Africa South Africa

Key Responsibilities

Support the commercial team in REIPPPP bidding project tasks:

  • Good understanding of the RFP and overseeing briefing notes;
  • Management of key documentation with equity and lenders;
  • Minutes and memos of key equity and debt meetings;
  • Data collation of key model inputs across numerous teams;
  • Support the bid manager and financial modellers with tasks and project schedules;
  • Support quality control and reviewing of all bid documents.

Financial close process:

  • Management of due diligence information and processes for lenders and equity members;
  • Support Financial Close lead with project management tasks.

Internal project tasks:

  • Develop project briefs and presentations for management;
  • Support project leads with tracking actions and timelines for internal projects;
  • Provide regular progress reports/updates and ensure team members are aware of key changes, particularly with roles and responsibilities;
  • Assist with administrative-related activities;
  • Lead and support new innovations relevant to the business.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Apply the proven Mainstream tender response process to REIPPPP bid submissions and support the bid manager and commercial manager.
  • Collaborate with other Mainstream teams (development, energy analysis, procurement, engineering, grid, etc.) to compile compliant bid response documents;

Develop your knowledge of the utility scale Renewable Energy Business case through understanding:

  • key financial model inputs and outputs
  • investor expectation requirements and equity return calculations,
  • long-term debt instruments and structures, and
  • price competitiveness relative to peers, past bid submissions and Eskom
  • Provide market analysis on energy-related activities in South Africa and Africa;
  • Provide updates on regulatory changes in South Africa and Africa, with a focus on energy regulators,
  • Government departments, utilities, the Carbon Tax Act, wheeling, energy banking, grid compliance requirements and any other energy related advancements in the region; and,
  • Support other Mainstream departments as it relates to commercial activities and outputs.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Positioning the Mainstream brand as a recognised leading renewable energy player with stakeholders in existing and new markets.
  • Design and manage the project schedule, budget, and other project controls for assigned projects.
  • Identifying and communicating on a timely basis all project barriers and risks, together with the strategies and approaches to overcome those barriers and risks.
  • Monitor SA and Africa market movements and news.
  • Work with Development team to ensure that all required consents to invest, build and operate power plants are in place to reach financial close.
  • Coordinating with Procurement, Construction and Asset Management teams as applicable to ensure that procurement, engineering, energy analysis, construction and operations inputs are accurately reflected in bid responses.
  • Ensure that projects are developed in accordance with Mainstream’s SHEQ policies and procedures and in accordance with all applicable legislation. This includes adherence to and continuance of ISO accreditations: ISO 140001: 2015 and ISO 450001: 2018.
  • Lead project meetings and conference calls for assigned projects.

Key requirements for success in this role

  • Proven REIPPPP and or Risk Mitigation experience;
  • 3-5 years work experience;
  • Minimum 3 year degree – need to know the key commercial variables (business case) that underpin Renewable Energy;
  • Self-starter and problem solver;
  • Motivated to succeed, be challenged and grow as an individual
  • Collaborative team player;
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Ability to take ownership and drive tasks as well as help create / modify existing strategy based on analytical learnings (thrive in an efficient work environment);
  • Organised, reliable, and deliver quality output;
  • Strong relationship building skills;
  • Strong MS Office skillset (Excel, PowerPoint and Word) a must;
  • South African citizen;
  • Mindset and ability to work / communicate in a fast-paced environment;
  • Fluent English language skills is a must;
  • Understanding of large-scale renewable energy project development advantageous.

What we offer

We offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organisation, in a growing market in a fast-paced industry.

You will be working with a team that drives efficiency, is open to innovation and lateral thinking and are hungry to succeed.


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