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Project Developer UK

Job Title              Project Developer

Department       Business Development


About Lightsource bp   

Lightsource bp 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 capitalise 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)           

Purpose of the Role:

To support the development team across the full development lifecycle of utility-scale grid connected solar and battery storage projects in the UK and Ireland. This is an opportunity to join one of the UKs most established solar energy Business Development teams and help develop renewable energy assets. 

The candidate will assess the feasibility of developing solar PV projects in addition to innovative technology solutions such as battery storage and green hydrogen. You’ll engage with external stakeholders such as DNOs, landowners, government bodies and utilities in addition to internal stakeholders, liaising with planning, legal, finance, engineering and construction teams.

Location: Full time, London / Ireland


Who we’re looking for

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support early-stage pipeline development, e.g. assist in the identification of new development prospects by utilizing internal development tools
  • Undertake site screening and early engagement with landowners, assisting in negotiating land related agreements
  • Support the progress of development workstreams with internal business units, providing site specific inputs to facilitate technical optimization, layout designs, payments, lease document reviews, etc.
  • Build relationships and problem solve project issues with external parties such as network operators
  • Support the evaluation of opportunities for site specific value enhancement, assessing solar projects for battery storage co-location opportunities
  • Run financial models to assess returns on multiple projects, assessing sensitivity analysis on investments against viable technical solutions such that they meet Lightsource bp’s margin requirements
  • Undertake market research on UK+I solar and storage market trends, policy updates, route to market options, industry participants and competitors
  • Assist with market entry processes to facilitate the successful participation in ancillary services or auction processes


Experience and background required

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in STEM
  • Master’s in finance / engineering preferred but not necessary
  • One to two-year’s experience in the renewables, infrastructure, investment, or energy sector
  • Knowledge of the renewables industry, power markets – specific UK&I knowledge would be beneficial
  • Excellent written and verbal English language


General skills

  • Flexible and ‘can-do’ attitude who wants to be part of a close-knit, fast paced and hardworking team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for liaising with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong attention to detail to solve new and interesting problems
  • Works well in a deadline driven environment
  • Analytical with numerical ability
  • Full knowledge of the Microsoft Office pack
  • Pro-active individual with a strong work ethic


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 recognised

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

Be inspired

Join an agile, international team working across 15 countries to power the future and positively impact people, communities, ecosystems and biodiversity across the world.

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.