Planning Manager

Planning Manager

Low Carbon

Gloucester, United Kingdom

Scope of role

We are looking for someone who is interested in applying their skills to the development and build out of a portfolio of new utility-scale solar and battery storage projects throughout Great Britain.

The person should have experience in managing renewable energy projects through the planning and stakeholder engagement process principally. Ideally, this person will also have a wider understanding of the energy development process including the interactions and dependencies that the planning function has with land, grid and, ultimately, delivery.

The role requires being able to apply strategic thinking to unlock projects, providing solutions to complex planning situations due to technical, political or community issues, for instance. There will be an expectation on the individual to be able to do this with minimal instruction, therefore, initiative, confidence and experience are key to this role.

This person will also be the public face of the project as it progresses through the planning and stakeholder engagement process. Therefore, strong communications skills are important.

We expect the start date to be in September or October 2020.

Key responsibilities

  • Being responsible for engaging and managing consultants tasked with the preparation of planning applications for solar and battery storage projects;
  • Managing a number of live projects through the different stages of the development process. Whilst there is a primary focus on the planning and stakeholder activities, this requires a wider understanding of the interactions and dependencies of other parts of the development process which may be impacted by decisions made on planning matters;
  • Thinking strategically about ways to unlock projects which, on the face of it, may not appear deliverable, rather than waiting to be guided by those above;
  • Being comfortable and able to communicate effectively with external stakeholders, at all levels, as the face of Low Carbon on a project basis;
  • Working with the wider Development Team to identify new development opportunities and undertaking initial desk-based planning feasibility studies for those new opportunities;
  • Undertaking site visits to produce preliminary project assessment reports to be fed into the investment decision making process;
  • Inputting into the wider development strategy for each project and providing project information to both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Maintaining a continued focus on process improvements – the way that it was done yesterday is not necessarily the best way to do it tomorrow;
  • Generating template documents and disseminating them to the wider Development and Investment Teams.

Experience

  • Experience within the planning and development process for renewable energy projects, gained either in the planning function in the public sector, or within the private sector – 5+ years;
  • RTPI qualified;
  • Being computer literate is essential and familiarity with cloud-based project management software would be useful;
  • Experience of having led on public-engagement and communications for development projects is desirable.

The Person

  • This is a new team. You will need to be adept at carving out your role within it and building trust with your team members;
  • You’ll be highly organised and used to working with multiple projects and priorities;
  • You’ll be able to make use of technology to increase efficiency;
  • You won’t sit back and wait for things to happen and you’ll be comfortable taking on responsibility and making decisions;
  • You’ll be part of a small close-knit team and you will be happy to get your hands dirty at times;
  • Strong written and verbal communications and presentation skills.

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