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Solar PV Design Manager

Northampton, United Kingdom

Solar PV Design Manager
Competitive salary + extensive benefits

Our client is one of only a few companies in the UK with a net negative carbon emissions footprint, delivering a positive impact on climate change.
Their operations prevent more than an equivalent of 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) escaping into the atmosphere by capturing and converting more than 400,000 tonnes of methane into electricity.
As part of a continued commitment to a low carbon future our client have recently added solar PV to their portfolio. This involves the development of a number of subsidy free solar sites which will operate on existing land owned by our client and utilise existing grid connections which support other projects.

Your Role

To be a key member of a growing solar team and manage all in-house design and engineering tasks, as well as being the interface with external design consultants. Oversee the engineering related aspects of our solar construction projects and provide support to the project managers as required.
 
Key tasks include:
 
  • Be responsible for the fast and efficient provision of high-quality, mechanical and LV electrical solar designs and drawings throughout the project development, design finalisation and construction phases of the solar projects.
  • Manage and oversee the creation of documentation and design created by external consultants or, in the future, other junior members of the team
  • Creating and retain internal knowledge and skills for a multi-year development program, and provide practical engineering support and oversight in collaboration with the site construction and project managers during construction.
  • Collaborate on design issues with the Head of Technical and Product Development, and Head of Engineering Services.
  • Support the component selection (technical supplier review) and be responsible for document management and version control related to all engineering documents.
 
Your Background
  • Engineering Bachelor’s Degree within a suitable engineering discipline
  • At least 3 years of recent design experience on utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) ground mount projects
  • A good understanding of generating layouts, detailed plans and schematics (mechanical and electrical) to construction issue level, as well as yield assessments
  • Electrical (Low Voltage (LV) necessary, High Voltage (HV) desirable) and mechanical/structural engineering knowledge of all solar farm construction specific aspects
  • Fully familiar and proficient with AutoCAD and PVSyst, as well as all other tools required for the design process
  • Excellent team working skills, able to liaise with PMs and subcontractors as required during construction phase, and a hands-on attitude
  • Creative with a solution focused attitude, able to think outside the box when tackling project specific challenges
  • A solid understanding of the commercial and regulatory issues around UK solar
  • Full UK (car) driving license (or international, unrestricted equivalent)

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