Power Project Manager

UK-London
Job ID
2017-1769
# of Openings
1
Business Entity
Octopus Energy Investments
Category
Investments
Type
Temporary Full-Time

Overview

About Octopus

 

At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ over 500 people and manage more than £6 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.

 

The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.

 

Responsibilities

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.

 

Essential Job Functions

  • Define and monitor KPIs and support commercial decision making throughout construction and operational phases of power plants, including supporting the asset managers in getting approvals from the relevant investment committee if necessary
  • Work with third party project managers and/or EPC and O&M providers to ensure time and budget targets are achieved and that appropriate commercial structures are in place.
  • Liaise with third party managers, construction and operational contractors of the power plants to monitor progress and performance throughout the life cycle of plants; pro-actively identify potential issues ahead of time
  • Maintain and enhance the risk monitoring and H&S framework in place, designed to identify any issues early and resolve them in a timely fashion
  • Support the training and development of the Octopus team
  • For certain technologies act as project manager on construction/improvement projects

Qualifications

Experience required:

  • The Project Manager/Monitor will be required to have significant knowledge of power plant construction, or transferable skills from managing other complex, heavy industry, turnkey infrastructure projects in order to monitor contractors effectively.
  • Knowledge of typical project documents (including O&M and EPC contracts) and experience of managing the needs of project finance providers
  • Deep understanding of CDM Regulations, CDM projects execution and management
  • Knowledge of wider HSE practices and requirements and experience liaising with HSE, Environment Agency and other regulatory/statutory bodies
  • Understanding of fuel, quality, supply chain and process optimization
  • Technical knowledge of HV and LV electrical works including experience working with DNOs on connection would be advantageous but is not essential
  • Technical knowledge of reciprocating engine technology would be advantageous but is not essential

 

General attributes:

  • Flexibility and a can do attitude
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Willingness to train and support others
  • Able to work under pressure and towards deadlines
  • Able to critically examine and question information from a variety of sources
  • High commercial and numerical acume
  • Must be curious and seek to instil automated and digital solutions wherever appropriate 
  • Must be comfortable in using technology and leveraging digital applications and media platforms 

Our Values

Be helpful

Random acts of kindness make the workplace a better place so, go out of your way to be helpful, and give people reasons to smile

 

Be straightforward

Life is complicated enough. Don't make it harder for yourself, or for others. Sometimes the simplest approach works wonders.

 

Be bold

Every great business started with a flash of inspiration. If you've got a great idea, don't keep it to yourself.

  

At Octopus, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity in order to create a high-performance culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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