Senior Development Manager

Permanent employee, Full-time · London

Elgin Values
Core behavioural responsibilities for all employees
Agility We Lead with Agility  
Integrity We Act with Integrity
Excellence We Empower Excellence
CareWe Value Care
Integration of our three core values into our employment processes and frameworks allows Elgin to recognise and respect individual employees for their personal contributions to their roles, their colleagues, stakeholders, and ultimately to the renewable energy sector. We see sustainability as every employee’s responsibility and weaving sustainable practices into our values is paramount to the culture we seek to create.
Job Description
The Role: 
Manage the development and delivery of utility scale solar PV and storage projects from site origination through to fully consented and ready-to-build phases. Engagement with key stakeholders in the development process and management of all project matters relating to development including land, planning, and grid connection. 
What you will do: 
Site Origination: 
  • Assessing suitable sites for solar PV and BESS development through various mapping tools, site feasibility studies, energy yield analysis, project budget and cash flow analysis. 
  • Engaging with Distributed Network Operators (DNOs) and other industry bodies such as local planning authorities to identify opportunities for solar and storage development. 
  • Supporting other team members in the identification of projects and assessment of opportunities. 
Project Development: 
  • Engaging with landowners regarding securing land for solar and storage. 
  • Negotiating agreements including landowner agreements, consultancy contracts, and input to commercial decisions, ensuring optimum value is achieved in all such negotiations. 
  • Managing specialist consultants throughout the planning application process. 
  • Managing projects through the grid connection process with the relevant network operator. 
  • Engaging with external stakeholders (e.g. local authorities, system operators, statutory consultees, planning & grid consultants) while representing the company in a professional manner. 
  • Consulting on project proposals with stakeholders local to the project area. 
  • Managing project cash flow management and preparation of budget proposals 
  • Managing and reporting on all project risks, ensuring management is kept fully abreast of any significant developments. 
  • Continuing to evolve and build existing knowledge and understanding of the renewable energy industry keeping a watching brief on energy policy development and media, and networking through attendance at industry conferences where relevant or required. 
  • Driving and motivating the project development team and progress their professional development through staff mentorship, knowledge sharing, and identification of training opportunities. 
  • Driving and promoting the corporate values of Elgin within the workplace. 
  • Actively foster, in cooperation with other staff, an ethos and culture of inclusiveness and openness 
  • Supporting other duties as required and directed by the relevant Manager or other Officer appointed by the Board of Directors. 

Your profile
  • Will ideally come from a planning, technical/engineering, development, or consultancy background and have 5-7 years of project management experience in the power or renewable energy sector.   
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, Planning, Engineering, Business, or a related field  
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills. 
  • A high level of motivation and a friendly manner to enable effective and positive engagement with colleagues, and key stakeholders. 
  • The ability to work proactively and within a team. 
  • A flexible approach to work to be undertaken. 
About us

Elgin Energy is a full-service, utility scale, solar+storage platform bringing projects from origination through to energisation. Elgin is active across the project lifecycle from project origination through to construction management and operational asset management. The company has over 12GW of solar and storage projects across our three key markets of the UK, Australia, and Ireland.

As of 2022, Elgin Energy agreed to sell the UK’s largest solar PV transaction to date consisting of a portfolio of 12 projects with a combined capacity of 519MW of projects including 70MW of collocated energy storage capacity to Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of global utility Iberdrola Group.

In 2021, Elgin Energy secured financing with Berenberg Green Energy Fund for the development of solar PV projects totalling 1.36GW in the UK and Ireland and also raised £25 million via Focus Capital Partners to fund its growth strategy across its core markets. In 2020, the company partnered, in separate transactions, with both Foresight Group and Metka-EGN in relation to two portfolios to deliver a total of 276MW of UK solar development projects and was successful with two Irish solar projects in Ireland’s first solar auction, RESS-1 – Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS). In addition to the above, Elgin Energy delivered 21 solar projects, totalling 230MW, before the UK Government’s Renewables Obligation (ROCs) scheme ended in 2017.

Elgin Energy works with long-term strategic partners to deliver projects to the energization and provides asset management services through their operational life. The company has expanded internationally over the last 14 years with a professional team of engineers, accountants, and lawyers located in its London, Dublin, and Sydney offices. Elgin has a 98% success rate through planning across all its markets.

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