Project Procurement Manager (Senior or Lead) - Asia Pacific

Number of employees

150

Melbourne, Australia

Posted on: 2023-08-09

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Senior

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Energy Vault is the creator of sustainable energy storage solutions designed to accelerate the transition to a carbon free, resilient power grid and transform the world’s approach to utility-scale energy storage. Energy Vault works to combat climate change by enabling clean and reliable electricity through innovative gravity and kinetic based energy storage technologies.   Energy Vault combines innovative design, advanced materials science, and proprietary machine-vision software to orchestrate the storage and dispatch of electrical power by lifting and lowering composite bricks, made from eco-friendly materials.  Energy Vault’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in a unique approach to the circular economy which utilizes local industrial and energy waste, including remediated coal ash and recycled wind blades converted to recyclable materials, to build the system’s composite bricks. Energy Vault innovates to enable the global shift to a world powered by renewable resources.

About Energy Vault
Energy Vault® develops and deploys utility-scale energy storage solutions designed to transform the world's approach to sustainable energy storage. The Company's comprehensive offerings include proprietary gravity-based storage, battery storage, and green hydrogen energy storage technologies. Each storage solution is supported by the Company’s hardware technology-agnostic energy management system software and integration platform. Unique to the industry, Energy Vault’s innovative technology portfolio delivers customized short-and-long-duration energy storage solutions to help utilities, independent power producers, and large industrial energy users significantly reduce levelized energy costs while maintaining power reliability. Utilizing eco-friendly materials with the ability to integrate waste materials for beneficial reuse, Energy Vault’s EVx™ gravity-based energy storage technology is facilitating the shift to a circular economy while accelerating the global clean energy transition for its customers. Please visit www.energyvault.com for more information.

Our purpose: We exist to enable a sustainably energized world.
Our vision: We envision a future where nature and humankind coexist in harmony.
Our mission: We provide energy solutions to accelerate the global transition to renewable energy.
Our values: We Commit, Innovate, Connect, Deliver, and Lead.

About the role
 
This position is responsible for leading the procurement of materials, equipment, services, and negotiating subcontracts for Gravity Energy Storage Systems (GESS) and/ or Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) Projects executed by Energy Vault. The Project Procurement Manager is charged with the efficient and effective material control of the BESS or GESS project equipment and services procurement and subcontracts from initial planning through sourcing, expediting, inspection, transport, and receipt at the Project site. The role also will manage supplier project performance and relationships for the assigned Projects. Measures of success are buying equipment and services below budget and delivering on schedule to the required quality and technical specifications. This role is expected to develop competitive sourcing strategies, actively engage suppliers, professionally negotiate purchase orders and subcontracts, and resolve supplier and contractor performance issues on Projects.

This position reports directly to the Procurement Director and is assigned to Project where they will be responsible for all Project supplier relationships to ensure alignment with project strategy and goals. This position challenges technical specifications, commercial practices, operating practices, and business processes with a focus on driving cost-effective solutions for assigned construction Projects. Strong planning, project management, cost control, sourcing, communication, and contract negotiating skills are required.

The position preferably Melbourne (Australia) with up to 20% travel to meetings, supplier meetings and Project sites. The role will be an individual contributor position managing the Procurement process for several Projects simultaneously requiring excellent time management skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment ideally with some prior construction project experience.
 
Must currently be working and living in Australia with Permanent Residency or Citizenship.

Energy Vault compensation and benefits for USA employees currently include
Annual bonus based on company and individual performance.
Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).
401K employer matching.
80% coverage for medical, dental, and vision plans for employees and family.
100% company-paid Life insurance, Short- and long-term disability insurance.
10 holidays per year.
Flexible time off plus 96 hours of sick time.
Reimbursement for home office equipment, phone, and internet expenses.
Ongoing exploration of additional benefits as the company grows.

Switzerland, UK, and Australia employees have similar compensation components and different benefits.

At Energy Vault we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We believe inclusion creates opportunity for collaborative excellence through diversity of thought. We invite individuals of all genders, races, identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, national origins, abilities, protected veteran status, religions, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds to explore employment with our organization.

What you will do

  • This role is the single point of contact between the Procurement Team and the Commercial and Project Execution Teams
  • Supports the Project Team by aligning Procurement team activities and processes with project timelines and requirements
  • Develops Project Procurement Strategy aligned with overall Project Execution Strategy
  • Compiles and maintains Project Procurement Plan to plan and tracks supplier equipment and material status
  • Initiating RFPs/RFQs, analyzing bids, negotiating for best and final offer, prepare bid tabulations and process approval of bid tabulations before negotiating subcontracts and issuing purchase orders.
  • Runs and analyzes material status reports and communicate risks and problem areas to Procurement Director and relevant Project Manager regularly
  • Leads timely resolution of escalated supplier and contractor issues
  • Coordinate supply chain and logistics
  • Maintains Commercial interface with Suppliers. handle warranty claims, back-charges, and liquidated damages
  • Tracks budget for Procurement scope of the Project, including the equipment/materials costs and services
  • Works with a cross-functional team to lead supplier qualification status and performance
  • Monitors global market conditions and business drivers to maximize leverage and minimize risk
  • Critical Competencies

  • Strong project management, organization, and planning skills
  • Experience in capital projects procurement
  • Learn / work in multiple systems such as SAP, Material Control, Scheduling, Databases
  • Flexibility / adaptability to changing priorities, multiple internal customers
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work with internal and external customers
  • Self-starter, strong influencing, communication, and facilitative skills
  • Ability to bring teams together to resolve issues and achieve targets and goals
  • Knowledge of strategic sourcing strategies and procurement work processes and solutions
  • Sense of ownership and urgency
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher, preferably in Business or Engineering
  • 10+ years’ minimum of experience in Technical, Engineering, Commercial or Project environment
  • Experience in issuance and handling execution of requisitions/purchase orders and subcontracts for material, equipment, and services
  • Accreditation from Supply Chain industry organization (i.e. CPSM, APICS) is preferred
  • Knowledge of commercial purchasing procedures and practice, including aspects of negotiation and contract law.
  • Energy or Electrical industry experience
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