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Head of Technical Services

Leid het technische team voor de groei van duurzame energieprojecten in Europa. Volg projecten van ontwikkeling tot oplevering. Bouw sterke relaties op en beheer technische en operationele uitdagingen.

Our mission is to accelerate the reduction in Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels, and we have already established a portfolio of onshore wind and solar projects, with our first solar park expected to export power by the end of this year.

To have the biggest impact, we target markets that are underserved by capital and renewable expertise, by a team with long history in successful development and construction of major renewable projects.

Overview

DTEK Renewables International B.V (DTI.BV) is the operating company managing the growth of the renewable energy assets of DTEK Group.

DTI.BV has received a EUR1bn investment from SCM, DTEK Group's parent company, to develop renewable assets across Europe, with a focus on Italy, Croatia, Poland, and Romania at this moment. This funding is independent from the wider DTEK group and is ringfenced specifically for new renewable asset developments.

This is a high growth European IPP headquartered in Amsterdam with the backing of strong technical capabilities and a diverse international team. The team are looking to build ~1GW capacity per annum, targeting 3-5GW by 2028.

DTI.BV has a unique advantage through its relationship with D.Trading which will direct it towards key strategic sites where they want to trade power and also act as off-taker, book-ending their development activities. SCM has also invested EUR500m of working capital into D.Trading for this purpose.

DTI.BV has a strong leadership team with some of the most experienced names in the European Energy Market. They have recently hired John Stuart (Former Macquarie CEO, Former Green Investment Group Head of Portfolio Management) as CEO to lead the team in Amsterdam.

Overall purpose

Reporting directly into the D.Renewables International BV CEO, this key Leadership Team position is primarily accountable for leading, defining the engineering, construction and contracting & procurement teams and define the HSE, Technical Standards and Procedures to take projects from Development through to handover to Operations.

For current and new developments, the focus will be to optimize the design of the wind- and solar farms considering safety, quality, engineering (yield, turbines, foundations, power transmission), procurement, contracting (strategy, negotiation), execution, logistics, operations & maintenance, schedule, cost (devex, capex, opex, abex), optimisations, (non-technical) risks and assurance.

Challenges & Opportunities

This is an opportunity to join one of the largest renewably sourced electricity producers in Ukraine. The company is a well-financed start-up (€1 billion of investment) with strong technical capabilities and a diverse international team.

The business is fully capitalised and is looking to develop 1 GW of power per year. The trading business are the offtakers and will be for the next 5-10 years. The Head of Technical Services is one of the most senior and visible roles in the organisation, being one level below the Chief Executive Officer. It is a well-compensated role with a broad scope of responsibilities. The main challenge for this position is that shareholders want to invest very quickly, and the speed of execution will be tricky at times for the appointee. Moreover, DTEK is the sum of its people, united by common values: professional competence, cohesion, reliability, openness, a customer-oriented focus, and an ambition for improvement.

Key Responsibilities

Build and manage the Technical Services Team (HSE, Engineering, Construction and Contracting & Procurement), target is to recruit and lead a direct team of 7 FTE by Q2, 2023. For the ad-interim period the DTEK Engineering Group is providing Technical Support (internal Services Contract).

Establish fit for purpose Governance standards and procedures to oversee management of the projects to ensure they deliver against their objectives, have effective decision-making processes and maintain senior stakeholder support.

Tracking- track project progress against plan and budget, manage project scope through a change control process.

Risk and Issue management- Identify and manage risks and issues to keep delivery on track, mitigating risks and making interventions to remove project blockers or escalate early for support in resolution.

Delivery- assess the risks, feasibility, opportunities, and business impacts of various solution options and motivate and drive a cross functional team (internal and external) to deliver to plan and budget.

Support the Head of Business Development and Regional Originating & Development Managers on wind and solar development efforts in Europe.

Lead preparation of design packages for inclusion in (EPC contracts) compliant with permit, grid operator requirements, applicable internal and external codes and standards.

Manage engineering process and provide support during engineering & detail design review, interconnection delivery, procurement, construction, commissioning and handover project phases, including liaising with (EPC) contractors, D.Tek Central Engineering and Technology Teams, Production Teams and external consultants.

Lead technical meetings with distribution and transmission network operators.

Manage multiple projects in Europe with focus countries as Romania, Italy and Croatia

Manage and overlook all the construction activities in Europe

Support troubleshooting and resolution of applicable project engineering, construction and performance issues as well as evaluation of new technologies.

Undertake site visits to sites pre- and under construction. Lead analyses and sharing of key lessons learned.

Qualifications & Experience

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a self-starter, team player, ideally possessing extensive experience within the renewable power industry (with a well-connected network) including a background of project delivery of wind and grid connected utility scale solar photovoltaic projects. Battery storage experience is a plus. You'll also call on your Degree in Engineering or equivalent.
  • Broad and in-depth technical knowledge of solar Wind and PV power plant design and engineering, especially electrical/power engineering aspects.
  • Familiarity of local permitting and grid connection requirements (Croatia, Italy and Romania)
  • Experience in reviewing civil studies such as geo technical, topographical study, foundation and structural design
  • Experience in solar EPC and O&M negotiations, as well as in construction of wind and solar projects
  • Experience in conducting onsite and document quality audits during various phases of the project
  • Experience in verifying mechanical completion, cold and hot commissioning phase of solar projects
  • Experience in managing technical consultants and independent engineers in the solar industry
  • Good understanding of project economics, value chain and project development
  • Strong network with manufacturers of modules, inverters and mounting structures in order to understand the commercial implications to projects (e.g., price, yield)

Key Skills

  • Must be passionate about HSE, and drive for designing out risk exposure while achieving pragmatic outcomes
  • Commercial acumen, to help increase project returns and reduce engineering-related costs
  • Willingness to travel at least 30% of the time and being able work efficiently and productively in remote locations
  • Flexible and open to discuss alternatives and evaluate projects under local country conditions
  • Culturally sensitive and ability to build strong relationships with D.Tek Group, partners and stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills, being able to present their idea within technical and non-technical audience
  • Practical. Focus on solving problems and not just asking more questions
  • Fluent in English. Ability to speak multiple languages is a plus

Behavioural Competencies

We would look for proven strengthens as follows:

  • High resilience and ability to problem solve/innovate.
  • Driven to own results/contribute to outcome in a tangible way.
  • Willingness to work in a team as a contributing member.
  • Building consensus / ability to influence others.
  • Leadership through actions, displaying group power over positional power.
  • Independent minded and able to make recommendations/ability to intervene.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and conflict with bias to consensus outcomes.

Terms of Employment

This is a permanent position based in the Amsterdam office and there will be a requirement for travel locally and in other European countries. The package on offer is highly competitive which includes Salary, significant bonus potential and other significant senior management incentives.

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Feb 02, 2024

Full Time

Company

Jul 26, 2024

Hybrid

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Senior

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