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  • Posted: Oct 20, 2020
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    EarthStream is a technology & engineering recruiting specialist providing talent across multiple industry sectors many of which share commonality in their technology dependence. Engineering is at the heart of what we do from software and hardware to security, electronics and infrastructure, through to industry specific engineering disciplines. We unde...
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    Technical Manager: Asset Management

    Technical Manager: Asset Management 

    We are seeking a Technical Manager: Asset Management, based in Cape Town, skilled position for a person with the ability to manage and enforce the effective service provision of O&M providers, read faults/alerts and direct necessary action, be able to interpret events into meaningful information for Asset Owners, provide reports and present options to the Asset Owners and manage the HSE aspects of the various project assets.

    Key Responsibilities

    • ­Reports to the General Manager of the AM division.
    • Ensuring compliance with the operational contracts in place, such as contracts related to O&M services, land lease, insurance, site security, communications, and ancillary/ additional services.
    • Oversight of and coordination with O&M contractor.
    • Technical reporting.
    • Site visits and non-intrusive inspections.
    • Management of ancillary service providers.
    • Interface with local energy authorities & regulatory compliance.
    • Warranty management.
    • Contract management (operational contracts).
    • Asset optimisation (technical):
      • Develop strategies to optimise/maximise output and performance of the assets;
      • Future-proof the assets ;
      • Come up with a financial proposal based on data analysis which can assist the owners in making informed decisions.
      • Setup of performance monitoring portals/tools and monthly data analysis to ensure optimal output of the assets; 
    •  Environmental management.
    •  Health & safety management.
    • Supplier procurement and administration and monitoring.

    General Technical Management Tasks (non-exhaustive)

    • Performance analysis: actual vs. forecast, etc.
    • Identify risks and propose mitigation strategy.
    • Maintenance activities: planned vs. unplanned maintenance.
    •  Financial reporting input: actual vs. forecast.
    • Forecast P50/P90 vs. actual generation and irradiation comparison.
    • Availability assessment.
    • Operation and maintenance activities undertaken.
    • Plant performance assessment.
    • Typically bi-annual site visit in coordination with the O&M provider to perform a nonintrusive visual inspection.
    • Managing providers of ancillary (additional) services falling outside of O&M provider’s scope.
    •  Compliance with PPA, interconnection agreements.
    •  Compliance with Generation Licence provisions.
    • Grid code compliance.
    • Other permits, authorisations, licences (WULA, SKA, etc.).
    • Close out EPC punch list items.
    •  Anomalies handling:
      • Communicate punch list, inefficiencies, defects the occurrence to the EPC provider;
      • Resolution of failures in the case of anomalies of the type “Failures”;
      • Endemic Failures;
      • Performance Warranty.
    • Periodically inform the Asset Owner about the condition of the contracted performance indicators.
    • Manage the interventions done within the scope of the warranty in order to safeguard the performance commitments undertaken under the contract.
    •  Improve the efficiency in warranty process.
    • Reduce the warranty period costs.
    • Receive and collect all the warranty complaints.
    •  Support the complaint process.
    • Negotiate with manufacturers more efficient complaint procedures.
    • Study the behaviour of the installed equipment.
    • Analyse the costs incurred during the warranty period.
    • Responsible for the coordination of site visits by an insurance provider’s representative or technical or financial advisors in connection with the information collection and damage qualification.
    • Drafting of technical notes to support the reimbursement procedure.
    • Performance monitoring and supervision:
      • proper oversight of O&M;
      • detecting when systems are under-producing;
      • quickly and accurately diagnosing an under-performing plant;
      • daily & weekly remote site monitoring.
    •  Track their own compliance with the respective contract, either O&M contract or Asset Management contract.
    • Arrange and attend monthly meetings.
    • Ensuring compliance with Environmental Authorisation and Environmental Management Programme.
    • Oversee that the solar asset and the relevant suppliers comply with health & safety (HSE) requirements.
    • Supplier selection and evaluation.
    • Ensure suppliers deliver a high-quality service according to market best practice and contractual obligations.

    Minimum Requirements

    •  Engineering Degree with advanced solar PV knowledge.
    •  Minimum 3 - 5 years’ experience in infrastructure asset management environment.
    •  Knowledge and application of relevant compliance requirements with complex contractual entities.
    • Previous experience in the construction (EPC) or O&M of solar assets under the REIPPP Programme.
    • Understanding of PV system design, operation, and key commercial and business drivers.
    • Able to read and comprehend equipment/facility schematics.
    • Knowledgeable in the systems, processes and protocols guiding the operations and maintenance of utility PV solar plants and electrical systems.
    • Detail oriented, with an ability to establish and follow processes.
    • MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive).
    • Proficiency with PVSyst software.
    • Willingness to travel.

    Advantageous

    • Practical field experience (solar PV).
    • Experience in the management of or the operation and maintenance of wind farms.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to EarthStream on www.linkedin.com to apply

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