Opportunity for an experienced individual to manage and deliver the consents for the onshore grid infrastructure associated with an offshore wind farm project.
The aim is to secure all required planning permissions, consents and licences in line with the project programme and budget. The onshore consenting scope includes cable installation(s) at landfall (landward of MHWS), onshore export cables and the substation.
- Work closely with the Consent Manager, Onshore Package Manager, Stakeholder Manager, EIA consultants, legal advisors and the engineering team to develop and drive the onshore consenting strategy to a successful outcome. This will require a detailed understanding of external factors that influence consenting, including Eirgrid timelines and constraints.
- Active participation in the site selection process, providing input on consenting and land risks and opportunities of the landfall, cable route and substation location options being considered.
- Procure and manage the EIA, planning and other consultants or advisors to deliver the necessary applications and supporting documentation including the EIAR and pre-application report and consultations.
- Work closely with the Stakeholder Manager to manage relationships and engage regularly with relevant stakeholders and consenting authorities. This includes provision of information and attendance to public and community meetings.
- Work closely with the land agent to ensure landowner requirements are appropriately considered and managed in the consenting strategy, and that consenting requirements (e.g. mitigations, site access for surveys) are considered in land/ crossing agreements.
- Develop deliverable and cost-effective mitigation and monitoring strategies.
- Control spend against the approved project budget in close liaison with the project Cost Controller.
- Ongoing management of the onshore consenting programme and risks in close liaison with the project Consent Manager and Programme Manager.
- Detailed quality checks of all documents to be issued to third parties.
- Identify collaboration opportunities with other projects and developers and manage the interface in compliance with the project legal requirements.
- Ensure that all onshore consenting activities, site visits, surveys etc. are carried out within the project HSSE, legal, financial and engineering requirements.
Skills and experience
- Significant experience delivering onshore consents and planning approvals, preferably for electricity infrastructure in Ireland.
- Demonstrate relevant experience including Environmental Assessment (EIA), route design and stakeholder negotiations.
- A strong understanding of the Irish legislation, planning policy and regulatory environment for onshore infrastructure.
- Excellent Project Management skills, including contract management, coordination, cost control, risk and programme management.
- Ability to represent the interests of the project with external stakeholders, consenting authorities, local and national government, communities and local politicians.
- Ability to manage consultants to ensure timely delivery of reports and materials.
- Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team on large infrastructure projects.
- Degree or equivalent qualified consents, environment or planning specialist.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Able to work under significant pressure to tight timescales.
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