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Senior Manager, Contract Initiatives

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: CA

Company: Independent Electricity System Operator


Requisition ID:  18022
Location: Toronto - Hybrid 
Temporary Assignment:    Regular
Business Unit:  Legal Resources & Corporate Governance

Why join us? 

You’ve got great skills. And you want to use them in an organization where you know what you do every day matters. We get that.
We also know that ensuring Ontarians have access to affordable and reliable power doesn’t happen by accident. So we give you the tools, flexibility and support you need to achieve your goals, and development opportunities to help you grow. You’ll thrive in a collaborative, team-based environment that values your unique skills and experiences – and recognizes that when you do better, we become even better too.  

Who we are 

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) works at the centre of the province’s power system, ensuring Ontarians have access to reliable and cost-effective electricity when and where they need it. We operate the province’s electricity grid 24/7, design, run and oversee the wholesale electricity markets, and plan and prepare to meet Ontario’s electricity needs – now and into the future.


The Opportunity


Senior Manager, Contract Initiatives is accountable to the Director, Contract Management, to lead the team responsible for initiatives related to new and existing contracts for electricity resources. IESO’s contracts range from a contract with Bruce Power, which is the largest operating nuclear power plant in the world, to tens of thousands of small solar contracts with individual homeowners. The team’s responsibilities include negotiating new contracts, re-negotiating existing contracts, development of new contracting tools, and ensuring that contracted resources meet their contractual obligations to achieve commercial operation.  


  • Leading negotiations for new or extended contracts, with oversight of technical and financial due diligence, financial modeling and resolution of key issues.
  • Designing, developing and managing programs to acquire, re-acquire, extend, and/or expand contracted resources.
  • Managing key large electricity generation contracts for new and existing gas, nuclear, storage and renewable resources in development phases, by enforcing contractual rights and obligations, resolution of any issues or disputes, and being the key contract for any matters of escalation.
  • Maintaining strategic relationships with generators, contract counterparties and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Leading the development of contracting best practices and maintaining a broad knowledge base to enhance negotiating and contracting best practices.
  • Overseeing design, implementation and maintenance of appropriate contract management processes to ensure compliance, timely reporting and issue escalation.
  • Representing Contract Management on organizational resource acquisition initiatives.
  • Supporting and leading special projects as required.


 What you'll be doing

The Senior Manager will be responsible for:

  • Team Leadership - Manage 2 to 3 direct report supervisors and approximately 10 indirect staff reporting to the supervisors, including developing, coaching, mentoring and continually improving team results.
  • Project Management – Manage processes, timelines, budgets, and coordinate resources and staff to produce deliverables on schedule and within budget.
  • Strategic Thinking - Working with the Director, Contract Management on setting the strategic direction for key contracts and negotiation.
  • Accountability - Lead the team to ensure compliance with contracted agreements by both parties throughout construction and development stages of the contract.
  • Problem solving - Provide special focus on problem situations where disagreements and conflicts may occur by using creative methods and developing new solutions by thinking outside the box.
  • Relationships - Develop and maintain excellent working relationships through regular contact with the IESO’s counterparties to avoid problem situations and negative surprises.
  • Coordination – Build and progress strong internal relationships with peers in Contract Management and other business units, including providing input to competitive procurement processes to ensure that contracts can be effectively managed.
  • Expert Advice – Provide expertise to IESO’s leadership team on contractual matters, negotiating issues and pre-emptively secure external professional, technical and legal resources when required.
  • Flexibility – Adapt to changing priorities and directions in a fast passed environment and manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Communication – Lead discussions with senior executives, draft reports and present to senior leader, board of directors, and government officials.


What you will need to succeed


  • Experience in leading diverse teams and driving organizational change.
  • A strong grounding in legal, commercial, economic and/or technical aspects of the electricity sector, power generation and/or storage contracts.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Experience with financial modeling.
  • Experience managing complex situations and maintaining constructive relationships.
  • Strong negotiating and persuasion skills.
  • Knowledge of the North American electricity sector, with strong emphasis on Ontario’s electricity sector.
  • Strong communications skills and ability to effectively present to Executive Leadership team, Government, and stakeholders.
  • An undergraduate degree in business, economics, engineering or other relevant field.
  • A graduate degree or a professional designation is desirable.


What’s in it for you

•    A comprehensive total rewards program, including best-in-class benefits and a flexible workplace 
•    A challenging, fast-paced and collaborative team environment, where your perspectives and experiences matter 
•    Leaders who support your growth and success through regular feedback and coaching
•    The opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry

Deadline: October 31, 2022

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At the IESO, we know that achieving great results depends on embracing diversity by attracting, developing and retaining people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We do this by ensuring our recruitment and advancement policies are fair and equitable, and by creating an accessible and inclusive environment – one that values every team member’s unique skills and experiences and ensures they have the support they need to achieve their potential. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know. 

We thank you for your interest in a career at the IESO, but we will only contact those candidates selected for an interview. 

Note: The successful candidate must be eligible to work in Canada and will be subject to a background check.

The IESO commenced its 6 month Hybrid Work Model Pilot Program on March 28th, 2022. The Model allows for remote working up to three days per week, based on business needs. When working in the office, you will be located at Toronto.
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