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Reference ID R2034 Updated 20/04/2021 Employment Type Full time Experience level Early Careers
Country Poland City/State Krakow Work Location Krakow

The Role

Shell Projects & Technology provides technical services, technology capability and major project delivery in both Upstream and Downstream activities. We also deliver differentiating technical information technology and drive research and innovation to create technology solutions for tomorrow.

Within Shell Projects & Technology, our Contracting & Procurement Operations (CP Ops) Delivery Teams are responsible for procuring non-hydrocarbon goods and services from third parties. We partnership with each business to consolidate our Spend and manage supplier relationships to enhance our purchasing power to deliver value and significant financial benefits to the Business. Our focused and assertive Sourcing strategies serve to continually optimize market opportunities.

This role provides the successful candidate an opportunity to see various parts of the Manufacturing businesses through a Contracting&Procurement lens and to demonstrate such imperative Group behaviors as Commercial Mindset, External Focus and Speed of delivery. The role has a direct impact on delivery of business cost improvement through 3rd Party Spend management. The main focus will be on Sourcing, Negotiating and Contract management with Suppliers as well as maximizing Value generation (creation and preservation) from dedicated categories. 
By joining this CP Ops team, you will be part of a dynamic, challenging and leading edge Procurement Team. This is a challenging and rewarding role.


  • Setting and executing sourcing activities end to end across multiple Businesses/Functions

  • Manage a Medium complexity and Medium-touch Contract portfolio

  • Develop, tender and negotiate contracts in line with the Business Demand

  • Demonstrate HSSE behaviors in dealings with colleagues/contractors

  • Strategically manage Tail-end Spend by working in close coordination with Enterprise Category Managers and CP in the Business (CPiB) colleagues

  • Maximize value from Tactical and Operational contracts and leverage existing contracts across the organization to save time and money for the business

  • Channel Management – Instruct the business on the proper ways to buy as per corporate policies without compromising our commitment to business value delivery.

  • Ensure continuity of supply through managing ad-hoc business requirements in accordance with Tail-spend Management principles


  • Work with stakeholders within Manufacturing and Midstream, Functions (e.g. Finance, HR), CP colleagues from other classes of business and across Organizational boundaries to deliver substantial value by:

  • Creating a deeper business partnership within the scope of the role focused to deliver maximum business value

  • Developing and executing fit-for-purpose commercial strategies and work plans for Tactical and Operational spend, aligned with CMCP guidelines and with CPiB and Category Management strategies

  • Utilize market knowledge and business drivers to develop and execute fit-for-purpose commercial strategies and work plans for Tactical and Operational spend, aligned with CMCP guidelines

  • Provide a strong commercial influence with optimizing demand and specifications

  • Support Manage the Tail initiatives and rationalize the number of Contracts/Suppliers

  • Develop and share best practices and external market dynamics to deliver value

  • Identify, develop, and implement Continuous Improvement (CI) opportunities to streamline and improve performance

  • Work withing CP and with other functions to streamline processes, making them simpler but compliant

  • Ensure compliance with all Ethics & Compliance and Shell Control Framework requirements in the CP process

  • Deliver cost savings  through the lenses of TCO

  • HSSE, Tactical & Operational Contract Management, Compliance, E2E operational excellence


  • Minimum 4-5 years professional experience, including at least 3-years of experience in Sourcing and Contract Negotiations, experience with RtP is an advantage.

  • Commercial acumen and curiosity with demonstrated ability to develop and deliver value from  deals.

  • Ability to find alternative ways to deliver value (beyond price negotiations).

  • Proven experience in contract negotiations &  tender evaluation.

  • Bachelor / Master degree in Law (especially Trade Law) Business, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Economics, Finance, Engineering, or related discipline(s)

  • Knowledge of SAP, Ariba and RtP process is beneficial

  • Well organized and able to manage competing priorities and legal aspects

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work both independently and in teams

  • Fluent in English (written & oral) C1, comfortable to express ideas and hold discussions with native speakers

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

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

  • Driven, Motivated & Passionate to drive positive change.

  • Working Hours: second shift (13.30 – 22.00) with extra premium paid

Please note: We occasionally amend or withdraw Shell jobs and reserve the right to do so at any time, including prior to the advertised closing date. Before applying, you are advised to read our data protection policy. This policy describes the processing that may be associated with your personal data and informs you that your personal data may be transferred to Royal Dutch/Shell Group companies around the world. The Shell Group and its approved recruitment consultants will never ask you for a fee to process or consider your application for a career with Shell. Anyone who demands such a fee is not an authorised Shell representative and you are strongly advised to refuse any such demand. Shell is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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