2-3 years


16 April, 2024

Global Procurement Solar Associate

Job description

Given the growth ambition, a well-planned Solar procurement strategy is crucial for its success, and hence EDPR is embarking on a strategic global sourcing effort lead by Global Procurement team, together with the introduction of an operating model aimed at achieving strong long-term partnerships with selected world class highly qualified suppliers of Solar: PV Modules, Inverters and trackers.

The Global Procurement Solar Associate will play a key role to contribute in the development and execution of such ambitious strategy, aiming for the long-term global sourcing of Solar main equipment.

The Global Procurement Solar Associate will assist the Solar Procurement Manager in any necessary initiatives and Solar procurement activities for a given region(s) of responsibility. This will include supporting and executing end to end tender processes and negotiations, involvement in transversal tasks such as process & procedures definition-implementation and building up strategic info data bases.

This Global Procurement Solar Associate will create a sustainable competitive advantage for the company and maximize value throughout the development of a wide range of relationships with the suppliers, relevant market/industry stakeholders and the internal areas of EDP organization.

About the role

Procurement Strategy: drive and support the Procurement Manager Solar in all strategic initiatives towards the goal of achieving long-term partnerships with suppliers.

Procurement Processes:

  • Execution of RFIs, RFPs/RFQs and any necessary bid process to evaluate product options and select the right supplier for a given project or set of projects.
  • Manage negotiations regarding purchase Solar supply agreements (Global Frame Agreements, Solar
  • Supply/Warranty/O&M contracts, etc), involving as required other EDP areas.
  • Compliance with EDP internal approval processes and guidelines (procurement committees, formal capex approval systems, integrity due diligences, etc)

Relationship Management:

  • Contribute to develop a close network with all solar industry players and stakeholders having an impact on EDP Solar business, including current and potential entrant suppliers (provide strategic market intelligence).
  • Cross-functional support/interaction/relationships with other EDP areas, playing a pivotal role:
  • Legal – close interaction for support and full alignment on any binding contractual agreements, including the development of standardised processes and templates for all contracting efforts.
  • Business Development – Share information about solar technology evolution; regular interactions about projects’ development to define the Solar sourcing strategy.
  • Technology – monitor/evaluate new solar technologies, mitigate risks, validate new suppliers through Technical
  • Due Diligence, get assistance and validation on contract management for technical issues, provide and receive guidance on suppliers’ technical aspects and new trends.
  • Construction – Supply agreement liaison, support on on-going issues during the project execution phase, Return on Experience on suppliers’ performance, get support from the area for improved contract management.
  • Operations & Asset Management – Return on Experience on suppliers performance and main issues, get support from the area for improved contract management.
  • M&A – Work on financial model, obtention of detailed LCOEs, interaction to identify Solar CAPEX-OPEX targets, support to help close M&A deals with any Solar related matters.
  • Origination – regular contact to understand Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) status or Build Transfer Agreement (BTA) negotiations and closing.
  • Finance – CAPEX, modeling, optimisation, alignment on payment methods
  • Risk – information on counter party risk related with Solar suppliers, new and incoming supply agreements with relevant T&Cs, and market trends & new risks
  • Energy Assessment – Solar plant production
  • Tax&Accounting – sales/use tax mitigation, duties, tariffs, INCOTERMS

About you

  • University Degree, preferably in technical and/or business financial areas.2-3+ years of relevant experience in Solar Industry, preferably in Procurement or Commercial.
  • Experience with supply contract negotiation and management, contract models and industry terms and conditions.
  • Experience with strategic equipment procurement tenders, and market competitive analysis.
  • Competency in the development of Business Relationships.
  • Very strong work-ethic, communication skills, multi-tasking abilities and innovative thinking with a focus on challenging and improving the status-quo.
  • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving ability.
  • Superior negotiation skills.
  • Leadership skills and ability to be self-motivated.
  • Strong interpersonal abilities to build and maintain good relationships with all stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment: internal EDP areas, technical experts, senior management, joint venture partners, suppliers and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to travel.