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Solar Asset Manager

Job Title: Solar Asset Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: City of London, London
Industry:
Salary: Negotiable
Start Date: Asap
Duration: Permanent
REF: BBBH22830
Contact Name: Sally Woods
Contact Email: swoods@allen-york.com
Job Published: 25 days ago

Our client requires a Solar techncail asset manager for their engineering team who are core members of this funds' Energy Asset Management team'.

This team manages over 250 energy generating companies, currently valued more than £2Bn.

Our client is looking for an experienced Solar Engineer or Solar Asset manager to drive performance from a large portfolio of Solar Farms in the UK, and Europe.

The Solar Engineer will report to the Technical Director and will work closely with the Solar Investment and Asset Management teams responsible for growing and managing the portfolio. He/she will advise and sign-off/be accountable for all technical and operational issues from pre-acquisition, through the construction and operation of the solar plant life-cycle. He/she will take particular pride in improving the operational and financial performance of the assets.

The role will require some travel to site, primarily in the UK and Italy as well as occasional travel to europe to visit subcontractors.

Responsibilities

  • Be embedded within the Solar Asset Management team to manage all solar technical issues and drive performance of the assets. This will include making recommendations for value or performance enhancements.
  • Support Commercial Asset Managers to ensure PAC/IAC/FAC is completed and maximum value is extracted from EPC contractors
  • Be able to challenge Technical Advisors on Technical Due Diligence reports including, but not limited to; PVSyst Yield Assumptions, Punch List Items, plant improvements and operational efficiencies.
  • Sign-off and project manage all aspects of construction management, including; quality, timeliness, budget control and ensuring HSE requirements (including CDM requirements) are met and adhered to
  • Advise the Energy Commercial Asset Managers on the technical aspects of commercial issues and negotiations
  • Read, critique and summarise all reports from operational subcontractors such as EPC contractors, asset managers, O&M contractors
  • Sign-off the Scope of Works, manage and critique work carried out by Technical Advisors
  • Advise on the appropriateness and cost of any works proposed on the sites
  • Input to the technical scoping of new operational contracts to be executed, such as O&M or asset management
  • Prepare regular progress and management reports and support all aspects of funder reporting, including bank reporting
  • Advise on risk management and mitigation across the portfolio, including preparing decision making materials for senior management as necessary
  • Work closely with the Investment team to assess new assets being considered for acquisition, including reading, critiquing and summarising reports from advisors, developers and sellers.
  • Support all aspects of complying with grid, planning and other permits
  • Work closely with the commercial team on any due diligence prepared for transactions such as bank financing or sale of the assets and in the preparation and negotiation of the EPC Contract of the technical appendixes
  • Work closely with the Solar Finance Team to ensure budgets are correct and well managed
  • Support the Technical Director on projects/issues/initiatives across all technology types as required
  • Define and monitor technical KPIs for external asset managers' and other contractors' performance
  • Develop relationships and work with DNOs and NG to enhance the point of connection, maximize the grid availability, improve the communications and the planning of future outages as required
  • Support the investments teams in the tech analysis and selection of the products for new investments
  • Periodically visit the assets to check the status of the services and the KPIs

Requirements

  • Involvement in managing Engineering, Procurement and Construction as well as contracts management, including health and safety and claims management for on-going Operations
  • Experience assessing technical reports and have an excellent understanding of the factors that impact performance and performance measurement of solar farms
  • A good understanding of the technologies and systems used to assess and enhance plant performance
  • Comfortable interpreting engineering drawings, specifications, procedures, permits and tender documents as well as contracts commercials, cash flows, invoicing, cost control and risk analysis and mitigations
  • Knowledge of MS office is essential and knowledge of MS project or Primavera would be an advantage
  • An excellent communicator at all levels, particularly when translating technical information for non-technical teams