CEO – Large-scale – Johannesburg, South Africa

Description

ENGIE BU Africa is present with main local offices in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Nairobi (Kenya), Casablanca (Morocco) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The South African assets in operation are Avon and Dedisa are two thermal peaking power plants operated with a total capacity of 1 005MW, Aurora Wind farm 94 MW, Aurora and Vredendal PV plants of 21 MW.

ENGIE has a presence in South Africa since 1994, in energy efficiency services and is the country’s number 1 independent power producer. The Group aims to support the government in defining a balanced energy mix based on renewable energies (solar energy, wind power) and natural gas.

Aurora-Rietvlei Solar Power (Pty) Ltd (“Aurora Solar”) and Vredendal Solar Power Park (Pty) Ltd (“Vredendal Solar”) are the Project Companies and asset owner of the combined capacity of 21 MW PV solar parks. Aurora Solar and Vredendal Solar are owned by ENGIE 19.5% (Solairedirect SA), Old Mutual 49%, J&J 29% and a Local Community Trust 2.5%

Aurora Wind Power (Pty) Ltd (“Aurora Wind”) is the Project Company and asset owner of the 94 MW West Coast 1 wind energy facility in South Africa. Aurora Wind is a joint-venture between ENGIE and South African shareholders Investec and Kagiso Tiso Holdings.

Aurora Wind, Aurora Solar and Vredendal Solar are headquartered in Woodmead, Johannesburg – South Africa.

The location of these assets are as follows:

  • Aurora-Rietvlei is located near Aurora town, approximately 170 km North of Cape Town,
  • Vredendal Solar is located in Vredendal town, approximately 302 km North of Cape Town, and
  • Aurora Wind is located near Vredenburg, approximately 130 km North of Cape Town.

These 3 projects were developed under the REIPPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program) and started operating between mid-2014 and mid-2015 as follows:

  • Vredendal Solar started operation mid-2014,
  • Aurora Solar started operation end-2014, and
  • Aurora Wind started operation mid-2015.

Aurora-Rietvlei Solar Power (Pty) Ltd, Vredendal Solar Power Park (Pty) Ltd and Aurora Wind Power (Pty) Ltd will collectively herein after be referred to as the Project Companies.

The Job Holder will be appointed as an ENGIE Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd employee with a CEO secondment agreement to the Project Companies and will be based at Building 1 Country Club Estate, 21 Woodlands Drive, Woodmead, Johannesburg – South Africa.

Please submit your full CV to apply.

No Agencies Please!

Job Purpose

  • In charge of all day-to-day matters of the Project Company including compliance by the Project Companies with its obligations under the Power Purchase Agreement.
  • The CEO is responsible for controlling the Project Companies and the operation of the plants, controlling expenses, optimizing human resources, in order to respect the budget and to ensure smooth operation of the plant. The CEO is responsible for defending the interests of the Project Companies, and initiate long term solutions to the plant’s operational issues and performance enhancement opportunities in order to protect and improve project revenues.
  • The CEO will be the internal and external main point of contact for the project companies. Responsibilities include health, safety and environment, shareholder management, community engagement, Social Economic Development program, contract & finance management, technical reporting and HR Management.

Key Responsibilities

  • Within the limits of Project Agreements, optimise the financial performance of the Project Companies, maintaining and implementing timely and accurate ENGIE Group financial reporting, medium-term forecast/budgeting control and risk management, and protecting the long-term value of the asset,
  • General Management of the Project Company team,
  • Enforcing Health, Safety and Environment performance for the Company’s staff, Operator and contractors,
  • Together with the CEO of the Operating Companies, initiate long term solutions to the plant operational issues in order to protect revenues, and safeguard long-term and sustainable performance,
  • Contractor and Operator Contract management, plant performance follow up, claim management, insurance procurement and insurance claim management.
  • Ensuring proper implementation of governance and reporting requirements, including preparation and organisation of the Board of Directors, sub committees and General Shareholders Assembly,
  • Ensures all contractual obligations towards the South African authorities and towards the off-taker (according to the Implementation Agreement and the Power Purchase Agreement) are respected. This includes Economic Development obligations,
  • Engaging with all relevant project stakeholders to maintain the ‘license to operate’ and representing the Project Companies towards the stakeholders.

Specific roles and responsibilities include:

Environmental, health, and Safety

  • Managing the Environmental, Health and Safety performance of the project,
  • Ensure that adequate provision is made for the successful & continuous implementation of Health, Safety & Environmental management systems by the O&M company which will guarantee that a safe place & safe systems of work are provided on a consistent basis,
  • Ensure that all regulatory approvals/permits are obtained and maintained in order to maintain the full operation of the plant.
  • Monitor (future) opportunities to valorise environmental attributes generated by the assets (such as CER, VER, iREC)

Stakeholder Relations

  • Representing the Project Companies in engagements with the authorities, regulatory agencies, lenders, banks, service providers and professional organisations,
  • Conduct and/or coordinate and control all high-level interfaces with the authorities, banks and clients,
  • Handling community relations and liaise with main stakeholders.

Finance

  • Manage operations within approved budget and delegation of authority,
  • Maximise profitability and shareholder value,
  • Control and supervision of financial management, and particularly:
    • Comprehensive and effective company costs control;
    • Prepare medium and long-term budget forecasts for Board approval, monitoring and reporting variances and deviations on a regular basis;
    • Ensure compliance with finance documents;
    • Ensure compliance with local tax authorities;
    • Monthly financial reporting to the Engie Group;
    • Monthly financial analysis to the Engie Group (Budget vs Actual, Actual vs Prior Year and Best Estimate);
    • Compliance with the South African Companies Act (timely annual return filings).
  • Control and approve procurement and all expenditures. Maintain and update related procedures,
  • Prepare refinancing and IPO if any with the support of ENGIE.

Contract and Project Management

  • Managing the Environmental, Health and Safety performance of the project,
  • Ensure that a culture of excellent Environmental, Health and Safety standards is applied and consistently maintained,
  • Ensure and maintain compliance with the Project Agreements, the Finance Agreements and South African laws. Following up proper execution of the commercial and financial contracts and bringing in solutions to any argument or problem that may arise, in coordination with the Board of Directors. In this respect maintain a smooth relationship with the client while devoting his best efforts to minimise and solve possible disputes in the best interest of the Project Companies,
  • Coordinating on relevant matters with the CEO of the O&M Company. Ensure that the O&M Company keeps appropriate organisation in place and performs its activities in due respect of the contracts and in accordance with Good Utility practices. Development & implementation of operating and maintenance strategies and policies to achieve optimum operation, availability and performance of the plant,
  • Plant performance monitoring and identification of improvement opportunities,
  • Design and seek approval of plant improvements and investments,
  • Develop and propose the annual SED plan.

General Management

  • Ensure compliance with Black Economic Empowerment and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment requirements,
  • Improve the performance of the plant investments,
  • Responsible to the Board for good utility practices in the management and administration of the Project Companies. Responsible for the respect of the ethical and governance practices enacted by the Board,
  • Coordinating on relevant matters with the CEO of the O&M Company. Ensure that the O&M Company keeps appropriate organisation in place and performs its activities in due respect of the contracts and in accordance with Good Utility practices; Development & implementation of operating and maintenance strategies and policies to achieve optimum operation and availability of the plant,
  • Risk assessment and reporting. Implementation and follow-up of actions needed to minimise risks and/or consequences,
  • Making sure that applicable changes in law and regulations are implemented where necessary, to ensure compliance,
  • Support to future business development and undertakes other duties as the situation requires,
  • IT management,
  • Define and manage the data strategy for the Project Companies, establish and maintain data literacy,
  • Communication management,
  • Ensure that the insurance coverage and policies are in place during the operational phase.

Reporting

  • Organize efficient Board of Directors, and General Shareholders Assembly. Keep Directors informed of all significant change in the operation of the project in order to maintain the full support of the Board of Directors,
  • Report on the status of the Project Companies to the Board of Directors and the shareholder companies as and when required,
  • Report to lenders, client, authorities as required under law or the Project Agreements.

Human Resources Management Of The Company

  • Set-up and implement a compensation & benefits policy in line with the budget,
  • Develop HR policy and administrative procedures,
  • Set objectives for the team, evaluate personnel on a regular basis and set up a salary policy in line with budget and implement incentive schemes,
  • Leading and supporting the team in the execution of their responsibilities.

Qualifications

Education

  • University Degree in an engineering, financial or legal discipline
  • Postgraduate qualification in Management will be an advantage
  • Solid basis in project finance, accountancy and consolidation and good notions of company and tax laws are a plus
  • A relevant HSE qualification (NEBOSH General Certificate in Construction Health & Safety or similar) to enable the delivery of the requirements detailed is a plus

Language

  • Excellent English communication skills (verbal and written)

Experience

  • Proven experience in South African REIPPPP (building or operating a renewable energy facility) and knowledge of Power Purchase Agreement frameworks
  • With a minimum of 3 years in a senior General Management position within the power/energy sector
  • Direct experience of power generation technologies and preferably knowledge of Wind & PV technologies
  • Knowledge of Wind and PV technologies
  • 3rd parties relationship / contractual management/ finance management
  • Exposure to South African Economic Development and Black Economic Empowerment framework

Specific Knowledge/skills

  • Strong interpersonal skill
  • Strong negotiation and leadership and management skills
  • Strong financial background/understanding
  • Good technical background/understanding
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to lead a team

Please submit your full CV to apply.

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