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Job ID 12355
Offshore Wind
Contract
Republic of Ireland

Grid Manager required for a leading Offshore Wind Farm Developer, based in Ireland.

Role

  • The purpose of the role is to develop and then implement the grid connection activities.
  • This is essentially a Package Manager for the Grid Connection Package. This role is to be undertaken in three phases:
    • Pre-Grid connection offer, where the role will report to the Engineering Mgr.
    • Between receipt of Grid Connection offer and FID, where the role will report to the Engineering Mgr.
    • Post-FID, where the role will report to the Lot 3 package Mgr.

Responsibilities

In phase 1, the key responsibilities will be:

  • Identifying and unlocking grid connection solutions for the wind park - using experience from other jurisdictions to influence Eirgrid as necessary.
  • Leading sub-group (joint connection solution) discussions with neighbouring offshore project.
  • Coordinating Grid Connection resources (external & internal).
  • Working alongside the management team to develop grid strategy.
  • Coordination of related activities and interfaces (e.g., securing land and consents, managing interfaces with Lot 3 package).

In phase 2, the key responsibilities will be:

  • Ensuring that the project demonstrably develops a design compliant with the EirGrid Grid Code.

In phase 3, the key responsibilities will be:

  • Ensuring that the contractor implements a Grid Code compliant design.
  • Ensuring that the commissioning process and transfer of assets is efficient and effective and completed in a timely manner.

In all phases, the responsibilities will be:

  • To build on, create, and maintain strong relationships with relevant external stakeholders (Eirgrid, CRU, etc.).
  • To manage the interface with the Grid Operator (Eirgrid) through all stages of the Codling grid connection process (application, offer negotiation/acceptance, implementation, transfer of assets).
  • To work closely with other parts of the project team in relation to grid connection interfaces e.g., with Engineering, Electrical Systems Contractor, Land, Consenting and others.
  • To keep up to date on regulatory and commercial processes for offshore grid connections in Ireland - working with relevant colleagues on Policy matters.
  • To manage, coordinate and control external consultants engaged for topics related to the grid connection.

Requirements

  • Electrical engineering degree or equivalent experience with demonstrable commercial and project management experience related to the subject matter.
  • Demonstrable appreciation of technical, commercial/contractual and policy aspects of connecting offshore wind projects to grid.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing Offshore Grid connections in European context with similar arrangements to Ireland, noting that Ireland is not following the model adopted in the UK.
  • Demonstrable ability to challenge the status quo, identify solutions, influence stakeholders to enable a successful implementation.
  • Demonstrable engineering and Project Management skillsets.
  • Demonstrable Stakeholder / Relationship management skills in a similar environment with similar stakeholders.
  • Previous experience of working with stakeholder's equivalent to EirGrid, CRU, ESBN, etc in Ireland or other European jurisdictions - would be beneficial.


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