Offshore Wind Procurement Manager

Location: United States
Job Type: Permanent
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Salary:
Contact: Silas Mahner
Email: email Silas
Posted: about 1 month ago

This role will be an employee of NextWave’s Client through one of its subsidiaries but will be functionally dedicated to one of the company’s Joint Venture projects which is a 50/50 partnership with another global developer.

The Procurement Manager will be among senior members of the project team accountable to develop the project to reach final investment decision and take the project through construction and operation.

The Procurement Manager will be responsible for ensuring that all contracting, and procurement matters for the JV are in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements, ethical practices, procurement policies and tender requirements. The Procurement Manager will take the lead in and determine best overall strategy to deliver cost effective solutions under its area of responsibility.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, direction, and guidance in understanding offshore wind supply chain markets and lead negotiation of contracts and inform other strategic decisions regarding relationships with suppliers in support of other areas of the JV
  • Develop contracting strategies and processes for tendering Requests for Proposals (RFPs), review vendor proposals, and negotiate contracts that result in the best value possible. This will include external factors in the development of contracting strategies including but not limited to impact on project finance and insurance strategies.
  • Execute the tax equity strategy that will enable the JV’s qualification for federal tax credits
  • Challenge scope specifications to determine where unnecessary costs can be eliminated, and more value can be achieved
  • Negotiate key supply chain agreements as well as for maintain relationships and mutual understanding with the key industrial suppliers at executive level. Key industrial agreements refer to critical suppliers such as the Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) supplier, the foundations supplier, Electrical packages, harbors, etc.
  • Liaise with end users to develop and review technical scope/commercial packages for competitive tender events
  • Deal with claims mitigation and challenge cost disputes with 3rd party suppliers
  • Use influencing skills to encourage procurement change and engagement across the business where applicable and encourage innovation and cost reduction where possible
  • Set out contracts that are fully compliant to support the business needs of the JV and mitigate commercial risks to the JV and drive appropriate supplier performance through effective key performance indicators
  • Identify new potential suppliers to create additional competitiveness and market tension for various project areas
  • Ensure that all purchase orders and contracts are placed in accordance with defined business processes
  • Build relationships with internal and external stakeholders, particularly the project technical and development teams in order to ensure the best outcomes from competitive tenders
  • Be accountable for team management, performance management, and people development of all Commercial function staff
  • In coordination with the JV’s shareholders:
    • Leverage shareholders’ established relationships with key supply chain players
    • Propose and execute procurement strategy
    • Benchmark against comparable purchasing initiatives from their portfolio of offshore wind projects
  • Additional duties as required

Additional Information

  • The Procurement Manager will report to the JV´s Finance Director and keep a functional reporting to the Company´s Corporate Procurement Director who will be coaching and supporting the performance and career of the Procurement Manager as an employee of the Company.
  • Direct reports:  1-2 direct reports. Additional reports are expected as project matures.
  • Travel: Up to 50%, domestically and internationally by plane and by car and with short notice.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a technical and/or financial area
  • Ideally a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the energy sector
  • Experience in the offshore wind or renewables industry is desirable.
  • Experience in managing services contracts and delivering significant savings within these contracts
  • Knowledge of supply chain contract management fundamentals, best practices, and industry trends
  • Languages: The project has an international team of employees and the working language is English. Candidates need to be fluent in English both spoken and written. Fluency in other languages will be highly valued.
  • Deep understanding of cost drivers on contracts and ability to demonstrate transparency and overall value
  • Understanding of contract law (preferably FIDIC and/or LOGIC contract styles)
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (in particular Excel)
  • A self-starter who can work on their own initiative
  • Previous experience in procurement and market competitive analysis is highly preferred
  • Previous experience in large international tenders is preferred

Reaching Out

For a confidential discussion on this or any other opportunities available in the market, please contact Silas Mahner at silas.mahner@next-wavepartners.com or +1 (929) 295-6707 (Direct Line)