Head of Project Development and Strategic Sourcing

Somerville, MA /
Business Development – Project Development /
Full Time
/ Hybrid
Background & Overview

Sublime Systems is a technology company commercializing affordable, ultra-low-carbon cement. Sublime's breakthrough replaces the industry's legacy fossil fuel-fired kilns with an electrochemical system that operates at ambient temperature, eliminating the use of fossil fuel and the need for limestone, resulting in low-carbon, low-embodied energy cement. This technology has the potential to drive gigaton-scale CO2 reductions in an industry responsible for 8 percent of global emissions. Sublime is backed by mission-aligned investors, including The Engine, Prime Impact Fund, Energy Impact Partners, and Lowercarbon Capital. We are building a diverse and collaborative team of folks who are "amped about cement" (pun intended), who share our values (excellence, creativity, and teamwork), and our motivation to create a better world.

Position Overview

Sublime Systems seeks a commercial leader to manage project development and siting efforts for the company – starting with its demo plant, followed by the first full-scale commercial plant, and future plants. You will be responsible for building a project development and strategic sourcing team to support this expansion.
 
At a high level, responsibilities would include oversight and setting direction of internal and external resources and activities to ensure project success. Project development activities include market analysis, project conceptualization, engineering, site evaluations/acquisition, public relations, environmental/regulatory permitting, infrastructure interfaces, and contract negotiations. This is an exciting opportunity to transform how the world makes cement.

Responsibilities Include:

    • Manage the siting and permitting processes, including interactions with economic development agencies, permitting agencies (air/water/etc) at all levels
    • Own strategic sourcing of key input technologies, equipment, feedstocks, and other components required for construction and ongoing operation
    • Proactively manage sourcing risk and effectively react and adapt to inevitable irregularities and hiccups
    • Partner internally to develop and contribute to iterative strategies on corporate and go-to-market strategy based on learning from the market, and identifying partnership archetypes that would help accelerate the business and go into the market and acquire them
    • Model value creation for customers, and work cross-functionally to help assess and set optimal pricing driven/developed through numbers-based discussions
    • Define and lead cross-functional stakeholder teams to understand the company’s goals and prioritize sourcing initiatives while ensuring business strategies and requirements are met
    • Understand risk elements of suppliers and define/engage risk assessment and mitigation tactics for those risk elements
    • Own supplier relationship management, including development and tracking of key performance indicators of spend, facilitating strategic supplier-company business meetings that drive adherence to contractual agreements, and continuous improvement
    • Meet or exceed annual project milestone targets; given the multi-year time scale for these projects, goals will include leading indicators like increasing development activity and growing pipeline value, but also driving mid-stage development across our growing pipeline
    • Manage all aspects of project development, ensuring that the company’s defined development processes are followed by all personnel and for all projects
    • Conduct weekly development reviews and provide recommendations to management regarding projects development status and issue resolution
    • Ensure all relevant employees are using and maintaining the project development systems
    • Manage the selection and contracting for outside engineers and consultants to support the development of projects
    • Continuously monitor the regulations and program rules to ensure projects are being developed in compliance with those requirements
    • Oversee all aspects of site and project acquisition in the assigned markets, including establishing purchase and lease terms and rates, negotiating binding agreements with landowners and developers, assessing sites feasibility for permitting, construction and interconnection, providing inputs to finance for market and project specific modeling, reporting on progress of site and project acquisition to upper management

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

    • Minimum 5 years project development experience in energy projects
    • Experience in building and managing a project development team for energy projects, preferably renewable.
    • 3+ years of previous supervisory experience preferably building and managing high performing PMO/ Development teams.
    • 5+ years of previous experience in strategic sourcing of key input technologies, equipment, feedstocks, and other components required for construction and ongoing operation ( strongly preferred)
    • 5+ years of deep expertise in greenfield industrial/energy project development in related industries (cement, mining, advanced biofuels, solar/wind) in the United States and Canada, and ideally also internationally.
    • Well-versed in project finance and structured finance, having completed transactions with funding sources up and down the capital stack (senior, mezzanine, junior debt, equity, grants, muni bonds, etc).
    • Strong relationships with institutional capital markets (debt/equity) to procure conventional and innovative sources of funding for Sublime’s plants.
    • 3+ years of direct experience to proactively managing sourcing risk and effectively react and adapt to inevitable irregularities and hiccups.

    • Desired Characteristics
    • Leadership mentality: highly motivated, able to set aggressive goals for self and department and meet goals.
    • Accountable: methodically organized, transparently reporting on progress and collaboratively adjusting approach when facing bumps in the road
    • Humble/self-aware: easy to work with, able to give and receive feedback constructively and respectfully.
    • Technical orientation: while an engineering education is not required, the ability to thrive in a technical environment and speak engineering languages fluently is critical.
    • Strategic orientation: capable of helping iterate on corporate and go-to-market strategy based on learning from the market, identifying partnership archetypes that would help accelerate the business and go into the market and acquire them.
    • Analytical: able to understand and model value creation for customers, help assess and set optimal pricing, and let numbers drive discussions.
    • Resourceful: Able to thrive in an unstructured environment where supporting resources may not be readily available and must be identified and set up.
 
Sublime Systems is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
 
Research suggests that qualified people from historically marginalized groups may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.
 
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