Senior EIA Project Manager

Posted 13 November 2022
Salary Negotiable
Contact NameMonika Gajda

Job description

Our Client, an award winning renewable energy specialist in the wind, solar and hydro sectors currently have an opportunity for a Senior EIA Project Manager to join them on either a permanent or contract basis.

The position will be based at Machynlleth or Stirling with the opportunity to work flexibly.

Job Purpose:

Planning, management and delivery of EIA and other consultancy projects, across a range of renewables technologies.

Key responsibilities:

The post holder will be responsible for delivering both non -EIA and EIA projects on a range of scales and will have an important role in maintaining existing relationships and building new ones.

Whilst the department's primary focus in on wind and solar energy, planning work for other renewables (hydro, energy storage and hydrogen) is also undertaken.

Design, Planning and EIA:

  • Appraising planning policy guidance and development control issues relevant to projects.
  • Undertaking preliminary planning and feasibilities for clients to evaluate planning risks.
  • Undertaking decision-making on technical approaches and design for projects to ensure the best environmental outcome in securing the delivery of client projects.
  • Undertaking all aspects of EIA projects, including screening, scoping, contracting specialist services and managing such writing up in-house EIA sections; formulation and production of Environmental Statements; review of external assessments to ensure they conform to EIA regulatory guidance and appropriate survey and assessment methodologies.
  • Formulating approaches, undertaking and managing all external consultations with statutory and non-statutory bodies, including representing the company at strategic level talks and project based specific consultations.
  • Preparing and submitting planning applications on behalf of clients potentially across different devolved regulatory systems; also undertaking post submission management of applications, submitting supplementary information and processing applications through a decision. If necessary, undertaking discharge of conditions and/or variations.
  • Managing all aspects of projects with a range of clients and project sizes, taking projects through the entire development process.
  • Having an awareness of the technical, economic, environmental and social implications of a range of renewable energy technologies.
  • Maintaining a broad understanding of the regulations and guidance/best practice pertaining to renewable energy development (including national planning policy guidance, environmental impact assessment, other planning and environmental legislation).
  • Following, and contributing to the development of, quality management standards and continuous improvement.

Business and Financial Management:

  • Responsibility for the preparation of pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQs) and tender submission for work.
  • Responsibility for managing all financial aspects of projects from purchasing of goods and services, formulating fee proposals, tracking budgets, invoicing clients, and dealing with issues as they arise.
  • Acting at all times in a commercial capacity as a representative of the business and conveying its mission statement and ethical position to interested parties.
  • Promotion and marketing our capabilities to potential clients, and participating and leading sales campaigns and initiatives.

Line Management and Department Systems:

  • Ensuring compliance with ISO and IEMA standards and best practice within the scope of the post holder's activities.
  • Managing a wide range of sub-contractors/consultants. This includes preparing terms of referenced and specifications, evaluating tenders, commissioning, ensuring that work is appraised and of sufficient standard, and resolving any problems that may arise.
  • Managing other members of the department and of the project teams, guiding them though project stages, ensuring they are given responsibilities suitable for their skills and experience, and assessing their training and professional development requirements.
  • Assessing ways of improving project and departmental management practices and contributing to their development.
  • Contributing to improving the environmental performance of the department and actively supporting the Net Zero plan.

Skills / Qualifications/ Experience (essential):

  • EIA project experience, preferably on renewable energy projects.
  • Education, training in EIA to a detailed level of understanding.
  • Familiarity and experience with UK planning systems.
  • Highly numerate and experienced in preparing and interpreting project finances.
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Ability to lead, manage, facilitate, consult and participate comfortably, confidently and appropriately.
  • Ability to vet, commission and manage specialist sub-consultants.
  • Ability to prepare and proof written documents to a very high standard of literacy, numeracy and presentation.
  • Ability to communicate complex information and respond to questioning.
  • Self-motivated and experienced in managing own time and that of others.
  • Takes appropriate action without promoting and actively finds solutions to problems.
  • High level of IT competency with office IT packages, especially Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience of either GIS, Windfarmer, WindPro or AutoCAD.
  • Willing to travel and spends time away from home if required.

Skills / Qualifications/ Experience (desirable):

  • Master level qualification in EIA.
  • TCPA qualification
  • Membership of a relevant professional body such as IEMA.
  • The ability to communicate through the medium of the Welsh language
  • Experienced in remote working.
  • IT Microsoft Project.

Our role in supporting diversity and inclusion
As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.