Senior Project Development Manager (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

Senior Project Development Manager (m/f/d)

full time - unlimited

Your Tasks

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 (m/f/d) within JUWI, working with and overseeing more junior 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 project equity and procurement of goods and services. These tasks cover the development phase through financial close to construction phase support.
Primary Responsibilities
  • Project Management: Oversee multiple wind, solar, and hybrid projects in various development stages, ensuring on-time and on-budget delivery.
  • Site Identification & Design: Utilize advanced GIS tools for project site selection; collaborate on plant design tasks, including turbine, PV array, and electrical layouts.
  • Landowner & Investor Relations: Assist in landowner negotiations and participate in investor selection processes.
  • Budget & Financial Oversight: Establish and manage project budgets and assist with project financial modelling.
  • Licensing & Permitting: Oversee project licensing tasks, coordinating with statutory organizations for necessary approvals and permits.
  • Team Leadership: Provide guidance to junior members of the Development Team, ensuring consistency and quality in project development efforts.
  • Negotiations & Agreements: Develop, negotiate, and finalize development and project site sales agreements; contribute to tender submissions.
  • Risk Management & Reporting: Mitigate project risks, maintain regular progress reports, and participate in project and programme reviews as needed.
  • Support to EPC Sales Team: Offer project development assistance to the EPC Sales Team based on individual project needs.

Your Profile

Qualifications and Experience
  • 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
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.
  • Willingness to travel to relevant project sites in Africa and industry events internationally.
  • In addition to the duties mentioned above, the job holder is required to perform administrative duties related to a standard project management role.

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.
We look forward to your energy!

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