Senior Project Development Manager (Renewable Energy) – Cape Town

  • Permanent
  • Ref #407275RB
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, Africa
  • Renewable Energy
Employer Description

Our client is a pioneering renewable energy company providing project development, management and operations services across a range of renewable energy technologies.

Job Description

As an experienced project developer and senior member of the development team, You will be responsible for managing all phases of the Business and Project Development process from assessment of the opportunity, (due diligence, feasibility study, investment memorandum, budgets) through to delivering a portfolio of fully permitted projects.

  • Site and project acquisition (whether greenfield or established projects): evaluating, selecting and developing of a portfolio of projects from pre-feasibility through to fully developed, bid ready or bankable projects
  • Ensure all projects are fully permitted and authorised so that projects are bid ready and bankable, whether for government (national or municipal procurement), private sector tender calls, or bi-lateral and private sector off-take arrangements
  • Conduct technical due diligence of sites and projects with a particular view to ensuring technical feasibility (based on site selection criteria), including grid connection solutions
  • Guide and manage a project development support team ensuring support services to project managers are delivered i.e. resource measurement campaigns. GIS support, EIA’s and permitting acquisition, project tracking and management
  • Develop and maintain sound relations with Eskom, permitting authorities, local authorities and service providers to ensure projects are delivered on time, innovative grid connection solutions are developed for projects
  • Work closely with owners engineers, OEM’s and EPC providers to ensure proper specs are provided and project financial modelling is accurate;
  • Provide leadership in preparing and submitting projects to various bidding programmes and tender calls, including finance raising and commercial negotiations.
  • Produce weekly/month project progress reports for senior management.


  • Master’s Degree in Engineering is preferred (Mechanical or Electrical)
  • A Master's Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in business studies, project management (with a focus on renewable energy projects) or energy finance will be highly advantageous.
  • Registration with ECSA or other associated professional bodies is highly advantageous.
  • PMI Certification is a distinct advantage


  • Minimum of 5 - 8 years experience in Renewable Energy development and / or Project Management with at least 3 at a supervisory or management level.
  • Sound understanding of the energy industry in South Africa and very strong knowledge and understanding of the requirements to develop and bid a project in the South African environment.
  • Well versed in conducting project feasibility studies and motivating projects to senior management and investment teams.
  • Strong experience in managing wind resource assessments campaigns through to preliminary site resource assessment using software such as Wasp, WindPro, Windfarm or similar
  • Sound understanding of grid connection requirements and managing CEL and budget quote applications to grid operators

Salary / Package

Negotiable (based on experience & qualifications)