Grid Connection Manager

Posted 21 December 2023
Salary Competitive Salary (DOE)
Job type Permanent
Discipline Renewable Energy & Infrastructure
Contact NameKerryn Bland

Job description

​The main purpose for the Grid Connection Manager position is to ensure the Grid Connections required for large scale Solar PV projects are delivered in a timely & cost-effective manner and ensuring that the connection is appropriately managed and maintained.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Offer technical support throughout the project development process, ensuring that factors related to the Grid connection, both influencing and influenced, are taken into account.

  • Lead the effort to develop Grid Connection standards in Italy;

  • Carry out technical due diligence and risk assessment on Grid connection schemes/Grid offers received from TSO/DNO;

  • Liaise with Technical Advisors and Consultants to support Grid-related activities in Italy;

  • Estimate Grid connection costs and delivery timescales;

  • Take charge of overseeing the Grid application process, ensuring that applications are promptly submitted and smoothly progress through the TSO/DNO and other permitting stages without any unnecessary delays.

  • Maintain relationships with TSO/DNO to support the Grid application and delivery process.

  • Maintain relationships with HV/MV contractors and EPC Contractors to drive performance and ensure they deliver their services to standards;

  • Examine the technical designs provided by HV/MV Contractors or EPC Contractors to verify compliance with requirements, national codes, and standards. Strive to attain cost efficiency without compromising on quality.

  • To be responsible for “Grid intelligence” and also implementation of new connection methods arising from TSO/DNO policy changes and changing industry standards;

  • Negotiate and develop Grid connection designs that reduce installation time and cost whilst maintaining or improving plant;

  • Review and optimize grid connection solution to improve capex, opex and efficiency for all projects including M&A opportunities, green development and those under construction or operation;

  • Support the tender process to identify, negotiate and agree an EPC/ICP contract focusing on contestable and non-contestable works in Italy;

  • Support the operation and maintenance of the plants by providing Grid expertise to the Asset Manager and O&M teams throughout the life of the plant;

  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with the TSO/DNO design and delivery teams ensuring projects progressing smoothly through the project lifecycle;

  • Develop and maintain key processes.


  • University degree qualification in Electrical Engineering;

  • Candidates with a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, Renewable Energy and/or MBA will be given preference.

To succeed in this role:

  • Fully conversant with the end to end TSO/DNO/ICP process for Renewable Energy plant connections.

  • Strong technical knowledge of HV (66kV, 132kV or higher) and MV (33kV) connection requirements in Italy.

  • Strong knowledge of the Grid Code compliance requirements, TSO/DNO connection procedure and administrative authorizations required for connection of renewable energy plants in Italy.

  • Knowledge of HV/MV substation and circuit design and construction standards.