COO Italy

Milano, IT, 20121

ContourGlobal develops, acquires, and operates renewable and thermal power generation facilities around the world. Listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2017, we are a high-growth company with 1,400 employees. The Company owns and operates a portfolio of 117 power generation assets, located in 20 countries on 4 continents, utilizing a wide range of fuel types, technology, and equipment. We pride ourselves on our culture and values, and welcome entrepreneurial, creative, intellectually curious, and ambitious professionals to join our team.

ContourGlobal develops, acquires, and operates power generation facilities with proven and cutting-edge energy technologies. We are an international high-growth company, founded in 2005, that has grown to more than 6.000 MW to own and operate a fleet of renewable and thermal assets, located in 20 countries across 4 continents. 

Wherever we operate, we are committed to the highest standards of health and safety, environmental, social responsibility, our people’s well-being.  

Acquisition of ContourGlobal by the US private-equity fund KKR will enable us greatly to further expand our portfolio, increase investment in the energy transition, and take advantage of new opportunities in our core markets. 

Our multinational, integrated team of almost 1500 people prides itself on our culture and values, and welcomes entrepreneurial, innovative, ambitious, and collaborative professionals to come join us. 

Job Summary: 

We are looking for a seasoned COO Italy to oversee our Italian portfolio’s ongoing operations and procedures and our growth plan (repowering / revamping of existing portfolio and further greenfield development). The COO Italy is an experienced and competent leader, who is responsible for the efficiency of business and will be reporting to the CEO Italy. The goal of the COO Italy position is to ensure the operating portfolio achieves its planned targets and provides a strong platform for new organic growth.  Thus, the COO will have  excellent people skills, business acumen and exemplary work ethics. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Manage the existing Italian PV portfolio, including technical performance and achievement of financial and operational KPIs  

  • Provide technical advice and solutions to asset and construction managers and their teams 

  • Implement company HSE and operational policies and procedures at all operating and construction site and ensure compliance with internal policies procedures and all site permits 

  • Assess the current performance of the assets from an efficiency, equipment 
    effectiveness, safety, environmental and cost perspective and implement improvement initiatives 

  • Build an operations strategy to ensure long-term business targets are achieved and identify and develop written manuals, reporting tools, training programs, and operating plans to ensure the operations strategy is followed 

  • Implement innovative IT based technologies for automatic reporting, predictive failure analysis, improving overall efficiency, reliability and availability 

  • Monitor and report performance in the monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting cycles 

  • Lead project management of repowering/revamping of solar fleets, including extending land leases, defining and executing best procurement strategy, supervising permit processes and overseeing construction activities 

  • Lead contract negotiations for procurement and construction activities, review the quality of work on site, and oversee the start-up and commissioning phases of the projects 

  • Conduct technical due diligence on new greenfield PV growth and provide accurate and achievable inputs to financial models 

  • Build an “A”- team to execute on time and on budget the repowering/revamping plan, construction activities, and diligence of greenfield growth that includes expertise in HSE, project controlling, electrical and civil engineering 

  • Develop human resources within the operations team, developing objectives and training and development plans, assessing performance and building a succession plan  

  • As a member of the Italy leadership team, advise on investment decisions of new growth  

  • Integrate newly acquired or constructed assets in the ContourGlobal Way 

  • Establish common operations practices and processes and technical expertise that can be nurtured and shared across the company as solar grows in other regions and countries 

Commit to Lead with Our Values 

  • Commit to CG values as expressed in the Essential Information. Model the values in any interaction internally and externally. 

  • Put Health and Safety First 

  • Embrace Timely Transparency 

  • Model the 3Cs – Communication, Collaboration and Coordination 

  • Embrace Failure analysis and continuous improvement including Five Whys 

  • Seek out ways to incorporate technology and Artificial Intelligence into the company’s legal practice 

Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Education:  

University degree in Engineering or Business (Bachelor/Master) 

MBA    or    further    commercial     based qualifications of advantage 

Thorough   understanding   of   the   energy sector 

Proficiency    in    Italian and English 


  • Expertise:  

Commercial    acumen    with   detailed knowledge  of Private Power Purchase agreements and commercial expertise in trading the electricity to the market 

Thorough  understanding  of  plant operations and key operating parameters. 

Numerate   with   good   understanding   of financial implications of business decisions. 

Proven negotiating skills. 

Strong   communications   &   interpersonal skills. 


  • Competencies: 

A  Minimum of 10  years Leadership experience in relevant energy business 

Sound understanding of the key risks and commercial  implications  associated  with complex  project  financed  based  energy projects. 

Experience of setting up, management and continuous improvement of systems and requirements for contract implementation and delivery. 

Strong communication and relationship building skills 


Travel Requirements – This position will require business trips (50%) 

ContourGlobal places a high value on providing equal employment opportunities and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our society and our customers


ContourGlobal is a power generation company committed to new growth in thermal and renewable technologies. Our mission is to develop, acquire and operate electricity generation businesses worldwide, creating economic and social value through better operations, and making the communities where we work better because we are there.


- To care about our people’s health, safety, well-being and development.
- To act transparently and with moral integrity.
- To work hard and without boundaries as a multinational, integrated team.
- To expect, embrace and enable excellence and continuous learning through humility, and the knowledge that we will fail but when we do, we will learn.
- To honor the commitments of those who have placed their trust in us.