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Senior Development Manager - Solar - IPP

Senior Development Manager - Solar - IPP

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  • Salary:

    Up to £85,000

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    Nathan Quinn

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    11 days ago

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My client are an international IPP who develop own and operate solar projects around Europe. They are looking for a Grid Manager to join the business and help connect a large pipeline of solar projects to the grid.

Purpose of Role

Manage the development and delivery of utility scale solar PV and storage projects from site origination through to fully consented and ready-to-build phases. Engagement with key stakeholders in the development process and management of all project matters relating to development including land, planning and grid connection.

Duties and Responsibilities

Site Origination

  • Assessing suitable sites for solar PV development through various mapping tools, site feasibility studies, energy yield analysis, project budget and cashflow analysis.

  • Engagement with Distributed Network Operators (DNOs) and other industry bodies such as local planning authorities to identify opportunities for solar and storage development.

  • Supporting other team members on identification of projects and assessment of opportunities.

Project Development

  • Engagement with landowners and land agents regarding securing land for solar and storage .

  • Negotiation of agreements including landowner agreements, consultancy contracts, and input to commercial decisions, ensuring optimum value is achieved in all such negotiations.

  • Management of specialist consultants throughout the planning application process.

  • Management of projects through the grid connection process with the relevant network operator.

  • Engagement with external stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, system operators, statutory consultees, planning & grid consultants) while representing company in a professional manner.

  • Community consultation on project proposals with stakeholders local to the project area.

  • Project cash flow management and preparation of budget proposals

  • Manage and report on all project risks, ensuring management are kept fully abreast of any significant developments


  • Continue to evolve and build existing knowledge and understanding of the renewable energy industry keeping a watching brief on energy policy development and media, and networking through attendance at industry conferences where relevant or required.

  • Drive and motivate the project development team and progress their professional development through staff mentorship, knowledge sharing and identification of training opportunities.

  • Drive and promote the corporate values of the business within the workplace.

  • Actively foster, in cooperation with other staff, an ethos and culture of inclusiveness and openness

  • Other duties as required and directed by the relevant Manager or other Officer appointed by the Board of Directors.

Qualifications / Skills Sought:

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of renewable energy project development, stakeholder management and evidence of the ability to manage and build a team.

  • Experience with the full development lifecycle is an advantage, as the role requires a ‘big picture’ thinker.

  • To succeed in this role you will need to be an ambitious, self-motivated person with a passion for business growth and solar development.

  • The drive to work in a fast-paced organisation where there is an environment of change, complexity, and multi-functional stakeholders

  • A 'positive can-do attitude'

  • Candidates will ideally come from a technical/engineering, development or consultancy background and have 3-4 years project management experience in the power or renewable energy sector.