Project Development Manager (AU)


RWE Renewables Australia Pty Ltd


Melbourne, Victoria



About Us

RWE Renewables, the newest subsidiary of the RWE Group, is one of the world's leading renewable energy companies. With around 3,500 employees, the company has onshore and offshore wind farms, photovoltaic plants and battery storage facilities with a combined capacity of approximately 9 gigawatts. RWE Renewables is driving the expansion of renewable energy in more than 15 countries on four continents. By the end of 2022, RWE Renewables targets to invest €5 billion net in renewable energy and to grow its renewables portfolio to 13 gigawatts of net capacity. Beyond this, the company plans to further grow in wind and solar power. The focus is on the Americas, the core markets in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

In Australia RWE is currently building a large-scale solar farm with 249 MW capacity in New South Wales. In addition to solar, we are also investigating project opportunities for battery storage and onshore wind in Australia. 

Your role

The Project Development Manager will deliver RWE Renewables’ projects in Australia, covering wind, solar, storage (or a hybrid combination thereof) ensuring that projects progress to final investment decision. The Project Development Manager will also support the strategic development, by providing commercial and planning advice to guide the projects from feasibility through to the construction and operations.

Your future plans

  • Responsible for the overall delivery of projects from origination through to construction handover
  • Collaboration with Engineering, Construction, Environment and Planning, Finance, Legal, HSE and Community Relations teams
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining trusting and productive project landholder relationships from origination through to construction handover, including as part of establishing and managing landholder agreements
  • Guidance of external consultants to facilitate project development
  • Development and maintenance of relationships with stakeholders including local, state and federal Government (including AEMO and respective NSPs) and local community representatives
  • Management of projects to budget and agreed timeframes
  • Desktop and field based investigations into development constraints on short listed prospect sites and projects in feasibility stage
  • Provision of strategic assessment of development issues (across all development aspects: land, permitting, grid connection, OEM procurement, resource assessment), risk and opportunity
  • Management of development issues as they emerge within projects with the appropriate stakeholders
  • Preparation of project reports on progress, budget, schedule, issues, risk and opportunity
  • Coordination of project report and investment case development 

Your profile

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in the renewables energy sector (pre-construction phase)
  • Tertiary qualifications in engineering, town and regional planning, environmental planning is preferred
  • Understanding of the Grid and NER requirements to ensure successful development of renewable energy projects
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a team
  • Experience in negotiation and an ability to influence outcomes and decisions
  • Ability to operate at a detailed level, to organize and multi-task, with a dedication to seeing projects through to completion
  • Understanding of local community dynamics, with the ability to negotiate effectively with landowners, regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders
  • Acting comfortably in cross-cultural teams, collaborating across country boundaries with a sense for diversity and inclusion
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills

We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications, irrespective of gender, disability, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion and beliefs, age or sexual orientation and identity.

RWE represents change, innovation and sustainability. As one of the world’s leading generators of electricity from renewable energy sources, we aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and to enable a sustainable life for people around the world. To achieve this, we are looking for dynamic and motivated people to join us in creating a sustainable and secure energy future.

RWE Renewables GmbH, based in Essen, Germany, is RWE’s youngest subsidiary and one of the world’s leading companies in the field of renewable energies. With an international team of around 3,500 employees, we are drivers of the energy transition – and provide electricity for a sustainable life. Our total capacity of more than 9 gigawatts results from onshore and offshore wind parks, photovoltaic plants and battery storage. We focus on growth: on the American continent, on the European core markets and on new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

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