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Onshore Renewables Interconnection Manager

Onshore Renewables Interconnection Manager

  • Location United States of America - Texas - Houston
  • Travel required Up to 25% travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Engineering Group
  • Relocation available This role is eligible for relocation within country
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ064441
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary

Entity:

Gas & Low Carbon Energy


Job Family Group:

Engineering Group


Job Summary:

Gas & Low Carbon Energy are looking for a Grid Connection Manager to join the Onshore Renewables team. This role will be responsible for ensuring the successful and efficient connection of our onshore renewable energy projects to the relevant transmission or distribution network.

This role will support multi-disciplinary onshore renewables projects varying in size, complexity and technology. These may include onshore wind, solar and storage projects either standalone, collocated with green hydrogen production or part of other integrated energy opportunities.

The Interconnection Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of grid connection, from initial planning and feasibility studies to overseeing the construction and commissioning phases.


Job Description:

Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct comprehensive feasibility studies and impact assessments to determine the technical and economic viability of grid connections for onshore renewable energy projects.

  • Liaise with grid operators, transmission system operators (TSOs), and distribution network operators (DNOs) to coordinate and secure network access.

  • Lead the negotiation and execution of network connection agreements, including identifying the point of connection, capacity allocation, and grid reinforcement requirements.

  • Work closely with regulatory bodies and local authorities to obtain necessary permits and resolve any grid-related issues or challenges.

  • Collaborate with internal collaborators, network operators, and regulatory authorities to ensure compliance with relevant codes and standards, permits, licenses and other regulatory requirements.

  • Provide local market and project specific CAPEX and OPEX inputs into cost estimates and economic modelling including network charging arrangements.

  • Develop and run project schedules, budgets, and resources related to grid connection activities.

  • Collaborate with internal teams, contractors, consultants and network operators to ensure timely and successful completion of network connections.

  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends, grid code requirements, relevant regulatory changes and emerging technologies related to grid connections in the onshore renewables sector.

  • Act as the local focal point for all grid connection related matters, provide technical guidance and support to internal project teams and collaborators

  • Identify potential risks and challenges associated with project grid connections and develop mitigation strategies to minimize their impact.

  • Monitor and address any grid-related issues during the construction, testing, and commissioning phases.

  • Deliver work in line with standards, requirements and methodologies defined by the Technical Centre of Excellence.

  • Collaborate with the Technical Centre of Excellence and other teams within bp to improve ways of working, share knowledge and align on best practices.

  • Demonstrate bp beliefs which promote a safe and environmentally responsible work culture, ensuring HSSE risks are considered.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Engineering degree required. Prefer master's degree in engineering and an additional professional engineering qualification / certification.

  • Technical and project management expertise in field, with a minimum of 8 years direct experience in grid connection management within solar, onshore wind and storage technologies.

  • Strong knowledge of electrical grid systems, grid codes and grid connection processes.

  • Strong understanding of permitting processes and regulatory frameworks related to grid connections in the local market.

  • A good understanding of the key value drivers of projects that relate to grid connection management and ability to drive competitiveness without a detrimental impact on safety or quality.

  • Ability to lead, influence and collaborate within and outside of team, as well as with internal and external project collaborators.

  • Ability to travel up to 15% to project sites and visit stakeholders.

Considering Joining bp?

At bp, we support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and exciting environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. bp is committed to encouraging an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly. There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are meaningful, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, excellent retirement benefits, and more!


Travel Requirement

Up to 25% travel should be expected with this role


Relocation Assistance:

This role is eligible for relocation within country


Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Skills:

Asking for Feedback, Authentic Leadership, Coaching, Creating a high performing team, Delegation, Empowering Others, Energy Projects, Giving Feedback, Goal Setting, Grid assessment, Inclusive Leadership, Leading through ambiguity, Leading through Change, Long Term Planning, Managing Performance, Mentoring, Receiving Feedback, Renewable Energy, Shaping strategy, Strategic Thinking, Team Development, Translating strategy into plans, Workload Prioritization


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