Development Principal Engineer- Wind energy

Job Title: Development Principal Engineer- Wind energy
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Salary: Negotiable
REF: BBBH24632
Contact Name: Vicky Kenrick
Contact Email:
Job Published: over 3 years ago

One of the most successful renewable energy developers and operators is looking for a development project manager and lead principal reporting to the 'Head of projects' -Scotland to oversee work in the UK and Ireland.


  • This role is responsible for: managing the project (including budget, programme and team management) and dictating project strategy up to point of planning consent;
  • managing and undertaking community relations and communications; producing an Environmental Statement;
  • Securing planning consent;
  • Obtaining planning condition compliance; and supporting planning compliance during construction and operation on projects assigned to them.
  • The Development Principal will work on at least 2 projects at any one time with the total number depending on project requirements.
  • This role is key to securing planning consent for a project, the stage at which most of the project's profit is secured.
  • Add value and reduce costs (DEVEX, CAPEX and OPEX) for projects ensuring project viability on a subsidy free basis through efficient working, careful scoping, procurement and innovative engineering and design opportunities, recorded and managed through the Economic Model.
  • Use lean processes to deliver project objectives and reduce waste
  • Responsible for setting and managing the project programme in line with strategy to consent.
  • Manage all risks on projects using appropriate tools and contracts.
  • Responsible for project budget to point of consent: includes management of internal and external hours and costs.
  • Responsible for screening, scoping and producing the planning application, normally accompanied by an Environmental Statement.
  • Responsible for management of external consultants and internal technical or engineering support in relation to the project design, ES production, or condition discharge bundles.
  • Responsible for management of property - ensuring property is secured on viable terms
  • Coordination of engineering design, technical studies and grid requirements is needed along with a solid understanding of how to maximise profit and the probability of securing consent
  • Responsible for planning submission and driving towards a consent
  • Responsible for appeals process, which may involve management of a Public Inquiry
  • Responsible for obtaining pre commencement planning condition discharge
  • Responsible for obtaining any post consent planning variations
  • Support obtaining other licences and permits required by the project
  • Provide support for planning condition compliance throughout construction and operations.
  • Accountable for ensuring project documentation and consultation is compliant with planning policy and EIA regulations.
  • Communicate and record obligations on the project that have been agreed to or entered into (planning or otherwise).
  • Managing external stakeholder relationships, including landowners, local community, planning bodies, local politicians and other key influencers including objectors, all consultees statutory or otherwise, grid companies, consultants, suppliers, regulators and media.
  • Devise and implement an effective communications plan, with support from the Community Relations & Communications Principal, focussed on obtaining planning consent at least cost in minimum time whilst retaining RES' reputation.
  • Support development and implementation of storage and solar projects as appropriate to the location.


  • Detailed knowledge of the drivers for a successful wind farm development and understanding of the common risks.
  • Extensive knowledge of the planning systems and planning policy relating to renewable energy
  • Knowledge of the appeals and public inquiry legal process.
  • Knowledge of Environmental Impact regulations. Project economics
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An entrepreneurial approach and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Managing and co-ordinating inputs from external consultants and project team members. Excellent influencing and negotiation skills
  • Successfully managing projects within resource and budget constraints.
  • Experience of team coordination
  • Successfully dealing with planning authorities and other project stakeholders, including landowners, general public, project contractors, external consultants and development partners.
  • Production of Planning Applications, Environmental Statements and planning condition discharge bundles Experience of the appeals process including Public Inquires.
  • Degree in an environmental, engineering, technical, planning or science based subject or equivalent