Project Manager

21 May, 2024
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Job Description

Our Client is a Pan-African provider of solar and hybrid power solutions, offering its systems on a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), fixed monthly fee lease, or buy-out basis. All their solutions are accompanied by comprehensive maintenance services, to ensure the solutions run 365 days a year. They are currently operational in seven countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, and Ivory Coast, and have recently launched in South Africa and Tanzania.
As a Project Manager you will oversee the construction of a 15MWp ground-mount grid-tied solar PV plant, ensuring timely completion within budget and compliance with HSSE standards. The incumbent will manage the complete project lifecycle, including design, procurement, construction, commissioning, and the O&M.

You will

1. Project Planning, Execution and Reporting:

  • Develop and execute project plans, outlining timelines, budgets, and resource allocation.
  • Supervise and manage the entire construction process and the subsequent operation and maintenance of the ground-mount solar PV plant, ensuring adherence to design specifications, timelines, budget, and HSSE standards.
  • Assign tasks and responsibilities to team members, based on their skills and project requirements.
  • Identify risks and implement mitigation actions, collaborating with stakeholders throughout the process.
  • Implement and oversee quality control processes to ensure project deliverables meet industry standards and specifications. Conduct regular quality assessments and address issues promptly.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date project documentation and prepare regular progress reports for internal and external stakeholders.

2. Infrastructure Development:

  • Oversee the establishment of connection infrastructure, including a new 3km MV overhead electrical line, a step-down MV/3.3 kV transformation cabin, and associated components.
  • Manage the supply, installation, and maintenance of all required infrastructure elements, such as access roads, trenches, perimeter fence, CCTV, and lighting.

3. Budgeting, Resource Allocation, Financial Management:

  • Manage project budgets, monitor project expenditures and financial performance, ensure alignment with the allocated budget, and identify/address potential cost overruns.

4. Contract Management:

  • Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and terms throughout the project lifecycle.

5. Schedule, Change, and Timeline Management:

  • Develop project schedules and timelines, ensuring alignment with overall project goals.
  • Monitor progress against established milestones and make adjustments as needed.
  • Manage changes to project scope, schedule, and budget, assessing their impact and executing actions to ensure the project’s timely completion

6. Health, Security, Safety, and Environmental Compliance:

  • Implement each segment of work following a specific approved method statement and enforce health, security, safety, and environmental standards.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and permits

7. Project Documentation and Reporting:

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date project documentation.
  • Prepare regular progress reports for internal and external stakeholders.

8. Change Management:

  • Manage changes to project scope, schedule, and budget effectively
  • Assess the impact of changes and communicate adjustments to the project team and stakeholders
  • Other tasks as may be assigned by the Head of Technical or the Country Coordinator

You have

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field (preferably Electronics, Electrical or Mechanical. Master’s degree is a plus
  • Engineering Project Management Professional (PMP) certification (would be an added advantage)
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in solar design software such as HOMER, PVsyst, AutoCAD, and Helioscope
  • Minimum of 8 – 10 years’ experience in power system installations (preferably in utility-scale power plant construction)
  • Proven experience as a project manager with experience in managing renewable (solar) energy projects effectively
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills to liaise with various stakeholders effectively
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of energy industry regulations and standards
  • Must be able to manage time, prioritise tasks, and work under pressure
  • Must demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Office (Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint in particular)
  • Proficient in project management tools and software (MS Projects in particular).
  • HSE certification is an added advantage
  • Fluency in English both oral and written (B2-C1)

They offer

  • Opportunity to work in a forward-looking, innovative company, with international group of colleagues.
  • Unlimited career opportunities – depending on achievements and personal development
  • A competitive salary and benefits package with long term prospect in a fast-growing company

*Note: By submitting your application, you accept that iWIA will conduct pre-employment screening such as reference and screening checks.