Development Director – Northeast

Our client is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects.

This job is responsible for bringing the necessary development expertise to deliver project milestones and the necessary technical solutions to contribute to the rapid grow the of our operations in order to establish our client as the US’s pre-eminent developer of solar and storage projects. This job reports to the Vice President of Development.

Job Requirements

  • Track and manage project spend to ensure projects are on track with budget and timing.
  • Remain up to date on permitting, siting and regulatory updates in the Northeast states.
  • Lead on the coordination of their internal departmental resource(s): planning, technical, legal, grid, and delivery to ensure competent negotiations on land rights, deeds, permits, planning and PPA where required.
  • Ensure a high level of action orientated, clear communication is conducted with a project’s external parties and consultants.
  • Understand and negotiate solutions to land and property concerns.
  • Identify greenfield and acquisition opportunities in conjunction with multiple internal and external staff and/or acquisition of land rights for solar development.
  • Engage in community affairs, public affairs and marketing of the project within project’s community.
  • Manage a pipeline of projects from greenfield/acquisition through to financial close, closing transactions in a well-forecasted, timely manner that exceeds our client’s margin requirements.
  • Regularly update and provide clear forecasting of project cashflows and schedules to executive committee members and the rest of the organization.
  • Present projects for internal risk-review evaluations and submit formal requests for budget approval when necessary.
  • Represent our client at community and company events, conveying our business and development acumen in a professional manner while enforcing company strategies.
  • Provide proficient line management to up to 4 staff member, including regular 1-2-1’s, appraisals and setting personal development goals

KnowledgeQualifications, and Experience

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Experience with land agreement and negotiations. 
  • Understanding of renewables industry, energy and environmental issues. 
  • Ability to comprehend and think outside the box on siting and permitting ordinances and regulatory structures.
  • Understanding of project finance and financial modelling.
  • Driving License.
  • Demonstrable negotiation skills.
  • Strong written and verbal English language.
  • Proven Track Record of:
    • Experience within Northeastern US states in siting and permitting solar and storage
    • Project management
    • Creative and professional thinking. B2C and B2B engagement.
    • Developing projects connecting to HV networks.
    • Taking projects from Greenfield development to COD
    • Developing and managing work-related projects, deadlines and resources with use project management software or strong familiarity with MS excel.

Their company is a place where you can be yourself and grow; a place where your ideas and opinions matter. They pride themselves on being an inclusive community, where every individual is valued and treated with respect. Their culture is driven by their core values. From operating safely to ensuring their solar projects are responsible and promote biodiversity. 

Alongside a competitive salary, they offer a variety of benefits including annual bonus, retention bank, health insurance, pension and other local benefits. Beyond your day-to-day working life at the company, there’s a variety of initiatives that will contribute to your own personal development. Initiatives to get involved with including our charitable causes, supporting our solar project or our sustainability initiatives. 

Our client truly cares about creating a sustainable future through safe, responsible and meaningful low carbon energy projects. Their core values of safety, integrity, respect, sustainability and drive are the guiding principles for everything they do. 

Job Category: Business Development
Job Location: Remote

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