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Strategic Procurement Manager

The Company

Scout Clean Energy is a leading US renewable energy developer, owner and operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Scout is developing a MW portfolio of over 5,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 11 US states.  Scout is an owner-operator with expertise in all aspects of renewable power project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction and asset management. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.

Scout is made up of renewable energy industry veterans who are making a difference in our world. Our team’s work ethic is second to none. We identify problems, create solutions, and deliver them professionally to our customers, stakeholders, partners and one another. We do the right thing when no one is looking because we are committed to our collective success and because we believe that our uncompromising integrity is key to the collaborative relationships that drive our business.

Summary Description

As Scout’s Procurement Manager, you will play a key role in the procurement of the fastest-growing technologies in the power sector: utility-scale wind, solar, energy storage, and transformer supplies – and the related construction services. Your ability to draw on your knowledge of a combination of the commercial, technical and financial aspects of renewables will enable our team to make better informed decisions. You will develop and execute negotiating strategies, lead deals, and serve as Scout’s representative to our vendors and partners.

This dynamic position will allow you to directly impact Scout’s long-term ability to power the energy transition. You will gain exposure to a broad spectrum of work – across technologies, at every stage of procurement, and interacting with every team within Scout. You will be in the mix, creating solutions to complex challenges by leading deals and negotiating with counterparties while working collaboratively across organizational boundaries.

You will join Scout’s Procurement team, which is responsible for optimizing for the lowest cost of energy to Scout while maintaining safety and quality. Your will report to the Vice President of Procurement, a seasoned industry veteran with a passion for mentoring and building upon lessons learned from nearly 20 years in the renewables industry.

This is a new role developed to support the explosive growth in Scout’s portfolio of projects in development and construction.

Key duties in your role will include the following:

  • Collaborate closely with Engineering, Construction, Development, and other Scout functions to ensure focus on the right technologies, vendors, and design.
  • Actively build, maintain, and prioritize key vendor and contractor relationships, including regular meetings to be a subject matter expert for Scout on each of these supply segments and vendor status.
  • Prepare for and conduct RFPs for the procurement of utility-scale wind, solar, energy storage, and transformer supplies, including coordinating with Construction team for the procurement of construction services for the related projects.
  • Solicit, maintain, and analyze pricing databases for utility-scale wind, solar, energy storage, and transformer supplies to support Scout Development, M&A, and Finance teams.
  • Develop options for Scout’s negotiating position for supply and construction services and drive the execution of the selected approaches.
  • Offer intelligent recommendations to management on the best choices for Scout with respect to price, risk, quality and safety.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

We will rely on you to develop systems and tools to drive efficiency in our work. To do so, we expect that you will integrate the expertise you have developed in previous roles while continuing to advance your knowledge of our industry and innovation in procurement.

Qualifications

You are a deal-oriented, analytically minded professional who likes to work with a wide range of people and is passionate about the ways that renewable energy will make the world a better place. You have a good understanding of risk in contractual terms and are creative in the way you manage that risk in the context of competing priorities.

Subject Matter Expertise

  • A Bachelor’s degree. (Degree in technical, business, or finance fields is a plus.)
  • 3-5 years of procurement experience, preferably with utility-scale wind, solar, and/or battery storage.
  • Project management experience that involves both technical and commercial complexity.
  • Strong technical aptitude: quantitative orientation with the ability to understand technical issues
  • Previous experience supporting successful client negotiations, including contractual analysis; previous deal leadership is a plus.
  • Ability to concisely frame issues by providing context, analysis, recommendations, and risk/benefit tradeoffs, both in written, verbal, and presentation format.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

Working Style

  • Independent learner who can quickly apply lessons learned in one area to all other work areas.
  • Strong organizational skills with process orientation and attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and deliver top-quality work product in multiple areas without direct supervision.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the desire to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and to meet deadlines and complete time-sensitive duties.
  • Self-motivator with exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Experience using influence rather than authority to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.

Timeline and Location

We would like the new Procurement Manager to start in early 2022.

The ideal candidate will be able to work out of our Boulder office on our current hybrid (3-2) schedule.

Characteristics of Successful Scout Team Members

  • Integrity. Ethical professional who does the right thing even when it is difficult.
  • Initiative. Resourceful self-motivator with exceptional leadership and organizational skills.
  • Intelligence. Perpetual learner with the ability to solve problems and make informed decisions quickly.
  • Work Ethic. Productive team member who desires to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment to meet deadlines and get things done.
  • Team Focus. Purpose-driven colleague with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working across organizational boundaries to deliver on shared team goals.

Invitation to Women and U.S. Underrepresented Groups

We encourage applications from all demographics and especially those that are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry. Consistent with our core values, Scout celebrates the diversity of thought and experience that comes from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, gender, race, and ethnicity.

Invitation to Veterans

Scout welcomes veterans of the United States Armed Forces to apply for this position. Scout includes veterans of all branches and a diverse set of occupational specialties. We value the independent thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork that our veterans have developed through their service. We welcome applications from any service and any military occupational specialty.

Compensation

Target base salary: $110,000-$130,000

Attractive bonus potential.

Scout offers a full range of benefits, including medical/dental/vision insurance with attractive premiums, 401(k) match, STD, LTD, an Employee Assistance Program, and a range of optional supplemental insurance coverage.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@scoutcleanenergy.com.

For more information:  www.scoutcleanenergy.com

 

LOCATION Boulder, CO TYPE Full Time REQUIREMENTS Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree (Degree in technical, business, or finance fields is a plus.)

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