Senior Financial Manager

Posted 26 August 2022
Salary Negotiable
DisciplineEnergy Recruitment
Contact NameKelsee Tedder

Job description

Senior Financial Manager

Location : Chicago, Boston, Project Geography, Remote

The Team

We are seeking a Financial Manager to join the Projects & Investments UK & US team (P&I UK & US) for large scale Offshore Wind Farms and Hydrogen project developments. The role is a key and challenging project role; responsible for coordination and steering of all financial and financial related workstreams of a project from lease auction through offtake bid as well as FID to commissioning, with the role ceasing upon the project's transition to operational.

With an international team spanning across Europe and Asia, the P&I team - and specifically this position - offers an opportunity to a self-motivated and highly responsible individual to be part of a growing team and business with substantial growth ambitions in the US. Intellectual flexibility and cultural sensitivity are critical traits in this global team. Hybrid working is at the heart on how we operate although traveling is also required. Location somewhat proximate to the projects is also a plus to minimize travel.

Your scope of work

  • Managing the wider Financial team in the project, especially valuation, controlling (FP&A), procurement, and commercial workstreams.
  • Coordination of respective Finance and Finance related workstreams (functional responsibility sits within the responsible line functions), in particular:
    • Responsibility for the business case process (planning & coordination of business case updates, required level of detail of the business case)
    • Ownership of the assumption book and cost book
    • Aligning financial model works and results with those works of the owners incl. steering of financial advisors
    • Management and coordination of project's risk & opportunity register in close collaboration with package managers, the risk manager and financial adviser including preparation of appropriate contingency analysis and insurance coordination aspects
    • Responsibility for all cost management systems (incl. contract management, change control) within the project
    • Coordination of accounting and tax workstreams
    • Ownership of the budgeting process and project cost controls (incl. cash calls to investors) and respective reporting processes
    • Cooperation with legal, procurement and commercial functions
    • Coordination of efforts taking care of developing bankable project structures incl. construction and operational contracts
  • Ability to derive and challenge credible financial assumptions by benchmarking against other company Offshore Wind and Hydrogen projects and industry wide practices
  • Identification of (and drive where necessary) areas where the project economic return could be optimized; perform all necessary analysis in the areas and present results and the recommendation for consideration and approval
  • Continuous financial review and monitoring of the project economics and the reporting of results as required both within the project team (project director) and to the project steering committee (including, potentially, joint venture partner representatives), e.g. analyzing the implications of changes to MW capacity and size and timing of project phasing
  • Represents project from a finance perspective at steering committees and board meetings
  • Ensure all financial/commercial considerations regarding grid connections are considered
  • Support preparation of bid group papers/proposals including support of development of bid tactics in cooperation with the Project Director as well as the Commercial bid manager
  • Preparation of project approval papers
  • Setting up a project specific governance in cooperation with the Project Director and ensure that these are aligned where required with the project owners
  • Ensure (financial) best practice is delivered in the projects and lessons learned are shared with the Financial and Valuation Management team
  • Ensure lessons learned are collected, provided and applied to the project and packages

Your profile

  • At least 4-6 years' experience in managing large scale projects, preferably in renewables, power plant or hydrogen projects
  • Broad finance background (in particular valuation, project financing, controlling, procurement)
  • Accounting experience beneficial
  • University degree in business administration, (business) engineering, banking or economics
  • Strength in applying a structured working approach
  • Strong analytical and communicational skills
  • Experience in leading and motivating teams
  • Knows how to work in and with international groups
  • Capable to present in front of groups (team, steering committees etc.)
  • Fluent English, other languages (esp. German) will be an advantage
  • Integrative and trustful personality
  • Willingness to undertake all required project related business trips
  • Able to work on the one hand independently and on the other hand successfully in international teams (dedicated team player)

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.