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Senior Environmental Planning

Job Title              Senior Environmental Planner / Permitting Expert – Poland

Department       Environmental and Social Planning

Reporting to      Head of Environmental and Social Planning, Poland


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)           ,



Collaborate with the business development team on solar PV projects & portfolios (including Greenfield, Co-Development and Acquisition opportunities) and manage the environmental and permitting phases of such projects through to Financial Close and beyond to Operation/Compliance. 

Regarding Co-Development projects, this role will focus on identifying, tracking, and reporting environmental, social and permitting/license risks at the project and portfolio level, as well as analyzing and addressing gaps in processes – to ensure alignment with LSbp’s global standards and lender requirements.

Regarding Greenfield projects, this role will focus on identifying, managing, and reporting environmental, social and permitting/license risks, as well as managing Greenfield project planning and environmental permitting process from site finding through to operation.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage Greenfield project environmental permitting process and co-ordinate external consultants, advisors, and service providers
  • Supervise Co-Developers and support internal BD Managers in permit and licensing processes and their responses/solutions to flagged risks and propose risk mitigation measures
  • Interface with Internal Teams, Co-Developers and external advisors and collaborate on all environmental and social planning issues
  • Providing expert planning advice to inform decision-making and strategy on-site selection, planning applications and stakeholder engagement
  • Review the viability and challenges of project development timelines and propose optimal permitting route
  • Review Due Diligence, Fatal Flaw Analysis/Feasibility Studies undertaken by external Technical and Legal Advisors, and comment on the permits and licenses, environmental and social impact findings of these reports
  • Review and assess projects from a development standpoint (land, environment, community engagement, permits and licenses)
  • Maintain and develop strong working relationships with third party developers, projects’ communities, decision making authorities and other key stakeholders
  • Interact with landowners, local developers and municipalities
  • Providing input to handovers to Construction and Asset Management, to ensure planning, environmental and social obligations during construction and operation are clearly detailed and understood
  • Reporting and tracking progress and risks
  • Stay on top of renewable policies and environmental policies, implications and remedies.


Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience in administration process in Poland – especially in Environment and Spatial Planning.
  • Preferably prior experience in permitting and business development within the solar PV or Wind industry in Poland
  • 7+ years’ hands on experience in infrastructure and industry projects in country: site constraints analysis, planning, EIAs, environmental permitting, administrative authorizations, stakeholder engagement etc. – ideally with in house or consultancy experience.
  • Solid understanding of environmental constraints, land requirements and spatial planning (MPZP and WZ).
  • Good knowledge of the main players within the industry.


Who we’re looking for General Skills/Attributes

  • Team-player used to work in multi-disciplinary teams and cultures
  • Excellent technical and project management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously and multi-task
  • Ability to forge long term professional relationships with third parties



    • Bachelors Degree in related discipline


Why you’ll make a great member of the team  

Personal Qualities

    • Fluency in English
    • Full Driving licence
    • Proactive, autonomous, flexible and driven
    • Forward thinking, a problem solver and solution provider
    • Proactive and being able to prioritise workload
    • Able to promote a positive working culture within the team
    • Strong organisational and good communication skills both verbal and written


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.