senior manager project developer

Reporting to Senior Director, Project Development
Position Purpose
The Senior Manager of Project Development will lead the Business Development and Project Development for a portfolio of projects in North Africa, west Africa and Central Africa. He will be leading the various work streams required to take the projects to financial close.

The Senior project developer would be expected to:

  • Act as project leader, managing the project team and leading all development work streams.
  • Lead the process to select the project site and to secure the land.
  • Lead/co-lead with the support teams, the selection and appointment of consultants required for the project development (feasibility studies, tax advisors, E&S consultants, legal advisors, etc.)
  • Lead the permitting process in order to obtain all necessary permits and authorizations.
  • Lead the negotiation of the project documents (PPA, concession/implementation agreement, etc.) with the local authorities and the off-taker.
  • Co-lead with the procurement and technical teams, the selection of the EPC, and the O&M contractors, including the evaluation of proposals and the negotiation of the EPC and O&M contracts
  • Works with the project finance team on building the base case financial model for the project, on the definition of the most optimal financing structure, on the selection of lenders, on assisting lenders’ with conducting their due diligence, and on the negotiation of the financing documentation.
  • Lead the process to take the project to financial cloe, including the satisfaction of all conditions precedent.
  • Lead the negotiation of all documents required for partnerships, including JDAs, SHAs, SPAs, etc.
  • Lead the team for the preparation of the bids for tenders.
  • Originate new opportunities for the company and hold close market intelligence.
  • Represent the company vis-a-vis all key stakeholders, including at industry events.
  • Adhere to the company’s procedures and policies, and provide continuous reporting to the senior management.
  • Manage a portfolio of projects in various geographies.
  • Manage and couch junior colleagues
Person Specification

Key Traits

The employee must display:

  • Accountability towards the overall results and performance of the department and toward specific tasks.
  • Initiative, drive and proactiveness towards each task.
  • Clear communication and organisation to promote efficient working dynamics within the department.
  • Collaborative nature and approach.
  • Good time management respecting deadlines, and the time of others.
  • Results driven.
  • Proactivity and creativity to identify areas of improvement and different solutions to problems.
  • Analytical mindset to understand complex models with multiple interactions of inputs and variables.


Qualifications & Experience The employee must have the following qualifications & experience:

  • Minimum Master’s Degree or equivalent in engineering or business
  • At leas 10 years of experience in renewable energy, preferably working on IPP projects experience in utility scale projects in Africa would be a Plus
  • Proven experience in project management and in project finance
  • Having at least completed one full project cycle and financially closed a project


Required Skills The employee must have the following skills:

  • Proven familiarity with commercial and technical renewable energy contracts
  • Pro-active,committed, well-organized and eager to take on challenges
  • Strong teamwork spirit and capacity to work efficiently on multiple projects, managing various teams.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Fluent in both French and English language
  • Willing to travel to Sub-saharan African countries as required



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