How did you arrive at Shell?
Sanjay: I’ve been with Shell for 24 years, so I’ve worked with different businesses and functions. I started with Lubricants, moved to LPG, then e-Business, followed by Strategy and Portfolio, and then Retail.
After that, I moved to lead a joint venture in Aviation Fuels and my last assignment was a Global Network Strategy role in London.
I’m now with Retail in India. I manage Network: the team that sets up our fuel stations in the country. We plan, acquire real estate, build and maintain the fuel stations, and implement other Retail engineering projects.
What’s the best thing about working at Shell?
Sanjay: With my function, you get the opportunity to Shape the Future. You can leave a legacy you can be proud of and truly make a difference to people’s lives.
Everyone in my team can say, “I bought that site”, “I built that site” or “I was able to make a difference to people who worked on the site.” There aren’t that many roles that offer that kind of impact.
Do you need oil and gas experience?
Sanjay: A lot of people that join don’t, but they will have a relevant specialisation, like real estate acquisition, and then develop their knowledge once they’re here. Our people will get them up to speed on the unique issues we face in our sector.
That’s the beauty of Shell. Thanks to our on-boarding process and the support you get from colleagues and subject matter experts, you soon appreciate that the wider skill set is important and that, with the right opportunities, you’ll learn about oil and gas, and grow.