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Shell Trading – Mike, Executive Vice President | Shell Careers



My name is Mike Conway. I'm currently President of Shell Trading. There's a number of reasons why you'd want to work for Shell. First thing is, you have Shell behind you. We are here for the long term. We've been in existence for well over a hundred years. We're a global business, so we are not just in one part of the world. We touch every place in the world. We're a major player. Within the company, I'm looking for a broad diversity of talents, ideas. We don't want a lot of 'yes people' around in the organization. You know there are a few things that I insist upon in terms of integrity, living within our values. But outside of that, you want as broad a background as possible to be able to give the best chance of finding opportunity. Because, if you look at this business, it all comes down for people making good business decisions. In training you need a number of different skills. You have to be able to look at something and put pencil to paper and say, "Is this going to make money for the company or not?" You have to have the ability to operate with incomplete information. You find that you have what I call a gut feel for what's going on in the marketplace and the areas of your expertise and you're able to make decisions faster than other parts of the organization can. The way I look at is, if you have to wait for all the pieces of information before you can make the decision, the decision is gone. You need to be able to handle risk in a certain way. It's a balanced view of being able to put a position on, and being able to live with it and manage it, and then also not get enamoured so much with the deal and wanting to do the next deal. So you have to know when you get in and when you get out. And then within the overall Shell system, things like teamwork, innovation, the ability to learn is very important. This business is constantly changing, so you always have got to look at where the market is going. And what used to make you money two or three years ago may make you no money in the future. So your ability to change the way you look at the business, being able to get out of businesses and go into new ones, and to learn from the experiences to be able to do it better the next time, is the key thing, because if you continually learn I can't lose. Whether or not Shell is a good company for you or not, will depend a lot upon what are you in it for. So there are a number of things that we can provide you, in terms of training, learning, in terms, of working in a large company that gives you lots of opportunities. But the biggest thing is the people that are in here. We have some training managers and traders that have been in the industry for well over twenty years. They have seen a lot of stuff. You have the ability to access some extremely bright individuals, and some of the industry experts in the energy business, in terms of understanding of the markets and how markets work. And then finally, it is the Shell brand. That card, that business card, can get you in just about any place in the world. With that, comes a lot of responsibility as well, how we're seen in the marketplace, how we are looked at by our counterparties, and our customers, and the community. You look in the Times and you look in the FT everyday, there's something on that front page that we're involved with. And so you have the ability to have some impact on what goes on in the world.

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  1. Shell, through their work alongside the brutal military regime in Nigeria, is accused of complicity in the execution of nine peaceful protesters and the torture of many others in the Ogoni region of Niger Delta. On October 1st, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will reconsider Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell Oil), a case which will determine whether corporations complicit in human rights abuses overseas can be sued in U.S. courts.

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