Commercial Manager - ( Solar / Asset Management / Operations & Maintenance)

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Date Posted: 10-05-2017
Our client, a renewable company is recruiting for a Commercial Manager with a specific background in Solar and  Asset Management.

Job Purpose:
Provide commercial acumen and leadership into the capital asset management division looking after utility scale Solar photo voltaic plants. The commercial manager’s main purpose will be to streamline and structure asset management operations and develop means to optimise and increase income generated from capital assets.
Roles and Duties
  • Understand and develop the commercial business of a utility scale solar farm and drive the business to increase performance, revenue and profitability.
  • Provide leadership, motivation and direction to the Operations and Maintenance Team, and develop and implement strategies to guide the division into a world class capital asset management entity.
  • Assist the Director of Operations in tracking trends and develop proactive initiatives to mitigate identified issues on the plants.
  • Own, implement and drive optimisation initiatives or the implementation of new technologies to keep the plants relevant and profitable moving into the future.
  • Lead and manage the various subcontracts, suppliers, vendors and commercial stakeholders, both local and international.
  • Plan and manage operational budgets and maintenance or upgrade cycles, and report profit / loss to the executive team.
  • Provide monthly reporting to the executive and Board in prescribed form.
  • Develop processes and systems to duplicate and roll out established methodologies and operating procedures onto new farms.
  • A good leader of people and sound communicator
  • Degree or tertiary education in operations management or commerce.
  • Extensive experience in managing capital assets in a leadership role. Experience in Solar will be beneficial, but is not a requirement, however the candidate will be expected to demonstrate experience in managing and optimising capital infrastructure.
  • Experience and knowledge of contracting, legal, commercial and financial structures.
Personal Characteristics:
The Commercial Manager for Operations should demonstrate competence in all of the following characteristics:
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices and ensure own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Project Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of our projects to meet or exceed their requirements within the organizational parameters.
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problem, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Problem Solving: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Location: Cape Town , South Africa
Remuneration: Depending upon candidate and experience
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Rachael Mbaba
Team Lead: Engineering Africa
The CA Global Group
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