Senior Project Development Manager (m/f/d/)

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Work experience
  • Commercial professions (other)
  • Technical occupations (other)
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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 utilization of sustainable energy globally and are also recognized leaders in off-grid hybrid solar-wind-thermal-storage energy solutions.


The Project Development Unit predominantly develops utility-scale solar, wind and hybrid projects to be bid in the REIPPPP (or other sovereign backed programs in Africa) or used as the basis of possible utility scale embedded or wheeling projects in the future.  As a Senior Project Development Manager within JUWI, working with and occasionally overseeing less senior members of the Development Team, you will be required to manage the various project development tasks necessary. Depending on each market and business model, these tasks variously include site selection, land acquisition, plant layout, permitting and the commercial negotiations for the sale of equity and procurement of goods and services. These tasks cover the development phase through financial close to construction phase support.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Project management of multiple wind, solar and hybrid projects in various stages of development, ensuring completion within budget and on schedule:
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between site selection, technical design and project economics in order to be able to develop the best possible projects (optimised at capex or tariff level)
  • Using GIS and other tools, assisting in the identification of project sites
  • Assisting with landowner negotiations
  • Establishment and management of the project budget
  • Assisting with plant design tasks including turbine, PV array, road and electrical layouts
  • Management of the various project licensing tasks including liaising with the statutory organisations that administer the various approvals and permits necessary 
  • Assisting with investor selection processes
  • Assisting in tender submissions
  • Assisting in the oversight of less senior members of the Development Team
  • Developing, negotiating and closing development and project site sales agreements
  • Assisting with high level financial modelling processes
  • Project risk mitigation and reporting
  • Recording and reporting of project progress
  • Project development support to the C&I Sales, EPC Sales and Hybrid Sales teams; depending on the particular project, such support being varying combinations of the above tasks
  • Participation in project and programme reviews when required

Your Profile

  • A degree in Engineering, Business or Natural Science
  • Proven ability to speak and write fluently in English
  • High degree of project development experience within the renewable energy sector (ideally within REIPPPP) or in other industries facing similar challenges, such as infrastructure and construction
  • Proven commercial experience in the negotiation of Project Sale Agreements
  • Possession of a valid, South Africa Code 08 driver’s license
  • Motivated, driven and ability to self-manage
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Proven ability to work within a small project development team
  • Proven ability to solve problems creatively
  • Proven experience of successfully managing multiple projects within budget and on schedule
  • Willingness to travel to relevant project sites in Africa and JUWI head office in Germany will be required in line with business requirements
  • In addition to the duties mentioned above, the job holder is required to perform administrative duties related to a standard project management role
Desirable Attributes
  • A degree in Engineering, Business Science. Law or similar
  • Cash flow modelling experience
  • Proven experience in the successful negotiation of land acquisition agreements.
  • Thorough understanding of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Environmental Authorisation assessment process; ideally with respect to renewable energy projects
  • Able to perform research, write articles and present to an audience

Benefits of working for juwi

  • Ability to shape technology innovation within juwi and influence solutions of the future.
  • International mandate within a global organization.
  • Become part of a team that realises leading solar, wind and hybrid project worldwide.
  • juwi has a high level of commitment and passion for its vision of 100% renewable energy.


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