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Legal Counsel, Chemicals & Products Job at Shell – in Rotterdam

The Role

What’s the role?

The Legal Counsel, Chemicals & Products is part of the global Downstream legal team within Shell Legal providing timely, cost effective legal support, balancing risk and value, to Shell’s Chemicals & Products business (“C&P”) primarily in the Europe region, but also supporting global C&P projects and business activities as required.

The new C&P organisation was created in 2021 as part of the reshaping of the Shell group and is made up from the previously separate chemicals and manufacturing businesses in Shell. By combining the two organisations our new end- to-end C&P organisation is set up to deliver on our strategy of growing our chemicals business and adapting our refining footprint to include Energy and Chemicals Parks, working alongside our chemicals-only production sites. We do this so that we can can profitably become a leader in circularity and decarbonisation to help our customers, society and Shell succeed in the energy transition.

The role will involve, amongst other things, supporting the Energy and Chemicals Park and chemicals asset in the Netherlands. The Pernis Energy and Chemicals Park is one of Shell’s five Chemical and Energy Parks which are strategically located, optimizing existing infrastructure and systems to build effective and integrated platforms in processing less crude oil and using more recycled and renewable feedstocks, such as biomass, waste oils and plastic wasteThe Energy and Chemicals Parks will be producing lower-carbon fuels such as Hydrogen, bio-LNG, and sustainable aviation fuel; as well as products like bitumen and advanced lubricants which are “carbon stores”. These platforms support the low-carbon energy products and solutions customers need to achieve net-zero emissions and give Shell the flexibility to meet customer demands in different sectors like automotive, aviation or shipping.

Shell’s strategy is to grow the C&P business, extending further into performance chemicals that enable the energy transition and, as part of your role, you will be helping to support the business in the sale of these products to customers. Shell’schemicals will help society decarbonize and lower emissions – acting as the building blocks for components to build wind turbines and solar panels, save energy in home insulation, produce low temperature detergents, and find solutions for light-weighting transport.

More specifically, your key accountabilities include:
Legal support to the Energy & Chemicals Park (“ECP”) energy and chemicals production assets in the Netherlands including advising on major projects (e.g. biofuels, carbon capture, electrification), investigations, environmental, regulatory and administrative law issues, claims, stakeholder management and emergency response.

Drafting agreements, negotiating and providing legal advice to the C&P business in the region on contracting, operational, logistics and compliance issues for a number of chemicals product lines including long term, high value and complex product sales, swap agreements, feedstock purchase, pipeline transportation, storage and processing contracts.

Advising on joint venture/partnering issues in the region including review of projects and high value contracts from a shareholder perspective.

Supporting growth and sustainability projects in the region or globally and support for other Downstream or Group businesses from time to time as required by the Associate General Counsel C&P.

Helping to implement continuous improvement opportunities and share best practices and new ways of working with the global C&P legal community (including our Krakow and Kuala Lumpur legal support hubs) and with the C&P business.

Giving compliance and C&P specific legal/contracting training to encourage more business self-help and reduce legal risks in the business.

What we need from you

Language skills: fluent in Dutch and able to work effectively in English (spoken and written).

Prior experience of providing legal support for manufacturing or production assets preferred, in particular good understanding of and experience with (Netherlands) environmental and administrative law issues relevant to such assets.

Significant commercial legal experience including advising on, negotiating, drafting, and managing risk in high value, complex commercial contracts.

Some prior experience of supporting project development and/or acquisition & divestment transactions would be useful.

Experience of implementing continuous improvement projects and sharing new ways of working/best practices.

Good team player with a global mindset and ability to work virtually with business colleagues at all levels and other lawyers supporting C&P globally.

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to find creative solutions to legal and commercial issues.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Eager to develop deep understanding of the C&P business and the different product value chains/value drivers.

Willing to work in Shell Chemicals Europe BV’s office in Rotterdam and in Pernis Energy & Chemicals Park and chemicals production assets in the Netherlands as required for business support.

Company Description

Shell International BV (Shell) 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, and our employees reflect the innovation that stems from a diverse workforce. By joining Shell, 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.

An innovative place to work

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.


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.

About the Company

Company: Shell –

Company Location:  Rotterdam

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