Project Development Manager (Wind / Solar)

Johannesburg, Gauteng

Project Development Manager (Wind / Solar)

Petroplan are pleased to be recruiting a Project Development Manager to work for a global IPP who are looking to expand their Project Development Team based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

You will be responsible for taking projects on both a greenfield and competitive tender stage, as well as looking to acquire early-stage projects from local developers.

Purpose of Role

  • The role will focus on leading the development of projects, including both greenfield projects and competitive tenders.
  • The Business Development (Manager will run projects from the early stages to financial close. The BD Manager drives full cycle project development, from permitting, managing consultants, conducting site visits, engaging with land owners, government and utility stakeholders, managing project partners, managing detailed project budgeting, overseeing the financial model, managing full bid submissions, preparing and presenting internal investment committee papers, and driving the financing workstreams with our specialist financing teams.
  • Regular regional travel is likely and the role will entail active engagement with team members in South Africa aswell as other Global locations.

Key Responsibilities

The successful applicant should have experience in a variety of technologies such as solar PV, wind, gas-fired power, and battery storage technology, ideally with a focus on renewable energy.

Specific responsibilities include:

* Assess feasibility of project opportunities.
* Lead preparation and submission of project tenders in compliance with the tender rules and internal approvals.
* Lead the negotiation of project and financing agreements - including power off-take agreements (PPA), construction contracts (EPC, TSA, BOP), O&M agreements, and financing documents as required.
* Support the structuring and negotiation of equity investment agreements such as Joint Development Agreements, shareholder agreements or share purchase agreements.
* Manage consultants' scopes of work, appointments and delivery.
* Conduct site visits with consultants, engage with relevant stakeholders and work to secure sites.
* Budgeting, expense tracking and reporting
* Assist in presenting the project for all internal approvals, including preparation of investment committee approval memorandums
* Design and delivery of key stats reports as well as support with both internal and external presentations and board papers
* Developing and refining market strategies and positions with key team members.
* Project scheduling, ensuring that key milestones are achieved on schedule and within budget
* Lead projects through all aspects of the development life cycle from inception to financial close

Skills / Competencies

* Detailed project development experience in renewable energy (wind and Solar PV)
* Knowledge of battery energy storage; practical experience in working with battery storage projects beneficial
* Required to have led detailed tender submissions
* Competent in reviewing financial models and critically analysing key inputs
* Experience in reviewing and critically analysing project documentation (PPAs, IAs, etc.)
* Competent in negotiating key land agreements, partnerships, and consultant agreements.
* Detailed budgeting, expense management and reporting experience
* Strong task and project management skills
* Strong analytical, strategic and critical thinking
* Problem solving and an individual who show initiative to take on challenges and find solutions.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills; in particular, presentation skills at all levels
* Strong MS Office skills, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and MS projects

Experience, Knowledge & Qualifications

* Experience and understanding of the Solar PV and Wind energy technology is critical with experience of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Program or similar recent competitive tender required.
* Education in one or several of the following fields is required:
o A minimum undergraduate degree in either Engineering (Electrical, Civil, Mechanical), Economics, Finance, or Science;
o Specific course work in engineering, finance or policy based tertiary study in Energy or Power Plant Development;
* Preferred to have achieved:
o A Master's Degree in Energy or infrastructure development or similar engineering field; or
o An MBA covering non-recourse, project finance or similar.
* A minimum 5-years' work experience, with experience in or exposure to energy infrastructure (preferably renewable power) development, construction and funding activities.

About Petroplan

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