THE ROLE

WiseEnergy is seeking to significantly change the nature of the solar operations & maintenance (“O&M”) market and is seeking a full time Strategic Contracts Manager.

The role will report into the Managing Director of Global Client Management and work closely with the Global Technical Operations Manager, who is responsible for driving the performance of the entire portfolio under WiseEnergy’s management, and the Commercial & Strategic Projects Manager.

Working with the wider Technical Operations and Commercial teams, the role will be focused on driving relationships with our third party subcontractors in order to create win/win situations that improve plant performance, drive innovation and takes advantage of technological change and digitalisation to achieve maximum revenues and profit for our clients’ portfolios.

In particular, the Strategic Contracts Manager would provide support and assistance in contract interpretation and understanding as well as building build relationships with O&Ms and EPCs that drive long term partnerships and harmonious ways of working that work for all parties.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and manage positive relationships with O&M contractors / other related service providers and customer interface on technical issues, supporting Technical Analysts to resolve conflicts;
  • Work with Technical Analysts to ensure all O&Ms / other technical service providers achieve excellent outcomes
  • Support with the preparation, issue and tracking of Pay-Less, Breach and Liquidated Damages notices;
  • Negotiate and manage the placement of new O&M and related contracts, supporting the Commercial and Strategic Projects Manager on developing company O&M strategy;
  • Review and manage Engineering, Procurement & Construction (“EPC”) contracts and commercial discussions relating to progressing and closing Intermediate and Final Acceptance Certification (“IAC” and “FAC”), including issuance of Notice of Defects, working with internal/external legal & technical advisor support where required and presenting projects to clients for formal FAC sign-off.
  • Ensure the effective tracking of Share Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) obligations for newly acquired assets and lead on the resolution of claims in relation to the SPA;
  • Support on warranty claim negotiations;
  • Operate the company’s in-house asset management platform (“AMP”) to reflect O&M and EPC information as required
  • Ad hoc commercial and technical projects
  • Cultivate and foster a culture of quality, effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Continuously identify and implement process improvements;
  • Support the WiseEnergy team in establishing and maintaining an environment of internal control, cohesion and integrity.

 

 

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

To be successful in this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Contract management – you will be expected to be fluent in a range of contract requirements and scopes, as well as understanding obligations and legal positions.
  • Strong negotiation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills – the ability to understand a range of issues and challenges and then to establish fair and reasonable commercial resolutions with internal and external stakeholders is a core part of the Strategic Contracts Manager role.
  • Relationship building, nurturing and management – this is a key aspect of the role and you will be working with a range of internal departments, stakeholders, clients and external contractors.
  • Understanding of the renewables / solar energy industry and broader asset management industry to help drive change and innovation in our business.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (in English or/and other European languages) - you must be able to organize your thoughts in a way that others find clear and compelling. You will be expected to together well-written, grammatically correct emails, presentations and other communications. When communicating verbally – whether over the phone, on video calls, in person or in meetings – you will need to be articulate and engaging.
  • Time management & prioritization skills - the ability to effectively manage yourself and your workload is critical.
  • Flexibility - being an effective team player means being flexible in your approach and open to getting involved with new things, even if they are not spelled out in your job description.
  • Delivery focus – it may sound obvious, but the ability to proactively churn through work at pace and deliver quality outputs really matters.
  • IT literacy - you need to be comfortable with IT systems and working with data (you should have at least intermediate-level excel)
  • Passion for our mission ‘to generate a more sustainable future by leading the transition to clean energy
  • Our values - be a leader, build trust, be responsible, be innovative and ‘bring your alpha’.

 

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS 

  • 3-5 years experience as an Asset Manager/O&M Manager/similar in the renewable energy market, preferably solar
  • Bachelor’s Degree (e.g., Engineering, Law, Environmental Science, Economics, etc.)
  • Good understanding of contract law

 

 WHAT WE OFFER

  • A busy role in a supportive team, with plenty of opportunities to learn
  • International scope – we operate in over 8 countries
  • Hybrid working
  • Annual discretionary bonus.

 

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in this opportunity, please follow the link to apply or send your application to careers@nextenergygroup.com. If you have been shortlisted for the next stage, we will be in contact within 14 days.

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Our approach to diversity and inclusion is a natural extension of our values. Our entrepreneurial culture inspires us to try new things, be open to different viewpoints and be bold. Our Group is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of connectedness that values difference and gives space for individual expression. The collective sum of our individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent and hard work form the bedrock of who we are and who we aspire to be.

We are committed to equal employment and advancement opportunity irrespective of race, color, ancestry, social background, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability and gender identity.

 

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