Finance Specialist Recruitment at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is the pioneer and leader of the petroleum industry in Nigeria. We invest heavily in our employees, which is reflected in our industry-leading development programme and our commitment to see our employees’ ideas travel and come to fruition. Our commitment and your drive will meet and help unlock your own potential and push forward Shell’s continuous innovation.

Position Title: Finance Specialist

Ref No: 93084BR
Location: Lagos

Job Purpose

  • To provide world class Finance operations support to Shell Companies in Nigeria leveraging on cutting edge technology and top quartile technical skills.
  • The role sits in the engine room that ensures the integrity and accuracy of the financial data of supported entities and ensuring that meaningful business insight can be derived therefrom. It requires laser sharp attention to detail coupled with an ability to zoom out and see the big picture.
  • Candidates may operate in one or more of the broad activity areas in the Finance operations spectrum including: Business Reporting and Analysis, Financial Reporting and Analysis, Expenditure, Revenue, Treasury, Governance & Risk Assurance amongst others.
  • They have high level Individual and team accountability for Critical Business Processes within an activity area. They serve as integrators where different steps in the process are carried out in different teams providing leadership and subject matter expertise to their immediate teams, supported business entities and the wider Finance Operations function.


  • Candidates can expect to function in one of the following Operational areas with the opportunity to rotate into other areas over the course of their career

Business Finance:

  • Cash Management
  • Budget Performance Monitoring
  • Workplan & Budget Analysis and Latest Estimates
  • Ledger Entries and cost allocation
  • Management Information reporting
  • SAP Cost Object Maintenance
  • Requisition to Pay Finance Support
  • Assets under Construction and Difference in Exchange reviews


  • Payroll Processing
  • Statutory Compliance
  • Vendor Relations
  • Invoice Processing
  • Indirect Tax & Transfer Pricing
  • Disbursement audit
  • Treasury Operations


  • Hydrocarbon entitlement computations
  • Customer Billings
  • Receipt allocation
  • Receivables Management

Reporting and Analysis:

  • Group reporting
  • Statutory account preparation
  • Financial Statement Latest Estimates
  • Financial Accounting for JVs & PSCs
  • Fixed Assets accounting
  • Reconciliations
  • Working capital Management
  • Systems Review and Improvement (SAP/BW)


  • Cash Forecasting
  • Counterparty Risk Management
  • Fund Management operations
  • Payment processing
  • Card transaction management

Governance & Risk Assurance:

  • Sox compliance
  • Controls Review and registration
  • Disbursement Audit
  • Incident reporting

Planning, Budgeting & Management Information Reporting:

  • Management Information Reporting/Dashboards
  • Reporting Template Maintenance and Standardization.
  • Report automation using Macros and Visual Basic
  • Master and transaction data integrity and availability
  • Business Plan upload and update
  • Budget approval and cost recovery process support


  • Strong analytical (Excel) and Communication skills are critical to the role
  • Strong Customer service and Continuous Improvement and performance delivery Mindset
  • Ability to effectively develop and manage multi-dimensional and multi-functional relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong ability to carry along subordinates, work effectively in teams, and influence superiors.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional Accounting Qualification such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA


  • 9-11 years relevant post-qualification experience

Significant experience in one or more of the following will be an added advantage

  • Use of SAP and Business Warehouse or other ERP and MI systems
  • Management Information and reporting
  • Stakeholder management and negotiation skills
  • Working in a multinational corporation with International reporting lines
  • Financial Accounting Controlling and Reporting
  • Payroll processing and PAYE tax administration
  • 3-4 years in a supervisory role
  • 4+ years post-qualification experience in Audit practice and/or Assurance services
  • Development of Management Information solutions using macros and Visual Basic.
  • ERP and Management Information systems change management experience

The successful candidate should have Commercial acumen and drive as well as a Strong Business Partnering Focus characterized by:

  • A deep understanding of the impact of external trends and competition and its impact on the Oil & Gas Business
  • Ability to boldly challenge the Business/Function to think through strategic issues and value opportunities
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, articulate, initiate and deliver high-impact value propositions, overcoming political and organizational barriers
  • Initiation of cross-Business/Function and/or external collaborative efforts that significantly benefit the bottom line
  • Logical yet innovative approach to problem solving

Candidates should:

  • Be excellent team leaders with demonstrated ability to manage team dynamics, nurture a highly motivated and cohesive workforce with a balanced focus on delivery, development and personal life.
  • Have high ethical standards, integrity, a personal culture of maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information and of compliance to organizational policies and procedures.

Application Deadline: 24th November, 2018.

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  • Interested applicants should not apply for more than one of the six advertised finance and contracting & procurement roles. Submitting more than one application will lead to automatic disqualification of all the applicant’s applications.
  • Kindly note that all fields are mandatory in the online applications forms.

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