catalyst synthesis activities in support of Shell's Energy Transition programs.

What's the role -

Responsibilities and activities of the position include
  • Delivering Goal Zero: Safety of all staff involved in operation of experimental units and facilities is the absolute top priority of the Team Lead. Expected to establish and maintain a Generative Safety Culture including facilitation of Human Performance through fostering Learner Mindset and Psychological Safety throughout the team. The Team Lead must fully understand and be able to guide the team in implementation of safe work processes such as management of change, permit to work, LOTO, incident reporting & investigation, etc. Will be accountable for compliance with relevant site policies, Shell HSSE Control Framework expectations, and governmental regulatory requirements.
  • Operational Excellence: Efficient operation, delivery of high-quality experimental results, and implementation of continuous improvement opportunities across the span of operations in cooperation with the Lead Operators and Scientists/Engineers leading specific projects. Coordinates equipment maintenance and ensures procedures are updated. Coordinates contractor support.
  • Staff Development: Directly responsible for supporting all team members in maintaining and developing required skills through annual goal setting and appraisals and Individual Development Plans. The Team Lead will play a primary role in helping team members realize rewarding and inspiring careers, while working in a highly collaborative manner within the team and with colleagues at Shell's other R&D hubs.
  • STCH Collaboration: It is essential that the team leader stay abreast of site work processes, HSSE requirements, and maintain a strong network with subject matter experts in multiple disciplines necessary for safe execution of experimental operations.

What we need from you -
  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelor's Degree is preferred with at least five (5) years' experience in catalyst and/or materials preparation and strong knowledge of catalyst/materials analytical techniques.
  • Previous management experience is preferred.

Specific skills and experiences must include:
  • A visible commitment to safety, sound understanding of key HSSE work processes, and strong capability to lead a team in safe and proper execution of work while establishing psychological safety, learner mindset, and growing a generative safety culture in a team.

Soft Skills:
  • A sincere interest, commitment, and ability to mentor, coach, guide, and inspire a highly capable team of experimentalists in safe and efficient delivery of results.
  • Effective communication skills with various audiences including experimentalists, scientists, sponsors, senior leaders, and external customers and partners.
  • Temperament and demeanor suitable to handle the many pressures and challenges associated with oversight of a complex experimental operation with a multitude of stakeholders.
  • Strong personal drive to contribute to Energy Transition areas by leveraging catalysis/materials experience and learning new skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively with other departments and those outside the technology; ability to develop extensive "first-person" communication networks, both inside and outside of Shell.

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 among other exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of oil products, chemicals, electric power, renewables and energy solutions.

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards f 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.

An innovative place to work

There's never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you'll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future - whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress together, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we're nurturing an inclusive environment - one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills and reach your potential...

We're creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment processes, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we'll take it from there.

We're closing the gender gap - whether that's through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.

We're striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We're huge advocates for career development. We'll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.