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Shell Team Lead Solar Technology in Den Haag, Netherlands

, Netherlands

Job Family Group:

Research and Development

Worker Type:


Posting Start Date:

September 8, 2022

Business unit:

Projects and Technology

Experience Level:

Experienced Professionals

Job Description:

Shell is working with our customers and across sectors to accelerate the transition to net-zero emissions. This requires development of new business opportunities, technologies and technology areas. Wind and Solar are key, as is power transmission and distribution. Applications for growth in renewable power generation are direct use of renewable power and conversion into molecules for which the key candidate is hydrogen via electrolysis of water. We welcome an experienced Solar Technology leader to help realize our target to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050.

Where you fit in

In Power Technology you will drive decarbonization by electrification by building and leading our global Solar Technology group and working with teams of experts in the different areas of Renewable Power Generation, Electric Mobility, Energy Storage & Integration and Industrial Electrification. There is a strong interface with the green hydrogen teams.

What’s the role?

The role of the Team Lead Solar Technology will be to build and lead a global multi-disciplinary team of researchers and engineers. That develop and execute the Solar Technology program in support of the renewable power generation business. The main solar technology focus will be Photovoltaic (PV) related. Strategic objectives are:

  • Technology driven LCOE reduction

  • Technology for 24/7 green electrons

  • Technology risk management

  • Technology to open new markets

  • Addressing societal license to operate issues

Accountabilities include:

  • Create and validate the Solar Technology strategy and manage current and future Solar related technology and innovation opportunities closely aligned with the Renewables and Energy Solutions business

  • Ensure commitments are achieved within agreed time, cost and quality parameters with focus on delivering first mover advantage and business benefits

  • Providing advanced technical support to the Renewables and Energy Solutions business and anticipating its technology needs, working closely with senior leaders in renewable power generation

  • Partner with business stakeholders to validate strategic business cases. Define success metrics and criteria and identify, measure; sustain planned vs. achieved benefits from technology and innovation activities

  • Proactively look for additional benefits to be delivered by taking advantage of systems, processes and data already in place or being deployed

  • Ensure appropriate stakeholder engagement and communication to ensure Shell is fully prepared to exploit new opportunities in Solar energy as they emerge

  • Champion the development of long-term strategy and capability within Shell through bringing external perspectives, identifying and promoting best practices; coaching others on advanced skills and contributing to community building

  • Driving the day-to-day business of Global Solar Technology group - including direction of research goals and objectives and staff management accountabilities

  • Drive HSSE excellence for all staff and operations with special emphasis on work conducted externally at research universities and third-party labs. Develop and implement fit-for-purpose strategy to drive the right safety culture

  • Value creation from existing and new collaborations with academic and commercial partners to gain access to Solar technologies

  • Technology evaluations and support to technical due diligence efforts from the Renewables and Energy Solutions business, Shell Ventures and Gamechanger

  • Represent Shell in selected external bodies, trade organizations and at conferences

  • Expert support to government relations to determine policy positions in multiple countries

What we need from you

  • Bachelor’s degree (min) in Engineering with relevant background in solar PV

  • Extensive experience in contracting and managing IP for technical collaborations with third parties including start-ups, venture capital, universities, corporate research, research consortia, national labs, etc.

  • In-depth understanding of the cost structures and technologies in the solar energy landscape

  • Strong leadership skills to build and drive a global technical team of highly specialized experts towards achieving results that make a difference and guide the future direction of the company

  • Capable of effective and impactful communications across topics, audiences and formats at all organizational levels

  • Has passion for people development, including nurturing and mentoring talent that will shape the future of the company

  • Significant expertise in technology program management with strong HSSE focus

  • Capable of developing broad internal and external network to stay abreast of the latest developments and engage at a credible and technically competent level with thought leaders in new fields of research

Company Description

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in oil, gas and renewable energy to meet demand, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential. We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.

  • We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology

  • We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity

  • We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice. We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.



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According to the United Nations, the global population could increase to more than 10 billion people. A key role for society – and for Shell – is to find ways to meet the growing demand for energy, with less carbon emissions. We need people who dare to think differently – to take part in developing tomorrow’s energy solutions today.