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Technical Director RES

Place of work: Szczecin/ Warsaw

Vortex Energy

Vortex Energy is a 100% subsidiary of Vitol, and is a leading renewable energy company in Poland. To date, it has delivered over 457 MW of operational renewable generation capacity in wind and solar and has a development pipeline of over 3 GW. Vitol will initiate construction of over 120 MW of PV solar and onshore wind projects in the next 12 months and plans to deploy $1 bn of capital over the next 5 years into renewables in Poland and expand the business into the wider region.

Overview of Vitol

Vitol is a leader in the energy sector with a presence across the spectrum: from oil through to power, renewables and carbon. It trades 7 million barrels per day of crude oil and products, and charters around 6,650 ship voyages every year. 

Vitol’s clients include national oil companies, multinationals, leading industrial and chemical companies and the world’s largest airlines. Founded in Rotterdam in 1966, today Vitol serves clients from some 40 offices worldwide and is invested in energy assets globally including: circa 16mm3 of storage across seven continents, 480kbpd of refining capacity and more than 6,500 service stations across Africa, Australia, Asia, Brazil and Europe. Vitol has committed $1.5bn to renewable investments over the last number of months and has 1,200 MW in operation across US and Asia. Revenues in 2021 was in excess of $279bn. For more information please visit: www.vitol.com

Our People

Our people are our business. It is our people’s expertise, innovation, drive and relationships that develop and grow our business. Talent is precious to us and we create an environment in which we believe individuals can reach their full potential, unfettered by hierarchy.

Vortex has a flat, meritocratic organisational structure, which encourages an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, with everyone primarily focused on delivering results, and delivering them efficiently and safely while maintaining strong and talent enabling team culture.

Position Summary

You will be working with the Management Board, Development, Construction and Operation Departments and will be responsible for the developing handover process between development, construction and operations teams, ensuring smooth, knowledge-sharing transiltion between project phases. You will provide active managing assets during construction and operations (with a specific focus on HSE, budget and delivery timing).

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Identifying, developing and implementing standarised processes (across full project lifecycle) to ensure Vortex Energy can work as effectively and efficiently as possible, including:
    • Document administration
    • Interface management
    • Risk management
    • Schedule management
    • Budget control/commercial management
    • QHSE management
    • Design review management
    • Contract management
    • Reporting
    • Construction strategy
    • Operations strategy
    • Trusted/approved subcontractor network
    • Capture and implement lessons learnt from construction and operations;
  • In conjunction with HSE manager, developing and implementing safety-first culture at Vortex Energy;
  • In conjunction with department heads, developing and optimising resource strategy for development, construction and operations teams; ensuring teams are resourced adequately in terms of people, experience and competences to deliver on existing and future workloads;
  • Lead technical due diligence processesing during the project development phase. This includes being responsible for (1) ensuring technical and commercial risks are suitably identified, considered and mitigated as part of each project and investment case and (2) technical sign-off requirements for investment or go/no-go decisions;
  • Assessing project opportunities from early to late stage (pre and post permit) including teasers, models, IMs, due diligence reports, energy yield reports, construction and operations contracts, etc.;
  • Project-manage core project development workstreams, interfacing with financial advisory teams to ensure appropriate structuring for project financing. You will also provide commercial advice on the deal structure and documentary controls;
  • Key focus on supporting grid application and easement processes;
  • Provide active input/support into Vortex’s development structure/strategy, with a particular focus on site selection criteria, technology selection and CAPEX/OPEX benchmarking;
  • Provide active input into the project structure/strategy, with a particular focus on ensuring projects meet the standards of Vortex’s risk appetite and project-finance standards;
  • Optimize project design and model financial outcomes through technology selection and other project parameters, ensuring maximum value-delivery and balanced-risk;
  • Lead construction and operations contracts (e.g. TSA, BOP, O&M, asset management and construction management) tender processes and contract negotiations, ensuring final contract structures and contracts are deemed bankable;
  • Create and maintain off-the-shelf, bankable construction and operations contracts that can be used as the baseline for all Vortex tenders;
  • Provide contract management and technical support to construction and operations team during the respective construction and operational phases;
  • Develop subcontractor strategy/network/scope/contracts in conjunction with construction and operations team leads;
  • Ensure Vortex construction and operations teams perform quality assurance and control of the construction/operations contractor’s (e.g. BoP, TSA, etc.) activities and verify execution of scope under the respective contracts;
  • Actively and continually scrutinise and optimise asset OPEX and performance, ensuring assets are delivering maximum value to Vortex.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Experience working in at least two of the following technologies: onshore wind, offshore wind, solar PV, hydrogen or battery storage;
  • Experience working in Polish market;
  • Extensive previous experience advising the business on investments related to the engineering, construction and operation risks associated with equity investment and lending in both existing and new projects;
  • Strategic and commercial thinker;
  • Significant, leadership experience of 10+ years of working on renewable energy projects from development through to construction and into operations. Wider engineering experience up to 15 years;
  • Demonstrable understanding of investor/lender technical due diligence requirements, a successful track record leading and managing complex projects;
  • Specialized depth of expertise within your discipline, with strong commercial awareness, and able to influence the development of strategy within own area, including control of resources and influences policy formulation;
  • Experience with commercial and technical risk management, excellent networking and communication skills, and strong analytical, report writing and presentation skills;
  • Experience interfacing with wider internal teams, partners, suppliers and consultancies and will be expected to be an ambassador for the business during any external engagement;
  • Degree in Engineering (required) and post-graduate qualification in Finance/Business (preferred);
  • Full proficiency communicating in English in a business context (verbally & in writing).

Personal Characteristics:

• Technically and commercially astute;
• Energetic;
• Self-motivated;
• Resourceful;
• Able to adapt to and manage changing priorities;
• Able to own tough decisions;
• Able to project authority and trustworthiness to 3rd parties, and able to thrive in high pressure environments;
• Strong leadership skills and ability to lead and train a team;
• Great attention to detail with strong strategic and business growth oriented mindset;
• Able to work under pressure, meet deadlines and multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
• Highly motivated and able to flourish in a high-commitment environment – we are looking for a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit;
• Humility: humble, down-to-earth and eager to learn;
• Enthusiastic and willing to contribute wherever it is needed;
• Results oriented, disciplined, able to synthesize detailed information;
• Team player, with an open non-political style and a high level of personal integrity;
• First-class communicator .

What we offer:

  • Attractive remuneration package including annual bonus scheme
  • Employment based on an employment contract in a company with a stable market position
  • Support during the implementation phase
  • The prospect of professional development and the opportunity to gain experience within the structure of our organisation
  • Task-based working mode
  • Participation in industry conferences, internal and external training
  • Participation in sports and charity events
  • Luxmed medical package
  • Free foreign language tuition

Apply for this role: a.carter@mintselection.com