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Development Manager

About Lightsource bp


Lightsource bp is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects, and a 50:50 joint venture with bp. Our purpose is to deliver affordable and sustainable solar power for businesses and communities around the world.


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 have a chance to ‘be the change’ - driving 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 passionate people with brilliant ideas about sustainable technology, innovation and making the world a better place.


What you’ll do (the role)




In this role, you’ll bring the necessary expertise and attitude to contribute to the rapid growth of our South Korean Development operations.


You will autonomously manage a pipeline of solar/co-located solar plus projects from an early stage through to financial close, ensuring they are bankable and ready for investment in line with business targets. Alongside project development, you’ll manage, create and update processes that benefit the team and business, taking initiative to improve Lightsource bp’s efficiency, productivity and competitive edge.


Duties and responsibilities


  • Drive and manage existing co-development greenfield solar projects by working closely with the wider team 
  • Manage land aggregation and permitting process by coordinating different workstreams and internal departmental resource: permit & planning, PPA, technical, commercial engineering, procurement, legal, grid and delivery.
  • Bridge the relationship with all relevant stakeholders including landowners, land agents, co-developers, external consultants, TPC, BOE, COA and other planning bodies, and internal resource
  • Oversee projects effectively – leading meetings and communications and directing stakeholders to ensure maximum efficiency. This requires a high level of action-orientated, clear communication at all times, including weekly and monthly meetings/reporting to peers, project team and Executives
  • Run financial models and use price indicators to test different project scenarios
  • Regularly update and provide clear forecasting of project cashflows in line with budget forecasts.
  • Liaise with all relevant stakeholders to obtain the information required to independently write and present formal budget requests to Investment Committees.
  • Represent Lightsource bp at community and company events, conveying our business and development acumen in a professional manner while enforcing company strategies.
  • Provide timely market intelligence (projects, trends, competitors’ activities)
  • Proactive problem-solving in dealing with various challenges through the project development process.


Who we’re looking for




  • Project Development knowhow
  • Knowledge of Option to Lease, purchase / land rights agreements essential
  • Understanding of grid & knowledge/relationships with electrical professional engineers, TPC and BOE
  • Understanding of project finance and financial modelling terms
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Korean and English
  • Understanding of renewables industry, energy and environmental issues in South Korea




  • Bachelor’s Degree ideally in sciences, finance or engineering




  • Solar experience preferred but experience in wider renewables or infrastructure development applicable also
  • Experience in project management and managing complex projects to completion
  • Developing and managing work-related projects, deadlines and resources across cross-functional teams is a must


Why you’ll make a great member of the team


Personal qualities


  • Team player with ability to forge long term professional relationships with third parties
  • Ability to work autonomously and take initiative to independently problem solve
  • Highly adaptable with ability to learn quickly and work to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to take the lead in situations that require a strong voice to close issues
  • Excellent negotiator and communicator 
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Full Driving License Required – must be willing and able to travel local site


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 sustainability initiatives.


Our Core Values: Lightsource bp truly cares about creating a sustainable future through safe, responsible and meaningful low carbon energy projects. Our core values of Safety, Integrity, Respect, Sustainability and Drive are the guiding principles for everything we do.