The Senior Solar Project Manager in Portugal leads the development and construction of solar projects based in Portugal on behalf of Skyray’s customers, being involved from the design phase to the handover of the plant to operations. The Senior Solar Project Manager will also contribute to the development of the business and commercial activities of Skyray in Portugal.
Work regime: Office based with flexibility for home working few days/month
Workplace: Lisbon (Saldanha), Portugal
Travel: Regular travel to be expected, mostly in Portugal
Remuneration: According to profile and experience
Experience : Minimum 8 years
Start date: As soon as possible
Reporting line: Country Director
Driven by the climate crisis and cost reductions, there is an urgent need for new capability to design and engineer our PV future. Skyray has been set up as a pureplay solar design and engineering company – scalable, adaptable and with solar-storage ‘baked in’. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable zero carbon energy system with solar PV at its core
Skyray is a subsidiary of Everoze. Everoze is an independent consultancy company specialised in renewable energy, energy storage and flexibility and has its headquarters in Bristol (UK).
Skyray headquarters are based in Lyon (France) and we have a subsidiary in Lisbon (Portugal). Skyray also works with Partners in several other European countries (UK, Ireland, Spain, etc.).
Skyray designs and engineers great solar PV projects, including energy storage where applicable. Our focus is mainly on large scale ground-mounted solar PV where we provide design and construction supervision services for our clients – including some of the world’s largest renewable energy investors, developers and EPCs, covering the entire project life-cycle (feasibility studies, design, construction, commissioning, operation and repowering of PV plants).
We are a young company, facing a rapid growth and with many opportunities to grow together with the company.
Skyray has been quite successful in the Portuguese solar market and is already providing owner’s engineering services for several projects, including self-consumption for industrial facilities, UPPs portfolios and large scale ground-mounted PV projects. We are now looking for a Senior Solar Project Manager to support our growth. The role is a mixture of technical and project management work and consists in providing solar engineering support across different phases of PV projects, including development, EPC tendering, construction monitoring and commissioning. You will be the main point of contact for the client, ensuring the projects are delivered on time and according to the technical requirements, with the support of our internal technical team whenever necessary. Site visits within Portugal are expected, occasionally abroad, but most of the work is at the office. This is a technical role but the ability to work with clients and interface seamlessly with an internal team is essential.
The candidate is also expected to have, or be willing to develop the required technical skills for the role such as site supervision/construction monitoring, tender support, PV plant design, energy assessments, etc. Our ideal candidate would be a construction or design manager for an EPC looking for a change, but we are flexible in the level of previous experience. Development support (e.g. mentoring, coaching) can be provided according to the profile/experience of the selected candidate. We are also open to consider candidates from other industries looking for a move into renewables, but in these cases experience in construction is essential.
As project manager :
Development: provide technical support to Solar Project Owners along the different phases of the project (feasibility, design, permitting, tendering for construction).
Construction: an important part of the work will be on site. You will supervise the construction, control and quality to ensure construction works run smoothly and on time.
Cost: control internal costs to make sure the job is done within the budget agreed with the client.
Coordinate: ensure coordination of the various project stakeholders (clients, external service providers, subcontractors, etc.).
Other tasks :
Engineering: review PV plant design documents, technical specifications, technical annexes of contracts
Business development : attend events, contact clients, receive and manage customer requests for support
Commercial: prepare and support leads and proposals
Regulation/standard: be familiar with the main national and international standards applicable to PV plants in UK and propose any optimisation/adjustments to existing internal methods and processes.
Educational background in engineering, ideally electrical or civil engineering.
Fluent in English and Portuguese. French is a plus.
Project management skills.
Technical review of drawings, documents, for compliance with standards/contractual requirements.
Experience in the construction of PV projects and EPC contracts. Experience in other construction activities will also be valued.
Strong expertise in electrical engineering with grid connection knowledge a plus. Alternatively, the candidate might also have civil or structural background.
Knowledge in SCADA systems applied to the fields of energy production and storage.
Good writing skills, ability to write technical reports and commercial offers.
Familiar with the Portuguese permitting framework for energy projects.
Good communication skills. Ability to understand clients’ needs and to communicate to a technical and non-technical audience.
Team spirit and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
Rigorous in the follow-up of documentation review, respect of deadlines, quality and costs.
Organised and able to manage several projects at the same time.
Willingness to travel in Portugal (eventually in other countries in Europe).
YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PERMIT TO WORK IN PORTUGAL.
If you are interested to be part of this adventure, please send your CV + cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org