Shell Business Operations

Lead Compliance Advisor

Houston, TX
Not disclosed
28 Feb 2024
07 Mar 2024
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

What’s the role?

Reporting to the Head of Advice Shell Energy America (SEAm), the Lead Trading & Supply (T&S) Compliance Advisor is a member of the Advisory team within T&S Compliance.

The T&S Advisory Compliance team has responsibility for:

  • Acting as the first point of contact for all Compliance queries escalated by the various T&S businesses within the relevant regions, in support of the T&S Compliance Operating Model;
  • Escalating as required to SME’s relevant Compliance queries received under the Compliance Operating Model
  • Providing guidance and advice to T&S businesses on the Shell Code of Conduct, including the escalation of more complex regulatory & compliance or Code of Conduct queries to the relevant Compliance SME;
  • Reviewing new products or activities as part of any T&S new business approval process;
  • Assisting the T&S Compliance Training team with the allocation and delivery of training;
  • Providing input to Compliance Risk Assessments.
  • As a senior member of the T&S Compliance Advisory team you must act with integrity at all times and ensure escalation of all matters identified that may be in breach of any Shell Group standard of Code, including concerns in relation to ethical decision making and ESG-related considerations
  • The Lead Advisor, SEAm, will be responsible for managing a team that provides timely, accurate and robust advice and guidance to T&S Businesses and Functions.
  • In managing the team the Lead Advisor will be required to establish and/or maintain effective business partnering relationships within (the) various levels of organization across SEAm, including offices in Houston, San Diego, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, and across the wider Compliance function globally; and
  • In the absence of Head of Advisory, be the delegate to Business and cross functional leadership meetings;
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the T&S businesses activities, focusing on natural gas, power, carbon, emissions and other renewable and emerging markets, as well as Compliance risks and controls within the Advisory team;
  • Assist the T&S business in understanding the Compliance risk implications of their current and proposed new activities, as well support the identification (and development) of potential risk mitigations and Line of Defence (LOD1) controls;
  • Proactively provide guidance and advice to T&S Businesses and Functions in relation to all regulatory & compliance requirements and risks, including (but not limited to):
  • compliance with external regulations/exchange rules/internal requirements, or conformance with Group Standards, Manuals and Shell Trading Policies;
  • the understanding and mitigation of regulatory and compliance risks such as market manipulation, anti-trust, bribery & corruption, and money laundering.
  • Partner with all other parts of the Compliance team, including in the development and execution of the Compliance Training agenda and the annual Compliance Risk Assessment plan.
  • Support the learning and development of the Shell Energy Americas Advisory team (and globally as required) to ensure continuing growth of knowledge and experience in the team, and to enable the team capacity to provide effective and expansive support to the T&S businesses.
  • Support the Head of Advice in maintaining T&S’s relationships with financial regulators and / or trading regulators (exchanges) on all routine and customary matters and handling requests for information and other inquiries/investigations from trading regulators, in consultation with Compliance Regulation team, Legal and Regulatory Affairs as required, in such a way as to ensure they remain open and constructive.


  • Direct reports, with the requirement to provide effective oversight and direction, and the continuing development of the Advisory team
  • Expected to deputise for the Head of Advice for Shell Energy Americas as required.
  • Problem solving: an ability to navigate through complex transaction and Compliance problems by understanding the business/es, the underlying market/s and relevant regulation, taking into account different views, identifying the critical issues and articulates the way forward.  It is expected that the complexity of problems at this level will require over 15 years’ experience in order to understand and assimilate all the competing and conflicting data points and arrive at a solution.  The range of problems to be solved at this level is likely to be extremely broad and encompass many different geographical jurisdictions as well as relevant legislation.
  • Stakeholder relationships: Builds relationships with T&S stakeholders at all levels in the Shell Energy Americas organisation (and more widely as may be required) whilst maintaining independence and tenacity of approach and challenge.  Key to success in this role will be the ability to influence and establish relationships with T&S Leadership mainly at the RTL and GM levels, as may be required by the role.
  • Communications: Communicates complex subject matter clearly and simply and identifies the key messages for stakeholders. Adapts communication style depending on the stakeholder audience and comfortable in having difficult conversations.
  • Issue management: Identifies, tracks and manages issues and works with stakeholders to resolve problems and continuously improve processes and controls.

What we need from you

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 12 or more years of experience and in depth knowledge of commodity trading and financial and physical commodity trading markets (including Natural Gas, Power, Renewables, Crude and Refined Products) in a Compliance environment
  • Strong knowledge of exchange rules relevant to their region
  • A sound knowledge of the T&S Businesses (including Crude, Products, Energy, Shipping, Operations and Supply) is desirable
  • Robust written and verbal communication skills with the ability to influence at all levels of an organisation, both internally and externally, and engage with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and partner with business stakeholders, other compliance team members and other functions
  • Compliance is a foundation of the way in which T&S does business and therefore integrity is one of the fundamental values that we are seeking as part of the Compliance team.  We believe integrity is the hallmark of a person who demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles during their work.  Integrity is the foundation on which coworkers build relationships, trust, and effective interpersonal relationships.  It is essential that the successful candidate will be able to give clear examples of integrity as one of their core values.

For regular full-time or regular part-time employees of the Company (participating companies as listed in the Summary Plan Description), insurance coverage options include medical, dental, vision coverage, life Insurance, Business Travel Accident Insurance, and Occupational Accidental Death Benefit programs. Employees also participate in a company pension plan and a 401(k) plan. Paid leave includes up to 6 weeks of paid vacation time, up to 11 paid holidays, and parental leave offering 16 weeks of paid leave to birthing mothers, and 8 weeks of paid leave for non-birthing parents. Additionally, employees are eligible for disability leave for up to 52 weeks at 100% or 50% of base pay. Shell also offers other compensation such financial reimbursement for adoption, wellness, education, and personal learning expenses, and some roles are eligible for discretionary long-term incentives. For interns, eligible benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, Business Travel Accident Insurance, and Occupational Accidental Death Benefit programs; participation in a 401(k) plan; and paid leave for up to 11 paid holidays. Additional information on Shell’s US benefit programs can be found at

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