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Job ID 12982
Offshore Wind

Lead EIA Manager required for a leading Offshore Windfarm Developer, based in Ireland.


  • Looking for an experienced Lead EIA Manager to lead the development of the onshore and offshore EIAR and AA activities for the Offshore Wind project.
  • The Lead EIA Manager will report to the Consents Manager, and the Onshore and Offshore Consent Managers.
  • They will be supported by an Onshore and Offshore EIA Manager, an EIA Coordinator, and an existing team of specialist contractors, appointed separately by the company.
  • Will be required to coordinate inputs across the project team, working with the Onshore and Offshore EIA Managers, to ensure the development and delivery of robust, high quality EIA Reports (EIARs), Natural Impact Statements (NIS's), and planning packs for submission to the relevant competent authorities on behalf of the company.
  • The primary responsibility of this role is to ensure that timely, high quality and compliant EIAs, NIS's and planning packs are produced, to support the consent applications for the Offshore Wind project.


  • It will be necessary for the Lead EIA Manager to maintain a proactive and solutions driven approach and to draw on their experience to advise on wider consenting issues as required.
  • Management and coordination of the Onshore and Offshore EIA Managers.
  • Active participation in the ongoing development and management of the consents programme as part of the overall project programme.
  • Oversee, review and QA the detailed on and offshore EIA trackers managed by the Onshore and Offshore EIA Managers, which will be aligned with the wider project programme, to ensure completion of the EIARs and NIS's and submission within required timeframes.
  • Review scopes of work for all specialist contractors and oversee appropriate management of these by the Onshore and Offshore EIA Managers.
  • Actively participate in project design reviews and workshops, to agree and finalise the project design specification and Project Description for the company EIA in line with the wider project programme.
  • Manage the completion of the EIARs, NIS's and supporting documentation (e.g., technical reports, Appendices and Figures) to a high standard, agreeing the structure, format, terminology, and language across all documents with and stakeholders, as required.
  • Ensure consistency in approach, documentation, terminology etc. between onshore and offshore key messaging, EIAs, NIS's and other documentation.
  • Manage the necessary EIA Management tools, developed by the Onshore and Offshore EIA Managers, and control the circulation of documents to the EIA team and CWPL within agreed deadlines, including:
  • EIAR structure template.
  • EIA chapter template.
  • EIA instruction to authors.
  • EIA chapter development and review tracker.
  • Mitigation and commitments tracker.
  • Working with the Onshore and Offshore EIA Managers, manage the development and drafting of the required EIAR introductory chapters, Summary chapters and Non-Technical Summary.
  • Approve with the project consents team any additional survey requirements, supporting studies or purchase of data, as required, to ensure successful completion of a robust high quality EIARs and NIS's.
  • Oversee the Onshore and Offshore EIA Managers, in the development of the EIARs/NIS's, to ensure that all EIAR topic chapters are undertaken in line with Irish legislation, and with consideration of relevant guidance and best practice.
  • Develop a register of key legislation and guidance that needs to be complied with, and if guidance is being developed, oversee the publication and application (as necessary) within the EIARs/NIS's.
  • Oversee the collation and preparation of baseline data and technical reports, agreement of methodologies and delivery of impact assessments for all relevant topics.
  • Work with subcontractor teams and the wider consents team to develop deliverable and cost-effective mitigation and management strategies (as required).
  • QA and consistency check outputs provided by subcontractor teams, to ensure these are of a quality and meet the requirements of the EIARs and NIS's.
  • Develop a chapter delivery tracker to be provided to Onshore and Offshore EIA Managers that incorporates company consents, legal and technical/engineering reviews and manage the tracker to ensure timely submission of EIA/NIS's documentation and consent applications.
  • Provide routine reporting on EIAR and NIS progress to project, including programme, budget and risk review and provide early warning of any risks and important or programme critical issues.


  • An understanding of the EIA and Appropriate Assessment (AA) process, relevant EU and Irish (Domestic) legislation, planning policy and regulatory environment.
  • Experience of working to deliver EIA for large infrastructure projects offshore, with demonstrable experience of working within the offshore renewables industry and specific experience in offshore wind farm development preferred.
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary project teams and project management activities, including budget and programme management, risk management and team management, to ensure delivery of key project outputs on time and within budget.
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement in the delivery of EIA/AA and of building strong relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to represent the interests of project with relevant external stakeholders, including statutory consultees, industry and regional forums and community groups.
  • Degree level or equivalent qualification preferred.
  • Due to the nature of the role, excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work to tight timescales with an adaptable and solutions orientated approach.

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