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Green Door Recruitment
www.gd-rec.com
renewables@gd-rec.com
0845 337 2773
 
Wind Farm Construction Project Manager (based in Scotland)
Location: , Outside US (United Kingdom)
Compensation Range:
Employment Type: Full Time (Experienced) Job ID: 9737

Job Details:
Our client is a growing business in the renewable energy industry, developing wind and hydro power projects across the UK. With ambitious plans for growth, with over 500MW of new wind power projects, at various stages of development. These projects range from single turbine projects to large wind farms, which are located in both England and Scotland. Our client has consented over 260MW of wind power capacity and is also developing a portfolio of hydro power projects.

In respect of the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm project in Argyll, our client has formed a joint venture with Statkraft. Statkraft is a leading player in Europe within the renewable energy sector. Statkraft has generation assets in hydro power, wind power, gas power and district heating. Already a major player on the European energy exchanges, Statkraft’s vision is to be a European leader within environmentally-friendly energy.

Preliminary enabling works have been undertaken at Carraig Gheal in respect of the grid connection. It is the joint aim of our client to complete the construction of the 20 turbine project so as to achieve commercial operation in 2012. Our client is seeking to recruit a Construction Project Manager to complement its existing strong development team.

Our client has twenty staff based in Alloa, where modern offices and a strong investment in facilities have created a vibrant working environment. The company is committed to integrity in its business activities and projects that are underpinned by robust environmental and technical standards.



Job Description:

We are seeking to appoint an experienced and qualified Construction Project Manager to provide, in the first instance, the in-house resource capable of successfully bringing the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm project into commercial operation by 2012. This post is a full time position and will report to the CEO although, in respect of the Carraig Gheal project, the post holder will also report to the Carraig Gheal Board of Directors.

The post holder will have strong leadership skills based on sound practical experience of managing and delivering large scale engineering projects. They will be required to prepare reports for GPD’s senior management team and the Carraig Gheal Board of Directors. A clear, concise style of writing using plain English and the ability to provide supporting information using tools such as Excel and Microsoft Project will be expected.

In all areas of work the post holder will be required to manage their time appropriately, work effectively with colleagues in the development team and represent our client and the Carraig Gheal project in a professional manner at all times.



Roles & Responsibilities:

The post holder will have overall responsibility for delivery of the project, including:

• Health, Safety, Quality and the Environment:

• Ensuring that all project construction and related activities are undertaken safely, including monitoring of contractor HSE performance;

• Ensuring all activities are carried out within the terms of the project Consents, including planning conditions;

• Ensuring a diligent and responsible approach is taken on all environmental matters, adopting a pro-active “good neighbour” approach in the project’s construction activities;

• Adopting and ensuring adherence to the company procedures and those of any investors;

• Liaison with the Environmental Clerk of Works; and

• Liaison with the CDMc and H&S Adviser.

• Ensuring the project is delivered within budget and on time.

• Managing the key project construction-related contracts, including:

• Closing out all remaining contract matters for turbine supply and balance of plant (BOP);

• Contractor HSE performance;

• Cost and programme monitoring and control;

• Technical and design quality; Commissioning & hand-over.

• Managing the delivery of “early works” activities (prior to the award of the principal BOP contract).

• Preparation of monthly reports for the Project Board.

• Managing and coordinating the Client’s project team.

• Line management of the Client’s Site Manager(s).

• Liaison with statutory consultees, stakeholders and advisors.

• Support to the project development team in closure of all remaining development activities.

• Support to the commercialization team in closing out of project financing.

• Support in the procurement of operation & maintenance services.



The Candidate:

This position is ideally suited to someone with a strong construction background in the power sector. Ideally, the successful candidate will have a track record of successful wind farm project delivery in the role of client’s construction project manager (or equivalent).

The post offers the right candidate an exceptional opportunity to join a thriving and dynamic company that will continue to grow. The candidate should be someone who is ready for the challenge of constructing a wind farm in the uplands of West Argyll and who also has a keen awareness and respect for the environmental sensitivities of this kind of terrain and habitat.

This position will require someone with engineering or related qualifications and proven experience of dealing with turbine supply and BOP contracts on a substantial wind farm project. Previous experience of liaising with landowners, community stakeholders, statutory consultees and planning authorities will also be expected.

The successful candidate will have experience (in a lead role) of negotiating turbine and BOP contracts for a wind farm project.

The candidate should fundamentally be a team player, but also self motivated and able to take responsibility for and work on substantive tasks under their own direction. The candidate will be able to demonstrate a systematic and disciplined approach to work with sharp attention to detail. Excellent communication skills and an ability to prepare well written and concise documents will be required.



Skills and Expertise:

The successful applicant should have the following core skills & expertise:

On-shore wind farm construction project management experience;
Significant/demonstrable construction management skills, working on large construction projects in multi-disciplinary teams;
In-depth knowledge of the technical and contracting requirements for the successful delivery of a wind farm project;
Direct (lead) experience of negotiating and securing a wind turbine supply agreement and the accompanying service and warranty/availability agreement;
Direct (lead) experience of negotiating and securing contract(s) for the procurement of wind turbine BOP infrastructure (civil and electrical);
Excellent interpersonal and team working skills;
Ability to be both a strong team player and to work independently;
Confident operator in remote moorland environment;
Detailed understanding of good health and safety practice and current UK regulations;
Full clean driving licence;
Qualified in a relevant engineering discipline;
CDMC & HSE training;
Confident use of Windows based IT systems, including word, excel and outlook;
Ability to monitor and illustrate project programmes and use of industry standard project management software (e.g. MS Project).


Personal Attributes and General Aptitude:

The successful applicant should:

Be calm, courteous and professional in all dealings with colleagues and stakeholders;
Be able to prioritise work, set and meet targets and manage time effectively;
Have strong negotiation skills and be commercially aware;
Have an eye for detail and precision;
Be able to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Have a positive attitude to work and problem solving;
Work effectively within a team environment;
Maintain strict commercial confidentiality;
Be adaptable and responsive to the needs of the project and the company.


The successful applicant will ideally have some of the following skills and experience:

Technical awareness:

Experience of implementation of SCADA systems.
Grid contracts:
Experience of negotiating with the DNO and NGET.


Terms and Conditions:

Salary, Term and Hours

• Salary – commensurate with skills and experience.

• The post is a salaried post.

• You will be expected to work a minimum 37.5 hour week, including being at your nominal place of work (in the office in Alloa or at the Carraig Gheal site) for normal office hours (i.e. 9am – 5:30pm).

• The client offers a stakeholder pension scheme and a 3% employer contribution will be made into that scheme.



Holiday Entitlement:

• The post carries a holiday entitlement of 25 days per annum, plus statutory holidays, accumulated pro rata.



Travel & Transport:

• The job will require travel, principally between the Alloa office base and the Carraig Gheal site but possibly also further afield and occasionally overseas in respect of equipment being procured from outside the UK. This may require staying away from home. A mileage allowance applies.

• The post holder must hold a full clean current UK driving licence.



Subsistence:

• Expenses for subsistence, including accommodation, will be re-imbursed at cost.



Employer:

• The post will be directly responsible to the Chief Executive Officer



Review:

• Performance will be reviewed after three and six months and thereafter annually in line with the staff review programme.



Personal Development:

• Our client believes in ongoing personal skills development and we will work with you to encourage and support you in your professional development.



Equal Opportunities:

• Our client is an equal opportunities employer and will not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, ethnic background or religion.







Location:

• The post will be based within modern offices in Alloa, which offer an excellent working environment. Alloa has a main line railway station with services directly to Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is also well served by the trunk road network, with the new upper forth crossing at Kincardine.

• The post holder will at times be required to be based at the Carraig Gheal site in Argyll. The site is approximately 90 miles from the Alloa office and the journey is likely to take approximately 2½ hours. Other more distant locations in Argyll and Kintyre associated with the project will also have to be visited from time to time.

• Alloa will remain the main administrative and project management centre for the project.



Application Procedure:

Submit an up to date CV and covering letter (including details of your current salary), plus any other appropriate details as required below, by e-mail to:

andy@shawenergyltd.com OR craig@shawenergyltd.com



You must include “CPM Application”, reference 1103-9 in the subject line).



Application Deadline:

Ongoing



Application Contents:

Applicants should ensure that their application includes the following information:

• Full CV, including details of all current and previous employment and all qualifications held;

• A covering letter;

• Details of current salary (explaining any bonus structure applied and any benefits in kind);

• Details of notice period that is required by your current employer;

• Confirmation that you hold a clean current UK driving licence;

• Details of two independent referees, only one of whom may be related to your current employment.

From your current employer we will require a reference from a senior manager who had line management responsibility for your work (These referees will not be approached unless and until a formal job offer is made and will not be done without your prior knowledge).



Interviews

Interview dates to be confirmed.

Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred in attending the interview will be reimbursed.