Green Hydrogen Project Development Manager at EIT InnoEnergy’s EU Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC)
To achieve Europe’s ambition for a decarbonised energy system, large scale integration of hydrogen is required. Hydrogen enables integration of renewables as it converts and stores energy, it also plays an important role in at-scale decarbonisation of transport, industry, and buildings.
According to the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe it could - in the ambitious scenario - provide 24% of the final energy demand by 2050, create 820 bn revenue and 5,4 million jobs in the EU. To realise this potential industry, policymakers and investors should work together on shared ambitions and concrete actions. Therefore, EIT InnoEnergy has set-up the EU Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC) which is supported by Breakthrough Energy, with the mission to accelerate the uptake of green hydrogen.
EIT InnoEnergy and the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC)
EIT InnoEnergy is a public-private entity co-funded by the European Union with the objective to accelerate the decarbonisation the energy sector in Europe. To decarbonise industrial processes, EIT InnoEnergy has set-up the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC). The EGHAC has the objective to initiate, support and accelerate large scale industrial green hydrogen projects which will have massive CO2 reduction impact and kickstart the creation of a green hydrogen economy. We focus on the hard to abate industry sectors such as (1) steel, (2) fertilizers, (3) mobility (maritime, aviation). These projects are always considered from a value-chain perspective and explicitly include end customers in the development process.
In those projects, we play a role in de-risking and shortening time-to-market as an investor but also a co-creator. We act as an independent party bringing together actors along the value chain, aligning interests, and creating win-win solutions. We support projects through our added-value services portfolio ranging from off-taker identification, to access to finance, to technology support, etc. The EGHAC has set-up a Business Investment Platform, which is a tool designed to shorten time to market and reduce risk of industrial Green H2 projects for both the investees and investors. The BIP process has two distinct phases: Phase 1: Scout, Engage, Grow, and Phase 2: Build up & Match and Close (e.g. build bankable business case and perform match-making to close deals).
The EGHAC develops several activities in parallel which will allow hydrogen to become competitive in the future. Those activities include project support/acceleration, start-up scouting, and investments, supply and value chain build out, vocational programs etc.
H2 Green Steel
EGHAC's Flagship project
One lighthouse hydrogen project is our H2GreenSteel initiative. This greenfield green steel plant in Sweden will produce green steel at a small premium, reducing carbon emissions significantly. The plant will be operational by 2026. This was possible due to our value-chain approach, federating consortia creation and involving the end customer from the start in the process. The end customers like Scania can de-risk their decarbonisation strategy and assure access to green steel in the future.
EIT InnoEnergy we are committed to equal opportunity regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or identity. We foster and embrace the diversity found in our workplace and within our trusted eco-system.
To reinforce our team, we are looking for a
Project Development Manager
We are looking for someone who stimulates and accelerates the many opportunities in the transition to a sustainable energy system and the hydrogen economy by turning ideas and concepts into concrete projects and business cases.
EGHAC supports early-stage H2 projects and helps project owners develop the H2 case into a bankable business case or develops H2 projects by itself in building powerful consortia. EGHAC engages at an early stage (Front end loading 0-1) where large parts of the project still need to be defined and co-developed.
As a Project Development Manager, you will work in close collaboration with the Commercial and Technical Directors in designing, building, realising, and maintaining the EGHAC’s green hydrogen project.
As a Project Development Manager, your main tasks are:
Analyse the business case and prepare a thorough case assessment
Identify project challenges and opportunities and prepare mitigation strategies together with the project team
Support the project holders in the Business Investment Platform’s application process, e.g. support in proposal writing, assuring application quality and form
Organise the case validation process and events (internal/external committee validation)
In addition, you will team up the Commercial and Technical Director in the whole project development process, your tasks will be:
Identify EU-wide project leads
Onboard project holders on the EGHAC’s approach and value proposition
Establish first collaboration activities (e.g., techno/commercial project pre-screening) with the project teams
Support financial closure negotiations of each deal (make it work)
Continue the support of projects together with local EIT InnoEnergy teams after financial closure, with the objective to accelerate time to market of those projects, mitigate risks and bring them to financial bankability
You will be active in all relevant European geographies, identifying the best hydrogen projects in the market.
As the Commercial Director will start maternity leave during your onboarding, you will first partially fill tasks during your colleague’s absence and upon her return fully focus on the Project Development Management position.
Paris (location Technical Director), Berlin (location Commercial Director) or remote working > anywhere in Europe near one of our co-location offices (Brussels, Amsterdam, Genk, Barcelona, Madrid, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Munich, Lisbon, Krakow, Paris, Grenoble, Stockholm).
Launch a world-class career and make an impact at the forefront of the energy transition
Exciting and energising Europe-focused environment
CxO level executives of industry, project developers, innovators and financiers
Commercial and Technical Director EGHAC
Executive Board EIT InnoEnergy
Sales & Business Creation teams EIT InnoEnergy
We are looking for a results-driven, dynamic, positive doer who is ready to make a difference in contributing towards a net-zero emissions economy. You have an interest and affinity with energy transition and the hydrogen economy.
Environmentally aware, you wish to contribute positively to societal change and to creating positive environmental impact
Proactive and energic
Fostering a productive and positive working climate.
Experience & Skills
Bachelor's degree in Energy Transition, Project Management, Business Management or related field
5+ years’ experience in developing and managing multidisciplinary projects
With clients you build good relationships based on respect, trust and content expertise, where you continue to focus on achieving tangible results
5+ years’ experience in the Energy industry, utilities, and markets
Experience with (Green) Hydrogen
Strong financial skills and knowledge to analyse and negotiate business cases. Good understanding of hydrogen technologies
A high degree of team building, collaboration and influence is required
Ability to listen to the customer, partnership and customer oriented
Experience from cross industry cooperation (e.g., consortia building) is a plus
You like opportunities, challenges and are eager to achieve results
International and multicultural experience. You enjoy and see a multicultural environment as an asset
Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work successfully in international / virtual (matrix) teams
Excellent command of English, written and verbal. Other language skills are an advantage
How to Apply
Interested? Please send your English CV and cover letter to Mike Ruigrok: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this exciting opportunity, you can contact Mike Ruigrok (Human Resources) via +31 610 896 180.
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