Virtual Power Plant Operations Manager

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  • Drive the energy transition by producing and consuming power at the right moment
  • Work with the largest and most innovative assets and customer energy pools
  • Act as linking pin to operate our Virtual Power Plant with modern technologies

Why choose for Eneco?

The world in which we live is constantly changing. As a driving force in the energy transition, Eneco is the first to deal with new sustainable energy sources and new ways of energy storage and management. At the same time, our customers are also changing rapidly. To excel in this dynamic environment, we need to transform ourselves. You are going to work at a company large enough to make a significant impact, within an innovative team that has the flexibility to rival a start-up. Our organization is open and brimming with energy. At Eneco, anyone with a sharp mind and a positive and active mindset can contribute to a more sustainable world. The Virtual Power Plant (VPP) forms an essential element to deliver Eneco's One Planet goal in becoming climate neutral in 2035. Via our in-house developed VPP we are focussed to enable steering flexibility to all types of assets. This forms the core of our digital future connecting multiple energy producers and consumers. The VPP has a broad range of end-users, ranging from our energy traders, our 24/7 virtual power plant operators, energy asset owners, our sales channels, and various partnerships ranging from electric vehicle charging infrastructure operators to smart home pro-consumers.

What you’ll do

You will be part of the Eneco Energy Trading (EET) department and work in a dynamic trading environment. The Energy Operations (EOps) team is responsible for all 24/7 operating processes within the trading department, including the operation of the VPP. 

As VPP Operations Manager you will be primary focusing on the daily operation of the Virtual Power Plant. Your are tasked to ensure our VPP operation is as efficient as possible together with the team of 24/-7 operators. You play a central position between the traders and our assets. You tackle - with the support teams - operational issues as quickly as possible and you drive continuousoperational improvements. You translate the operational needs from the operators to practical solutions, which will be developed and implemented by the development teams. You develop and operationalize "Operational Excellence" to maximize the operational performance. Cooperation with multiple teams is an essential part of the role. You interact on a daily basis with operators, traders, asset managers, commercial managers, IT-developers and data scientists. 

In addition to the daily operation, you are also responsible for a smooth handover from the VPP development team to the operations. You act as the gatekeeper to ensure all operational requirements will be implemented via new product development. You'll also have an the responsibility to make sure the VPP is performing as designed and issues are resolved.

You are the go-to person for the VPP operation, because you have the daily operational insights, the technical know-how and you are aware of the operational challenges ahead concerning new market developments. You will become a true sparring partner for business,development teams and supporting IT teams and as such you are the spin in the wheel driving the VPP forward. You have a holistic view on operation and drives continuous improvements in an energetic way. You have operation experiences in relation to asset steering, balancing and optimization of the asset portfolio.

Is this about you?

•    You have a Master's degree with a operational and/or technical focus. Also, you have at least 5 years of relevant experience in operation related activities,  energy markets, and/or in IT development. 
•    You put operations always first in mind - you are flexible pending on the urgent operational needs.
•    You are comfortable discussing details with your expert colleagues, as well as communicating your findings in layman's terms: you act both at strategic, technical and operational level and are able to switch between technical and business stakeholders.
•    You have strong communication skill and the ability to pick-up complex topics fast and translate them into practical solutions.
•    You take initiative, you can cope in a demanding operational environment, you can prioritize well, and you can easily connect to people from other departments.

You’ll be responsible for

  • Daily operation of the VPP: monitoring, reporting, incident troubleshooting and identifying continuous operational improvements;
  • Guide at daily basis the team of 24/7 operators (8FTE) to ensure smooth VPP operation - ensure compliance to all operational processes. Together with your daily collegues, you will be part of the 24/7-back end support team (on call) from time-to-time;
  • End-to-end onboarding of new products on the VPP platform on time and in line with contract;
  • Act as operational focal point for the VPP operation - collaborate with wide variety of stakeholders, both in- and outside Eneco including operators, traders, asset owners, commercial development teams, developers, system operators and data scientists;
  • Develop and implement vision for VPP operation: identify, refine and prioritize operational improvements together the VPP development teams.

This is where you’ll work

Working at Eneco means working at a sustainable company where we strive for a new world. A world that is smarter, better, cleaner, more fun and more livable. We do this together with more  than 3,000 colleagues, according to 'the new way of working', in a beautiful modern building: Eneco World. And we work from the values Customer first, Together and Trust & Responsibility. Eneco World is easily accessible: a two-minute walk from Rotterdam Alexander metro and train station.

You'll work on the VPP as part of team Energy Operations in department Eneco Energy Trade (EET). Energy Operations is young team responsible for the implementation, optimization and operations of our power portfolio. Team Energy Operations is a team of around 20 people: 8 operators are responsible for the daily 24/7 operations, 12 analysts are responsible for the delivery of operational projects. We are working in an innovative, complex IT-environment. As the operations is sometimes dynamic, we expect you to be flexible around your working hours. 

You will be part of the Eneco Energy Trading (EET) department and work in a dynamic trading environment. With a diverse team of more than a hundred highly educated employees, we are working on an optimal market vision that supports Eneco's sustainability objectives.  EET forms a busy, sometimes hectic working environment that requires a lot of personal initiative and insight. We quickly switch with each other in an informal, collegial atmosphere. Within EET, the commercial, operation and IT-teams work closely together to delivery our ambitions. You shape the energy transition yourselves. This is a rewarding but challenging tasks.

What we have to offer

Gross year salary of
between €70.000 and €95.000

Including 8% holiday allowance, a good pension and parental leave.

FlexBudget on top of
your gross salary

Have it paid out, use it to buy extra holiday days or save it up for something nice - it's up to you.

Personal and professional growth

Eneco is fully committed to help you in your personal and professional development.

Hybrid working, at home or in the office

You work 40% at the office and 40% at home. The other day you decide what works best for you.

Working at Eneco is for everyone

Our customers are diverse, and so are we. More than 3,000 Eneco-talents ensure an open, pleasant culture in which everyone can grow and thrive. In this way we create the ideal situation for creative insights and innovative solutions. And we can use that to achieve our ambitious mission: to be climate neutral by 2035. You know what the fun is? We can never have enough talent at Eneco. So get in touch and apply. 

Werken bij Eneco is voor iedereen
Samen naar klimaatneutraal

Together towards climate neutrality

Ask a colleague about our joint mission and you will hear it again and again: Eneco wants to be climate neutral by 2035. Everyone works together to realize this ambition. We help customers switch to sustainable energy with good advice and smart, affordable products. We develop wind farms, install large solar roofs and invest in heat networks. We see opportunities everywhere. Are you in?

This is how the application procedure goes

Want to know more about this job function?

Please note, it is important for this position that you have good command, both written and spoken, of the Dutch language.

Do you want to know more about this exciting vacancy at Eneco? Menno Gierman, Head of Energy Operations is happy to answer your questions via 06 5749 6606.

For more information about the application procedure, call our recruitment assistant Roshni Bechan op 06 257 31 80 or mail [email protected] Apply right away? You can do so via our recruitment system. Click the 'solliciteer' button and send your CV and motivation. You will receive a response as soon as possible.

An online assessment and (pre) employment screening are part of the application procedure.


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