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Consents Manager

Contract

Dublin, Ireland

Renewable Energy

13th August 2020

Competitive

Description
  • The Consents Manager will lead the Consents function of the project delivery team through the development phase of the project, including, specifying and managing environmental surveys, preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR), preparation and submission of planning application documentation, managing the consenting process to achieve a successful planning consent and Maritime Area consent.Working closely with the Stakeholder Manager, oversee stakeholder management for the main planning statutory bodies, including Department of Housing, Planning and Local GOvernemtn (DHPG), Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) An Bord Plean├íla(ABP) and regional planning authorities including leading on the consultation process. This will also require close co-ordination with the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Advisor.
  • Managing a team of on and offshore planning specialists, work with external stakeholders, the wider project delivery team (work package leaders) and the JV shareholders to ensure that the project has the highest probability of planning success with an efficient and cost competitive design envelope. You will ensure that the consenting team are documenting and maintaining all necessary communications with these key external stakeholders.
  • Reporting to the Project Director highlight any potential risks and delays to the consenting timelines, working closely with the Programme Planner and Cost Controller to maintain the programme and Risk Register
  • Responsibility for the consenting budget, working closely with the Cost Controller and reporting on budgets to the Project Director.
  • Ensure that all consenting activities including external advisors and consultants are committed to the Health & Safety Objective of Zero Harm to all staff and colleagues.
  • Work with the Procurement team to procure and manage any consultants contracted to undertake specialist surveys and studies necessary to support the consenting work.
  • Management of all consent processes, including, as necessary, Foreshore Licences, Marine Consents, and other relevant on and offshore consents and licences as may be required.
  • Manage the process of land acquisition for the onshore elements of the project, in conjunction with an onshore package manger and estates/land manager.
  • Oversee work for Environmental Impact Assessments for offshore development (including management of staff and subcontractors), including that of onshore infrastructure;
  • Carry out necessary QA checks on written material produced by you and your project team (to include third party contractors).
  • Ensure that all consenting activities are carried out within the project HSEQ, legal, financial and engineering requirements.
  • Advise the Project Delivery Team on offshore licencing and permitting requirements and timescales in Ireland and on consenting and environmental project issues including the interpretation of consultant reports, raw survey data and studies. Develop deliverable mitigation strategies, which are consistent with LCOE objectives.
  • Liaise with statutory bodies on offshore applications
  • Keep abreast of offshore planning and development policy in Ireland including involvement in industry committees and working groups (IWEA etc.)
  • Make presentations at public meetings and meetings with relevant stakeholders,
  • Participate in regular internal project team meetings, manage KPIs set for the Consenting team and prepare materials for monthly SteerCo and quarterly Board meetings

Skills

  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team on an offshore renewable energy or large infrastructure projects and ability to build and manage an effective consenting team
  • Demonstration of relevant experience in offshore and onshore consenting for windfarms and associated infrastructure, environmental assessment (including EIA, NIS), grid connection, route design and landowner negotiations
  • Experienced in managing external consultants with associated contractual and budget responsibility.
  • Experience of managing and coordinating the activities of a consenting team in a project environment.
  • Experience of and the ability to represent the interests of the project with senior external stakeholders including statutory bodies, consenting authorities, local and national governments.
  • A strong understanding of the Irish policy and regulatory environment for offshore wind and an up to date knowledge of recent planning policy developments relevant to the project.
  • Ability to manage consultants to ensure timely delivery of materials and reports
  • Have experience of interpreting consenting and environmental reports and advice from consultants and stakeholders. Thereafter, preparing internal reports and presenting summaries of key risks and mitigation recommendations.
  • Degree or equivalent qualified Consent, Environment or Planning specialist.
  • Experience in the offshore renewable energy sector is a distinct advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; the ability to influence outside of the organisation.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to present the project to a wide range of stakeholders to develop relationships and promote the project.
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  • The role represents a unique and challenging opportunity for an individual with extensive experience in delivering consenting processes and environmental impact assessments for offshore wind farms to apply their knowledge to help pioneer the development of floating offshore wind.
Your key duties will be:
  • Leading consent applications and managing EIA preparatio...
Permanent 13th August 2020 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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