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Solar Mini-Grid Analyst, Solar Mini-Grid Feasibility Analysis and Project Development

This position is only open to United States citizens or those authorized to work in the United States.

About Odyssey

More than a billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. Odyssey Energy Solutions is a Boulder, Colorado-based purpose-driven software company tackling this global challenge with a big goal: to rapidly expand access to energy around the world by streamlining and reducing the costs of developing and financing solar microgrids and other clean distributed energy systems.  Since its establishment in 2017, Odyssey has become an integral part of the energy access finance ecosystem.  Odyssey’s big data investment and asset management platform is catalyzing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the mini-grid and solar home system sectors across Africa. Odyssey is well-funded, has significant market traction, a renowned product, and a highly collaborative, motivated team that has fun working hard together. Odyssey was also awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

About the Role

This full-time, entry-level position would work on several exciting projects we have underway to advance solar mini-grid project development in Nigeria and other countries across the world. As a Solar Mini-grid Analyst, you would work on a variety of analyses involved in in planning and developing solar mini-grids for community electrification. Your responsibilities would include working with field teams that conduct site surveys, processing field survey data to generate demand forecasts (working closely with Odyssey’s data science team) and using Odyssey’s proprietary software tools to conduct detailed technical and financial analysis for potential mini-grid sites (including PV system optimization, distribution network design, power system design. The role would allow for project management experience of feasibility analyses contracts.

Who you are

You have a background in power, electrical, or mechanical engineering, understand the fundamentals of renewable energy systems, and are a quick learner; you will be able to quickly learn Odyssey’s software for mini-grid feasibility analyses. You are comfortable working independently and delivering high-quality results to clients. You have a strong work ethic and are comfortable working remotely and completing key deliverables under tight deadlines.

    Skills/Qualifications

    We are looking for candidates who have:

        • US citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.
        • Bachelor’s degree (minimum); Master’s degree preferred in engineering.
        • Coursework in renewable energy fundamentals and understanding of core concepts such as system sizing optimization; power flow modeling; and calculation of LCOE, IRR and related financial metrics.
        • 1+ years professional experience in energy analysis, project development or related field.
        • Strong background with data analytics (Excel mandatory; Elasticsearch/Kibana Preferred).
        • Proficiency working with technical software applications; experience with HOMER strongly preferred.
        • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

        Job Location : Flexible

        To Apply

        Please send a send your cover letter and a one-page resume to info@odyssey.energy.

    Ethiopia Procurement Platform Country Lead

    The Country Lead will drive the expansion of Odyssey’s new aggregated procurement platform to Ethiopia.

    About Odyssey

    Odyssey is the distributed infrastructure sector’s only end-to-end investment and asset management platform. Our technology suite provides the tools required to finance, build and operate distributed energy projects at scale.

    This year we launched our newest platform; an aggregated procurement platform for solar projects. The goal of the platform is to radically drive down the capital costs of solar equipment across Africa and other emerging markets by aggregating equipment orders across project developers, negotiating with suppliers based on higher volumes, and centralizing logistics operations.  After a successful launch in Nigeria, we are now looking to scale the platform globally. We already have the investment required for the scale-up phase; now we need the talent to build the business.

    Who you are

    You are an ambitious entrepreneur with deep experience in procurement in Ethiopia. You are excited by a fully-funded, start-up business ready to scale, and have the experience in Ethiopia for our successful rollout in the country. You are highly analytical, data-driven and process-oriented. No detail slips by you. You should have significant experience working in hardware procurement and logistics and feel comfortable making decisions independently. 

    Duties

    • Work closely with project developers to scope equipment needs and manage orders
    • Running RFQ processes with suppliers to select products and vendors for procurement
    • Identifying key partners on the ground, including third-party logistics providers
    • Managing the end-to-end procurement, shipping and logistics processes for equipment orders in Ethiopia
    • Identifying all relevant legal considerations to address in launching the platform in a new country; working with legal teams to manage compliance
    • Managing the day-to-day interactions across all stakeholders

    Skills/Qualifications

    We are looking for candidates who have:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher
    • 15+ years experience in sourcing & procurement for infrastructure projects
    • Proven experience in procurement in Ethiopia; deep expertise in procurement, shipping, customs clearance, etc.
    • Proven ability to lead projects independently

    Job Location

    Ethiopia

    To Apply

    Please send your one-page resume to info@odyssey.energy.

    Content and Product Marketing Associate

    Position: Part-time or full-time contract

    About Odyssey

    More than a billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. Odyssey Energy Solutions is a purpose-driven software company tackling this global challenge with a big goal: to rapidly expand access to energy around the world by streamlining and reducing the costs of building, financing, and operating distributed infrastructure projects. Odyssey is the distributed infrastructure sector’s only end-to-end investment and asset management platform, offering a comprehensive product suite for all phases on project development.

    Since its establishment in 2017, Odyssey has become an integral part of the distributed energy market. Odyssey’s platform is catalyzing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the mini-grid and solar home system sectors across Africa. Odyssey is well-funded, has significant market traction, a renowned product, and a highly collaborative, motivated team that has fun working hard together. Odyssey was recently awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Role responsibilities

    This role is a hybrid of content and product marketing. We are looking for someone who can tackle the following key marketing activities for us:

    • Develop and manage our marketing plan, including our PR/ communications sequencing
    • Develop digital content for publication via social media, our website, blogs and other channels. This includes customer case studies, industry thought pieces, white papers, etc. 
    • Manage our social media presence
    • Update our website to continually showcase our latest products and capabilities
    • Create product videos showcasing our product’s features
    • Prepare PowerPoint decks and other materials for webinars, demos, and other engagements;
    • Contribute to organizing marketing events

    About you
    You have a minimum of three years’ experience in content and/or product marketing, preferably for software/technology companies. You are an excellent writer (in English), and also have an eye for digital design. You are a digital native, a social media guru and have experience amplifying your organization’s presence through proactive social media management. You are organized, pick up new topics quickly, and are comfortable working independently.

    Role Requirements

    We are looking for candidates who have:

    • Bachelor’s degree (minimum); Master’s degree preferred in marketing/communications
    • 3+ years in marketing roles
    • Excellent writing skills in English  (French is a bonus!)
    • Proficiency in WordPress, Adobe Photoshop or similar (for website content)
    • Experience in the energy sector in emerging markets is preferred but not required

    Job Location

    Flexible.

    To Apply

    Please send your motivation letter and one-page resume to info@odyssey.energy.

    Senior Associate - Business Finance

    About Odyssey

    More than a billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. Odyssey Energy Solutions is a purpose-driven software company tackling this global challenge with a big goal: to rapidly expand access to energy around the world by streamlining and reducing the costs of building, financing, and operating distributed infrastructure projects. Odyssey is the distributed infrastructure sector’s only end-to-end investment and asset management platform, offering a comprehensive product suite for all phases on project development.

    Since its establishment in 2017, Odyssey has become an integral part of the distributed energy market. Odyssey’s platform is catalyzing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the mini-grid and solar home system sectors across Africa. Odyssey is well-funded, has significant market traction, a renowned product, and a highly collaborative, motivated team that has fun working hard together. Odyssey was recently awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    About the role

    This is an exciting role that combines functional leadership of Accounting and Finance with project leadership of CXO-sponsored business initiatives in a purpose-driven business. The ideal candidate must possess functional expertise in Finance matters with demonstrable interest and capability of leading business improvement/ development initiatives. The role is ideally suited for people who are looking for the opportunity to interface with CXOs, observe and contribute to senior decision-making in high-growth tech-led businesses operating globally. Responsibilities of this role include:

    Financial Control

      • Coordinate with external accounts in operating geographies to compile and publish financial information periodically;
      • Upgrade and document critical finance processes (e.g purchase-to-pay, order-to-cash) with clear roles, responsibilities and authorities to ensure best practice financial control, timely and accurate data capture, true and fair accounting; and
      • Establish processes for managing and optimizing cash across geographies and publish cash flow information to inform financing decisions

    Business Partnering

      • Leverage business and functional knowledge to lead/ co-lead CXO-sponsored projects for business development and extension (e.g. geo launch for Aggregated Procurement);
      • Assist CXOs in researching, analysing and planning for new business initiatives; and
      • Participate in pilots for continuous improvement and optimization as may be required from time to time.

    Skills/Qualifications
                   1. A Chartered Accountant/ CPA/ CFA by qualification (MBA desirable but not necessary);
                   2. Investment analysis and financial modeling experience in an investment firm plus Finance operations experience in a
                        startup/ young business
                   3. Looking to build a career in Finance leadership roles (CFO track)
                   4. Motivated to learn and apply skills in a purpose-driven organisation; and
                   5. Comfortable working remotely with teams across multiple time zones.

    Job Location

    Flexible.

    To Apply

    Please send your motivation letter and one-page resume to info@odyssey.energy.

    Global Head of Procurement Platform

      

    The Global Head will drive the global expansion of Odyssey’s new aggregated procurement platform.

    About Odyssey

    Odyssey is the distributed infrastructure sector’s only end-to-end investment and asset management platform. Our technology suite provides the tools required to finance, build and operate distributed energy projects at scale.

    This year we launched our newest platform; an aggregated procurement platform for solar projects. The goal of the platform is to radically drive down the capital costs of solar equipment across Africa and other emerging markets by aggregating equipment orders across project developers, negotiating with suppliers based on higher volumes, and centralizing logistics operations.  After a successful launch in Nigeria, we are now looking to scale the platform globally. We already have the investment required for the scale-up phase; now we need the talent to build the business.

    Who You Are

    You are an ambitious entrepreneur with deep experience in procurement. You are excited by a fully-funded, start-up business ready to scale. You’re not afraid to simultaneously build and launch operations in several countries, address new challenges, and adapt to sector- and country-specific contexts. You are a go-getter with an ability to identify opportunities and build effective working relationships with anyone. You are highly analytical, data-driven and process-oriented. No detail slips by you. You should have deep experience working in hardware procurement and logistics and feel comfortable making decisions independently. 

    Duties

    • Work closely with our funding partners to scope priority countries for our next launch; make key decisions related to our expansion strategy
    • Develop and cultivate relationships with key global suppliers, project developers, logistics partners and other stakeholders
    • Manage the design-to-launch process for all new countries Odyssey launches in
    • Manage the resourcing of the business unit as it grows; hire an excellent team to support global operations
    • Defines terms and creates contracts for off-grid solar hardware suppliers and buyers
    • Preparing, running and evaluating tenders / RfQs for selection of suppliers
    • Negotiate with suppliers to ensure the platform secures the most competitive market prices for procured equipment
    • Define the product requirements for the technology platform underlying the procurement activities; coordinating closely with Odyssey’s engineering team to design and build an innovative web-based procurement platform

    Skills/Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher
    • 15+ years experience in sourcing & procurement for infrastructure projects (preferably Africa-based)
    • Proven ability to lead projects independently; have had full P&L management of business units
    • Experience of working in multiple geographies (Africa, Europe, US, China) preferred
    • English proficiency required, french or mandarin fluency would be a plus)

     

    Job Location

    Flexible, Africa preferred.

    To Apply

    Please send your motivation letter and one-page resume to info@odyssey.energy. We aim to make a selection by 15 October 2021.

    Senior Manager, Government and Financial Institutions Business

      

    THE COMPANY:

    Over $500 billion of investment is projected in distributed energy projects like mini-grids and C&I rooftops by 2030 to achieve the twin goals of low-carbon development and universal energy access.  However, the entire project development cycle is not optimized, slowing down investment and inhibiting scale.

    Odyssey is a purpose-driven company that employs technology to help Finance, Build and Operate distributed energy projects at scale.   Odyssey’s big data investment and asset management platform facilitates investment programs for governments and international financial institutions enabling rapid deployment of capital into projects.  Odyssey’s platform also facilitates investment and project monitoring through the lifecycle of the projects to seamlessly demonstrate impact.

    Odyssey has seen significant market traction with clients and staff based across five continents.  Odyssey was recently awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our innovative work in reducing GHG emissions.

     

    THE ROLE REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES :

    Odyssey is currently seeking to recruit a Senior Manager to lead our Government and Financial Institutions Business, with responsibility for global business development and project management activities.

     The requirements for this position are:

    • At least 5 years of experience in a Business Development role with a focus on providing tech-led solutions to governments and/or financial institutions;
    • Ability to prepare and present compelling proposals independently;
    • Experience with coordinating project assignments implemented by multidisciplinary teams;
    • Proficiency in an additional language like French is desirable but not required;
    • University Degree in a related field (Public Administration/Public Policy, Project Management, Finance, Renewable Energy, Environmental Studies, Sustainability etc.);
    • Experience in working on projects in emerging/ frontier markets (especially Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asia-Pacific);
    • Network and/or relationships in governments or financial institutions/ multilaterals.

    The Business Development responsibilities for this position are described below:

    •  Identify opportunities at tendering and pre-tendering (design or inception) stage with a focus on emerging markets;
    •  Prepare and deliver technical and financial proposals (including coordination of teams to write project methodologies, research and writing for specific proposal tasks, assisting with the preparation of work plans and work schedules, and all other aspects of compliance with RFP documents and proposal submission requirements as needed);
    •  Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders and organizations/companies who Odyssey may partner with strategically on specific projects;
    •  Manage and develop key relationships in target organizations to seek referrals and advice from time to time;
    •  Update and maintain a BD pipeline of projects and also a database of collaterals e.g. credentials, project experience, staff candidates suitable   for a wide variety of potential assignments;
    •  Assist with all external communications, including (but not limited to) preparing newsletters, press releases, managing client/investor/partner   email distribution lists, write and compile content for continual updating of the company website, organize webinars to promote Odyssey’s thought leadership;
    •  Maintain a productive working relationship with the Odyssey delivery team;
    •  Support project teams with client management, stakeholder consultations, and other client/partner engagement activities as needed.

    This role can be full-time or part-time leading to a full-time position.  The location can be flexible.

    How to apply:

    Please send your application to info@odyssey.energy.

    In your application, please include;  a motivation letter, a CV and a short (3-5 page) writing sample in English.

    We aim to make a selection by 30 September 2021.

     

     

    Manager, Customer Delivery
      

    Location: Flexible.

    Must be in convenient time zone for working with West and East Africa.

    More than a billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. Odyssey Energy Solutions is a Boulder, Colorado-based purpose-driven software company tackling this global challenge with a big goal: to rapidly expand access to energy around the world by streamlining and reducing the costs of developing and financing solar microgrids and other clean distributed energy systems.  Since its establishment in 2017, Odyssey has become an integral part of the energy access finance ecosystem.  Odyssey’s big data investment and asset management platform is catalyzing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the mini-grid and solar home system sectors across Africa. Odyssey is well-funded, has significant market traction, a renowned product, and a highly collaborative, motivated team that has fun working hard together. Odyssey was recently awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Role

    This is an exciting, external-facing role at the company. Part of Odyssey’s core business is to work with donors, development finance institutions, and governments to manage distributed energy financing programs via the Odyssey software platform. As Customer Success Manager, you would be responsible for leading these client engagements, to ensure the successful roll out and management of programs across multiple countries. You will be responsible for ensuring that we are communicating well with our clients, exceeding expectations, and providing top-notch support to our clients and the users of our platform.

    About you 

    You have significant experience working in a customer-facing project management role in product delivery. You are extremely articulate, communicative, and action-oriented. You are an excellent project manager; no action item or task gets missed, and you ensure that you are always meeting deadlines and keeping projects on track. You don’t shy away from rolling up your sleeves and getting any task done, no matter how diverse the activities are. You are comfortable leading client meetings, making sure clients are heard, and all needs are identified and addressed. You are comfortable with software and feel confident in learning to use the Odyssey platform and demonstrating its features to a wide variety of audiences.  You have experience working with cross-functional teams addressing problems and creating solutions.  You are always striving to exceed customers’ expectations and come with the hustle and determination to ensure projects are implemented smoothly and expertly.

    Requirements

    We are looking for candidates who have:

        • Fully bilingual in French and English and excellent written and verbal communicator
        • Bachelor’s degree (minimum); Master’s degree preferred in business, economics, or computer science
        • 5+ years in senior-level project management, consulting and/or implementation roles
        • Proficiency in project management tools such as Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
        • The ability to gather customer requirements and requests and translate them into actionable items for the product development team
        • Proficiency with data analytics, particularly Excel and graphical tools such as Power BIPreferred qualifications (not required)
          • Experience delivering SaaS or enterprise software solutions
          • Experience working in an agile software development environment
          • Experience in the energy sector
    Agile Sprint Manager/QA Engineer
     Location: Flexible

    Interested candidates should send a one-page resume to info@odysseyenergysolutions.com

    More than a billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. Odyssey Energy Solutions is a Boulder, Colorado-based purpose-driven software company tackling this global challenge with a big goal: to rapidly expand access to energy around the world by streamlining and reducing the costs of developing and financing solar microgrids and other clean distributed energy systems.  Since its establishment in 2017, Odyssey has become an integral part of the energy access finance ecosystem.  Odyssey’s big data investment and asset management platform is catalyzing the deployment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the mini-grid and solar home system sectors across Africa. Odyssey is well-funded, has significant market traction, a renowned product, and a highly collaborative, motivated team that has fun working hard together. Odyssey was recently awarded the international Keeling Curve Prize for our work reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Role

    We are seeking an experienced Agile product owner to manage quality assurance and software development processes. The ideal candidate is an exceptionally organized, methodical professional with the experience necessary to take our products to the next level with respect to accuracy, security, and safety. You will be charged with developing a complete software release quality assurance program that not only safeguards the quality of our products, but also fosters a “quality culture,” in which all employees become actively engaged in guaranteeing quality in both production and the finished product. You have experience in the role of Agile scrum master and would bring this expertise to help design and execute efficient best practices for Agile software development, and are comfortable leading a team of software engineers in following Agile sprint management practices. Must have significant experience using Jira.

    Responsibilities

    Sprint Management

    • Champion and execute Agile sprint processes across the engineering team, including implementing Jira processes to enforce Agile methodologies
    • Carefully plan, coordinate and manage sprints and releases per company release guidelines
    • Communicate all key sprint release plans, commitments, and changes including requirements, QA plans, schedule, and scope changes
    • Work with release engineers to understand impacts of branches and code merges
    • Champion and implement continuous improvements to sprint, release and quality assurance processes to improve platform stability and team productivity
    • Coordinate release content and effort based on the current sprint backlog, existing bugs backlog, and production support issues
    • Maintain a release tracker and manages key information such as build and release procedures, dependencies, and notification lists
    • Manage relationships and coordinate work between different teams at different locations
    • Ensure all product requirements are documented and prioritized in Jira according to business priorities

      Quality Assurance Engineering
    • Plan, execute, and oversee inspection and testing of incoming and outgoing product to confirm quality conformance to specifications and quality deliverables
    • Assist operations and local quality function in tracking, documenting, and reporting quality levels as well as CSR, environmental and health and safety goals/KPIs
    • Analyze and investigate product complaints or reported quality issues to ensure closure in accordance with company guidelines and external regulatory requirements
    • Develop or update company complaint and inspection procedures to ensure capture and investigation, as well as proper documentation of complaints

    We are looking for candidates who have:

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • 2 years of advanced experience managing JIRA
    • 2+ years experience in Agile/Scrum methodology
    • Superb computer competence, including database management
    • Familiarity with cloud platforms like GCP, AWS, Azure, etc
    • Knowledge of quality assurance terminology, methods, and tools
    • Analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
    • Demonstrated knowledge of testing best practices, version control practices and defect management practices

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