Operational Programme Manager – Octopus Renewables

London, UK
Full-time

Company Description

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 in excess of 800 people and manage more than £9.1 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 Renewables, Octopus Real Estate, Octopus Investments, 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.

Job Description

About the Role

Octopus Renewables

Octopus Renewables sources, invests in, and actively manages a wide range of utility scale energy assets. We are looking to expand our team as we continue to scale our investments base.  

Since entering the renewables market in 2010, Octopus Renewables has grown to become the largest investor of solar power in Europe, and a leading investor in onshore wind. We currently manage a global portfolio of over £3bn renewable energy assets. The operational portfolio includes over 300 energy generating companies, delivering revenue in excess of £250m pa. The operational activities include solar power parks, wind farms and gas fired peaking generators. 

Our energy investment and asset management team of c.70 professionals is one of the largest and most experienced in Europe. The team is structured to support our rapid growth ambitions and long-term ownership of energy assets. 

About the role  

We are looking for an experienced Operational Programme Manager to take a key role in the management of operational programmes across the Octopus Renewables solar portfolio.  

Reporting to the Associate Asset Director in the Octopus Renewables Asset Management team, she/he will responsible for delivery of both site level and portfolio wide works programmes as they are rolled out across the portfolio. She/he will be heavily reliant on outsourced partners and expected to oversee and develop critical processes with them. The role will require good organisational skills, an ability to balance multiple workstreams and prioritise effectively. The role will be London based with travel to Europe required on occasion.  

Whilst we are looking for a permanent appointment, we will consider fixed term contract. Please advise in your covering note whether you are looking for a permanent or fixed term contract. 

Outline of responsibilities  

  • Prioritisation of workstreams across the portfolio with a critical focus on production and safety management 

  • Working closely with outsourced providers to deliver portfolio wide workstreams in the most efficient manner possible 

  • Oversight of the incident management process. 

  • Development of necessary programme monitoring tools and processes with outsourcers to allow effective oversight of works performed 

  • Management of escalated incidents and safety KPIs to ensure resolution within a timely manner 

  • Support with management of fund conflicts where multiple competing mandates exist 

  • Support junior team members with management of key issues, providing guidance and direction to these individuals 

  • Manage team engagement across incidents, ensuring appropriate procedures are in place to allow appropriate level of engagement on incidents 

  • Maintain and enhance the risk monitoring framework in place, designed to identify any issues early and resolve them in a timely fashion 

  • Direct engagement with continuous improvement projects across the portfolio, supporting the wider asset optimisation initiatives 

  • Support internal Octopus fund reporting 

Qualifications

 

  • Good experience of renewable energy industry, with a particular focus on solar 

  • Significant knowledge of typical project contractual frameworks (including SPAs, PPA, O&M and EPC contracts), the regulatory environment and how the industry operates   

  • Highly organised, capable of balancing multiple workstreams and delivering under pressure to tight deadlines 

  • Understanding of technical and operational aspects of Solar generation is preferable. 

  • Track record of management of multiple project programmes is essential. 

  • Experience of managing outsourced counterparties  

  • He/she will be an excellent communicator at all levels, particularly when translating technical information for non-technical teams.  

  • Flexibility and “can do” attitude 

  • Willingness to train and support others 

  • Able to critically examine and question information from a variety of sources 

  • High commercial and numerical acumen 

Additional Information

Our Values and DNA 

At Octopus we don’t just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of being straightforward, helpful and bold. And while these are the principles that guide us as an organisation, our DNA goes even further, by revealing our inner strength: 

We are loyal: we fully buy-in to the company’s vision and believe in everything that Octopus stands for. We are respectful: we live and breathe the Octopus values of being helpful, straightforward and bold. We are resilient: we have an inner strength that means we never give in We are intellectually curious: we seek to understand how the world works and we’re always learning, adapting and improving We understand who our customers are: and because we know them really well, we always give them our very best. 

What we offer 

Octopus has built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. This means we welcome discussions around flexible working hours. We also understand the value of diversity, and we have a team dedicated to promoting gender, ethnic, socio-economic, LGBT and disability equality, to make sure we back up our words with actions. All Octopus employees are given the opportunity to develop new skills, aim higher and accelerate their careers.

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