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If you are interested in an open position, please send your 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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