Sr. Finance Advisor - Puget Sound, WA

Shell - Anacortes, Washington

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Job ID 128343BR_EN

The Puget Sound Refinery Senior Finance Advisor works closely with the refinery department leaders and teams and are responsible for the oversight and coordination of key financial activities to drive cost transparency and control, increase process efficiencies, and support strategic decision-making in alignment with site priorities and vision. The primary functions of the finance advisor are to: utilize internal and external data to continuously identify opportunities to improve competitiveness, drive business performance through insights from financial analysis, provide meaningful appraisal of business performance, and contribute to improvement efforts to make the site more competitive and profitable.


  • Drive high-quality input to the bi-annual Solomon benchmarking exercise and assist teams in analyzing & interpreting Solomon results.
  • ​Creatively use internal and external information to assess competitiveness of performance and to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.
  • Analyze cost performance and lead cost performance appraisal discussions.
  • ​Utilize cost data and other operational performance data to help identify and prioritize areas for improvement,
  • ​Provide commercial and financial support to business decisions.
  • ​Engage with refinery staff and department leaders to build detailed understanding of business processes, operational levers, and cost drivers/levers.
  • ​Work with colleagues in the operating expense and capital investment space to contribute to the creation of credible and competitive business plans, including short and long-term improvement plans.
  • ​Work with colleagues in the operating expense and capital investment space to contribute to the creation of credible and competitive latest estimates throughout the year, bringing transparency to threats and opportunities which could impact delivery.
  • ​Advise on accounting implications of business issues and decisions.

The Puget Sound Refinery is located in Anacortes Washington, approximately halfway between Seattle and Vancouver. The refinery processes 145 kboepd of crude oil, largely sourced from Alaska's North Slope and Canada. Primary products produced include gasoline, diesel, and jet that are largely sold into the Pacific Northwest market.

The Finance Advisor role would primarily focus on cost competitiveness and comparative performance activities undertaken with the intent of generating efficiencies within PSR's operating expense target.

This is a senior level position, with likely first assignment at a manufacturing site supporting a refinery or chemical business. Site experience provides a great opportunity to learn one of Shell’s core businesses, apply financial skills to help that business succeed, and gain experience which will translate to a versatile and rewarding career within Shell. It is intended to be a jump-off point for a diverse and mobile career within Shell Finance, hence applicants should be willing to relocate, at least within the U.S.

Required Qualifications

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • ​Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration; Sound understanding of basic accounting and financial reporting principles
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in Finance or Accounting/Controllership
  • Strong financial acumen and communication skills; ability to relay financial information and concepts clearly to people with different backgrounds
  • Active curiosity to fully understand the business, understand how operational processes and performance impact the site financial performance, and pursue value opportunities
  • Strong business partnering skills; Ability to be a strong leader and work effectively in a multi-dimensional and diverse team
  • Ability to devise and implement process improvements; effective change management skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills; proactive in resolving issues
  • Continuous improvement mindset and ability to lead through change
  • Demonstrate personal commitment to HSSE and Sustainable Development, and committed to fostering an inclusive culture.

Preferred Qualifications


Company Description

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with about 84,000 employees across more than 70 countries. We aim to meet the world’s growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. We have expertise in exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals. As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, we set high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

Additional Information

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  • Post Date
    Jan 5, 2020
  • Employee Type
  • Relocation Eligible
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