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About the job

You remember it well. Some time ago, something arose in your work. You were looking for more challenge. All the pieces of the puzzle fell into place when you got in touch with GroenLeven. You heard the CEO proudly tell you that you would become part of a wonderful journey: "Our sector is in the spotlight. And in this role, you are at the forefront of the development and realisation of complex projects, just think about battery storage and hydrogen. Many talk about it, but we actually do it." Now, a year later, you can agree that you are indeed part of a wonderful journey. A journey that is not a day the same. You manage seven team managers who all need different coaching and guidance, and you are involved in large projects that are anything but standard. On the way home, you catch yourself smiling. What great strides you have already made with your team. You look forward to the coming period with confidence.  

We are looking for a senior manager who brings structure, gets energy from coaching and developing managers and has a technical background. Can you take your teams and Operations processes to the next level? Yes? Then it will be even more interesting for you below.

Working for a cleaner and better world
We are GroenLeven, nice to meet you. Since 2018, we have been part of BayWa r.e., a global player in renewable energy. In recent years, we have become the market leader in solar energy and, after majors Shell, RWE, Eneco and Vattenfall, the largest investor in the Dutch energy transition. Besides solar energy, GroenLeven develops projects in wind energy, green hydrogen and energy storage. 
We have installed more than two million solar panels in the Netherlands in large-scale and highly innovative projects. These include solar energy on roofs, on carports, above fruit, on the ground in combination with nature development and floating on water. More than half a million GroenLeven solar panels are currently floating on Dutch inland waterways. This makes GroenLeven the leader in Europe - and the rest of the world outside China - when it comes to floating solar energy. With this huge track record, the breadth of energy solutions, the high level of quality and our passionate and skilled people, GroenLeven is the ideal partner for the energy transition of companies and our society. And believe us: working towards a cleaner and better world every day, that feels good.

GroenLeven has arrived at a new phase. A phase in which we want to strengthen ourselves with an Operations Manager who will help us continue to professionalise

What does your working day look like? 
Tuesday morning, you arrive at the office. You're looking forward to today. The day starts with a 1-on-1 with one of your team managers. He wants to look with you at a problem in building a project. With some pointed questions, you get him thinking, after which he smiles and says, "This is exactly what I needed. With this I can move forward again." You look at your watch; in a few minutes you will have an online meeting with your counterpart from BayWa r.e., the parent company from Germany. During that meeting, you exchange knowledge and experiences and look together at a major project that is about to start. Great, this way of working together. You also encourage the exchange of expertise in your team. For example, during the Operations meeting, after lunch, you ask one of the managers to tell you about a great insight he gained while sparring with a colleague from Project Management. This allowed him to save unnecessary costs. Time flies and before you know it, the day is over. Excited, you look forward to tomorrow. That's when visiting two project sites is on the agenda. You think that connection is important too. 

Can you imagine yourself managing the whole of Operations and contributing to a cleaner and better world in the process? Then read on quickly.

What else will your role involve?
As operations manager, you are one of the most important links in our company. You are ultimately responsible for the six teams: Engineering, Civil & Construction, Procurement & Logistics, AC Engineering & IV, Grid and Services, each with its own manager. In addition, you are functional manager of HSEQ. In other words, you are ultimately responsible for the realisation of all our solar, wind, storage and hydrogen projects. You understand complex contracts and initiate improvements with your analytical view.

What are you aiming for?
For you, a smoothly running operation is most important. You oversee the consequences when something goes wrong and coach your team members adequately. You see things in the bigger picture. Your structured way of working ensures clarity. And by steering on the first-time-right principle, you see the internal organisation becoming more professional - and you go home with a good feeling after your working day.


What we ask of you

  • You have Master’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • You are a manager with at least 10 years of managerial experience. 
  • You have technical knowledge through education or work experience. 
  • You are familiar with managing complex, technical projects. 
  • You are fluent in English. Speaking fluent Dutch is an advantage.

Do you possess these competences? 

  • You keep an optimal overview of the various teams and projects and know how to set the right priorities.
  • You are good at coaching employees and developing teams of highly qualified professionals. You get energy from seeing your colleagues grow.
  • You are decisive and results-oriented. You come up with improvement proposals and stick to them until the optimum result is achieved.
  • You are a good questioner. You never act from assumptions and make people think. As a result, you contribute to the further professionalisation of the organisation.

Employment conditions

What will you get from us?

  • A competitive salary. Scaling is based on the knowledge and experience you bring; 
  • An inspiring workplace with plenty of room for personal input and innovation; 
  • A challenging position for 40 hours a week, in which you can work partly from home (50/50);
  • An allowance for your home office of €1,250; 
  • A company car, telephone and laptop; 
  • Pension accrual with pension fund PGB. The full contribution is paid by GroenLeven, in other words: a non-contributory pension; 
  • 28 holidays for full-time employment; 
  • A great team with enthusiastic colleagues who give you room for personal development; 
  • A reimbursement of your sports subscription up to € 25 p/m at a sports location affiliated to Bedrijfsfitness Nederland; 
  • And last but not least: very sociable team drinks and activities.
Why don't you want to miss out on this? 
  • You are at the helm of the energy transition with GroenLeven. 
  • You shape this role yourself. You do it your way. Results come first; 
  • You work on very prestigious projects, similar to the floating solar farm at Oudehaske and the battery project at solar farm Sellingen; 
  • The position of Manager Operations is a wonderful step in your career as an ambitious professional.

Can't wait to get started? Here's how to qualify!
Are you the ideal candidate? Let it all sink in first, but don't wait too long to respond. Who knows, the position may already be taken. For questions about the position and/or the procedure, please contact Natascha Zoer (recruiter) at +31 6-12554213.


Natascha Zoer

Recruitment consultant

Hallo! Ik ben Natascha. Als recruiter is het mijn doel om de juiste persoon te vinden voor deze te gekke baan. Ben jij de perfecte match? Jouw sollicitatie zie ik graag tegemoet en wie weet spreken we elkaar snel. Dan vertel ik je graag meer over deze baan en GroenLeven.

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