Deputy Head of Project Development (m/f/d)

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Work experience
  • Project Management, Product Management
  • Technical occupations (other)
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At JUWI you have the chance to work on a real project for the future of our planet. JUWI South Africa is part of the international JUWI Group, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies.
Our business is focused on deploying the highest quality Solar Photovoltaic and Onshore Wind energy projects. We offer Project Development (Wind & Solar), Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) services for the transition to greater utilisation of sustainable energy globally and are also a recognised leader in off-grid hybrid solar-wind-battery-storage energy solutions.
JUWI has successfully installed over 400 MW in South Africa and over 5,500 MW internationally. As a significant player for renewable energies, we are listed in the top 10 solar EPC contractors globally, employing more than 1,300 people worldwide.
We are looking for you as a

Deputy Head of Project Development (m/f/d)

full time - unlimited

Your Tasks

Reporting directly to the Head of the Department (“HOD”), in addition to performing much of the objectives and tasks of a Senior Project Development Manager (detailed further on), the objective of this role is to assist in the various management activities allowing the HOD to spend more time in strategic initiatives. 
The Deputy is also expected to develop the skills to be able to cover for the HOD for periods of time. The key objectives of the Department include but are not limited to;
  • Ensuring JUWI ZA’s portfolio of own renewable energy projects are highly competitive and sought after in the various markets within which the Company participates.
  • Converting the pipeline of opportunities into realised sales against agreed targets for RX4P and CPPA business models
  • Endeavouring to ensure that JUWI ZA’s Project Development Department (“Department”) are sufficiently resourced to meet the needs of the identified strategic markets, enjoy a suitable level of job satisfaction and are well-respected for their professional capability and integrity.
Primary Responsibilities
In summary, in addition to those of a Senior Project Development Manager, the role is responsible for the following:
  • Assist the HOD with the further refinement and effective rollout the organisation’s Strategy, ensuring it is strategically well-placed to meet the needs of the identified markets in the short, medium and long term.
  • Assist the HOD with the management of the Department in a manner that facilitates an optimized project, business and commercial development environment.
  • Assist the HOD with the management of the Department such that, within reasonable expectation considering internal and external dynamics, delivers on the Company’s Business Plan.
  • Assist various members of the Department with, and at times lead, contract negotiations for various Project Development and EPC Sales opportunities.
  • “Assistance” here will usually flow from meetings in which tasks will be discussed and shared but may also require delegated activities as appropriate.
Assisting the HOD with the following primary tasks:
  • Consolidation of PD and BD activities and skills
  • Further development, refinement and management of the Department’s Strategies.
  • Further development and management of the reporting necessary for internal and external purposes.
  • Working with our partners to identify new business models and channels to open the private sector uptake of renewables projects, be it via direct PPAs, wheeling arrangements, or direct capital investment types of deals with related financing arrangements.
  • Oversight of the structuring of transactions while interfacing closely with the specific project team members.
  • Coordinating all aspects of the deal execution process, including negotiations and finalization of all project and financing agreements.
  • Managing the development and maintenance of the various financial models necessary for the PDEPC business models.
  • Supporting the optimization of any bid scorecard, as required.
  • Wind and Solar Project Development; Oversight of the optimisation and acquisition tasks necessary to maintain a highly competitive project portfolio. Assume the oversight role towards our clients with respect to the sale of projects. Position the company as far as possible as the lead developer in bilateral (embedded generation) deals with an emphasis on negotiating and contracting, to the extent possible, PPAs and related project agreements.
  • Develop an understanding of the competitive position of thermal and storage technologies and models and strategies to compete or collaborate as appropriate.
  • Actively finding and developing mechanisms to improve Team effectiveness.
  • Willingness to travel to relevant project sites and JUWI headquarters will be required in line with business requirements.
  • In addition to the duties mentioned above, the job holder is required to carry out other duties that are in essence part of his/her area of activity, according to his/her knowledge and abilities.

Your Profile

Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Engineering, Business or Natural Science
  • Strong commercial mindset with a solid knowledge of Project and Corporate Finance concepts
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize competing time demands.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in the South African Renewable Energy Project Development sector
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with a proven track record in the closure of Project Sales Agreements
  • Experience in managing large interdisciplinary technical teams.
  • Strong understanding of the renewable energy industry, its drivers, KPIs and decision processes
  • Strong existing network in the South African renewable energy sector
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Fluency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat
Desirable Attributes
  • Financial modelling experience
  • Experience in Energy Policy and Industry Associations
  • Understanding of utility regulatory environment

Benefits of working for JUWI

Joining JUWI South Africa, you can expect a hybrid work policy, market related salary, performance-based bonus and contribution to medical aid. More so, there is the opportunity to work for an ISO 9001:2015 certified matrix organisation. Experiencing people, processes, ideas and thought patterns from a global perspective. You will be joining a collaborative environment where growth is common and in fact, is encouraged.
Become part of a team that realises leading solar, wind and hybrid projects worldwide. JUWI Global has a high level of commitment and passion for its vision of 100% renewable energy.


(Not matching all the requirements, Apply!)
Even if your profile does not match the job brief 100%, perhaps you match it 80% of the way, you could possibly be the right candidate for another position within the JUWI Group.
To apply, please submit your application via our recruitment portal and ensure that you submit your application in English.
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