The Green New Deal, introduced by former president Moon in 2020, committed to transforming one of the world’s most carbon-intensive economies into a net zero emissions, renewables-driven powerhouse by 2050.
Renewables currently provides only around 5% of South Korea’s power – one of the lowest shares among all IEA members – but that is set to change as it pursues an ambitious three-phase programme of development, with floating wind at the forefront.
The country has the potential to support over 18GW of offshore wind capacity, with resource concentrated in the south-western provinces of North and South Jeolla. This region has more than 15GW of potential capacity, and the government has committed 48.5 trillion won to the 8.2GW Jeonnam Sinan project, which is projected to create up to 120,000 jobs.
Building our presence in South Korea’s offshore wind sector
Korea’s ambition to become one of the world’s top five offshore wind producers by 2030 is ushering in a wave of investment. Taylor Hopkinson recently opened an office in Seoul to support our Korean clients, adding dedicated in-country resource to our wider APAC team for the first time. And our Head of Recruitment, Joshua Whitaker, is already working with some of the leading companies in the sector to connect renewables specialists to their pioneering projects on the Korean peninsula.
“The market is still in its early stages,” says Joshua Whitaker, our Head of Recruitment, South Korea, “but its potential is significant and the ambition from government is huge.
“Many of our offshore wind vacancies in South Korea focus on the development, pre-construction and engineering, as the leading companies ramp up detailed plans to get their projects into the water. We’re looking for Project Managers, Consenting Managers, grid specialists – all important technical specialist roles that are crucial for the deployment and execution of these massive infrastructure projects.
“We’re supporting Asia’s leading offshore wind developers during this period of growth, and nobody is better placed to deliver top-tier talent given our industry track record, our global footprint enabled by our colleagues at Brunel and our deep specialist capabilities. So please get in touch to discuss how we can support your pioneering projects.”
New offshore wind vacancies in South Korea
Grid Connection Manager
You’ll manage and take responsibility for the process of grid applications, ensuring they are submitted in a timely manner and progressed with KEPCO without delay.
FP&A Financial Controller
We’re working with a global leader in renewables currently recruiting for an FP&A Controller to support its Korean offshore wind projects. You’ll manage project-specific budgets and overhead costs, prepare monthly reporting, and support controlling-related processes and tools for new projects.
Head of Commercial & Strategy, APAC
In this senior role based in either Seoul or Tokyo, you’ll develop a pool of highly-skilled industry experts in various project development roles, from Project Managers to Bid Managers. You’ll form an integral part of the regional management team, working closely with Market and Country Managers across the region to develop each project through to FID or financial close.
Business Development Executive
You’ll be responsible for expanding our client’s customer base and driving revenue growth. Leveraging your strong communication skills to connect with potential customers, you’ll present innovative services and design tailor solutions for new clients. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable sales exposure, collaborate with a motivated team, and embark on a rewarding career.
We’re working with a global leader in the sector to find a Consent Manager for EIA and consents negotiation, management advisory, and consent delivery for offshore wind projects. You’ll maintain an overview of all consenting activity in South Korea across multiple projects, manage the compliance of consenting and leasing obligations, and develop strong external relationships with local and national government bodies.
A global leader in renewables is looking for a Project Manager to take responsibility for the development phase of its offshore wind projects in South Korea. You’ll perform high-level offshore wind site screening and feasibility assessments, prepare applications for lidar and met mast permits, engage with permitting authorities and manage expectations from the local community, fishing associations and other stakeholders.
Korean Corporate Marketing Manager
This role will provide strategic marketing and promotional support for a global renewables leader’s South Korean offshore wind projects. Focusing on CI/BI management, corporate branding, media monitoring and content, this is an idea role for someone with seven years of experience