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STR Operations Development Program

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Reference ID R64726 Updated 06/03/2024
Downstream Supply Chain

Where you fit in

Shell Trading & Supply is the principal trading and shipping business within Shell. It is made up of a network of independent companies that trade in their own right but also leverage the opportunities open to a global organisation by sharing information, advice and best practice. 

We trade the equivalent of about 14 million barrels of oil per day - this is made up of crude oil, refined products, chemicals, natural gas, electrical power, low carbon fuels and environmental products. With the skill base and international scope to capitalise on trading opportunities inherent in Shell's asset and market positions around the world, our key trading and marketing operations are based in North and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) is at the core of what we do at Shell.

Diversity and differences are seen as opportunities for enhancing Shell’s performance, therefore showing genuine belief in and respect for people is considered key and we positively welcome applications from people with disability. 

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Shell is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

What’s the role?

The STR Operations Development Program (SoDP) is a traineeship opportunity for individuals who are interested in becoming future commercial operators within Shell. The duration of the program is two years during which you get the opportunity to experience various positions within the fields of Trading Operations. The traineeship aims to develop you to be a good operator which means that once traders get the ‘trade’ in, operators need to guide their distribution in the right direction. You will be the first contact for the ports worldwide, the Traders, the customs and internal contacts.

During the traineeship you will learn a lot of different aspects related to Trading & Supply Operations. For example:

  • Setting up contracts with the Traders,

  • Deciding on which claims are well founded or not

  • Logistical planning for transportation. 

After successful completion of the traineeship the next steps in your career will be discussed based on your abilities and interests with the aim to become a successful commercial operator on a trading operations desk.

What we need from you?

  • Bachelor’s (HBO) or Master’s Degree with up to 3 years working experience and strong interest in either Supply chain, Trading or Oil & Freight Operations.

  • Fluent in English and Dutch. German and French language skills are an advantage.

  • Good communication & analytical skills.

  • Resilient and having the ability to plan your activities and work with sometimes conflicting deadlines in order to comply with business needs and policy guidelines.

  • A good team player, confident and self-motivated, your excellent interpersonal and communication skills mean you’ll be able to liaise effectively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders

  • A multi-tasking self-starter and after training, capable of working alone without supervision.

Looking forward to receive your application, please make sure to include your motivation letter with your resume.

If you don't see yourself fully reflected in every job requirement listed on the posting above, we still encourage you to reach out and apply. Research has shown that not everyone applies when they don’t feel 100% qualified. We are committed to creating a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse company and we strongly encourage applicants of all genders, ages, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation, and life experiences to apply.


Shell Nederland BV is a platform for international collaboration, with Shell offering direct employment to around ten thousand people in the Netherlands alone, including roughly 2,800 non-Dutch employees from around 80 countries. Diversity is key at Shell Nederland, and our employees reflect the innovation that stems from a diverse workforce. By joining Shell Nederland, you will benefit from an unrivalled industry-leading development programme that will see you tap into a pool of expert knowledge that will help propel your career. Shell Nederland is the holding company of most Shell companies operating in the Netherlands. Shell Nederland also has an advisory and coordinating role in numerous areas.

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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 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.