Head of Project Development

Location: London

Are you a proactive and motivated Project and Business Development Manager with a background in major UK energy storage projects?
Do you have a genuine interest and passion about the environment, sustainability and renewable energy?
Have you recognised that the world needs true long-duration energy storage to balance the grid and strengthen our power networks?

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a pioneering global company leading the way towards a cleaner, more efficient and secure energy future.

Our Client:

Our Client is truly pioneering the way to a world powered by 100% renewable energy. By combining their industry-first proprietary technology and energy storage systems with international engineering partners and experience building and running their own UK plants, my Client support customers from scoping and planning through to build and operation. Their long duration, zero-emissions energy storage systems are crucial to making renewable green energy sources more resilient, reliable and cost effective.

They are now seeking a proactive and motivated Project and Business Development Manager, to join them in a permanent staff basis. You will be accountable for the development of the project sites our Client has captured, develop strategy and tactics in capturing new sites, supporting BD activities as the Client expand, and managing several projects and associated budgets. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a global company leading the way towards a cleaner, more efficient and secure energy future. This is a critical vacancy that will help our Client secure their position as the leading long duration energy storage technology supplier and developer

 

Role and responsibilities will include, but may not be limited to the following

Engage with Business Development in the formalisation of the land management strategy and tactics to support the growth of the program
Develop project opportunities from origination through to commercialisation and financing.
Manage several projects and associated budgets through effective time management.
Maintain existing project pipeline through to execution
Develop strong relationships with clients, landowners, partners, and other stakeholders.
Research and source new sites to add to the Company’s portfolio, skilfully negotiating property agreements and planning permissions with landowners and local authorities to ensure we receive third party consents to develop and operate projects.
Undertake network assessment for capacity, including pre app discussions for transmission connections
Manage grant funding reporting and co-ordination
Network and expand the Company’s contact base, by engaging with existing connections within the sector and actively seeking out new relationships that may prove advantageous.
Build and develop market appreciation, identify trends, risks and opportunities for the Company.
Identify development opportunities that help the Company meet our goals and overall development objectives. Initiate and manage continuous improvement and change management initiatives.
Generate detailed presentations, development proposals and structure contracts and deliver confident and persuasive presentations to an audience of both colleagues and clients.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of general tasks and duties, and that the job description may be subject to changes according to the requirements of the organisation. The job holder will be expected to complete all tasks within his/her level of skill and ability.

 

Essential knowledge and experience required:

An in-depth understanding of the UK storage and energy market.
Responsibility for originating and developing projects and new business opportunities in their geographical area
Development and financing of our own project sites (utilising our Client’s technology)
Commercially savvy and persuasive developer
Proven track record of delivering projects; ideally from inception through to being fully financed
Nurturing stakeholder relationships with sensitivity and diplomacy.
Educated to Degree standard or has equivalent experience.
Minimum 5 years’ experience working within the UK energy industry
Proven track record of delivering on projects from inception to financial close and completion / operational stage.
Presentation skills, ability to create and deliver high quality proposals and speak with credibility to engineers, clients and regulators on technical subjects.
Excellent persuasion skills, a good networker and a good negotiator.
Excellent IT skills, preferably in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Ability to create presentations, spreadsheets, signage and reports to a high standard.
Change and Innovation – Looks for new and better ways to do things, generates new ideas and takes an innovative approach to solving issues or problems.
Team working – Develops effective, supportive and collaborative relationships with colleagues. Is considerate towards others; and contributes towards a positive team spirit.
Planning & Organising – Identifies the key issues, effectively prioritises, plans ahead and manages expectations. Can meet deadlines and respond to tasks within a timescale.

Behavioural Competencies Required

Making considered decisions – A first class problem solver. Analyses available information and/or the situation logically using clear criteria before taking action. Escalates high risk/cost matters appropriately with proposed solution.
Resilience – Can work under pressure and deal with situations calmly. Sticks with the task even when it gets difficult, tedious or inconvenient.
Flexibility – Actively takes on whatever role or task is required to achieve the business goals. Approaches work with a ‘hands on’, ‘can do’ attitude. Prepared to roll up sleeves. No task is beneath them.
Effective Communication – Ability to build rapport with a diverse range of stakeholders. Listens to other’s opinions. Both written and verbal communication is structured logically, delivered with confidence, clarity, tact and credibility; and is adapted appropriately to the situation.

Personal attributes required:

An entrepreneurial mindset
Enjoys working in a fast-paced, challenging environment
Attention to detail
Questioning nature, not afraid to ask the silly question.
High level of integrity and diplomacy.
A highly motivated, reliable and responsible individual
Has a genuine interest in the environment, sustainability and renewable energy.
Preferred and Desirable:

Experience working within the Energy Storage industry an advantage.
Engineering /technician qualification /Project management qualification
Microsoft Office package qualification (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook
Experience working within the Energy Storage industry an advantage.
Managing projects of up to 200MW within the renewable sector.