THE ROLE

WiseEnergy is a trusted and established solar asset manager, offering all the services clients require to manage and optimize large-scale solar plants, from development and construction through to long-term operational asset management. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced treasury manager to support the delivery of treasury services to the WiseEnergy clients (‘Clients’).

The role will be part of the debt management team and therefore you should have a strong analytical mind, be process improvement driven, ability to grasp and solve complex issues, attention to detail and strong communicator with the ability to build relationships with financial and non-financial stakeholders.

This role will be responsible for designing a treasury strategy for approval of our Clients, and then ensuring the strategy is properly implemented. This role would ideally suit someone with a treasury background who is also comfortable implementing systems and procedures.

We are looking for someone who enjoys working in fast-paced and complex work environments The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Identifying and proposing investment opportunities to Clients for pools of available cash. Where approved and instructed by the Client, to invest the proposed cash to maximise returns over an agreed period. The role will be responsible for identifying the available pools of cash and screening investment opportunities to identify the best possible options and jurisdictions for investment (i.e. maximising interest rates for given maturity dates within a risk framework);
  • Responsible for developing and implementing the processes and procedures for moving cash around Client funds in compliance with investment structuring. Processes for moving cash (internally and externally) should be orderly and efficient and avoid delays as cash moves through various companies within the Client structures. This includes delivering cash budgets and cash forecasts from the cash forecasting tools and accounting software (Net Suite); and
  • Management of Client foreign exchange (“FX”) requirements. Planning of anticipated cash requirements in various currencies and matching requirements with available cash in currency pairs. Identify opportunities with brokers and financial intermediaries to buy/sell currencies to support business requirements at the most favourable and/or reduced risk basis.

There is an expectation of consistency and accuracy of outputs, as well as delivering and maintaining a high degree of customer service. Because of this, you will be expected to appropriately flag issues and support their resolution through to the end and proactively drive continuous improvement.

We have a hybrid working model between working from the London office and remotely. The hybrid arrangement is to be discussed and agreed upon with your line manager continuously and is subject to changes.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Set-up activities

  • Work with Clients to develop treasury policies and fund-specific treasury strategies. The policies and strategies will be reviewed annually and approved by Clients. The treasury strategy shall include:
    1. Credit and counterparty risk management policy
    2. Liquidity risk management policy
  • Interest rate risk management policy
    1. Exchange rate risk management policy
    2. Fraud, error, corruption and contingency management policy
  • Propose a delegation of authority (‘DOA’) for approval by Clients specifying the limits within which the role holder can trade or approve transactions on the Client’s behalf without further approval.

On-going treasury services

  • Investment of identified surplus funds as approved by Clients on preferential terms:
    1. Interact with WiseEnergy finance teams, who are responsible for providing monthly cash forecasts to Clients, to understand cash holdings and to identify pools of surplus or time-limited available funds
    2. Interact with the Wise Debt Management team to identify any restrictions imposed on the investment of funds for entities with debt. Where this occurs, working with the Debt Management team to identify opportunities or to obtain lender waiver to support the investment of surplus funds
  • Consideration to be given to the risk profile associated with identified investment opportunities and alignment with the approved treasury policy
    1. Liaising with financial institutions and lenders, both with whom Clients have an existing relationship, and prospective providers, to identify the highest returning investment products and/or short-term credit facilities in each of the jurisdictions in which the Clients operate
    2. Propose investments to Clients, seeking approval where required under the approved DOA. Investments proposed should take cognisance of Clients’ specific requirements
    3. Execute approved investments and confirm transactions to Clients and WiseEnergy finance teams
  • Track performance of cash investments, available cash not invested, and report performance to Clients monthly
  • Treasury technology
    1. Identify, propose and implement a treasury management system to support Client funds in consolidating cash holdings and to facilitate a smooth payment process (with reduced risk of fraud and error risk)
    2. Review the internal tools used to forecast cash flows, cash balances and distributions on a rolling basis across the funds, identifying areas of improvement and standardization
  • Develop and manage procedures and systems for cash budgeting/forecasting across the Client funds
  • Management of payment processing to ensure
    1. Payments are per contractual commitments
    2. Payments to vendors, EPCs, lenders, and other stakeholders are timely and accurate
  • Payments are approved following the DOA
    1. Funding is available in the required jurisdiction and currency to allow payments to be made without delay
    2. Working with stakeholders in a support role to optimise SPV funding either via equity injections or shareholder/external loans based on the most efficient tax structuring in each jurisdiction
    3. Engaging with the Debt Management team to ensure sufficient funding in the correct currency is available to meet all debt obligations
  • Monitoring capital adequacy compliance in each jurisdiction including equity and debt ratios (to support Client tax function)

          This activity will require that the Treasury Manager is fully immersed in the currency position of the Group and various currency requirements across Client funds.

  • Foreign currency
    1. Identifying and managing FX exposures, including settlement of swaps and sensitivity analysis
    2. Management of foreign currency holdings to ensure funds are available in the required currency to meet payment obligations and/or following the respective Fund treasury strategy
  • Implementing strategies for mitigating foreign exchange risk and ensuring required funding in the designated currency is available
    1. Maintaining relationships with banks and other foreign exchange traders to ensure Clients obtain the best possible pricing on foreign currency trading events
    2. Track the performance of FX trades (compared to spot purchases) and report performance to Clients on a monthly basis
  • Continuous Improvement: identifying opportunities for process improvements and efficiencies in treasury operations.

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

To be successful in this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Time management & prioritization skills - things can get a little hectic, so the ability to effectively manage yourself and your workload is critical.
  • Excellent communication 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 and other communications. When communicating verbally – whether over the phone, on video calls, in person or in meetings – you will need to be articulate, warm and engaging.
  • 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.
  • Intellectual Curiosity – Technical Management is a broad and nuanced field and we are looking for someone who is truly interested in our profession and has the intellectual curiosity to delve deep into topics and bring fresh ideas into the team.
  • IT Literacy - you need to be comfortable with IT systems and working with data (you should have at least intermediate-level excel).
  • Delivery focus – it may sound obvious, but the ability to proactively churn through work at pace and deliver quality outputs really matters!
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • 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 

  • Certified accountant, ACA, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ experience in a fast-paced global fund or corporate treasury environment
  • Comprehensive understanding of fixed-income products, foreign exchange, and financial derivatives
  • Extensive familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Attention to detail with a broad perspective
  • Written and verbal communication abilities
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and a can-do attitude
  • Fluent, advanced business-level English (essential)
  • The right to work in the UK.

 

WHAT WE OFFER (UK) 

  • A busy role in a supportive team, with plenty of opportunities to learn
  • International scope – we operate in over 8 countries
  • Hybrid working – we will need you in the central London (Mayfair) office at least twice a week, but you will normally be able to work remotely for the remainder of the week
  • 30 days’ holiday per year (3 of which are taken during the festive shutdown in December)
  • Private pension
  • BUPA Healthcare for you and qualifying dependents
  • Cycle to work and electric vehicle leasing schemes
  • 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. The closing date for applications is XXX

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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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