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Chevron produces energy to meet the world’s needs, but Chevron itself is a product of its workforce and ingenuity. The “Day in the Life” series showcases that ingenuity, our Human Energy, at work across the breadth of our businesses. Through this series, we highlight the people that make our company unique, as they give us an insider’s look at their work days and share a bit about their lives at Chevron.

day in the life:  energy trader

day in the life:  energy trader

Nicole Oakes, a crude supply and trading manager for Chevron’s Latin America team, shows us what life is like on the trading room floor.

Thanks to Hollywood, there are many different stereotypes of what life is like on a trading floor, but there is one thing that is undeniable: “there’s energy about the trading room floor from the minute you walk in the door.”

Nicole Oakes, a crude supply and trading manager for Chevron’s Latin America team, starts her day connecting with her counterparts all over the world. The energy and variety in a day of energy trading is something Nicole is drawn to.

"Not many people can say their day’s work involves constant contact with teams located in West Africa, London, Singapore and Latin America."

Chevron trading room floor
Nicole Oakes on the trading room floor
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Nicole sees the role of an energy trader as the bridge that connects Chevron’s global business and ensures the integration between our upstream equity production and downstream refining systems. Traders work to procure, transport and market all major crude oil grades and condensates in order to maximize the value of Chevron Upstream production and supply needs for Chevron’s refinery system and other customers.

In addition to her direct team, on any given day, Nicole is working with multiple other groups within Chevron and a wide range of customers. The diverse teams and range of inputs are something Nicole sees as a benefit to her role.

“Chevron is a very inclusive company. Don’t be afraid to ask questions  the more questions you ask, the better foundation you have.”

Nicole Oakes on the trading room floor

Updated: February 2017