Senior Director

Date Job Posted: June 28, 2024
  • Location: Brisbane, Queensland
  • Type: Engaged
  • Job #207
  • Salary: $250,000

About the Company
A senior executive role in the leadership team of affiliated business platform Private Energy Partners (Australia) (‘PEP’), a wholly owned affiliate of the Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners (“Quinbrook”). PEP is a global power development business that has been active for over 40 years in Australia, the UK and the US. It has developed over US$ 5.5B of power projects across a range of conventional and renewable generation assets. 

PEP provides a range of specialist services to Quinbrook across greenfield and brownfield project development through to COD as well as operations. These services include project development support to strategic partners, new project opportunity origination, construction oversight and supervision, equipment procurement, market mapping, general project management and origination of new partner and off-taker relationships.

About the role
The Senior Director of Planning and Approvals of PEP here in Australia will be one of 4-5 senior commercial and project development leads (within a small team of 15-20 total) covering Australia for the Quinbrook Group with responsibilities spanning renewables, storage and industrial decarbonization projects that fit within the Quinbrook managed funds respective investment strategies.

Primary responsibility of this role is to take greenfield sites that have been secured by the origination team through the planning, design, tendering phases up to FID. You will be responsible directly to lead planning and approvals issues, grid connection, financial model inputs, technology selection, tendering and PPA negotiations.

You will deliver this by using your experience to lead your team. You will work alongside colleagues in the Mining and Mineral Teams as well as the Industrial Decarbonisation team. You will need to assist with project sizing and technical configuration, providing inputs for financial feasibility assessment reporting to the relevant Quinbrook investment team member assigned to the project. Responsibility for the project ends at FID when the PEP Construction team take responsibility for the delivery of the project.

The PEP team here in Australia will also work closely with fellow PEP and Quinbrook team members in the US and UK and actively engage in two-way knowledge sharing and cultivating cross border co-operation to better optimize Quinbrook investments.

As a service provider to both Quinbrook and our managed portfolio companies, the Senior Director will perform a critical role locally alongside the Senior Director of Origination. As a peer, you will support the Senior Director of Origination in their role and once the site is secured take over responsibility for the development of the site, ensuring that the secured sites progress in a timely manner through to FID.

The Senior Director will manage and maintain a small yet highly experienced team in project development and approvals, leading pipeline projects through planning, environmental and secondary approvals.

The Senior Director will work in close liaison with other members of PEP teams in the US and UK and share responsibility for ensuring active and ongoing technical and commercial collaboration. This will involve and require effective cross-teamwork between offices and countries.

Skills and Experience

  • 15+ years of power development experience in Australia
  • Ability to lead and manage a small team of professionals to achieve Quinbrook/PEP project objectives to manage risks, maintain budgets and project milestones.
  • End to end experience with local government, state and EPBC approvals for Renewable Energy Projects (Solar) required. Wind farms and BESS an advantage.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, manage responsibilities and be hands on if needed.

Qualifications

  • Tertiary qualified in either Urban and Environmental Planning, Environmental Science or Environmental and Sustainability.
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