– Gas Trader
– University of Leicester
I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2006 with a degree in Law and studied for a further year to complete the Legal Practice Course. I began my career working at a high-street law firm and sought to develop commercial awareness through experience in a new industry. This led me to the energy sector, where I was fortunate to be offered a role in the contracts department at ConocoPhillips in the summer of 2008.
My work with ConocoPhillips
In my first two years at ConocoPhillips, my role was focussed around analysing and reviewing a mixture of short-term and longer-term contracts in support of crude oil trading. This provided me with an invaluable exposure to various functions within the business and to develop an appreciation of the fast paced environment that is the trading floor.
This exposure served to strengthen my interest in the trading side of the business, and I was given the opportunity to move into a front office role, joining the Gas & Power Shift Trading Team. This involved managing ConocoPhillips short term gas and power positions and providing market analysis on a 24/7 desk, working 12 hour night shifts, weekends & bank holidays (including Christmas day!)
Following a change in company strategy in 2012 my role became focussed around the Operations & Scheduling of gas trades until I moved into my current position in 2015 as a Natural Gas Trader.
This role involves managing the European equity gas production for ConocoPhillips, optimising around our current assets and looking for trading opportunities at various European gas hubs.
My experience at ConocoPhillips has taught be to open-minded when it comes to careers. I initially joined with the intention of gaining some experience in the energy markets and then returning to work in the legal world. Over 10 years later I find myself as a Gas Trader, trading over £1bn worth of natural gas a year. My time at ConocoPhillips has provided me with an exposure to both back office and front office positions as well as interaction with a variety of business functions both internally and externally.
I look forward to continuing to develop in my current role as the gas trading team continues to find new and exciting opportunities to add significant value to the business. In the longer term, I would like to leverage my commercial skills, working on any other challenging commercial opportunities that may arise within the wider company.