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Development Project Manager, Downing Renewable Developments (Finland)

Finland, Downing Renewable Developments

About Downing

Downing is a fast growing, entrepreneurial investment manager headquartered in the City of London, with four offices across the UK and Sweden and over 200 members of staff.

We invest for return while caring about the world. Downing has a structured and thorough approach to integrating sustainability, stewardship and governance into all that we do.

At a company level, we are driven by our ESG strategy and obligations as a net zero carbon asset manager. This is underpinned by our commitment as a certified B Corporation, in which we are dedicated to the 'triple bottom line' of people, planet and profit.

At an investment level, ESG factors are assessed when looking at every opportunity. Then, through active ownership, we consider sustainability risk and the opportunities to improve.

We monitor ESG performance and consistently look to improve through various responsible investment policies and by being active signatories to several industry frameworks, including UNPRI, UKSIF, ICGN, IIGCC and the UK Stewardship Code. We see contributing to policy advocacy as a core investor duty.

Diversity is important to us, and we see the benefits that having a team with a range of backgrounds and perspectives can bring. We are bold and ambitious, straightforward and we support each other. These core values are vital to everything we do – from the businesses we invest in, to the people we hire.

About the team

Downing Renewable Developments (DRD) is a 21-strong renewable development and delivery business, responsible for identifying suitable renewable energy project opportunities and then undertaking the required grid connection, land agreement and planning processes to obtain successfully developed projects. Following the development phase of the projects, they will then be delivered using our in-house team and then operated long term.

Our initial activities were focussed on the UK, where we have a c.6GW pipeline of opportunities in the solar, wind and battery sectors. Following this we established Swedish and Finnish development teams to undertake project development activities in the Nordic region.

Role and responsibilities

The role is to join our growing team in Finland (with flexibility on exact location) and to lead in the development and delivery of high-quality renewable energy projects (predominantly wind, solar and storage).

In particular, the role-holder will be expected to lead project development activities such as undertaking site identification, site feasibility reviews, grid applications, landowner engagement, permitting processes, budget management, contract administration and reporting and managing the overall development of projects until handover to the delivery management team.

Key responsibilities will be to plan, source project team, overview, report and manage budget for the various projects. In larger projects you will be supported by a technical project manager.

Location will be a balance of site working from home or at the office in Helsinki.

The role-holder is anticipated to have a wide range of technical capability, a real desire to succeed and be able to work autonomously and propose innovative solutions to problems.

Key skills and experience

The ideal candidate will have the following:

• Project Management / Engineering / Planning Qualification (degree level as a minimum).

• Minimum of 5 years’ experience within the renewable energy industry on Project Development, particularly working on solar PV, battery storage or onshore wind projects.

• Experience of undertaking site origination and feasibility reviews.

• Experience of leading the development of projects at various stages in the project lifecycle.

• Experience of planning and permitting processes related to wind, solar or battery storage projects.

• Experience of contract preparation and managing and negotiating tender processes (including consultancy services).

• Experience of managing project stakeholders including regulators, statutory consultees and local communities.

• An understanding of renewable energy technologies and optimum locations and jurisdictions for these.

• Experience of landowner identification, engagement and negotiation.

• Experience of managing project teams and budgets.

• An ability to create and influence project development and procurement strategies.

• Experience in the use of technical software (such as AutoCAD, GIS, PVSyst).

• An ability to anticipate project issues and propose creative solutions.

• An ability to translate technical detail into commercial impact.

• An ability to manage several project tasks at once and be able to plan and prioritise project workload.

Personal Profile

Passionate about what you do - you are always happy to roll up your sleeves.

Team player – have fun! We do our best to cultivate an open, honest, hard-working but fun culture at Downing.

Customer oriented - you are approachable, friendly and professional whilst working diligently. Nothing is too much trouble.

Assertive and focus on execution – you make things happen.

Eloquent – you can explain complex things in simple, relevant terms, and in good English.

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