Senior Project Development Manager
Metafuels, Zürich – Switzerland
As a Senior Project Development Manager you will play an integral role in the development and commercialisation of our new and innovative proprietary aero brew sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production technology. You will develop field projects accompanying the technology development which are a fundamental element of the development and commercialisation of the technology. This will include all phases of project development from initiation to investment decisions.
You will be at the heart of the commercialisation of a new technology that will help to solve one of the toughest engineering challenges in the global energy transition, namely the decarbonisation of aviation. By supporting Metafuelâs to achieve its ambition of enabling affordable aviation for all without it costing the earth, you will have a measurable positive impact on the future of our society and planet.
Your principal objectives are the initiation and development of Pioneer and further scale-up projects in cooperation with strategic partners as a key part of the aero brew technology commercialisation process. You will develop projects following a stage-gated front end loading (FEL) approach. At all stages you will ensure the efficient progress and integration of all FEL workstreams to ensure that comprehensive documentation is available in a timely manner for gated go/no go decisions.
You will report directly to the Chief Commercial Officer.
You will manage, perform or coordinate the following activities:
Identify and secure strategic partners and investors for the first projects to be deployed based on aerobrew technology so-called âPioneer Projectsâ for the scale up and demonstration of the technology from TRL5/6 to TRL 8/9
Initiate and develop Pioneer projects together with Strategic Partners as strategic commercialisation and investment opportunities.
Identify potential sites hosting aero brewPioneer projects;
Develop, negotiate, and close project development agreements between strategic partners/investors;
Together with the CCO agree the project development approach for each identified Pioneer project and identify project development team needs and timings including organisation, consultants, advisors, etc.
Lead the project development of Pioneer projects through all front end loading (FEL) phases and drive project development through to final investment decisions (FID);
In coordination with the CCO, assemble and manage the project development team and ensure that the right resources are available at all stages for each FEL workstream including overall management & coordination; commercial/legal, technical definition/estimating, financing/capital formation, consenting & approvals;
Steer the Pioneer projects through FEL gate reviews and ensure that decisions (go/no go and investment decisions) can be made based on complete and contemporary information;
Identify, develop and secure grant funding for Pioneer projects;
Work closely with the CCO and executive management team to ensure alignment with company strategies, to obtain necessary approvals, and to secure required cross company input in support of the FEL workstreams;
Foster and maintain good relations with all strategic partners involved in Pioneer projects and develop for approval project development modus operandi and communication requirements.
Skills and Requirements
BSc, MSc, or Dipl. Ing. in engineering – chemical engineering or process engineering an advantage.
At least five (5) years of project development experience in industrial or renewable energy projects.
Prior experience in commercialization of new technology developments an advantage
Excellent stakeholder management communication and leadership skills working with multi-disciplined teams
Enthusiasm, professionalism, and desire to make a difference in a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions world.
Fluent in English both written and spoken, with similar German competence (C2) advantageous.
Excellent IT skills using Microsoft suite of applications.
Metafuels is a start-up company founded by three experienced energy professionals. The company has developed a power to fuels process, aero brew, for the production of sustainable aviation fuel starting with renewable power and sustainably sourced CO2. The next phase of the companyâs development is the installation and operation of a pilot plant to be located in Switzerland. In addition, the company is engaging with various strategic partners for the development of the Pioneer projects that will produce the first aero brew sustainable aviation fuel for the market. The company has a relaxed informal style but has a steely determination to achieve its objectives.
The position will be based in Switzerland in the Zürich area.
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