Space Planner

Website shell Shell Corporation

, United Kingdom
Job Family Group:

Commercial and Retail
Worker Type:

Posting Start Date:

July 8, 2021
Business unit:

Experience Level:

Experienced Professionals
Job Description:

Shell Mobility represents the single largest customer-facing business in the group serving more than 30mln mobility and over 250,000 Fleet customers per day through 500,000 service champions in over 44,000 sites across 70+ countries. As RDS looks to the future, Mobility is critical to establish Shell as The Low Carbon Leader, with ambitions to be the no. 1 mobility and convenience retailer, with the world’s leading EV charging network and lead in business and goods mobility platform.

Achieving our ambitions will necessitate placing customers at the heart of our business, treating every interaction as a chance to bring our purpose to life to making people’s journeys better. We’re evolving from ‘fuels retailer’ to ‘mobility retailer’- innovating to meet our customers’ changing expectations around convenience, product quality, digitalization and service. This includes continuing to improve the quality of our current products while expanding our alternative energy mosaic (LNG, hydrogen, EV charging and biofuels).

People make the difference real! Mobility is the most customer intimate business in Shell and a front seat to the mobility transition seen from the eyes of customer. A career in mobility is fast paced and dynamic whether you are creating a rewards program for our service champions, developing an award-winning app for our customers, developing a community engagement program or engineering a safe forecourt. Come join us as we embark on the next phase of our ambition focusing on e-mobility and decarbonization!

What’s the role

The Shell UK Mobility business has a company owned presence of 525 service stations. As a Non Fuel Retail (NFR) business, CR UK sources goods and services across a broad spectrum of FMCG categories. It works to a business model in which Shell does not take stock ownership but works with contracted organisations who offer an integrated service. This will include the procurement and distribution of goods and services out to Shell UK company owned service stations.

CR UK has a core offer of FMCG products and services complemented with a food-for-now proposition (JOdbS & Costa Express) as showcased on our Shell Select stations. This is enhanced with a food-for-later and top-up convenience offer developed in close collaboration with alliance partners (Waitrose & Budgens). To drive long term sustainable growth, the business is focused on developing an ever-evolving offer that satisfies the needs of a diverse customer base. Each service station has to provide customers with an optimal mobility offer and must cater to customers with different retail shopping missions.

The NFR 50:50 growth aspirations of the broader Shell organisation cannot be maximised without a constant pursuit of excellence in CR execution. Critical to the health of the CR business is therefore a continuous programme of improvement. The Space Planning Team is responsible for ensuring business excellence through the provision of industry leading micro and macro space planning. The UK has a well-established space planning function that utilises the JDA software and CKB database. This role presents a great opportunity to be part of that specialist team and make a mark on the business. CR UK Space Planners are required to be involved in managing planogram hierarchies, store area analysis, floorplans, and reporting, evolving micro and macro plans in JDA whilst identifying constant opportunities to increase performance.


Mobility is a core face of Shell. It touches the lives of 30 million customers every single day. This makes Mobility a primary driver for the Shell brand. We take this responsibility seriously, placing customers at the heart of our daily business, treating each interaction as a chance to bring our purpose to life and making people’s journeys better.

It is an exciting time to be joining Mobility UK as Shell evolves from a ‘fuels retailer’ to ‘mobility retailer’, innovating to meet changing customer expectations around convenience, quality, digitalisation and services. Shell is at the leading edge of the energy transition, expanding into alternative energy whether LNG, hydrogen, EV charging or biofuels.

Within CR we look beyond the forecourt, forming strategic partnerships with leading brands to offer a broader breadth of products and services, helping customers optimise their fast-paced modern life. In the UK, our CR alliance partnerships cover a wide range of areas including Costa Express, Jamie Oliver (healthier food-for-now), Waitrose and Budgens (extended grocery for Top Up shopping), Halfords (new truck/car care range) and Deliveroo (home delivery).

All the above has meant that CR UK continues to drive record performance year after year, delivering growth ahead of the market. This is a unique opportunity to join the high performing CR Team in a specialist role that has a very distinct skillset and areas of responsibility.


The backbone of a successful UK CR business is underpinned with best-in-class execution and continuous improvement. It is pivotal to remaining competitive in the retail environment. The purpose of this role will be to maximise profit made from the sales space on our UK Service Station Network and evolving the CR UK offer through provision of compelling micro and macro plans. This will mean benchmarking competitors and reviewing market trends or intelligence. The role will utilise space planning tools and expertise to optimise all available sales opportunities and to support the broader team to define the customer offer. The position holder will be required to liaise with, or represent, various CR functions.

As a CR Space Planner, the position holder is responsible for managing the space on our service stations to drive profitable growth, now and in the future. He/she is responsible for working with Category Managers to co-own profitable micro space range reviews and planograms, maximising macro space to deliver sales and profit through managed floorplans. The holder will be responsible for keeping abreast of all new market developments, benchmarking Shell performance against the competition and identifying untapped or future growth opportunities. Due to the wide scope of work, he/she must have strong analytical skills and the experience needed to interrogate reports and market data to provide robust recommendations. He/she must be an expert in the use of JDA Space Planning Tools, this must however be combined with strong stakeholder management skills. There will be simultaneous timelines and he/she be required to champion the pursuit of incremental sales, revenue across the UK retail business. The role will need to form clear and robust ways of working between the Category Management and Supply Chain Teams.

The key responsibilities of the role would be:

Utilise space planning software to deliver the most efficient and effective implementation of the CR UK propositionEnsure optimal use of micro and macro space; undertake robust assessments of sales per linear metre across the Shell network for assigned categories or formatsProvide macro store plans for new store openings, expansions and resets (including layouts, category selection and merchandising equipment) to ensure best use of space for customer demographic or format typeCreate and maintain micro space planograms in line with the annual range review calendar, working in close collaboration with CR UK Category Managers to augment CR revenue in line with stretching T&R TargetsEnsure assortment optimisation across the portfolio of categories sold within Shell; review data metrics for each product, category and fixture size to maximise sales, margin and profit performancePresent recommendations for new space allocations or equipment solutions that will drive incremental sales and margin growthProvide month-to-month planogram support to maximise sales performance from seasonal, limited edition and promotional featuresAct as custodian of space to protect the formal License To Operate; ensuring Shell service stations are compliant with licensing or age related product regulations and/or guidelinesUndertake regular field visits in market visiting Shell company owned alongside competitor store visits (forecourt, convenience, high street and travel)Sustain a proactive awareness of market trends, consumer needstates and shopper missions; ensuring a customer centric approach to all space planning activitiesMaintain a product and image database in support of the software systemEstablish a cross-functional relationship across Category Management, Supply Chain, Sales and Network
What we need from you

Shell continues to strive to build a professional retail organisation. Direct experience of space planning is a must for this application and a clear understanding of the UK CR business will be an advantage. The following requirements will form a key part of the evaluation process and candidate selection for this role:

Experience in both micro and macro space planning with either a retailer or blue-chip FMCG supplierHigh technical competence; expert knowledge of JDA space planning software including assortment optimisation and floor planning combined with working knowledge of CAD and core MI tools (Excel, Business Objects & Power BI) being an advantageStrong analytical skills; robust analytical skills with a rounded understanding of retail alongside the dynamics of the shopper, underpinned by a deep consumer led mindsetStrong commercial acumen; demonstrable understanding of the metrics for sales, margin, profitability and performance per linear metre supported with strong understanding of other influencing factorsResult focused mindset; able to deliver against or support delivery of stretching business targetsPositive self-starter; able to work with minimum supervision, seeking constant business or process improvementsStrong relationship management skills; able to adapt approach to different audiences or circumstancesStrong interpersonal skills; able to engage, influence or challenge stakeholders as and when requiredCollaborative; able to work across multiple touch points, a strong team playerFlexibility; able to attend service stations reviews around the UK when requiredAgility; able to work to tight deadlines and manage a fluid workflow, responding at speed to changing business demands, reacting to unforeseen requests in a calm and measured mannerResilience; able to prioritise workload when under pressure from different stakeholders


Shell started operations in the United Kingdom more than 110 years ago. Since then we have grown into a leading innovative oil and gas company that rewards its employees by investing heavily in their careers and learning. Our people are our greatest asset, and our commitment to your career will see you thrive in a work environment that offers an industry-leading development programme. When your ideas travel, Shell will benefit and innovation will thrive. Shell has a key role to play in helping meet the UK’s growing energy demand, whilst using innovative technologies to develop cleaner energy. We are the largest FTSE 100 company in the UK by market capitalisation, and make a significant contribution to the UK economy. As well as processing 35% of the gas coming into the UK, we serve more than four million customers at our filling stations each week. Shell employs some 6,400 skilled staff as well as many contractors. 

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There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently. 

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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.

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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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