The Shell Graduate Programme

Within Shell’s Trading Graduate Programme, you'll experience various rotations in Trading relevant assignments, working with the commodity sector’s leading experts. You'll be supported to develop your trader capability and contribute to the organisation’s bottom line through on-the-job exposure to an assigned Trading desk. We seek commercially savvy individuals to take on challenging Operations and Commercial assignments in Trading and within other areas of the Shell business relevant to Trading. From this you’ll gain an understanding of the end-to-end value chain and, by leveraging unrivalled industry expertise, you'll be nurtured into an accomplished Shell Trader and future leader.


From our main Trading hubs in London, Houston, Rotterdam and Singapore, you’ll have the chance to make a significant impact on our organisation’s bottom line through the trading of natural gas, crude oil, oil products, chemical feedstock, biofuels, energy and freight. With a trading volume of about 13 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, this fast-paced business offers talented graduates that wish to make an impact the chance to be part of the dynamic and competitive world of buying and selling in the energy industry.

Roles and responsibilities

Over the course of the Shell Graduate Programme you’ll sample the diverse range of challenges integral to becoming a successful trader in Shell.

Areas of Trading you could be involved in include:

  • Crude Oil
  • Chemical Products
  • Natural Gas
  • Power and Environmental Products

You will learn from hands-on involvement in:

  • Preparing contracts and structuring deals
  • Conducting negotiations and managing risk
  • Business and market analysis
  • Trading operations and logistics

Training and development opportunities

During the Shell Graduate Programme you’ll be given training in areas such as market analysis, trading and pricing strategy, nurturing business partnerships, trading operations and leadership development.

You can expect a mixture of on-the-job experience, coaching and mentoring, and classroom and online-based training. We’ll check in with your progress regularly to help us coordinate your development and ensure you’re on track to reaching your potential. Structured assessment reviews after each assignment will track your performance and growth as a future leader within Shell Trading.

Reach your potential with Shell Trading