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Job ID 8671
Offshore Wind
Permanent
Germany


Taylor Hopkinson are retained to recruit a Technical Director for an offshore wind development and operations company with a large and established global portfolio.
The Role

  • Ensuring offshore wind investment targets are compliant with economical and technical assumptions.
  • Facilitating a frequent and comprehensive communication about all technical aspects of offshore wind project investments. Following-up on technical details with the other project shareholders and suppliers.
  • Establish regular progress reporting routines including an early warning system for delays, cost overrun, or HSE issues, to banks, to investors and to the project company's board of directors.
  • Support the identification and analysis of investment targets, which align with the offshore wind strategy.
  • For development projects, understand and quantify key technical risks. Contribute to the financial modelling with robust CAPEX assumptions and contingency planning.
  • Ensure studies and surveys like soil analysis, environmental impact assessments, UXO surveys, and yield assessments are updated and in place. Manage and/or review the basic design process and support the first selection of suppliers for major equipment and vessels.
  • Carry out initial project risk assessments. Analyse installation technology, installation sequence, and construction concepts e.g. multi contracting vs. single contracting. Support the selection of vessels, onshore and offshore sites according to feasibility and availability. Assess suitability of planned suppliers, vessel operators, and service companies.
  • Support FID with the selection review of suppliers, contractors, and the negotiation of major EPCI contracts, e.g. WTG, FOU, IAC, OSS / OFTO, SPA, PPA, vessel leases, etc. Ensure the project is maximized in quality and the contracts are minimized in risk.
  • Support the installation processes including onshore and offshore activities. Provide an expert's opinion on technical and engineering issues.
  • Evaluate opportunities for further project optimization by means of time saving measures, cost and risk reduction, quality improvements, or optimization of interface management.
  • Support preparation of an operations and maintenance concept, and in the operational phase provide support for the maintenance strategy, spare part management, technical failure evaluation by means of root cause analyses, or human performance improvement tools etc. Develop and implement permanent improvement programs and cost reduction programs over 1-3 years period. Contribute to a KPI measurement and reporting across all offshore wind farms in portfolio.



The Requirements

  • Extensive experience across multiple offshore wind projects ideally with a blended background from utility companies, OEM's, project developers, consultancies or similar.
  • Experience in previous positions including Deputy / Engineering Manager or as FOU, WTG, or Electrical Engineering Manager.
  • Excellent communication skills - knows how to listen, understand and then enhance communication between joint venture partners and the project organisation.
  • Strong team player - able to understand company business structure and flexible to work mutually within an integrated team across several geographic locations.
  • Leadership ability - able to engage a wide variety of personnel, motivate people to respond proactively through leading by example.
  • Good presentation and negotiation skills with proven experience in offshore wind engineering.
  • Master's degree in engineering or equivalent, preferably holding an additional qualification in an MBA.



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