Construction Manager

Job Title              Senior Project Manager UK & Ireland

Department      Construction

Line Manager    Head of Construction – UK


Purpose of the role


This role is responsible to manage the different projects assigned from early development until the handover after construction and commissioning is successfully achieved, maintaining the HSE KPI as per corporate targets, while adhering to the quality, timelines and cost in the contract.

This role will also support projects within the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and internationally based on the regional team pipeline and projects in Construction.

The role will be Hybrid working arrangements, and an expected flexibility to travel to the local office and project sites across geographical areas as required, to carry out the SPM duties.


Duties and responsibilities

  • Ensure the development of the project considers HSE and construction criteria during the planning stage and the RFP basic design.
  • Ensure the design review process for the EPC basic design is performed and actioned at the right time before the execution of the contract or the activity.
  • Ensure in coordination with the different teams involved that the RFP documentation, technical and commercial proposals review, shortlist, contract negotiations are adequate. Including the review and preparation of any contractual documents required prior to the contract execution.
  • Develop and foster strong working relationships with the local team and at a global level to support business development
  • At contract signature, coordinate all aspects of the project until the start of commercial operations and successful hand over to the Asset Management team.
  • Ensure all projects are built safely and in agreement with LSbp requirements, as well as local regulations, including the project permits.
  • Continuously monitor the HSE KPI and activities on site, to ensure the site maintains proper housekeeping and it is a safe environment to work in. Coordinate with the HSE corporate and local teams on any HSE risks, and audits.
  • Lead the legal aspects of the project, including the responses to any contractual requirements, LNTP, NTP, claims, requests for information, letters from the contractor, change orders, etc, coordinating with the legal team as needed to issue these.
  • Ensure the project design is properly validated, in agreement with the technical requirements, and do not delay the procurement or construction activities.
  • Refine the documental needs for each payment milestone is achieved and validate it with the different teams who may be involved (engineering, procurement, quality, HSE, etc).
  • Ability to produce updated project schedules and assess productivity ratios to forecast the project dates. Assess and work with the Contractor on the engineering, procurement and construction activities relations so optimise the project schedule, prior to contract signature and during the execution of the works.
  • Prepare the weekly and monthly reports of the projects, with the information provided by the contractor and if present, the Owner’s Engineer along with the Senior Project Manager’s own analysis. Other reports or ad-hoc documentation may need to be developed to satisfy internal or external requests for information, including PowerPoint presentations.
  • Manage the project budget and cashflow, ensuring accurate updates of construction and financial activities are reflected on the project budget, change in dates on the generation revenues, service of the debt is adequate, and in general the project IRR is optimised between contract signature and start of commercial operations.
  • Ensure the quality of the works is aligned with LSbp technical requirements, and that proper ITPs are developed with the EPC and the quality team to ensure proper validation of the works and milestones.
  • Review and issue the Non-Conformities associated with poor performance of the works and/or HSE non compliances.
  • Lead the interconnection activities to energize the project, involving the Contractor and the internal Grid team. Managing and scheduling the meetings with the relevant authorities (Industria), TSO, DNO, contractor, handing over of materials, and managing the interconnection process (documents, flowchart, meetings, timeline).
  • Lead the coordination with the Lenders Technical Advisor for debt drawdowns or any other queries it may have in representation of the lenders, and in coordination with the relevant internal teams.
  • Review and accept, and if needed coordinate with the different teams, the documents which are part of the commissioning, PAC and handover process to asset management.
  • In the event of a temporary assignment of a project (for example, annual leave of a colleague), coordinate the handover (at the beginning and at the end of the assignment) and support the project as if it were your own.
  • Work with the EPC team at a global level to improve procedures and specifications. This also applies to relationships and procedures with the business development, asset management and O&M teams.
  • Coordinate and supervise the works of the Construction Manager, and/or the Owner´s Engineer as per the project strategy. In the event of external CM or OE, the PM is expected to actively participate in this process and develop any scopes specific to the project and list of potential suppliers.
  • Mentor and support other members of the PM team in the region



Work skills

  • Strong technical knowledge of the industry and technology used.
  • Ability to understand technical requirements, drawings and product specifications.
  • Strong contract management skills and drafting of contractual letters.
  • Strong relationship with EPC’s.
  • Strong relationship with the relevant stakeholders to facilitate the interconnection process of the projects in the country.
  • Knowledge of fundamental project management systems and procedures in the construction industry
  • Full driving license


General Skills/Attributes


  • Ability to lead and inspire teams.
  • Being proactive and looking for ways to solve problems and involve people to get the job done.
  • Highly process and detail oriented.
  • Professional and diligent manner with a flexible attitude.
  • Ability to communicate and report clearly and effectively with good presentation skills
  • Ability to work in, and encourage a collaborative and, a positive team environment
  • Proven management skills
  • Good IT skills. 


Experience Required


  • At least 10 years of prior experience in construction of power plants or energy infrastructure. 5 years in the renewable energy from a construction perspective in the country of reference highly desirable, from an EPC, DNO or similar company to Lightsource bp (asset owner)
  • Deep knowledge of the development, construction, interconnection, commissioning process of energy / renewable projects in the country of interest, including HSE requirements (HaSaWA / CDM regulations)
  • Successful track record in delivering the projects with no accidents and on-time and managing the key stakeholders.
  • Successful track record in maintaining the administrative and commissioning of the plant on time in the geography of reference on time, working directly with the relevant stakeholders.
  • Previous experience of managing a team in a matrix organisation is essential.
  • Previous experience in the Renewable Energy sector & project management is essential, in the geography of reference.
  • Experience of managing construction of large-scale PV Solar projects bigger than 50MW or grid scale BESS projects (desirable).


Education and Qualifications                  


  • Degree in engineering or construction or equivalent qualification.
  • Additional; contract management, PMP, and Institute accreditations are desirable.