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The Technical and Competitive Information Technology (TaCIT) team at Shell is innovative and wide-reaching, integrating Information Technology with areas of expertise such as Geosciences, Reservoir Engineering and Petroleum Engineering to deliver bespoke, high-end IT services to all areas of Shell’s business. With the aim of driving innovation across the business and helping us become the most competitive energy company in the world, Shell’s TaCIT department is one of the only specialised, split-away IT unit among IOCs.

TaCIT merges IT, business, science, and technology to find forward-thinking solutions to business functions as vast as refinery optimisation, well automation and collecting, interpreting and mapping seismic data. We are working to integrate technical IT with technology and engineering advances, increasing the pace of technology development, replicating and deploying solutions globally across the entire value chain, and responding to the needs of our customers and partners.

Adding value to our processes in both monetary terms and through equipping our workforce with ever more innovative and advanced IT tools, TaCIT is a hybrid department that covers different areas of expertise; one that is integral to the future of Shell as it moves towards ever more technically advanced ways of working.

One of the main purposes of TaCIT is to drive IT innovation through integration of our technical-based businesses, so we are looking for people who have a proven technical skill set with specialisms in diverse fields, and business experts with hybrid skills and strong experience. We are looking for Geoscientists, Geophysicists, Geologists, Geomechanics, Production Geologists, Production Seismologists, Reservoir Engineers and Geo Information Management Analysts. We continuously search for the best minds inside Shell, but we also look to other companies, academia, and to experts inside and outside our industry to help us maintain our competitive edge and innovative potential.

Candidates can expect to be part of a team that integrates with all areas of our technical businesses, so being able to work as part of a diverse team is a must. We are also looking for creative candidates who can spot and innovate methods in which Shell can competitively advance our business, not just in IT but across every possible aspect. In return, we offer a number of training programmes for scientists and engineers so that you can meet the professional standards that Shell demands, as well as opportunities to develop your career within the full organisation.

Meet the manager

Amy Suhl, Vice President and CIO for Projects and Technology, sees TaCIT as a part of Shell’s business that gives them a clear advantage in the industry. “Some of the things we’re doing are just amazing,” she says. “We have the capabilities to do things that other companies can only aspire to.”

One of the key factors to its success, she says, is that Shell is not only looking to constantly develop new technologies, but that they are finding new uses for existing ones. “We’re looking at how technology can be used for things you might not have thought about,” says Amy, going on to say that they are now looking at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)  can be used to carry out inspections that are safe and efficient.

Amy sums up TaCIT – as well as the broader role of functional IT – as a department that looks “to provide information at the speed we need, with the device we have, from wherever we are.” It’s a crucially important part of the business she says, and one that will lead Shell into a new, innovative future.

Smart Mobile Worker

Shell’s Smart Mobile Worker (SMW) project is an innovative system that aims to revolutionise the life of the field worker by reducing HSE exposure and improving efficiency. A collaborative tool for field and production staff that uses wireless technologies, SMW’s key benefit is its ability to minimise the space between field workers, remote experts and decision-makers in real-time environments. This reduces travel, speeds up breakdown repair and ultimately improves efficiency in environments where simple tasks (such as travel or data entry) can eat up valuable time.

Setting up the SMW technology required innovation and development across Geosciences, Data Management and technical IT to deliver full end-to-end connectivity and service availability across all of Shell. Requiring solution integration of multiple systems including hardware, software, IT security and IT architecture, its development was a large-scale operation that was fully realised in 2013.

An exciting and groundbreaking project, SMW offers opportunities in Data Management Integration, Information Management and Workflow Integration and Optimisation, and characterises what makes TaCIT jobs so varied and exciting.