Power Operator


Where you fit in

The Shell Energy Europe & Environmental (SE-EE) Power portfolio encompass’ flexible renewable generation, utilities, aggregators, power generators, large industrial and commercial energy users, and trading houses throughout numerous European countries (UK, Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy).

The Power Operator will report directly to the Power and Renewable Gas Team Lead.

What’s the role?

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of SEEL’s Commercial business needs across the geographical portfolio, and how Commercial Power Operations captures value in commercial markets.

  • Daily scheduling of European Power Grids and Shell’s nominations

  • Executing trades bilaterally and on Europe’s power Exchange

  • Management of day ahead and intra-day cross-border capacities

  • Nominating/dispatching generating assets.

  • Contact counterparties daily to check power positions and trades and ensure efficient matching.

  • Provide input to IT tool enhancements/requirements.

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of SEEL’s purchase and supply contracts and the obligations therein ensuring SEEL’s compliance.

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the various Power markets and regulatory regimes across Europe, where SEEL operate.

  • Lead the Commercial Wholesale Operations team through the digitalisation journey, removing unnecessary process’s and looking to automate where possible. 

  • Develop cross team capabilities in Gas, Power and renewables, and leverage synergies to the gain of all areas of the team.

  • Work as part of the weekend rota (typically 1 weekend in 6)


SE-EE transports and sells ~130bcm annually across Europe, with some 2,000 trades scheduled per day across the region, relating to a portfolio of approximately 200 counterparties. SE-EE currently operates across 17 countries requiring management of some 20 systems including bespoke operational and trading applications.

Special Challenges:

This is an evolving role as part of the expansion of power business within Shell, as such the processes and procedures change rapidly which requires team members to keep appraised on areas that affect their operational activities.

Due to the criticality of the tasks undertaken by the Power operator this role involves working outside of normal working hours (weekends) on a rota basis. The Power Operator will at times be a lone worker and therefore must be comfortable to work without supervision.

What we need from you

  • Prior experience/knowledge in Power Operations

  • Self-motivated, with an aptitude for accurate problem solving in a very time critical environment

  • Proficient English required and at least one further European language desirable (Italian or Spanish preferred)

  • Very strong attention to detail and delivery focused.

  • Prior experience working in a trading environment and managing risk

  • Flexible approach to working hours to accommodate a range of European markets

  • Very strong commercial judgement, excellent analytical skills and able to make accurate decisions and ability to handle a stressful environment.

  • Excellent understanding of European Power Operations and Power Assets.

  • Experienced user of IT systems and knowledgeable on IT landscapes including Power operations platforms.

  • Ability to work without supervision

  • Learner mindset continually driven to improve systems and process

We are passionate about building a diverse workforce and we know some candidates can be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box, but if you are keen to work with us and think you can do most of what we are looking for but maybe not 100% of it, then we fully encourage you still to apply.

Company Description

Shell started operations in the United Kingdom more than 110 years ago. Since then, we have grown into a leading innovative Oil & Energy 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 UK employs some 4,600 skilled staff as well as many contractors.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell.

Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in oil, gas and renewable energy to meet demand, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are 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 process, 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.

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