NBS Technical Manager EMEA
The role is an exciting opportunity to join Nature Based Solutions (NBS) in Shell at a key growth stage, not just in Shell but also in the broader societal and corporate space. You will be working in a rapidly evolving business area, often in challenging regulatory and legal environments. You will be a part of a global and virtual team of capable and motivated individuals and as such, will benefit from the ability to work and form relationships with a diverse set of individuals.
Where you fit in
Nature Based Solutions (NBS) comprise all activities related to the protection or restoration of natural ecosystems resulting in enhanced natural carbon sequestration, and the marketing, trading and sale of resulting carbon credits and other services and products. Shell is making a significant commitment to NBS, rooted in the scientific evidence that points to the substantial near-term role nature can play in fighting climate change and the additional benefits that investment in nature can generate.
Strategically, NBS can (1) complement the delivery of Shell’s Net Carbon Footprint ambition and thus has a role to play in Shell thriving through the energy transition, (2) be a credible option to allow us to address the CO2 footprint of the consumption of the energy products we sell together with our customers, and (3) be an attractive investment in carbon sequestration at a time when the world is becoming increasingly carbon-constrained. To achieve this, Shell is driving voluntary and compliance demand development for high-integrity nature-based carbon credits, developing a large and competitive supply portfolio to serve our customers, and contributing to a supportive societal and policy context for NBS.
What’s the role?
As a Technical Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), you will lead the technical and environmental assessment and maturation of opportunities in the EMEA region (likely also leading a team of technical managers) and to work with other leaders in the global NBS team and business developers in the NBS EMEA team to ensure the development of a balanced portfolio that is robust from economic, carbon management, environmental and societal perspectives.
You will be expected to:
- Work with and support the NBS General Manager EMEA on the implementation of the EMEA NBS business development strategy including:
- Originate and mature business opportunities that generate carbon credits from nature, together with commercial and technical team members
- Manage technical elements of business opportunities across the NBS EMEA portfolio ensuring that Shell’s investments in carbon credits from nature are of high quality underpinned by robust science and industry certification standards
- Lead assessment of the technical value (including environmental; community stakeholder participation; measurement, reporting and verification (MRV)) of individual NBS project/ program opportunities across the EMEA region with a specific focus on Africa
- Provide technical input and peer review for NBS projects in other regions as required
- Develop and maintain a network of advisors, consultants and implementation partners to strengthen the EMEA portfolio of opportunities and the delivery thereof
- Participate in and support engagements with industry fora, NGOs, governments and regulators regarding carbon accounting, fiscal and regulatory treatment of NBS opportunities, aimed at securing and sustaining long-term development opportunities
- Lead the assessment of opportunities related to developing MRV standards, including with certification bodies and industry groups
What we need from you?
We’re keen to speak with individuals with extensive business development experience that includes first-hand experience in planning, screening, developing and managing nature-based carbon sequestration projects in agriculture- or forestry-based methodologies, including measurement, reporting and verification. You’ll also call on your Master’s degree in environmental sciences, agriculture, forestry management, agronomy or similar field.
We also hope you possess the following skills and experience:
- Highly skilled in carbon methodology implementation through first-hand project experience with certification bodies
- Rich understanding of key issues with carbon projects with extensive experience in assessing project baselines, nesting mechanisms, NBS carbon accounting, auditing and documentation standards and requirements in report preparation, and in extracting practical implications and opportunities
- Core knowledge of the areas relevant to NBS, including (agro-) forestry, carbon credit origination and trading, policy and regulations etc.
- Team leadership and management experience, including virtual team leadership
- Strong relationship management skills and ability to gain trust and credibility quickly with many internal and external stakeholders
- Business development and effective stakeholder engagement and relationship building experience in Africa is a key requirement
- An entrepreneurial, flexible, hands-on, can-do approach, with a willingness to step in and support a range of activities as the NBS business grows
- Demonstrable passion for nature and a solution-oriented interest in the energy transition
- An attention to detail, ensuring development of and adherence to robust systems that withstand external scrutiny
- Strong communication and presentation skills
The position calls for a self-motivated, entrepreneurial and responsible individual with the proven ability to perform well under pressure.
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 by investing in renewable energy and natural ecosystems and developing technology in new emerging energy supply and storage solutions that helps the world to use energy more cleanly and efficiently.
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.
- 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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