Senior Environmental Project Manager

Industry Sector:
Renewable Energy jobs, Environmental Jobs, Green Jobs, Environment Jobs, Environmental Management Jobs, Environmental Science Jobs
Job Category:
Management, Project Management, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Engineering, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Consultant
Job Type:
Education Level:
Bachelors degree
£90,000 to £100,000 per annum
Salary Description:
Excellent package and remuneration
Start Date:
ASAP/ Stardard
Gaia Talent
Job Ref:

Location: Newbridge, Co. Kildare - Ireland

Model of work: Hybrid - 2 days in the office plus 3 days from home

The Renewable Energy Business Unit inside Gaia's client currently has a need for a Senior Project Manager on a permanent basis. This role will be based in Newbridge and will report to the Planning Programme Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and project managing the delivery of Planning Applications and Environmental Impact Assessment Report/Appropriate Assessment for specific Renewable Energy Infrastructure projects, including management of all baseline environmental and constraints assessments required to input into the design process and to inform the EIA/AA.

The main duties and responsibilities of the role will include the following:
  • Lead and project manage the planning application and associated EIA/AA processes specific to Renewable Energy project(s) from site selection up to the point of consenting decision (including Oral Hearing and/or Further Information Requests) and any subsequent challenges to the same. This will include responsibility for leading and project managing the project design phases and all relevant site-specific baseline assessment studies required to inform the design and EIA/AA processes;
  • Lead and project manage the delivery of the Planning Application documentation, most importantly the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Appropriate Assessment/Natura Impact Statement for the proposed development. This will include working with the relevant lead consultant to issue draft application documentation including planning drawings, EIAR chapters, AA/NIS, and all associated appendices. It will also include detailed review and mark-up, managing the legal review process and leading the decision-making on any proposed changes to the planning application documents;
  • Provide environmental, planning, and project management expertise in relation to the delivery of Renewable Energy projects. Inform the Business Unit Strategy to ensure compliance with Planning and Environmental issues. This will include keeping abreast of planning/environmental outcomes, changes in legislation, policy decisions, and updates to national, regional, and local authority development plans to maximize the potential opportunities and outcomes for the company. Track and identify, prepare/liaise/contribute and/or submit relevant submissions or comments on policy documents as they arise, such as national strategies, regional planning guidelines, county development plans, renewable energy strategies, planning applications, and planning guidelines that could impact on project development pipeline as appropriate;
  • Lead the implementation of protocols for effective engagement with key stakeholders, including all relevant statutory and non-statutory consultees relevant to the planning processes of specific Renewable Energy projects. Develop, in conjunction with the Stakeholder and Advocacy team, effective project plans to ensure appropriate management of communications and consultation with local communities and other relevant stakeholders around proposed development sites;
  • Prepare and/or check scopes for third-party services for projects and fully participate in the various stages of associated procurement processes. Ensure that the procurement of third-party services for projects under the planning and environmental remit are carried out in compliance with company procurement guidelines, and monitor and evaluate the performance of principal consultants with respect to their use in future projects;
  • Ensure that all works carried out under your remit comply with Health & Safety and Environmental policies and all relevant EU and National policies and statutory requirements;
  • All employees are expected to cooperate fully with all provisions taken by the company to ensure the Health & Safety, and Welfare of co-employees and members of the public using the premises and understand and apply all Health & Safety legislation and regulatory requirements as fundamental elements of any design undertaken ensuring the safety of employee’s and members of the public during construction, testing, and commissioning;
  • Proactively participate in the Performance Management process to ensure delivery of own and the wider team’s objectives;
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications, skills, knowledge, and attributes:
  • Hons Degree (Lvl 8 FETAC) in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or equivalent; Post Graduate (Lvl 9 FETAC) qualification in a relevant discipline, (e.g. Environmental Science Engineering, Planning Law) desirable but not essential;
  • Minimum of 4 -7 years experience project managing/working on planning applications and preparation of EIAR/AA for large-scale infrastructure projects;
  • Significant experience in leading/inputting to project planning applications, Environmental Impact Assessments, or other consenting processes. An emphasis on Power Generation (Renewable) and related infrastructure, or SID projects desirable but not essential;
  • Reporting to the Planning Programme Manager and liaising with all management levels across the Group; Significant technical expertise in the areas of infrastructure planning process and environmental assessment. In-depth knowledge of relevant legislation and policy in these areas;
  • Project management across a range of projects with differing priorities, risk profiles and timelines;
  • Specific expertise in the delivery of EIS/EIAR/AA/NIS documentation for large-scale development projects essential;
  • Competitive salary;
  • Comprehensive annual leave day;
  • Hybrid model of work (2 in the office 3 from home);
  • Pension scheme;
  • Professional Memberships and Subscriptions;
  • VDU Scheme;
  • Tax-saver Commuter Tickets;
  • People Development;
  • Health & Wellness Programme;
  • Employee Assistance Programme;
  • Employee Health Screening Programme;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Staff discounts;
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion;

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