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BIOTHERM ENERGY BACKGROUND & HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION

BioTherm Energy is a leading African Independent Power Producer, focused on wind and solar renewable energy projects.  The company builds, owns and operates large scale generation facilities. We continue to identify, develop and evaluate projects on an ongoing basis, building out a robust pipeline throughout the continent.
Our team comprises a number of industry experts in a variety of disciplines including finance, engineering, project finance, structured finance, project management and asset management. The current headcount within the Group is 50 employees and will continue to increase for the next three years.
In October 2008 BioTherm Energy raised funding of US$150M from a US$8B Private Equity Firm called Denham Capital (www.denhamcapital.com) out of Boston, USA.  The funding is being used to develop projects and serve as equity injection into each project, which will allow us to build a pipeline of Projects.
In 2011, we were awarded three projects (two solar and one wind) by the Department of Energy under the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program (REIPPP).  The construction of all three projects was successful and the projects reached Commercial Operations within budget and on time.  The two solar plants of 10MW each are located Northern Cape, while the 27MW wind project is located near Caledon in the Western Cape.
BioTherm Energy also developed and owns and operates a 4.2MW waste gas plant at PetroSA in Mosselbay that has been operating for a number of years.
Recently, BioTherm was appointed as a preferred bidder for three projects (283.5MW) in Round 4 of the South African Renewable Energy IPP programme. These include the 120MW Golden Valley Wind facility, 32.5MW Excelsior Wind Facility, 45MWp Aggeneys Solar PV and 86MWp Konkoonsies II Solar PV Facility.
In addition, to being appointed as preferred bidder for the wind and solar projects in South Africa, the company has also garnered success in the rest of Africa. It was successful on four solar power projects in Zambia and has secured two solar projects in Burkina Faso. BioTherm Energy was also finalist in the Ugandan GET FiT solar facility program and is actively developing Greenfield opportunities in East and West Africa. BioTherm will continue to expand its portfolio in both South Africa and the rest of Africa.


Health, Safety & Environmental Manager
Job Purpose:

Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager to join the Environmental team to assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of HSE management systems for BioTherm’s greenfield project developments and operational wind and solar energy facilities in order to ensure legal compliance to relevant legislation, codes and guidelines.

Overview

Greenfield project development
• Site selection and development of suitable greenfield solar and wind projects across Africa including permitting and licensing as required;
a) Perform desktop environmental assessment of new greenfield sites
b) Manage the EIA process from site selection
c) Selection and appointment of the EAP, which include the drafting of the request for proposal, scope of work and drafting of the consultancy agreement.
d) Co-ordinate EIA activities between consultants, landowners, governmental bodies, etc.
• Conduct site visits to collect HSE, topographical, geotechnical, and related site information for use in the design of power systems;
• Assessment of grid connection options in the form of feasibility studies, applications, process and costs from a HSE compliance perspective, working with the grid technical team; and
• Must be prepared to travel locally and into the African continent.
Preferred bidder projects
• Prepare and manage the submission of the bid book HSE section;
• Prepare the HSE and land permits for preferred bidder projects in preparation for financial close; and
• Selection and appointment of the ECO, which include the drafting of the request for proposal, scope of work and drafting of the consultancy agreement.
BioTherm facilities management (construction and operational)
• Take lead role in the design, implementation and maintenance of the ESMS as per ISO 14001 and IFC standards;
• Develop and maintain HSE management policies, procedures, and standards in line with all legislative requirements;
• Provide HSE support to the BioTherm projects, staff and contractors to identify and mitigate HSE risk including legislative and other compliance requirements;
• Manage the ECO and onsite HSE officer during project construction phase;
• Able to undertake incident management, investigations, identification of trends, sharing lessons learnt and implement precautionary measures to prevent re-occurrence;
• Able to conduct compliance audits, feedback reports and presentations to management. Manage independent compliance auditing;
• Monitor compliance with HSE procedures through review and auditing programs in line with the HSE Strategy;
• Ensure compliance with the EAs, EMPrs, ESMS, and permit conditions. Maintain permits;
• Assist on HSE and permitting related matters;
• Able to lead training sessions, develop training material;
• Managing crisis’s within HSE effectively and efficiently; and
• Timeous reporting of all HSE operations.

Requirements

Qualification(s)
• BSc Degree in Environmental Science or a 3 year degree in a related field;
• ESMS Implementation and Auditing qualification at a recognized institution (ISO 14001); and
• SAMTRAC certificate.
Experience and skills
• 10 years working in the environmental, health and safety sector with a minimum of 4 years in the renewable energy sector where such experience has been obtained during the construction and operations phase is beneficial;
• Extensive knowledge of IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principals;
• Advanced competence in Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
• Must be able to work well under pressure;
• Good organisational skills (ability to plan and implement);
• Ability to multitask under challenging timescales;
• Must have excellent time management skills;
• Must have excellent people skills and be a team player;
• Report writing; and
• Driver’s license.
Required language
• Sound written and verbal communication skills in English are required; and
• Ability to speak French or an African language would be an advantage.


Manager: Business Development
Overview

1. Provide leadership while ensuring the project development aspects are delivered according to time and budget, with strong focus on financial returns.
2. Management and supervision of all third party consultants
3. Manage communications between EPC contractors, operators, authorities, lenders, landowners etc.
4. Responsible for project budget, fatal flaw analysis, development to financial close.

Requirements

• MBA, Finance, Electrical, mechanical or Civil Engineering degree (or similar qualification combined with experience)
• Commercial experience is essential, ability to manage time effectively, strong project management skills.
• Must have strong interest or exposure to the African renewables industry preferably in wind or solar technology, and specifically in Greenfield development.
• Minimum 5-7 years work experience in either investment banking, strategy consulting and corporate business development in capital intensive industries (power generation industry for at least 2 years is preferable)
• Strong negotiation and communication skills, must be able to work effectively in a team based environment. 


Senior Associate: African Business Development
Overview

1. We are looking for Dynamic, well-spoken individuals with at least three to five years’ work experience and at least two years of experience specifically in the energy sector in Africa.
2. The applicant must have has experience in one or more of the following areas:
o Knowledge of PPA contracts, sovereign Guarantees and associated negotiation thereof
o Technical understanding of the development of power plants either in wind, solar, or small hydro.
o Experience in negotiation of EPC and O&M contracts or grid knowledge
o In-depth experience in land identification and environmental applications or bidding processes and
o Financial structuring of such projects with evidence of either working in securing equity or debt in a project.
3. Responsible for project co-ordination and working with other team members to identify project opportunities, and conduct fatal flaw analyses.

Requirements

• Must have strong interest or exposure to the African renewables industry or African power sector, preferably in wind or solar technology, and specifically in Greenfield development.
• Must be able to communicate (orally and written) in French and English. Tertiary education must include 1-2 years in French.
• Either a Finance, Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering degree (or similar qualification combined with experience)
• Commercial experience is essential, ability to manage time effectively, strong project management skills.
• Minimum 3 to 5 years work experience in either investment banking, strategy consulting and corporate business development in capital intensive industries (power generation industry for at least 1 year is preferable)
• Strong negotiation and communication skills, must be able to work effectively in a team based environment. 
• Willingness to travel to African countries and willingness to spend time in country.
• Willing to work in either Ghana or South Africa with a willingness to also be based in either Dubai or Cote D’Ivoire, if required.


Wind Development Engineer
Overview of Responsibilities:

1. Site selection and development of suitable wind projects throughout Africa including permitting and licensing as required.
2. Assessment of grid connection options in the form of feasibility studies, applications, process, costs and technical compliance.
3. Preparation and review of contracts, technical documents, reports and drawings as part of project development and bid submission.
4. Assessment of HV and LV power systems including the specification and costing of plant, equipment and protection, industry regulations for design and operation
5. Assess costs and risks associated with the supply and installation of electrical systems for renewable energy projects
6. Perform computer simulation of wind generation system performance or energy production to optimize efficiency.
7. Create plans for Wind energy system development, monitoring, and evaluation activities.
8. Conduct site audits to collect environmental, topological, geotechnical, electrical, and related site information for use in the design Wind power systems
9. Develop design specifications and functional requirements for wind energy systems which will form part of the EPC and O&M contract terms and conditions.
10. EPC and O&M contract negotiation.
11. Manage a complete project or strategic plant areas during construction, acting on behalf of BioTherm, from Financial Close to Final Completion.

Minimum Requirements:

1. Electrical Engineering degree (or similar electromechanical qualification combined with experience). In addition, an MBA or commercial degree would be considered a plus.
2. Commercial experience is essential, ability to manage time effectively, strong project management skills.
3. Knowledge of the South African REIPPP Program is preferable.
4. Should have exposure to the renewables industry preferably in Wind energy generation and associated infrastructure technology.
5. Minimum 5  years work experience
6. Minimum of 2 years Wind project development experience (in recent years)
7. Strong negotiation and communication skills, must be able to work effectively in a team based environment.


Manager: African Business Development
Overview

1. We are looking for dynamic, well-spoken individuals with at least seven years’ work experience and at least three years specifically in the energy sector in Africa.
2. The applicant must have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
o Knowledge of PPA contracts, sovereign Guarantees and associated negotiation thereof.
o Technical understanding of the development of power plants either in wind, solar, or small hydro.
o Experience in negotiation of EPC and O&M contracts or grid knowledge.
o In-depth experience in land identification and environmental applications or bidding processes and
o Financial structuring of such projects with evidence of either working in securing equity or debt in a project.
o Experience in negotiating with various governmental stakeholders involved in the project lifecycle
3. Provide leadership while ensuring the project development aspects are delivered according to time and budget, with strong focus on financial returns.
4. Responsible for project budget, fatal flaw analysis, development to financial close.

Requirements

• Must show relevant and in-depth experience in at least one area of the project development lifecycle
• Must have strong interest or exposure to the African renewables industry or African power sector, preferably in wind or solar technology, and specifically in greenfield development.
• Must be able to communicate (orally and written) in French and English. Tertiary education must include 1-2 years in French.
• MBA, Business, Finance, Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering degree (or similar qualification combined with experience)
• Commercial experience is essential, ability to manage time effectively, strong project management skills.
• Minimum 5-7 years’work experience in either investment banking, strategy consulting and corporate business development in capital intensive industries(power generation industry for at least 2 years is preferable)
• Strong negotiation and communication skills, must be able to work effectively in a team based environment.
• As a manager, the individual must be efficient in creating a positive work environment, promote collaborative and effective teamwork in a multicultural environment with colleagues, third party advisors, lenders, contractors and government officials. • Willingness to travel to African countries and willingness to spend time in country.
• Willing to work in either Ghana or South Africa with a willingness to also be based in either Dubai or Cote D’Ivoire, if required.


Analyst: African Business Development
Overview

1. We are looking for a dynamic, well-spoken individual with at least one to two years’ work experience with a strong interest in or having worked in the energy sector, ideally with a focus on Africa.
2. The applicant must have:
o Experience working and/or studying in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment ;
o Strong interest for the African continent and ability to work in highly diverse settings ;
o Strong interest or exposure to the renewables industry or power sector in general, preferably in wind or solar technology.
3. The applicant will be working in coordination with other team members to identify new project opportunities, conduct fatal flaw analyses, join bid teams to assist with tender responses, provide support on project development activities, greenfield and towards financial close on projects already awarded to BioTherm and work with the business development team on day-to-day activities.

Requirements

• Must be able to communicate (orally and in writing) in French and English. Tertiary education must include 1-2 years in French.
• A third language spoken on the African continent (Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, etc.) would be a plus.
• Either a Business, Finance, Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering degree (or similar qualification combined with experience).
• Commercial experience is essential, ability to manage time effectively, strong project management skills.
• Minimum 1 year work experience.
• Good communication skills, must be able to work effectively in a team based environment.
• Strong interpersonal skills and work ethics.
• Ability to work under pressure.
• Willing to travel to African countries and to spend time in country.
• Willing to work in either Ghana or South Africa.


Associate: African Business Development
Overview

1. We are looking for a dynamic, well-spoken individual with at least three to four years’ work experience, with a strong interest in or having worked in the energy sector, ideally with a focus on Africa.
2. The applicant must have experience in one or more of the following areas:
o Technical understanding of the development of power plants either in wind, solar, or small hydro ;
o In-depth experience in land identification and environmental applications or bidding processes ;
o Power-related contracts or commercial negotiations (preferred but not an absolute requirement) ;
o Financial modelling.
3. The applicant will be responsible for project co-ordination, working with other team members to identify project opportunities, conduct fatal flaw analyses, participate in project development activities (greenfield and financial close related) and tender responses and work with the business development team on day-to-day activities.

Requirements

• Must have strong interest or exposure to the African renewables industry or African power sector, preferably in wind or solar technology, and specifically in greenfield development.
• Must be able to communicate (orally and in writing) in French and English. Tertiary education must include 1-2 years in French.
• A third language spoken on the African continent (Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, etc) would be a plus.
• Either a Business, Finance, Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering degree (or similar qualification combined with experience).
• Commercial experience is essential, ability to manage time effectively, strong project management skills.
• Minimum 3 years work experience.
• Good communication skills, must be able to work effectively in a team based environment.
• Strong interpersonal skills and work ethics.
• Ability to work under pressure.
• Willing to travel to African countries and to spend time in country.
• Willing to work in either Ghana or South Africa.


Senior Associate: African Business Development
Overview

1. We are looking for Dynamic, well-spoken individuals with at least four to six years’ work experience and at least two years of experience specifically in the energy sector in Africa.
2. The applicant must have has experience in one or more of the following areas:
o Knowledge of PPA contracts, sovereign Guarantees and associated negotiation thereof
o Technical understanding of the development of power plants either in wind, solar, or small hydro.
o Experience in negotiation of EPC and O&M contracts or grid knowledge
o In-depth experience in land identification and environmental applications or bidding processes and
o Financial structuring of such projects with evidence of either working in securing equity or debt in a project.
3. Responsible for project co-ordination and working with other team members to identify project opportunities, and conduct fatal flaw analyses.

Requirements

• Must have strong interest or exposure to the African renewables industry or African power sector, preferably in wind or solar technology, and specifically in Greenfield development.
• Must be able to communicate (oral and written) in French and English. Tertiary education must include 1-2 years in the French language.
• Either a Finance, Electrical, Mechanical or Civil Engineering degree (or similar qualification combined with experience)
• Commercial experience is essential, ability to manage time effectively, strong project management skills.
• Minimum 3 to 5 years work experience in either investment banking, strategy consulting and corporate business development in capital intensive industries (power generation industry for at least 1 year is preferable)
• Innovative, solutions based thinker
• Strong negotiation and communication skills
• Must be able to work effectively in a team based and dynamic environment, where goal posts may change.
• Willingness to travel to African countries and willingness to spend time in country.
• Willing to work in either Ghana or South Africa with a willingness to also be based in either Dubai or Cote D’Ivoire, if required.


Construction Manager

Job Purpose:

The position of the Construction Manager reports to the Project Director with its primary purpose to lead the Wind and Solar construction teams ensuring the timely completion of site related work associated with the project.

Minimum Requirement:

Qualification(s) and Experience

Relevant university degree or college diploma with a minimum of 5 years related work experience in the construction industry. Experience managing a power plant construction site is required, preferably a Solar PV or Wind Energy facility. Strong understanding of the relevant electrical, mechanical, building codes and OHSACT requirements for a construction site. Excellent project management skills with a highly organized approach, written and oral communications and presentation skills. A valid driver’s license is essential.

Required language

• Sound written and verbal communication skills in English are required; and
• Ability to speak an African language would be an advantage.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Manage the development of the Wind and Solar Facilities from site establishment through to Final Completion, facilitate interface between the EPC Contractor and the Project Sponsor.
  • Review and manage adherence to leases, servitude agreements, applicable permits, EA’s, and other site specific documents and formulate implementation strategies
  • Contract management including the management of the site based supervisory teams, monitoring of project progress, construction and erection activities, Quality Assurance, procurement and receipt of components, equipment and materials. Manage QC aspects of procured goods and tracking of its logistics.
  • Review and approve project risk assessments as part of ongoing project planning function. The Site Manager is responsible for developing a project risk profile that mirrors planned cash flows, as well as a risk management budget and schedule for mitigating such risks.
  • Monitoring of permitting issues, adherence to the Environmental Management Plan
  • Review grid documentation, manage Eskom interface with regards to self-build, grid connection and grid compliance testing
  • Management of the site Health and Safety.
  • Management of Reporting to and from the Contractor, Owner’s Engineer and Environmental Control Officer.
  • Assisting the Company’s Engineer with setting up of the commissioning and testing activities
  • Manage the preparation of Project Documentation and handover to Operations

Project Engineer

Job Purpose:

The Project Engineer position reports to the Technical Director (solar or wind) being a primary resource for electrical design reviews during, witnessing of electrical component factory acceptance tests, grid connection and commissioning and testing of electrical systems during construction of the company’s solar and wind energy facilities.

Minimum Requirement:

Qualification(s) and Experience

a) A BSc Degree in Electrical Engineering with minimum 3 years related work experience in power plant design, grid integration and commissioning.
b) Development and construction experience in power stations preferred, with solar PV and wind energy implementations being an additional plus.
c) Solid conceptual understanding of three phase power and power systems.
d) Strong understanding of the relevant electrical, mechanical, building codes and OHSACT requirements for a construction site is preferable.
e) Strong organizational skills, which can lead to the development of good project management skills.
f) Computer proficiency including full Microsoft suite.

Excellent project management skills with a highly organized approach, written and oral communications and presentation skills. A valid driver’s license is essential.

Required language

• Sound written and verbal communication skills in English are required; and
• Ability to speak an African language would be an advantage.

Overview of Responsibilities:

With respect to Project development:

a) Assist in developing project Request for Proposals to contractors for bidding purposes.
b) Assist in contract negotiating during development process.
c) Review of EPC technical documentation to be in accordance with BioTherm and applicable law and regulation requirements.

With respect to Project construction:

a) Liaise with Eskom in relation to project grid connection related issues prior to and during the project construction phase.
b) Review electrical designs submitted by the EPC contractors. This will include the electrical designs for the grid connection works submitted to Eskom.
c) Attend factory acceptance testing of electrical components to be used in the company’s solar and wind energy facilities.
d) Supervise the commissioning of the electrical works.
e) Witness the facility and grid connection testing to ensure compliance with the grid code.
f) Review of project design for grid code compliance including considerations for steady state, power factor, short circuit, transient analysis, grounding, protective device coordination, arc flash, SCADA interface design, and communication systems.
g) Assist the development team with land and environmental related issues with regards to the Eskom or Municipal Grid Connection.
h) Assist on-site EPC construction team and office EPC administration team with EPC related queries and problem solving.
i) Monitor construction progress and support resolution of field issues.


Contracts Administrator

Job Purpose:

The position of the Contract Administrator reports to the Construction Manager. As Contract Administrator, you will be responsible for the administration of all contracts related to the [TBD] Project. Ensure compliance with terms and conditions of all contracts, all regulations and orders in relation to the project.

The position is based at the project head office in Fourways. Visits to the sites on a regular basis will be required.

Minimum Requirement:

Qualification(s) and Experience

Relevant college diploma in Administration/Project Administration with a minimum of 5 years related work experience in managing EPC contracts.

Excellent management skills with a highly organized approach. Excellent written and oral communications and presentation skills. Fluency in English and valid driver’s license is essential.

Required language

• Sound written and verbal communication skills in English are required; and
• Ability to speak an African language would be an advantage.

Overview of Responsibilities:

As Contracts Administrator you will be required to administer various contracts for multi- party renewable energy projects. The Contracts Administrator must be able to monitor and process the required work scope, manage variations and work closely with the project planning function.

a) Maintain the BioTherm ERP system, Pronto, project management module as the primary contracts management financial system to allow for the management of invoicing, change order control, modifications and site instructions.
b) Maintain the BioTherm Contracts Management System, Contract Eagle, with respect to all project related contracts.
c) Up to final completion provide all the required information related to the construction budget reasonably requested by the Company from time to time, including the preparation, on a monthly basis of a written contract status report, based on the Construction Status Report provided by Construction Manager, detailing any activities or issues that have impacted the Project from a contract execution, employee, community, municipality, provincial or governmental perspective.
d) After final completion prepare and provide a summarized operating report, based on the Operations Status Report provided by Operator, which shall include a month and year-to-date numerical and narrative assessment of any activities or issues that have impacted the Facility from an employee, community, municipality, provincial or governmental perspective.
e) Administer and ensure compliance with contracts relating to the operations and maintenance of the Facility, including invoicing and reporting to all relative parties.
f) Maintain in its files records related to the Facility which accurately, fairly and in reasonable detail reflect all dealings and transactions in relation to the Facility.
g) Maintain registers and records of all the project related correspondence, notifications, documentation and any other project or contract related documentation.
h) Record keeping of project related meetings, drafting and issuing of minutes of such meetings.


Project Manager

Job Purpose:
The Project Manager reports to the Project Director with its primary purpose to lead the Solar construction teams ensuring the timely completion of site related work associated with the project.
Minimum Requirement:
Qualification(s) and Experience
- Relevant Engineering degree or college diploma. 
- Minimum of 5 years related work experience in the power construction industry with preference to   Solar PV or Wind Energy facility construction experience.
-  Strong understanding of the relevant electrical, mechanical, civil, building codes and OHSACT requirements for a construction site.
- Self-starter with excellent project management skills with a highly organised approach, written and oral communications and presentation skills.
- A valid driver’s license is essential.
- BEE candidate will be advantageous.
Required language
• Sound written and verbal communication skills in English are required; and
• Ability to speak an African language would be an advantage.
Overview of Responsibilities:
a) Manage the construction of the Solar Facilities from Notice to Proceed to Final Completion.
b) Facilitate the interfaces between the EPC Contractor, the Utility, the Buyer, the Technical Advisors, Environmental Consultants, Health and Safety Consultants and the Project Sponsor.
c) Manage the EPC Contract, Owners Engineer Contract, Lender Engineer Contracts Environmental Control Officers and Health and Safety Agent Contracts on behalf of the Project Sponsor.
d) Supervise the Construction Engineer, Grid Engineer and Contract Administrator under the administration activities for the Project Sponsor.
e) Ensure adherence to land lease agreements, servitude agreements, applicable permits, the Environmental Management Plan, OSHA and other site specific permits and licenses. 
f) Oversee the review and implementation of the Quality Assurance and Health and Safety Plans by the EPC contractor with the assistance of the Company Grid Engineer, Owners Engineer and Construction Engineer.
g)  Ensure that all required project risk assessments and method statements as part of an ongoing project planning function with the assistance of the Construction Engineer. 
h) Assisting the Construction Engineer with setting up of the commissioning and testing activities
 


Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Please submit your CV to: careers@biothermenergy.com or fill out our CV submission form HERE

 

Get in touch

BioTherm Energy
Building 1,
Ground Floor Design Quarter District
Leslie Ave East, Fourways
2055
South Africa
+27 (0) 11 367 4600