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THIS IS A 12 MONTH FIXED TERM CONTRACT
We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to oversee the construction and operation of a portfolio of energy generation companies.
The role will report to the Senior Asset Manager (Thermal Technologies) within the Octopus Energy Asset Management (OEAM) team. This team manages over 250 energy generating companies, currently valued in excess of £2Bn and delivering revenue in excess of £230m pa. The operational activities which are relevant to this role include Anaerobic Digestion (AD), landfill gas, biomass combustion and gas engine reserve power. The majority of the companies are owned by investors in Octopus managed funds or companies and do not have any direct employees. Construction and operation of the generation assets is outsourced to various EPC and O&M contractors.
The Project Manager/Monitor will liaise and work with contracted third party project managers to monitor the performance of EPC and O&M contractors across a range of thermal technologies but with a primary focus on gas engine reserve power assets in the first instance.
Supported by in-house asset management and financial teams, the Project Manager/Monitor will liaise closely with third party project managers, EPC, and O&M contractors to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget, and resolve issues as they arise. He/she will support the asset managers in ensuring contracts are enforced and any relevant claims pursued. Whilst this role is principally office-based, regular travel to sites and partner offices within the UK will be required.
The ideal candidate will have proven experience in the construction management of grid-scale energy production plants with significant civils works, or industrial/process facilities of similar complexity. He/she will likely have an engineering (mechanical or electrical) qualification and have experience both working autonomously in a senior position and in managing contractors. He/she will bring significant experience in strategic problem solving. The candidate must be well organised with good prioritisation and project management skills to manage both site specific and portfolio wide issues across multiple companies; understanding the financial, legal and technical considerations. They will have good commercial acumen and exceptional communication skills, with the ability to adapt communication style from site technician to boardroom level. He/she will be comfortable managing and negotiating complex issues and disputes in addition to understanding and balancing a number of dynamic and interdependent commercial and regulatory drivers within the projects.
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