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Principal Environmental Planner Portugal

Job Title              Senior Environmental Planner

Department       Environmental & Social Planning

Reporting to      Head of Environmental Planning Portugal


About Lightsource bp   


Lightsource bp (LSbp) 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)           



Working on environmental and planning matters for our growing Portuguese pipeline of utility scale solar farms, you will work closely with our Portuguese development team and other internal teams, as well as external co-development partners.

The role will involve working on all aspects of the planning process. The focus will be on the management of environmental processes ongoing within the portfolio, liaising with local authorities and engaging and managing consultants to prepare environmental assessments and planning applications/amendments. It will also include initial site assessment of new development leads and due diligence of acquisitions at various stages large scale solar energy projects across Portugal.


Role and Responsibilities


  • Identifying and reporting on environmental and permitting risks, requirements processes and timeframes across project pipeline.
  • Due diligence assessments - reviewing environmental planning/permit applications and authorisations
  • Planning constraints analysis, including desktop assessments, use of GIS tools, and site visits.
  • Close management of consultants in the preparation of environmental and planning assessments and management plans
  • Undertaking stakeholder engagement for new solar farm developments (including managing consultants and attending meetings and consultation events)
  • Engaging with environmental authorities
  • Preparing technical specifications and consultant scope of works for contracts undertaking post-construction planning compliance audits for operational assets.
  • Undertaking post-construction planning compliance audits for operational assets
  • Travel around the country for site visits, community information events, and meetings with planning authorities is likely.

Who we’re looking for

Knowledge / Experience


  • Applicants must have a solid knowledge of the Portuguese environmental and planning system;
  • At least 5 years experience of managing environmental planning applications
  • Experience working on renewable energy projects, including wind or similar infrastructure/development will also be a benefit
  • Experience in using GIS tools for constraints mapping (ArcGIS or similar).


Why you’ll make a great member of the team  

Personal/Work Skills


  • Excellent technical, project management and communication skills to manage the assessment and preparation of planning applications, EIAs and management plans.
  • Ability to foster teamwork and assume increasing responsibilities
  • Fluent English
  • Full driver’s license


Education and Qualifications


    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher (master’s degree) in Environmental Engineering, Biology or Forest Engineering is required.


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.