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Vice President - Demand Aggregation for Renewable Technologies (DART)

The Vice President will lead the execution and scaling of Odyssey’s Demand Aggregation for Renewable Technologies (DART) business unit.

Who we are

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; a procurement platform to aggregate and streamline orders for solar equipment. 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 in multiple countries starting with Africa and Latin America. The business is already funded with support from a strategic investor; now it’s time to build the team and scale. 

Who you are

You are a business builder who excels at strategy, stakeholder management, and execution.  You are excited by the opportunity of building a business on an established platform.. 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, and you run a tight ship to ensure your teams are executing flawlessly. You love work plans and vision documents. You shine running meetings with key stakeholders. You should have some experience with procurement, though you do not need to be a procurement specialist as we have that expertise within the team. 

Duties:

  • Oversee the team’s execution of the DART platform’s scale-up in existing countries, ensuring excellent execution and through flawless processes and systems
  • Manage the design-to-launch process for all new countries Odyssey launches in
  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders and partners to scope priority countries for our next launch; make key decisions related to our expansion strategy
  • Manage the resourcing of the business unit as it grows; hire and make effective a quality motivated team to support global operations
  • 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
  • Articulate the plan, strategy and vision of the business unit to key stakeholders

Skills/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; MBA desirable
  • Demonstrable success in building an entrepreneurial business and teams
  • Proven ability to lead projects independently; have had full P&L management of business units
  • Experience of working across multiple continents and cultures
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in French/ Mandarin/ Spanish preferred, English mandatory

    Job Location

    Flexible.

    To Apply

    Please send your motivation letter and one-page resume to [email protected].

     

    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 [email protected].

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