Planning Manager

Elgin Energy is a full-service, utility scale, solar+storage developer bringing projects from origination through development. The company has a portfolio of projects in late-stage development totalling 6GW solar + 3GW storage across our three key markets of the UK, Australia, and Ireland.
As of 2022, Elgin Energy agreed to sell the UK’s largest solar PV transaction to date consisting of a portfolio of 12 projects with a combined capacity of 519MW of projects including 70MW of co-located energy storage capacity to Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of global utility Iberdrola Group.
Elgin Energy is an entrepreneurial business with a strong culture, pipeline, and future growth trajectory. The company has expanded internationally over the last 12 years with a professional team of engineers, accountants, and lawyers located in its London, Dublin, and Sydney offices. Elgin has a 98% success rate through planning across all its markets. Please visit our website to learn more or check out our LinkedIn

Duties and Responsibilities

To manage all planning issues and requirements in-house from the site strategies, through planning, construction and operation of completed large-scale ground mounted Solar PV & Storage projects across both Ireland & UK.

  • Managing the pre and post commencement planning conditions, typically consisting of discharging and reviewing planning items, preserving existing permissions, and advising on amendment planning applications as required. This includes managing and advising on all planning issues as they arise.
  • Liaising with design teams, County Councils/ ABP, relevant state bodies and stakeholder to ensure projects are delivered and progressed in a timely manner.
  • Reviewing planning applications prior to submission. Liaising with and assisting the Development Team to address findings and foresee any potential planning issues that could arise during the Pre-Construction and Construction phases.
  • Supporting the Head of Pre-Construction. This is an excellent opportunity for the candidate to get exposure and experience of the entire development process.
  • Supporting and advising the Elgin Sales Team in funding and corporate sales transactions specifically the relation to planning elements.
  • Providing planning support to the Construction Team.

Candidate requirements

  • A planning related post-graduate degree, or equivalent
  • The candidate must possess a recognised qualification in Town Planning (IPI and/or RTPI Accredited)
  • 3+ years’ experience with the planning processes in Ireland and/or the UK
  • Have excellent critical and analytical thinking and enjoy problem solving.
  • Commercially astute and process driven.
  • Ability to manage relationships with multiple stakeholders effectively.
  • Excellent inter-disciplinary communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong time management, organisational and report writing skills.
  • High level of self-motivation and ability to work independently.
  • MS Office, MS Excel, MS Project.
  • High focus on setting priorities, keeping up with deadlines, communication, and organizational abilities.

Core behavioural responsibilities for all employees

Agility We Lead with Agility
Integrity We Act with Integrity
Excellence We Empower Excellence

Integration of our three core values into our employment processes and frameworks allows Elgin to recognise and respect individual employees for their personal contributions to their roles, their colleagues, stakeholders, and ultimately to the renewable energy sector. Our values are paramount to the culture we seek to create.

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