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Head of Environmental and Permitting - Netherlands

Job Title             

Head of Environmental and Permitting Netherlands

 

Department     

Environmental and Social Planning

 

About Lightsource bp   

 

Lightsource bp (LSbp) is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects. We are a 50:50 joint venture with bp with a mission to help drive the world’s transition to low carbon energy.

With solar set to increase tenfold in the next 20 years, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this growth. By joining the Lightsource bp team, you will ‘be the change’ on the world’s energy transition to a more sustainable future.

We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit as we continue to push the boundaries of an ever-changing energy landscape. By choosing a career with us, you can expect a challenging and fulfilling role surrounded by people who are passionate and have brilliant ideas about sustainable technology, innovation and making the world a better place.

 

What You’ll do (the role)           

Summary

 

The unique challenges of the Dutch permitting process mean that it is a central element within our development process. We are looking for a commercially minded professional to lead on environmental and permitting matters for our significant Dutch pipeline of utility-scale solar parks.

The role will involve leading on the development of our approach to all aspects of the environmental planning process, including feasibility assessments, site visits, appointing and managing consultants to prepare applications, engaging with municipalities and aldermen, and keeping track of policy developments. 

You will work closely with other internal teams, both national and international, including development, project management, asset management and structured finance.

 

Role and Responsibilities

 

  • Identifying and reporting on environmental and permitting risks, requirements and timeframes across our project pipeline
  • Identifying the best approaches to progressing our pipeline through the permitting stages
  • Building and managing a team, including workload allocation and review, providing direction and support on approaches to planning, stakeholder engagement, and consultant selection and management, tracking of key pipeline milestones, and line management responsibilities
  • Lead on high level relationships with external planning and environmental consultants – ensuring we receive expected value and quality
  • Developing strong relationships with internal team members and being involved in maintaining relationships with key external stakeholders
  • Feeding into and working with Director of Environmental and Social Planning on implementing departmental strategic objectives
  • Engaging with local municipalities and aldermen to promote our projects and identify opportunities / areas with policy supportive of our projects
  • Guiding community participation and communication process, including attending community engagement events
  • Tracking local and national level policy regarding solar to identify opportunities.

 

Knowledge / Experience

 

  • Candidates must have a solid knowledge of the Dutch environmental and planning system; Preferably also knowledge in the upcoming new environmental law (Omgevingswet);
  • Preferably 10+ years’ experience in a relevant field, including experience managing environmental permit applications
  • Team management or mentoring experiencing of junior team members preferrable

 

Personal/Work Skills

 

  • You are passionate about your discipline and know how to translate relevant developments in the field, example case law and the approaching Environmental law, directly into your projects;
  • You see opportunities in the market, and you have commercial affinity;
  • Strong project management skills
  • Fluent Dutch and English.

 

Education and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher (master’s degree) in spatial planning / environmental law;

 

Why you’ll want to work for us

Our company is a place where you can be yourself and grow; a place where your ideas and opinions matter.

Be you

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive community, where every individual is valued and treated with respect.

Be responsible

Our culture is driven by our core values. From operating safely to ensuring our solar projects are responsible and promote biodiversity. 

Be recognized

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer a variety of benefits including annual bonus, retention bank, health insurance, pension and other local benefits.

Be inspired

Beyond your day-to-day working life at Lightsource bp, there’s a variety of initiatives that will contribute to your own personal development. Initiatives to get involved with including our charitable causes, supporting our solar honey project or our net-zero by 2025 campaign.