Category Manager – Balance of Plant

Zenobe Energy

  • Full Time

To apply for this job please visit www.zenobe.com.

JOB DETAILS

Industry                         – Renewables & Environment

Employment Type       – Full-time, Permanent

Location                        – London based, flexible working

Job Functions               – Procurement

ABOUT ZENOBE

Zenobē Energy was established to enable the transition to zero carbon, non-polluting power and transport systems through the intelligent use of energy storage. The company has established itself as a UK market leader in battery storage, with 225MW of operational and under construction grid-scale battery capacity and now is a leading firm in the financing and provision of turnkey solutions for electric vehicle fleets. The company has been consistently innovative since its founding in 2017, with major industry firsts in software development, market access, financing, and solution provision.

It is backed by internationally leading strategic energy storage investors / infrastructure PE funds and is uniquely positioned to meet customer demands with innovative solutions. Having raised multiple rounds of equity funding since inception, one of the largest battery portfolios in operation and over 25% of the UK’s EV buses, we are a rapidly growing company looking for talented hires to drive further growth.

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are looking to hire for a commercially and technically astute procurement professional with experience within the battery storage market to support the growth of our Network Infrastructure business unit. You will have a good understanding of procurement best practise within the civil and electrical balance of plant element of projects and have proven experience within high voltage equipment Procurement within the battery storage project supply chain. The preferred candidate should have proven experience of working with relevant contractors and suppliers and have the capability to work within project frameworks.

You will effectively work cross functionally with members of the Network & Infrastructure team and manage the day-to-day aspects of the procurement process, from developing supply chain and contractor relationships through to contract closure. The role works closely with Business Development, Legal, Engineering and Construction to secure complex, high value solutions. A key element of the role will be to develop, maintain and manage relationships with key ‘Balance of Plant’ contractors and look to develop framework agreements with strategic partners. It is essential you are able to hit the ground running and are comfortable operating at a rapid pace with levels of ambiguity and the pressure of deadlines.

A TASTE OF THE DAY TO DAY

  • Working with the Procurement Team to facilitate the procurement of transmission and distribution level large scale energy storage projects in the UK and internationally, with specific responsibility relating to the procurement of civil & electrical balance of plant items
  • Raising Zenobē’s profile amongst the BOP community and increasing their understanding of our strategy and build programme in the UK
  • Developing strategic partnerships with key BOP contractors
  • Supporting the process of supplier quality and safety compliance control and evaluation
  • Selecting vendors, establishing payment terms, strategic vetting, selection, the negotiation of contracts and actual purchasing of goods and services within large scale battery storage projects
  • Supporting Business Development with CAPEX and OPEX assumptions
  • Working closely with internal and third-party engineers on the technical specifications and optimising civils and electrical design and cost
  • Working to standardise scopes of supply
  • Assisting in supplier credit analysis
  • Supporting compliance procedures in implementing ethical supply-chain initiatives
  • Cooperate closely with project managers, construction team, HSE team and project administration
  • Assisting in the management of the supply chain claim management process with the engineering and legal teams

A BIT ABOUT YOU

  • High quality education, preferably in engineering
  • A genuine passion in clean energy and our social and environmental mission
  • Solid work experience (3+ years) in the energy sector (B2B) preferably in energy storage or renewables sectors
  • Well versed in FIDIC and NEC contracts
  • Implementing and maintaining frameworks with key suppliers
  • Strong commercial skills – comfortable with legal contracts
  • Excellent communication skills, capable of presenting contract summaries and supply chain analysis
  • Strong organisation skills, team player with good attention to detail
  • Demonstrable knowledge of BOP contractors in the UK
  • Results oriented who is not scared of taking accountability
  • Ability to deliver results and competitive solutions
  • Ability to work in the HQ in London and travel within the UK and possibly internationally
  • Ideally MCIPS with the desire to work in a fast moving, high pressure, and entrepreneurial environment

OUR BENEFITS

We have an open, honest and trusting culture here at Zenobē. Apart from the unparalled opportunity to be at the forefront of the Net Zero revolution we are proud of the culture we have built. Here is what we can offer when you join the Zenobē community;

  • At Zenobē we all work hard and go the extra mile so it’s important to rest and regenerate with 25 days holiday which increases after 5 years’ service
  • To make your journeys easier we have a Season ticket loan and a Cycle to work scheme plus bike and showers
  • Excellent opportunities for personal growth and responsibility plus a training budget
  • 20% performance related bonus
  • As COVID restrictions ease we will return to our central London offices in St James. Due to our rapid growth we are looking to expand our office base in the coming months and this will still be in central London.
  • Our ways of working have changed since the pandemic and we promote flexible working including a mix of office and working from home.
  • Your wellbeing and health is important to us and we offer Private Medical Insurance (including Mental Health support) cover for you and your family
  • Supporting your passion is important to us and we offer one day per year for Volunteering
  • Refer a friend bonus of £1500 for introducing great talent into our community
  • As our community grows building social connections is key and we regularly organise social events

OUR APPROACH TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Zenobē is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment which is as representative as possible of our society. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership pregnancy /maternity, race, nationality, religion or belief, gender, political beliefs and sexual orientation. Our culture values meritocracy, openness, fairness, and transparency.