Head of Project Management (Renewable Energy) – Cape Town

  • Permanent
  • Ref #407276RB
  • 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

Reporting to the Director of Project Development, You will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the land acquisition team with Initial site screening, constraints analysis and site feasibility assessments;
  • Lead team members and external consultants on resource assessments (solar, wind, storage), design and grid connection considerations;
  • Coordination of efforts in relation to land rights acquisition, including negotiation with landowners (prospecting or land acquisition processes), rezoning and permitting processes, water use rights, and other necessary permits;
  • Coordination of environmental permitting processes (BA, EIA);
  • Ensuring legal compliance with environmental, permitting and related legislation;
  • Support the technical and business development teams throughout the project development process;
  • Full cost management (internal and external) in accordance with defined budgets;
  • Keep abreast of renewable energy and wider power market developments, monitoring market activities in the RE sector and identifying potential opportunities for, and threats to, the company’s
    strategy through participation in industry association working groups;
  • Keeping up to date with the latest requirements and legislation around the RE sector particularly in relation to permitting regulations, new environmental (incl water and waste, biodiversity offsets, decommissioning) regulations, and ensuring development best of breed solutions to mitigate project risks;
  • Guide and manage a project development support team ensuring project development 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;
  • Produce weekly/month project progress reports for senior management;
  • Able to manage a team of technical and development specialists


  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical/Mechanical/Civil Engineering
  • An Honours or higher will be advantageous;
  • Registration with ECSA or other relevant professional bodies (EAPASA, etc) is highly advantageous;
  • PMI Certification, or current study toward certification is a distinct advantage


  • Sound experience in managing the full life cycle of project development and permitting (3 to 5 years) – site screening and selection, EIA/BA, ecological assessments, environmental management, project permitting applications (WUL, SPLUMA, et) and close out;
  • Experience in the renewable energy sector

Salary / Package

Negotiable (based on experience & qualifications)