Development Project Manager

Renewable Energy Systems

  • Full Time

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We are searching for an experienced Development Project Manager at our Larne office.


Do you want to work to make Power for Good?

We’re the world’s largest independent renewable energy company. We’re driven by a simple yet powerful vision: to create a future where everyone has access to affordable, zero carbon energy.

We know that achieving our ambitions would be impossible without our people. Because we’re tackling some of the world’s toughest problems, we need the very best people to help us. They’re our most important asset so that’s why we continually invest in them.

RES is a family with a diverse workforce, and we are dedicated to the personal professional growth of our people, no matter what stage of their career they’re at. We can promise you rewarding work which makes a real impact, the chance to learn from inspiring colleagues from across a growing, global network and opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Our competitive package offers rewards and benefits including pension schemes, flexible working, and top-down emphasis on better work-life balance. We also offer private healthcare, discounted green travel, 25 days holiday with options to buy/sell days, enhanced family leave and four volunteering days per year so you can make an impact somewhere else.

Job Purpose/Summary Details

You will focus on delivery of new wind power projects and potentially work on RES’s other renewable energy projects (solar, storage) depending on our requirements You will manage running the project (including budget, programme and team management) and deciding project strategy up to point of planning consent; handle and undertake community relations and communications; produce an Environmental Statement; and secure planning consent. You will work on at least 2 development projects at any one time with the total number depending on business and project requirements.

This role would suit someone with a minimum of 2 years post graduate experience in a relevant discipline, e.g. environmental management/consultancy, town planning, property development company etc.

Organisational Context

This role is essential in securing planning consent for a new project, the stage at which most of the project’s profit is secured.

The Project Manager will be your line manager and you will also support other Development Project Managers. During the development phase you will report to a Project Manager for project-related matters, and to a Construction Manager for project-related matters in the Construction Phase.

Key Accountabilities

  • Add customer value and reduce costs (DEVEX, CAPEX and OPEX) for projects ensuring project viability on a subsidy free basis through efficient working, careful scoping, procurement and creative engineering and design opportunities, and project economic/financial modelling.
  • Set and lead the project programme following strategy to consent.
  • Manage all risks on projects using appropriate tools and contracts.
  • Manage project budget to point of consent: includes management of all hours and costs.
  • Manage EIA screening, scoping and producing the planning application, normally accompanied by an Environmental Statement (ES).
  • Manage external consultants and internal technical or engineering support in relation to the project design, ES production, or condition discharge bundles.
  • Manage property – ensuring property is secured on viable terms – supported by the Property Manager.
  • Coordinate engineering design, technical studies and grid requirements along with an understanding of how to maximise profit and the probability of securing planning consent – supported by the engineer/technical analyst.
  • Manage planning consent process, including application submission, driving towards a consent and post consent requirements.
  • Ensure project documentation and consultation is aligned with planning policy and EIA regulations.
  • Handling external partner relationships, including landowners, local community, planning bodies, local politicians and other influencers including objectors, all consultees statutory or otherwise, grid companies, consultants, suppliers, regulators and media.
  • Handle relationships with external clients, including business development and client management.
  • Create a communications plan, with support from the Community Relations Manager, focussed on obtaining planning consent at least cost in minimum time whilst retaining RES’ reputation.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of planning policy relating to renewable energy is an essential requirement.
  • Knowledge of the drivers for a successful development and understanding of the common risks.
  • Knowledge of Environmental Impact regulations.
  • Project economics & commercial aspects of projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • An entrepreneurial approach and problem solving abilities.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Ability to handle and co-ordinate inputs from external consultants and project team members.
  • Excellent influencing and negotiation skills.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Experience with the Northern Irish/ Irish planning system
  • Manage projects within resource and budget constraints.
  • Experience of team coordination.
  • Deal with stakeholders, e.g. planning authorities and other project partners, landowners, general public, project contractors, external consultants and development partners.
  • Produce Planning Applications, Environmental Statements and planning condition discharge bundles.
  • Degree in planning, environmental, engineering, technical or science-based subject or equivalent.
  • Working towards Professional qualification, e.g. MRTPI / MRICS / MIEMA

Our company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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