Shell Trading – Christoph & Sameer, Traders in Development | Shell CareersOn December 7, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
I joined the TDP, the Trader Development Programme, out of Finance in Germany. And I think my idea was to have much more of a bottom-line impact than I had as a function. And I think the great chance if you work as an analyst and then have the idea to become a trader is you are really at the front line and you yourself make a great impact. I think it is just the actual exposure you get so quickly. I have joined as an analyst and I am doing a role which is directly influencing what the traders do every day. So I basically do a lot of fundamental analysis to effectively analyse what the supply demand balance is for the UK gas market, as well as the rest of North-West Europe as well. I think the main things you need in a role like this is to be quick, to be able to analyse information that is hitting the markets very quickly and above all understand how important information flow is around here. The markets move incredibly quickly, especially in kind of volatile markets that we are now. And it is really, to be honest, it is really the first at the buzzer that tends to win. That’s one of the great advantages that you have, even sitting directly with the traders here at the desk. You first of all learn a lot how the markets develop and what positions you can take upon that. And then helping the traders to develop strategies based on your analysis, I think that is great. As well as the speed and the information flow you need to be really good with people. We work very closely with the operations department, business development, supply, senior management as well as the rest of the traders on the floor. And to be able to build those relationships very quickly and be able to use those and leverage those to effectively get useful information and work well together is incredibly important. It is really this fast-paced, dynamic environment. We focus on political movements currently within the situations in Japan and North Africa. You see these changes directly on screen and what impacts they have on your P&L. And having that direct movement sea within your positions is amazing.