Planning & Development, Senior Project/Consents Manager

Competitive package
19 Nov 2013
08 Dec 2013
Full Time
Contract Type

Planning & Development, Senior Project/Consents Manager

Natural Power is a leading international renewable energy consultancy.  We provide expert services to the renewable energy industry in the development, construction and operational phases of projects.  We have built a successful ethos for delivering environmentally rewarding projects that allow Clients to reach their economic objectives.

Due to the on-going success of our Planning & Development Services department, we are looking to recruit a Senior Project/Consents Manager (or Project Manager depending on level of experience of the successful candidate) into our existing team where our services have assisted Clients with Consenting more than 2100MW of Energy projects, 1300MW of which are offshore.  We are currently providing development services to Clients with in the order of 3.6GW of current applications

We work on some of the most interesting and challenging renewable projects in the UK and Ireland, where you will hold a pivotal role in managing EIA co-ordination, contractors and the consultation process.  This is an ideal opportunity for those looking to take their career to the next stage and gain experience in a buoyant industry where we hold an enviable reputation.

The Role

Reporting into the Principal Manager, you will have responsibility for successfully taking major energy projects from initial site feasibility, through EIA Co-ordination and to Planning Consent.  You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team working towards a common goal.  A full list of duties and responsibilities is available on request; however below are the fundamental elements of the role:

  • Project Management, including EIA Co-ordination and consent management
  • Budget Management
  • Stakeholder liaison
  • Regular reporting
  • In particular you will focus on the onshore grid connections (substation and cable route) package within the overall consent of a substantial offshore wind project.

Knowledge and Experience

You will be degree qualified (or equivalent) in a relevant field; ideally this will be complimented by a postgraduate qualification.  Further to academic qualifications, it is essential that you have demonstrable experience in a similar role with a Consultancy or Developer, fulfilling comparable duties and responsibilities as discussed above. Applicants may also have gained relevant experience from within a statutory consultee body.

We are looking for a highly motivated and technically capable individual with experience of managing the overall consent process for infrastructure projects; ideally you will have experience of delivering onshore grid connection (substations and cable route) and other renewable energy projects.  Further to this you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the overall commercial aspects of the role including client management. 

You will be capable of working as part of a team and independently, being able to prioritise and manage your own time in line with the changing needs of the business.  You will have an eye for detail and will be capable of producing error free work even when under pressure.  Proficiency with I.T. is essential and exposure to Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management packages would be highly advantageous.

You will possess excellent communication skills being able to convey clear and concise information in both written and verbal format to staff, clients, consultee bodies and other third parties alike.  Further to this, you must be comfortable presenting to groups and leading public consultations. As a result of this, you will have excellent interpersonal skills being able to develop and build relationships with all stakeholders.  Ideally you will be able to evidence management skills and have a positive track record of developing and mentoring junior members of a team.

Due to the nature of the work, it is essential that you hold a valid full driving licence and are prepared to travel to client sites within the UK or abroad.

The position is based from our modern waterfront office in Aberystwyth.

Further Details

Salary offered will be dependent on your experience and fit for role.  Further to salary benefits include; generous holidays, group personal pension scheme, childcare vouchers, bike to work scheme, work iPhone, discounts on related companies, life assurance, critical illness cover and income protection.  Natural Power also offers learning and development opportunities and promotes professional qualifications where possible.

Aberystwyth is a vibrant university town on the West Wales coast with access to superb countryside and outdoor pursuits, from hiking and mountain biking to fishing and surfing. The town has a lively social scene with music and cafes high on the agenda. It is well served with schools and other facilities including supermarkets, independent shops, cinemas and sports clubs.

The office is a short walk from Aberystwyth rail and bus stations and has its own car park. Road access is via the A487 and A44.  We offer a good working environment with excellent support mechanisms and opportunities to develop your career.

Full details are available on our website.  Please apply online by uploading your CV and cover letter; this should clearly set out why you are suitable for the role.  Please include information such as; your notice period, availability to interview, current salary, expected salary and where you saw the vacancy advertised.  Our software uses CV parsing technology, so please ensure that information extracted is correct before submitting your application.

Closing date:  Sunday 8th December