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Manager, Energy Procurement

Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

Company: hawaiianel

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Posting End Date: 08/12/2022 at 11:59PM HST



The P IU ENERGY PROCUREMENT Department of the P RENEWABLE ACQUISITION Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. This position may be filled on Oahu, Maui, or Hawaii island. (Role: Manager Supervisor)



Provides policy direction and supervision in designing and implementing processes and procedures for the purchase of energy, capacity, storage, and non-wires alternatives from independent power producers and other third parties via multiple procurement mechanisms including competitive bidding and bi-lateral proposals. Serves as the lead advisor to the Division Director and other managers and executives throughout the company for policies and strategies pertaining to energy, capacity, storage, and non-wires alternatives procurement mechanisms, and other related activities. Key contributor to developing and implementing community engagement efforts to ensure the success of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ long-term Clean Energy and Decarbonization goals.



  • Supports executives and managers in the development and execution of strategies and plans to aggressively acquire energy, capacity, non-wires alternatives, and other grid services in support of Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Clean Energy, Decarbonization, Reliability and Resilience Goals, while maintaining electrical system reliability and at reasonable costs to electric customers.
  • Leads the development and implementation of policies and processes for the selection of energy, capacity, storage, and non-wires alternative contracts. Promotes disciplined, systematic, and transparent procurement mechanisms. Facilitates procurement process improvement efforts within the Division as well as with other involved departments and divisions in the Hawaiian Electric Companies, including in operations, engineering, planning, community relations, and regulatory affairs.
  • Evaluates and selects large complex or critical energy, capacity, storage, and non-wires alternative contract agreements and/or policies with Independent Power Producers, Cogenerators, Qualifying Facilities, and other entities for each service territory. Serves as the expert advisor to senior management on energy, capacity, storage, and non-wire alternative procurement issues, including technical and financial models and analysis. Must remain current in the latest trends in emerging technologies. Directs avoided costs computations, performance criteria studies, interconnection requirements studies, and recommends contract terms related to energy contract proposals.
  • Develops and implements processes and policies concerning energy procurement mechanisms including competitive bidding and bi-lateral negotiations and continuously reviews for efficiency and consistency with Company goals and objectives. Works closely with various divisions and departments throughout the companies, including in Planning and Technology, Energy Delivery, System Operation, Power Supply, Regulatory, Government and Community Relations, and Legal to optimize processes and the use of internal staff and external resources.
  • Provides leadership to the Energy Procurement Department. Coaches and mentors Energy Contract Managers. Develops, implements, and administers policies and procedures to support the Department’s mission and departmental and corporate goals and strategies. Supervises and administers department personnel matters including performance appraisals, interviews, employee guidance, recognition, and support.
  • Ensures sufficient trained staff and resources are made available to effectively meet division, department, and corporate objectives. Leads and supports staff in their professional development, and encourages a culture of high performance, teamwork, proactive communications, and initiative. Develops internal goals and metrics and regularly communicates with staff and management on progress towards goals. Provides technical assistance to other departments, subsidiaries, and consultants.
  • Substitutes for Renewable Acquisition Director in his/her absence. Serves as a backup and resource to the Energy Contract Management and Energy Contract Administration teams for executed power purchase contracts between Independent Power Producers, Cogenerators, and Qualifying Facilities. 
  • Serves on major task forces and standing committees as the subject matter expert on policy-level issues concerning energy procurement. Represents the company in regulatory and other proceedings concerning power procurement before external agencies and groups such as the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and the Hawaii State Legislature, as part of the proceedings such as the Integrated Grid Planning docket and Performance Based Regulation Docket. Represents the company at various community events and community outreach meetings, preparing and giving presentations regarding the Company’s procurement efforts. Supports the Director of Renewable Acquisition by preparing presentations and testimony to be delivered by the Director.
  • Creates, develops, directs, and/or delivers expert testimony, responses to information requests, presentations, and other assignments supporting energy procurement before various external agencies such as the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) and the Hawaii State Legislature. Reviews and drafts testimony on legislative bills and provides oral testimony before the Hawaii State Legislature and various city councils and agencies regarding the same.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of procurement, engineering, project management, business, accounting, legal contracting, and/or finance principles and theories normally acquired through graduate level college coursework and equivalent experience. 
  • Understanding of the Hawaii electric utility industry, particularly the operation of the power generation, transmission, and distribution systems of the Hawaiian Electric Companies. Thorough understanding of the energy policy goals and objectives of the Hawaiian Electric Companies, the State of Hawaii, and other key external stakeholders.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Planning, or other related field is required; A Law Degree, Master of Science in an energy related field or MBA degree is preferred.
  • Understanding of federal and state electric utility regulatory frameworks, especially Hawaii Public Utilities Commission policies and procedures. Understanding of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ tariffs and programs pertaining to the purchase of power and ancillary services, interconnection of generators, competitive bidding, and mechanisms for utility cost recovery.
  • Basic knowledge of utility generation resource planning and transmission planning methodologies. Strong understanding of generation interconnection considerations and constraints.
  • Strong understanding of the development of independent power generation, storage, and non-wires alternative projects, including financing, alternative business models, permitting, design, construction, operations, and maintenance. Strong knowledge about current state/national/international market conditions, including financial models and accounting treatment, for renewable energy, storage, and non-wires alternative project development.
  • Strong knowledge of power generation technologies, both renewable and fossil fueled, and their applications at both the utility scale and distributed generation levels. Working knowledge of their performance attributes, costs, and grid integration issues.
  • Basic knowledge of utility economic analysis and accounting methods including, but not limited to, avoided cost calculations, derivation of financial parameters, calculation of revenue requirements, and the ability to perform various economic analyses.
  • Strong understanding of ancillary services, methods for valuation of such services, and the functioning of ancillary services markets.
  • Working knowledge of Company policies and procedures contained in such documents as: Collective Bargaining Agreement, Accident Prevention Manual, General Information Manual, and the Code of Conduct.
  • Working knowledge of budgeting/forecast process.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers and/or mainframe systems, and related software applications to include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and data bases.


Skills Requirements

  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively.
  • Ability to make mature, experienced business and legal judgments and apply strategic thinking; ability to make quick decisions on multiple topics on routine basis.
  • Demonstrated supervisory/leadership skills including excellent written, oral, listening, and presentation/platform communication skills/conflict resolution skills; the ability to use tact, courtesy, and discretion while working effectively with a variety of individuals, occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult, or confrontational issues; the willingness and ability to train. Strong negotiating, influencing, and persuading techniques.
  • Demonstrated and creative negotiation skills in complex technical and financial renewable energy generation projects.
  • Demonstrated extensive analytical and administrative skills required for such tasks as preparing, monitoring and analyzing forecasts; preparing performance appraisals and conducting interviews; carrying out company/department policies and procedures.
  • Analytical, organizational, and conceptual skills to handle various complex ideas, projects, and programs.
  • Demonstrated strong Project Management proficiency by utilizing analytical, organizational, and conceptual skills to handle various complex ideas, projects, and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver’s license. Must meet the standards for frequent or required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives.
  • Must be able to travel.


Experience Requirements

  • Multiple (5 to 7 years) experience in evaluating and negotiating contracts.
  • Multiple (5 to 7 years) experience in procurement, preferably in procurement of energy, capacity, storage, and/or non-wires alternatives.
  • Prior supervisory experience preferred.
  • Program or project development experience, (demonstrating ability to conceptualize a program or project, develop and lead a work team towards completion of the program or project, and complete program or project successfully).
  • Experience in working with various technical groups, business market, and government agencies on the local, state, and federal level. 
  • State of Hawaii Professional Engineer License in relevant discipline, Master of Business Administration, or Law Degree, preferred.


Role: Manager Supervisor 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Work Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm 

Lunch: 30 Minutes

Location: HECO Alii Place – Oahu, Maui, or Hawaii island 

Salary Range: The salary range for the Manager, Energy Procurement [Req ID 7221] position is 113,600.00 to 147,600.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications.


Interested individuals who are employees of affiliate companies should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.



Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.

By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:

This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  


Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii