Finance Advisor - Mars Corridor & Norphlet - New Orleans, LA

Deepwater Gulf of Mexico's (GOM) ambition is to be a world class investment by being the safest, most competitive Deepwater business. The Mars Corridor is currently one of largest performance units within RDS with various assets and development projects which are expected to deliver significant free cash per year through 2028 along with exceptional returns and impeccable safety. Assets within the Mars Corridor include three TLPs assets; Olympus, Mars and Ursa, several subsea tiebacks and a central export platforms at WD-143. The Norphlet area will include the Appomattox asset which will be Shell's largest production facility in the GOM once onstream along with other growth opportunities in the area.
The Finance Advisor for the Mars Corridor and Norphlet Performance Units is a critical role embedded within the business to provide financial expertise, business decision support, performance management and constructive challenge to ensure decision makers understand value and risk to deliver exceptional bottom-line results and cash. The Mars Corridor and Norphlet Performance Units are strategically important assets within RDS's portfolio with exciting growth opportunities and strong financial and safety performance. The Finance Advisor role will cover a variety of activities which will enable continued robust performance. The following are a few of the activities within the remit of Finance Advisors:
Lead value management in the assets, ensuring priorities and deliverables are linked to value and cash generation. Develop, deploy and maintain useful value tools, and strong, proactive collaboration with Economics & the Production Excellence organization.
Performance Management: Drive financial and operational performance appraisal for the Performance Units/Assets, focusing on value and risks, as well as on operational drivers such as production availability, safety, and optimal development (break even prices). Drive both performance transparency and support selection of interventions in a cost and capex constrained environment. Maintain alignment and focus on key performance indicators and bottom-line results.
Participates in portfolio management of the Asset including commercial optimization
Understand Strategic Intent for the Mars Corridor & Norphlet assets in relation to the DW GOM strategic intent. Provide input and challenge to individual Asset Strategies playing an integral role in collaboration with Economics and Development Teams in the urban planning and asset reference planning process to determine the asset strategy and develop long/midterm milestones and short term tactical actions.
Understanding the competitive landscape (knowing the strengthen, weaknesses, threats and opportunities as it relates to the landscape in which your business operates and work with the business to develop actions to leverage strengths & seize opportunities and mitigate threats and weaknesses)
Drive and provide input into the business planning and latest estimate process at an Asset/Project/Functional level, with a clear value focus and understanding of lifecycle outlook and link this to the performance targets. Take the lead to ensure delivery of Credible plans and forecasts. Ensure benchmarking is used within the asset to set competitive targets.
Drive the cost leadership agenda within the asset, utilizing tools such as competitive benchmarking, evergreen OPEX modelling, and risk and value based budgeting, to optimize cost performance.
Play an active role in shaping the commercial strategies for significant contracts that support the assets.
Maintain a knowledge of underlying business contracts such as Joint Operating Agreements, Production Handling Agreements, crude/gas sales contracts (take or pay), transportation (gas imbalances), and industry and country specific guidelines and practices with regards to cost recovery, cost allocation, and value creation. Ensure robust contract execution.
Provide steer in implementing Shell Opportunity Realization Standard and the Global Well Delivery Project & Well Delivery Process. Ensure finance is an integral member of the project/development and asset teams to ensure a robust value deliver focus and proper risk assessment. Provide constructive challenge to ensure transparent performance and risk management throughout execution.
Build relationships with co-owners and drive negotiations for value creation/risk mitigation.
Drive risk management within the asset, from the establishment and maintenance of an appropriate control framework, to ensuring a robust risk profile and responses, to ensuring Delegations of Authority are followed.
Be a champion in building/sustaining a strong Connected Finance to ensure collaboration across the matrix, in particular other Upstream Lines of Business, Projects & Technology, Finance Centers of Excellence (such as Treasury, etc), and Finance Operations to ensure integration, delivery and aligned prioritization of asset initiatives.
Serve as a connector by working opportunities within and across businesses to unlock new commercial value streams and integrated value.

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