Senior/Principal Renewable Energy Consultant

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK

  • Closing Date
  • 19/04/2023

Job Description

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Role: Senior/Principal Renewable Energy Consultant

Location: UK Flexible / Johnnesburg 

Role ID: 2023-1734


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.


We are currently looking for a Senior/Principal Renewable Energy Consultant to join our Power Planning & Solutions team. 


The team
The Power Planning & Solutions team comprises a group of highly experienced professionals specialising in techno-economic, engineering and management consultancy services for the energy sector, with particular emphasis on the power sector. We cover power generation and transmission planning, electricity tariff and affordability studies, renewable energy integration, regulation, policy, and “smart grid” innovation projects. We are a committed team of like-minded professionals with a growing portfolio of energy technology, policy and strategy projects. The role will primarily serve the Renewable Energy Implementation team supporting energy users, developers and investors in the feasibility and construction of solar PV and wind generation and battery storage technology.

Projects are both in the UK and overseas – PP&S has undertaken assignments in nearly 100 countries, including both developed, emerging and developing economies across all 5 continents. We have a broad range of clients, including multi-lateral lending agencies, governments, regulators, electricity companies, private companies and developers / investors.


Key responsibilities

The successful candidate must be an experienced consultant with a track record in renewables implementation with a particular focus on photovoltaics; from feasibility and concept design of the array and connections, to technical due diligence of planned and operational portfolios through to construction and commissioning. You will take responsibility for delivering to the highest standards whether as project manager or technical expert.


We need an excellent communicator who can explain complex ideas. You will be confident in front of clients and your reports are clear and easy to read. You will work collaboratively with a wide range of experts from across the company and in partner organisations. You will be able to travel to sites in the UK and overseas when required.   


You will be keen to further your career as well as mentor junior members of the team and we will help you develop in both technical and professional areas.


You will have support from the wider business for your career to develop into a wide range of future opportunities within Ricardo Energy & Environment.  In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package, tailored personal development plans, and the opportunity to make a difference in a challenging and rewarding field. 


Key competencies and experience

  • With a strong degree in power engineering or electrical engineering.
  • With significant experience in PV infrastructure implementation, electrical system design and preparing employers requirements and specifications.
  • With experience delivering technical advice / due diligence on PV, wind, BESS and grid connections for the financial sector.
  • With demonstrable experience in some of:
    • PV Feasibility and grid connection studies.
    • Utility and local scale storage.
    • Network analysis.
    • Deployment of smart solutions.
    • Network innovation projects and funding mechanisms.
  • Passionate about renewable energy, energy system innovation and sustainability.
  • Numerate and comfortable building models in Excel.
  • With experience writing proposals and winning energy consultancy projects.
  • With the ability to manage complex projects to a successful conclusion.
  • With strong communication skills with examples of your writing for different audiences.
  • With the ability to breakdown complex research questions, think creatively and solve novel problems.
  • Who are proactive, ready to help and willing to support junior members of the team.

Fluency in English is essential.


Working here

Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. Our People are important to us, and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.