AIRO Young Opportunity

20 Oct 2019
Vattenfall, Copenhagen
Vattenfall aims to be Fossil free within one generation. A significant part of that journey is to develop, build and operate our Offshore Windfarms. With an increased competition on the market, increasing number of won projects and a larger asset portfolio the capability to design the world’s most efficient future wind farms is essential.

Vattenfall has also started a successful journey into digitalization and usage of analytics for business decisions. Our efforts in using Operational Research and Analytics for offshore wind farm design has been recognized by international awards, proving our to be state-of-the-art work in the applications of these techniques in practice.

In this framework, we are looking for a Optimization Specialist with Operational Research experience to grow our modelling team within the System Design department.

• Do you thrive in a true engineering environment with high technical focus and great ambitions?
• Will development and usage of mathematical optimization to answer complex questions motivate you?
• Are you motivated to solve complex real-world optimization problems that can contribute to a fossil free future?
• Do you want to work with some of the absolute best in the field?
• Would you take the challenge of working on the latest challenges of this quickly developing field?
• Are you ready for accelerated learning?
• Would you like to take part in developing a greener future?
• Would you like to work with a holistic mindset while having eyes for the details?

Then this is a great opportunity for you.

You will be part of the modelling team within System Design department which is the competence center for evaluation and modelling of technical solutions across the entire wind farm design. We use operations research and analytics for optimizing various aspects of the design, construction, and operation of our wind farms. Given the results we have achieved so far we want to accelerate the use of mathematical optimization in our business by creating a group with a strong OR expertise, that will be able to work on optimization tasks across the organization.

Your job

You will be part of the establishment of a strong Operations Research team in the energy business, working with the best specialists in the business. You will work closely together with experts and specialists in various departments inside the company, and be responsible for the development of optimization routines in Vattenfall. You will interact with different stakeholders, translating their specific needs into problems which can be solved using advanced mathematical optimization and analytics.

In particular, you will continuously create new and extend existing mathematical based optimization routines that integrates into the existing model suite we use to explore multiple potential solutions, and create robust pre-designs of wind farms, to guide our business decisions as well as making credible pre-evaluation of new technologies on product, system and park level. The achieved findings and recommendations are essential to guide Vattenfall’s technology planning and technology roadmaps in order to be able to develop, construct and operate the most cost efficient windfarms in the world.

Main tasks includes:
• Develop optimization routines that integrate into a bigger model framework
• Participate in the exploration of new optimization challenges.
• Identify optimization needs inside the company and their potential.
• Proof and validate the results of the developed models/routine
• Maintain interfaces to the academic world and participate in various research projects
• Personal growth

Your profile

You have an innovative mind-set and can see yourself working in a department where we value entrepreneurship, the pragmatic approach and helpfulness in our daily work. You can work self-dependent while sharing and seeking knowledge inside and outside the team. You have experience handling a long-term optimization project and like working in group. You show initiative and have a flexible approach to your work. You possess good interpersonal skills and can communicate technical messages on a clear and constructive way both internally and to external partners. You thrive in an informal environment, where we often invent the process and tools. In addition, the following qualifications are important for this position:

• Our successful candidate has a PhD degree (or equal) in Operational Research or 3 year experience in working with Operational Research projects
• Experience in carrying out a project in autonomy
• Positive, motivated and able to speak with different stakeholders
• Good knowledge of coding for optimization (C, C#, python or similar) and optimization tools (CPLEX, Gurobi or similar)
• Experience with Vehicle Routing, planning problems, and/or large-scale problems is a plus
• Experience in optimization for the wind business is a plus
• A strong connection with international research teams from academia, is a plus.
• Strong analytical mind, that on one side can dig deep into advanced optimization methods and on the other side understands the business impact of the results, and sees the bigger picture.
• Sitting in the System design department, a profound system understanding with multiple parameters and interfaces, embracing high complexity, is paramount.
• Natural curiosity and strong personal drive to constantly challenge the perceived reality, and do your best to steer away from sub-optimal solutions.
• Strong command of English, both verbally and written.

We offer:

We offer a challenging and independent job in an informal working environment. Good remuneration, a challenging and international work environment, and the possibility to work with some of the absolute best in the field. You will be working in an interdisciplinary and international team and you can always count on support from committed colleagues. We offer attractive employment conditions and opportunities for personal and professional development.

Office location is Kolding, Denmark, but occasional travel within northern Europe shall be expected.

More information:
For more information about the recruitment process contact Jette Ingeberg, Senior Recruiter on +45 22 57 07 51.
For inquires relating to the job content and scope feel free to contact Thomas Hjort, Head of System Design on +45 27 87 49 07.

We look forward to receiving your application in English, including CV and cover letter via the application button at this page. The application deadline is October 20th 2019, but we conduct interviews on an ongoing basis. Therefore we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Our Organization:
At Vattenfall we are convinced that diversity contributes to build a more profitable and attractive company and we strive to be a good role model regarding diversity. Vattenfall works actively for all employees to have the same opportunities and rights regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, transgender identity or expression, religion or other belief, disability or sexual orientation.

Energy is our contribution to quality of life – day after day. With around 20.000 colleagues Vattenfall provides comprehensive electricity and heating offerings to several million customers in northern Europe. For the work ahead we need people who are fully dedicated to our customers and to a sustainable society – people like you.

Business Area Wind is responsible for Vattenfall’s Onshore and Offshore Wind as well as other non-hydro Renewable activities like solar PV and batteries. Today we develop, construct and operate wind generation in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. In addition, we have a clear strategy to develop our solar PV and battery operations further.