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Portfolio Operations Manager Solar, Ingka Investments

Leiden, South Holland - Explore location Engineering & Technology Full Time

Job description

Who you are

Are you ready for an exciting opportunity to lead the operations of large, international operational solar farms? Do you get motivated managing a portfolio of projects and handling challenging topics related to solar farm investments?

If the answer is yes, you might just be the person we are looking for! Let’s have a look!

Your combined professional technical, commercial and project management skills is precisely what we are looking for to be successful working together with our external solar farm managers, relevant stakeholders and other Ingka co-workers to oversee our international portfolio of solar farm investments safely and effectively.

Additionally, you have the following:
• A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working in leading roles in renewable energy asset management, large scale solar PV
• Experience of working with manufacturers and service providers in the solar industry
• A degree in Engineering, Project Management, or similar
• Strong multi-disciplinary project management skills
• Broad understanding of managing contracts
• Outstanding communication skills with the ability to influence and make decisions
• Excellent multitasking abilities with a strong capability to prioritize and provide clear directions
• Solid networking skills with the aptitude to build strong relationships both within and outside of the organization
• Fluent English communication skills
• Flexibility to travel internationally

You get energized by contributing to overall success and results through collaboration and get inspired by working together in an ever-changing complex, multi-dimensional, multicultural, and multinational environment.

And, of course, you share and live the IKEA culture and values!

Your responsibilities

Since 2009 Ingka Group has invested in renewable energy projects working towards our goal to consume 100% renewable electricity in 2025 and to being climate positive in 2030. We now own and operate over 45 wind farms across 12 countries and have stakes in 10 solar PV farms across 2 countries, all overseen at a portfolio level by a small team based in the Ingka Group head office in the Netherlands. We continue to grow and have started to build 11 solar PV projects across 4 countries which will be fully controlled by our team, expected to come online in the next two years. You will be part of this team within ‘Ingka Investments’, one of our core business areas alongside IKEA Retail and Ingka Centres.

On a day-to-day basis, as Portfolio Operations Manager Solar you will be leading the operations of our solar portfolio, where you will:

• Maintain working relationships with external solar farm operational managers and other relevant internal and external stakeholders to ensure safe and smooth operations
• Provide an overview of and assist in dealing with technical, contractual, legal, insurance and health & safety issues relating to the solar farms.
• Create and maintain links with key technology suppliers, developers, and external consultants
• Support the growth of the Ingka Group renewable energy investment portfolio (also outside of solar energy) and assist Corporate Finance with activities when necessary.

Our team within Ikea

The Ingka Group is a world leader in the home furnishing business. We are a strategic partner and the largest franchisee of the IKEA franchisee system, owning and operating 450 IKEA stores and touchpoints in 32 markets.
The Ingka Group is a values-driven company with a passion for life at home and a vision to create a better everyday life for the many people.

In the Leiden office we are approximately 200 co-workers, mainly working in Group Functions for Ingka.

Questions and support? Let's connect!

The position is a full-time position based in Leiden, The Netherlands.

If you have any question about the position, please contact Willem Malda ( Alternatively, you can contact Maya Goldbeter, (, Recruiter.

Your application, written in English and consisting of a covering letter and CV, should be registered on-line. Please note online assessments, as well as a background check will be part of the recruitment process.

During the summer months many people will be on holiday for a few weeks. At IKEA we are no different. We believe in a healthy work-life balance and encourage our co-workers to take time to relax, recharge, and unwind. Because of this it might take a bit longer for us to get back to you. We will start screening applications during the second week of August and will get back to you as soon as possible once we have given our full attention to all who have applied. We highly appreciate a motivation letter!

We look forward to learning more about you, at the latest by 19th of August 2022!

We regret that we are unable to handle applications made by e-mail.