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Finland - Helsinki, FI

Function:  Business Development
Job Category:  Other

Director, Project Development

Are you an experienced developer with an eye to energy project development, PPA negotiation, deal structuring, securing financing and equity investments?  
This might be an opportunity for you. 


We are looking for an experienced and energetic business leader to join the Africa & Europe team as Director, Project Development.  


You will lead and develop independent power producer (IPP) projects from origination to financial close based on Wärtsilä technologies and know-how with a focus on environmentally responsible power projects with sound financing structures. You will lead a team of project developers, so the role is an unique combination of people leadership, financial deal structuring and building our future business pipeline. 


You will drive and implement Wärtsilä Energy Business’ vision leading the global transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. You will help our customers unlock the value of the energy transition by optimising their energy systems and future-proofing their assets. Solution portfolio comprises flexible power plants, energy management systems, and storage, as well as lifecycle services that ensure increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. 


In this position you will report to Director, Growth & Development Area Africa & Europe. The preferred location of the position is one of the main locations in the area: for example Finland (Helsinki), France (Paris) or South-Africa (Cape Town or Johannesburg).    




In this role your will get to work for example with following challenges:

  • leading the team of project developers and growing and nurturing the talent
  • originating new opportunities, developing new energy projects, deal structuring and project agreements
  • supporting our customers in deal structuring and financing
  • advising our sales and securing financing of energy projects  
  • building relationships with banks, investors and funds
  • making equity investments and managing the equity portfolio


Your success is measured by:

  • Team satisfaction and nurturing the talent in the team
  • Order intake through project development
  • Originated new projects


To be successful in the role you have:

  • MSc Economics/Finance or similar university degree possibly combined with MBA
  • deep understanding and multiple years of work experience of power generation financing and IPP development
  • proven track record from power project development from origination to financial close
  • comprehensive business understanding and work experience of the energy sector, power generation business and electricity market design
  • proven track record from market development duties, minimum 5 years of experience working with senior customer decision makers (CFO, CEO, VP, President, etc.)
  • understanding of power system and electricity market modelling, and value proposition development
  • excellent communication, negotiation and presentation skills
  • conceptual sales skills, influencing power and maturity
  • entrepreneurial attitude, goal oriented with skills to develop solutions for the clients
  • multicultural sensitivity, ability to build relations and lead multi-cultural teams, also in matrix
  • Strategic business development experience


To be a successful leader in this role, you

  • drive Wärtsilä Purpose and demonstrate Wärtsilä values
  • understand the value of collaboration and benefits it brings
  • are recognised as a leader with ability to build high performing teams based on trust
  • have high integrity, listen with good intention, appreciate feedback and support people to grow
  • create clarity on direction and inspire people to take action towards the future goals
  • enjoy creating clear business value with a goal-oriented mind-set
  • drive results with excellent planning and remove obstacles for success of our employees
  • feel accountable for business impact and act to adjust when performance is not as expected
  • develop an organization with high passion and drive – while making sure that it is fun doing business


Application time ends 7th June, but we will start interviews start gradually as soon as applications arrive.  Please apply by leaving your motivational letter and CV.

More information about the role and the team from Ville Rimali, Director Growth & Development, mobile +358 41 435 6268. You reach Ville best on  Tuesday 26th of May at 12-14 EEST and on Friday 29th of May at 10-12 EEST. 


Last application date: 07/06/2020

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at www.wartsila.com