Baz King, Shell Energy’s Business Analysis Practice Lead & Planning Manager, shares why collaboration across the business helps to power progress, and the variety a career in IT offers.
My role is to work with our business stakeholders and Information Technology (IT) teams to help enable the successful analysis, planning and delivery of IT work. My team helps support all of Shell Energy’s squads and the delivery of work in the portfolio. As we have such a variety of initiatives and regulatory work to implement, the role means I get to work on many varied things and no two days are ever the same! My role involves improving the Business Analysis capability and working on the enterprise level analysis, discovery, and planning of upcoming work.
I started with the business three years ago. I had not worked in the energy industry before that, so it was a steep learning curve with lots of industry terms and acronyms to learn! I am still learning about how all our business functions work and also how the energy market works. I joined the business because it had a great reputation, and I was really interested in the digital transformation journey that it had started (and is still ongoing).
The environment is very collaborative across all areas of the business. There are no silos and politics to block progress. Everyone wants great outcomes for their team and the business overall.
We are all able to work effectively from home and the business is very supportive of flexible working arrangements. We can self-manage our days in the office or from home. Our technology supports online workshops and collaboration effectively. It is great to be in the office and working alongside people too!
In my three years, I have been working as the Business Analysis Manager / Practice Lead. Because of the variety in the initiatives and projects that I am involved in, I get to work on a wide range of things. A key highlight was the rebranding of ERM Power to Shell Energy and seeing so many of our business and IT teams working together to meet our go-live!
I am passionate about collaborating across all our teams. I love working with all the different departments and really getting to understand what the pain points are, so we can help improve the systems and processes we have. I love helping our team to improve our agile ways of working and seeing all the great ideas that get generated and worked on through our regular hack days.
To enjoy a challenge and working with a wide range of people. It’s a fast-paced environment with plenty of opportunity to contribute.
The focus on green and renewable energy sources, along with electric vehicle development makes this an exciting industry to be a part of.
Do it! It is a great team, culture, and engaging place to work!