Ioan Barbulecu - Operations Manager Romania

Ioan Barbulecu is one of the newest additions to the Solarpro team and with his extensive background in the PV industry for the last 10 years, he has a lot to offer. Learn more what lies ahead for the head of our Romanian division below.

Tell us more about your role in Solarpro
Solapro SRL, as a subsidiary of Solapro Holding, is a new company that just recently opened in Bucharest, Romania. The challenge for me as Operational Manager is to grow in a healthy environment, step by step, as a significant player in the photovoltaic energy market in Central and Eastern Europe. This will not be easy, but I am convinced that with dedication and hard work we will achieve everything we aim for.

How does an average day on the job look like for you?
Actually, I’m enjoying my job every day! I usually start my work with planning my day and making sure that the most urgent tasks get done first. I love a little bit of everything: autonomy to try new ideas, fast-paced nature, communication with customers, diversity and varying scope of meetings, my co-workers. There are challenges every month, I need to keep up with new technologies and improve myself in order to deliver expected requirements.

What’s the most important skill to bring to your position?
Commercial awareness, understanding customer needs and technical expertise.

What are the typical challenges you face in your role?
Overseeing daily operations of the business units and organization. Technical and economic support on offering stage regarding the local requirements, good practices and prices. Planning and developing the Solarpro Romania corporate structure in a way that the local team handle more operation internally, with guidance from Solarpro HQ.

Why did you choose solar energy? What motivates you to work within the renewable sector?
I believe it is eco-friendly and beneficial to the environment. When I was in high school and I was considering my options for the future, the energy field was among my top choices. I was always passionate about the existing forms of energy (electrical, thermal, hydraulic and so on), later, green energy started to take shape and gain momentum. I’ve been working in photovoltaics for 10 years, and I think it will have a significant place in the energy of the future. Access to efficient energy sources has been proven to support the quality of life.

What are your interests outside of work?
When I get free time outside of work I like to read and swim, sometimes I also go biking during the weekends. I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

How and when did you start working in Solarpro?
I had previous experience working with Solarpro during the period when I provided the service for Huawei inverters. I met some of my colleagues then and thanks to that my integration into the Solarpro team has been smoother. I like the way the team works, my colleagues are very smart and pro business.

What advice would you give to someone looking to start a job in renewables?
Working in energy and renewables means not only a high demand for skills, but a wide range of available career paths open to those looking to enter the field. In the next five years we will see 35 jobs created for every $1million invested in efficiency and development. So, yes renewables will make our future better!

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