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  • Posted: Feb 18, 2021
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    Technical and Operations Manager, Mini-Grids

    Location: Abuja, with national business trips
    Department: Mini-Grids
    Reporting line: Head of Mini-Grids, Nigeria

    Job Purpose / Mission  

    • The Technical and Operations Manager will play a key role in the design and operation of mini-grids, as well as in the conduct of the main technical and digital innovations essential to the success of Engie Energy Access in Nigeria. This is a unique leadership role of the Technical and Operations Team in ENGIE Energy Access Nigeria.

    Key Responsibilities, Deliverables and Activities
    Key Responsibilities:

    • Structure and manage the technical team: recruit and train new employees, including local technicians in adding new connections and solving technical problems on mini-grids
    • Develop the budget, follow the monthly portfolio, and make end-of-month comments on the technical part
    • Be responsible for the application of the HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment) standards of the ENGIE Group within the company
    • Provide training and awareness-raising for all the players who visit our sites, in particular employees and our subcontractors
    • Evaluate the technical feasibility of new innovative products and services: understand customer needs and propose solutions
    • Carry out a permanent technological watch
    • Ensure the continuous improvement of tools, best practices and internal skills

    Deliverables and Activities
    In development phase:

    • Make the preliminary diagnosis and the qualification of the considered site (s)
    • Participate in carrying out mini-grid feasibility studies, in conjunction with the Headquarters Operations team: choice and sizing of PV equipment, site plans, simulation of the yield, electrical diagrams, sizing of storage systems and systems hybrids, etc.
    • Analyze the technical aspect of a tender specification
    • Support the development of financial model assumptions (including the costing of Capex and Opex)
    • Write technical files in support of commercial offers for responses to calls for tenders
    • Ensure interaction with technical stakeholders, consultation of service providers and suppliers, and draft consultation specifications

    In construction phase:

    • Ensure the monitoring of projects (Cost, Quality, Deadlines) in support of the construction teams and / or the EPC contractor
    • Follow quotes and invoicing in connection with our projects
    • Ensure the delivery and supply of materials upstream of the start of work
    • Ensure the proper execution of the works in compliance with the HSSE rules of the ENGIE Group and the quality procedures in force
    • Manage mini-grid construction teams
    • Prepare the documents for the reception of the mini-grids
    • Perform site acceptance at the end of the works and ensure that the O&M teams are well trained for the maintenance of all equipment

    In Operation and Maintenance phase:

    • Ensure proper functioning of mini-grids 24/7
    • Be responsible for the metering platform and the maintenance of smart meters
    • Establish the technical assistance strategy
    • Plan and carry out preventive maintenance campaigns for sites
    • Train "Local Operators" on the technical tasks that they must perform on the sites: basic maintenance of the production unit, preventive maintenance, writing of reports on problems encountered
    • Ensure that mobile payment, SMS communication to customers and the internet connection of the metering system are still functional
    • Ensure all sites are properly monitored, provide excellent service to our customers and are well maintained

    Required Skills & Experience

    • Hold a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or in another related field
    • Have at least 10 years of relevant experience in electricity and / or energy efficiency, including at least 5 years in a team management position
    • Be passionate about access to energy and improving the lives of rural communities
    • Be passionate about clean energies (preferably solar photovoltaics and batteries)
    • Be passionate about innovation and technology
    • Have advanced skills in quantitative analysis and master Excel and PowerBI
    • Be structured and have an eye for detail
    • Be able to meet deadlines, get organized and carry out several tasks in parallel
    • Have a proven ability to plan and achieve goals
    • Be able to work independently and demonstrate a great sense of initiative and sense of priorities
    • Have an entrepreneurial spirit and be able to work in a team
    • Have strong interpersonal skills to interface with all members of the Engie Energy Access team
    • Have excellent written and oral communication skills in English
    • Commit to upholding high standards of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality
    • Demonstrate humility, honesty and flexibility.

    Desired Skills & Experience:

    • Have experience in the field of mini-grids
    • Have experience in the development and/or operation of digital tools.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Fenix International on boards.greenhouse.io to apply
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