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Asset and O&M Manager

Job Description: Asset and O&M Manager

Reports to:  Director of EPC and Operations

OCI Energy is a respected provider of solar power, plant developer, owner, and operator. We are seeking an experienced Asset and O&M Manager to provide support for a growing organization in a fast paced environment. This position is located in San Antonio, Texas and provides a perfect opportunity for a professional looking for interesting work within a small cohesive team, the ability to expand their experience and contribute to the corporation’s success.

JOB SUMMARY:

Under general supervision by the Director EPC and Operations, the Asset and O&M Manager is responsible for providing financial and operational management as well as reporting expertise to solar power generation facilities. Through safe, operational management, will manage technical issues and maximize net cash generated.  Additional responsibilities include generating reports for each facility and managing the communication to all internal and external parties.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Oversee the asset management, operations and maintenance, and monitoring of the OCI Energy operating assets.
  • Perform all asset management duties required to optimize and maximize the generation of OCI Energy operating assets, and ensure the short and long term safety, performance, and reliability for the assets.
  • Perform and complete all reporting requirement within specified deadlines for the operating assets, internal and external.
  • Perform and oversee the performance evaluation of the operating assets, and take and implement necessary actions to increase the revenue.
  • Supervise the work of direct reports.
  • Asset optimization:
    • Conduct proactive predictive and preventive maintenance and technical operational performance analysis.
    • Enabler of asset performance reporting and analysis of key performance metrics.
    • Improve corporate operational knowledge and awareness of solar power generation facilities through training, process improvement, and cost-effective technical improvements and enhancements.
  • Contractual enforcement:
    • Challenge manufacturer performance assessments.
      • Investigation the allocation of solar array downtime as well as performance metrics and associated trends.
      • Enforce warranty and other guarantees within designated contracts.
      • Track / trend key operations & maintenance provider metrics.
    • Investigate site abnormalities to identify root causes, provide corrective actions, and incorporate lessons learned.
  • Lead the continuous improvement of OCI Energy operating assets.
    • Provide feedback to improve and update OCI Energy development model.
  • Manage all warranty and contractual communication with customers, off takers, OEMs, transmission providers, ISO/RTO’s, FERC/NERC, vendors, service providers, and other stakeholders as necessary.
  • Responsible for all reporting as it relates to solar power generation facilities under OCI Energy LLC’s individual, direct control.
  • Assist in driving a safety culture that is measured against the business goal, days away from work cases, and high potential incidents, among other criteria. Safety performance is also indicated by the attitude and culture of the overall OCI Energy team.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or other relevant area of study; Master’s degree preferred.
    • Seven plus (7+) years of experience in a solar power plant asset management, or operations/maintenance.
    • Significant experience in operations or financial management, including contract administration.
    • A self-starter who can work independently on projects, data analysis, and key deliverables.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with senior management.
    • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
    • Must possess advanced general computer operating skills, including advanced Microsoft Office® software suite (including Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Project®) experience
    • Ability to travel (estimated at 10%).
  • Desired attributes
    • Three plus (3+) years of demonstrated supervisory experience with engineering, operation, and technical staff is strongly desired.
    • Familiarity and experience with enterprise-level programs for hardware and software systems for remote data acquisition and control of solar power generation facilities, including computerized maintenance management systems and data analysis tools is strongly desired.
    • Exposure to and understanding of environmental, health, and safety program management and requirements for power generation facilities is strongly desired.
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Executive Vice President, Project Development

DESCRIPTION:

 Executive Vice President of Project Development

Reports to:  President

OCI Energy is a utility scale solar and energy storage systems developer, owner, and operator. We are seeking an experienced Executive Vice President of Project Development to provide support for a growing organization in a fast-paced environment. This position is located in San Antonio, Texas and provides a perfect opportunity for a professional looking for interesting work within a cohesive team, the ability to expand their experience and directly contribute to the corporation’s success.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Executive Vice President of Project Development will lead and oversee activities related to greenfield project development across various markets. This key executive role will encompass areas from prospecting to completing project development and ensuring alignment with the company’s strategic goals. This position serves on the Executive Leadership team.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Lead all phases of greenfield project development, from prospecting to development completion, includes but not limited to prospecting, land outreach, leasing and purchasing, title, surveys, transmission, interconnection, local tax incentives, permitting, and development studies.
  • Oversee and cultivate a competent and dynamic project development team.
  • Foster relations with key consultants and partners
  • Attend and manage regular project development meetings, ensuring tasks are prioritized and objectives are met.
  • Provide strategic input to direct reports, ensuring the resolution of challenges.
  • Facilitate collaboration and coordination among divisions within the project development department and with other departments.
  • Ensure alignment of project development activities with the company’s overarching strategy and goals.
  • Periodically review and update processes to ensure adaptability and efficiency, especially with organizational growth.
  • Review, negotiate, and execute agreements related to project development, ensuring minimized liabilities and high-quality documentation.
  • Assist in reviewing and negotiating project transactions with clients and financial stakeholders.
  • Represent the company at key public meetings if needed, to secure permits or incentives.
  • Engage cross-functionally with business development, legal, finance, and EPC teams to ensure integrated project progression.
  • Protect the interests of OCI in the capacity of the high level liaison with key partners.
  • Set budgets, and ensure capex tracking and budget control.
  • Review and approve all purchase orders related to project development.
  • Prepare monthly project development summary reports for leadership and board meetings.
  • Support the President and collaborate with other executives in strategic decision-making.
  • Assist in reviewing and responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs).

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, or a related field. Master’s degree or MBA preferred.
  • Fifteen plus (15+) years of experience; including Seven plus (7+) years in project development, preferably in the solar or renewable energy sector.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of greenfield project development processes including land acquisition, real estate, permitting, interconnection, transmission, tax incentives, and development studies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and develop high-performing teams.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and business development.
  • Proficiency in budgeting, capex tracking, and financial management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to represent the company at public and executive-level meetings.
  • Strong negotiation skills, especially concerning contracts, agreements, and project transactions.
  • Experience in working cross-functionally with diverse teams, including legal, finance, and engineering.
  • Ability to align team objectives with the company’s strategic goals.
  • Proven track record of providing strategic insights and solutions to challenges.
  • Experience in process optimization and organizational development.
  • Expertise in reviewing and negotiating project development related agreements and contracts
  • Proven ability to cultivate relationships with consultants, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Competence in preparing detailed reports for executive and board-level audiences.
  • Experience in reviewing and responding to RFPs.
  • Ability to adapt to organizational growth and evolving industry trends.
  • Commitment to continuous learning and staying updated with advancements in the solar and renewable energy sector.
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends when required.

OCI Energy LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. OCI Energy LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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Market Intelligence & Analytics Manager

DESCRIPTION:

 Market Intelligence and Analytics Manager

Reports to:  Director of Project Development 

OCI Energy is a respected developer, owner, and operator of utility scale solar & energy storage sites. We are seeking a Market Intelligence and Analytics Manager to provide support for a growing organization in a fast paced environment. This position provides a perfect opportunity for a professional looking for interesting work within a growing cohesive team, the ability to expand their experience and contribute to the corporation’s success.

SUMMARY:

The Market Intelligence and Analytics Manager is responsible for the ongoing monitoring, analysis, understanding, and summary of the energy market dynamics in contexts of regulatory, policy, legislative, technical, financial, emerging technologies, and competitiveness to inform, refine, and enhance the strategy and planning for project development at OCI Energy.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

      • Conduct ongoing in-depth surveillance of energy market dynamics, ensuring that OCI Energy remains abreast of any emerging shifts or trends in the industry.
      • Delve deep into market data, dissecting it to uncover emerging trends, potential opportunities, and challenges, and ensuring the information is used to inform company strategy and operations.
      • Stay continually updated with changes in the regulatory environment, interpreting how these shifts might impact the energy sector and, more specifically, OCI Energy’s strategic positioning in the market.
      • Ensure a comprehensive understanding of new legislative actions affecting the renewable energy market, communicating the implications, and suggesting potential courses of action.
      • Grasp and integrate the technical nuances of market dynamics into strategic decisions, always ensuring that the technical perspective is well-represented in planning sessions.
      • Examine the financial intricacies of the energy market, considering diverse factors such as tariffs, subsidies, and market incentives, and predicting how these could influence future company projects.
      • Conduct a thorough assessment of the competitive landscape, pinpointing key players, dissecting their strategies, and identifying potential opportunities or threats for OCI Energy in both the short and long term.
      • Regularly provide actionable insights derived from rigorous analysis, helping to shape, refine, and evolve the company’s overarching market strategy in a dynamic environment.
      • Offer analytical support for project development planning, ensuring every plan aligns with current market trends and the predicted future landscape of the energy sector.
      • Consistently generate detailed reports and presentations that not only present market intelligence findings but also delve into their implications for the company, suggesting potential strategic shifts or initiatives.
      • Engage with a broad spectrum of industry stakeholders, participating in conferences, association meetings, forums, workshops, and meetings to gain firsthand market insights and establish OCI Energy as a key player in industry discussions.
      • Forge strong collaborative ties with other departments, ensuring that every department’s approach to market analysis and strategy formulation is in sync, holistic, and well-coordinated.
      • Commit to continuous learning, keeping an eye out for emerging tools, methodologies, and best practices in market intelligence and analytics, ensuring the company remains at the cutting edge.
      • Proactively identify potential risks lurking in the market landscape, conducting thorough risk assessments, and providing well-researched recommendations to navigate and mitigate them effectively.
      • Conduct ad hoc research on special topics to support decision-making

QUALIFICATIONS:

      • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Science, or a related field; a Master’s degree in Business Administration or Market Analysis would be a significant advantage.
      • Three plus (3+) years of experience in market intelligence, analytics, or a closely related role, preferably within the renewable energy sector or a similar industry.
      • A self-starter that can work independently on projects and key deliverables.
      • Advanced proficiency with MS Office programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
      • Must possess excellent research and analytical abilities with capacity to effectively convey conclusions and recommendations.
      • Familiarity with the regulatory and legislative environment related to the renewable energy sector.
      • Excellent verbal and written communication abilities, with a track record of producing detailed reports and presenting findings to senior leadership.
      • Proven capability to think strategically and link market insights to actionable business strategies and operational planning.
      • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work seamlessly with cross-functional teams and foster a collaborative work environment.

OCI Energy LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. OCI Energy LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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Controller

Job Description: Controller OCI Energy

Reports to:  CFO OCI Enterprises (and indirectly to Business President, OCI Energy)

OCI Energy is a leader in utility-scale solar and battery energy storage system (BESS) projects. We are seeking an experienced Controller to provide support for a growing organization. This position is located in San Antonio, Texas and provides a perfect opportunity for a professional looking for interesting work within a small cohesive team, the ability to expand their experience and contribute to the corporation’s success.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Controller is responsible for monthly reporting of financial results, which includes the accounting close process of the company, all financial reporting, internal controls in a SOX environment, responding to auditors, budgeting, credit & collections, payables and strategic planning.  In addition, this position will identify ways to improve processes and strengthen internal controls. The Controller is currently required to supervise and coach one direct report.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Responsible for multi-company consolidations and elimination of all inter-company transactions.
  • Participate in the monthly closing and reporting process in compliance with US GAAP while ensuring all required transactions are recorded in the monthly results and appropriately distributing financial statements to Management Team, Bank et al.
  • Manage the reporting process ensuring accuracy of month-end and annual financial reports and narratives prepared for the Management Team.
  • Monitor and report project expenditures to budget.
  • Assist the Business President with the annual budget and working with budget holders to help ensure a close integration between organizational plans and the budget.
  • Assist the Business President with monitoring budget to actual revenue and expenditures and working with budget holders to analyze and report on variances, and proactively recommending required actions.
  • Identify areas needing improvement in financial accounting applications and operational procedures and effectively communicating these value-added solutions to the Business President.
  • Ensure accounting systems and processes for fiscal closings and reporting are continually streamlined via process improvement to achieve greater efficiencies and accuracy in the level, and timeliness of reporting (continuous improvements).
  • Maintain SOX compliant internal controls and safeguards for all in scope business processes.
  • Work with the corporate treasurer to handle communication with credit facilities and manage cash flow and covenants as needed.
  • Participate in various job duties/responsibilities and special projects as directed or determined on own initiative.
  • Supervise the work of any direct reports 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting; CPA preferred
  • Five plus (5+) years of US GAAP experience required
  • Experience working in a power generation/renewable or manufacturing organization is a plus
  • Project cost management experience is a plus
  • Strong PC skills in Windows-based environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and Oracle
  • Prior supervisory/management experience including strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills
  • Strong Problem Solving and Analytical Ability
  • Ability to lead, as well as effectively participate on a team

 

OCI Energy LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. OCI Energy LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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Project Development Manager (2)

DESCRIPTION:

OCI Energy, headquartered in San Antonio, TX, is a respected provider of solar power, plant developer, owner, and operator. We are seeking a Project Development Manager to provide support for a growing organization in a fast-paced environment. This role provides a perfect opportunity for a professional looking for interesting work within a small cohesive team, the ability to expand their experience and contribute to the corporation’s success.

SUMMARY: 

Under general supervision by Director of Project Development, the Project Development Manager will develop, lead and manage all aspects of land and project development for OCI’s current and future projects.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Develop and manage all aspects of land development for OCI’s current and future projects.
  • Conduct real estate research to identify sites that are suitable for developing new projects for utility and DG scale projects, that includes but not limited to, conducting due diligence for zoning, flood-zoning, commercial terms, interconnection, tax abatements, mineral title, mineral rights waivers, easements, ROW, crossing agreements, oil & gas infrastructure, accommodation agreements, FAA, environmental studies, ESA Phase I and Phase II, title insurance coordination, ALTA surveys, environmental and jurisdiction permitting, appraisal reports, wetland identification, protected species, archeological, hazardous material, road and highway access, geotechnical, topo, hydrology, etc.
  • Conduct real estate search to determine the land with most preferable commercial terms for OCI projects, and coordinate with landowners, agents, and/or assigned lawyers as required to discuss commercial terms, and manage the process to finalize an agreements.
  • Perform zoning and use-of-land search to ensure the sites are suitable for future solar farms development according to the applicable jurisdictional requirement.
  • Perform preliminary interconnection analysis to determine the available transmission, or distribution lines (as applicable) in the vicinity of the potential sites.
  • Coordinate with the surveyors to perform surveys (ALTA, TOPO, etc.) for the potential lands to identify the site boundaries, and associated infrastructures.
  • Conduct or coordinate mineral title search to identify the stakeholders for the applicable site(s), and perform assessment of title risk and mitigation strategies.
  • Coordinate with applicable entities to negotiate terms and execute agreements to cross existing infrastructure facilities on the sites.
  • Coordinate with applicable landowners/entities to negotiate terms and execute agreements to ensure easement and/or right-of-way rights.
  • Coordinate with applicable entities to negotiate terms and execute agreements to ensure accommodation agreements.
  • Coordinate with mineral right owners to request, or negotiate (as applicable) the waiver terms and agreements.
  • Coordinate with interconnection engineers or subcontractors to identify the load capacity of the transmission, or distribution lines.
  • Coordinate with environmental consultant subcontractors to perform preliminary environmental studies, ESA Phase I, and ESA Phase II as applicable.
  • Conduct flood zoning search to ensure the subject site(s) are not located on flooding zone.
  • Coordinate with consultant contractors to perform preliminary and/or final geotechnical and hydrological studies.
  • Coordinate with the applicable jurisdictions (federal, state, county, city, courts, DOT, etc.) to acquire specific permits required for projects.
  • Conduct FAA analysis and apply and acquire applicable permits.
  • Conduct wetland search, and coordinate with environmental consultants to identify if there are jurisdictional requirements.
  • Coordinate with applicable jurisdictions or local tax consultants to; pre-determine (pre-conclude) tax abatement benefits for the applicable jurisdictions, apply for tax abatements, attend town hall meetings as needed, negotiate terms, and execute agreements.
  • Coordinate with the title insurance company to coordinate title underwriting issues relating to land ownership and title policies, and purchase the required insurance for the sites.
  • Cross-function with business development team to understand and synchronize on the project requirement in terms of specifications, and timelines.
  • Cross-function with legal team to discuss and negotiate the terms of the agreements.
  • Cross-function with finance team to share the cost assumptions and projections.
  • Cross-function with EPC contractors to finalize the design layout, and address the applicable permits process and requirements.
  • Coordinate with real-estate agents/brokers to perform the lease/buy/sell process as applicable.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy or related field
  • Four plus (4+) years of active and hands-on experience in Solar Project Development (Real Estate)
  • Previous Landman experience is a strong preference
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills is a must
  • Written and verbal skills are vital in dealing with individuals as well as groups
  • Negotiation experience is a must
  • Basic legal and contractual experience is a must
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a high-performing team
  • Must be able to manage various tasks simultaneously in order to accomplish desired objectives. Land acquisition requires managing a variety of competing interests to include risks, costs and relationships.
  • Effective public presentation
  • Must be familiar with public land records and how to research ownership.
  • Must be familiar with land use issues.
  • Must be familiar with the survey and land engineering knowledge
  • Must be familiar with crossing, easements, ROW, leasing, land acquisitions, and mineral waivers agreements.
  • Must be familiar with environmental studies, ESA, and RECs
  • Must be familiar with tax abatements terms, and process.
  • Solid experience with jurisdictional entities on numerous basis is a must
  • Must have hands-on experience with obtaining permits from applicable jurisdictions
  • Knowledge about interconnection, transmission, and distribution lines is a preference.
  • Knowledge about geotechnical and hydrological studies is a preference.
  • Must be familiar with the title underwriting process
  • Travel required, up to 50%

OCI Energy LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. OCI Energy LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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