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Solar Farm Operations Manager

Requisition ID: 54450

Domain: Energy Management/Solar Energy

Contract type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-Time

Equans is a renowned energies & services contractor and a proud member of the Bouygues global industrial group. Our expertise spans the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and critical infrastructure worldwide.

We have a great opportunity for an Operations Manager to oversee major renewable EPC projects across the UK.  We design, install, commission and operate large scale solar PV farms for our clients. Supplying renewable energy from solar power plants enables local communities to reduce costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

Alongside our solar farm projects we are involved in delivering a wide range of energy solutions to secure a more sustainable future.

Please note that when working away from home you will be provided with hotel accommodation and additional expenses whilst working away from home. The postholder will also have access to a company vehicle.

Key Activities:

  • Leading the team of Senior project managers, project managers and site based staff on multiple projects (10+ at range of £5 -£40m valve each)
  • Maintaining & building the team to deliver a growing number of solar & Bess projects
  • Create and execute project delivery plans / programmes with assistance of planner and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Manage construction with responsibility for Health & Safety compliance at all levels
  • Manage day-to-day operational aspects of the projects
  • Manage the costs in line within the agreed budget, seeking to ensure that operational efficiencies are attained where possible
  • Ensure that staff and subcontractors are working in accordance with UK standards, legislation and Safe Systems of Work.
  • Maintain relationships with key clients and suppliers
  • Produce site survey reports for new projects in development
  • Collaboration with the design, quality, procurement and commercial teams
  • Effectively apply company policies and procedures, methodologies and enforce standards
  • Ensure construction documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately
  • Facilitate team and client meetings effectively
  • Inspire and motivate the team to be part of Net Zero Carbon journey, encouraging creativity and challenge to make things better and more efficient
  • Support the Energy Construction Director in delivering business strategy, building the team, delivering projects and driving excellent team performance and client satisfaction
  • Ensure that energy team members have all the necessary skills, support, mentoring and equipment to consistently do an excellent job

Skills, qualifications & experience: 

  • Previous senior project management or operational management experience within utility-scale ground mounted solar PV industry
  • Experience in reviewing drawings, specifications, scopes
  • Previous exposure to H&S, budget and programme responsibility
  • Qualified at HNC level; relevant industry training (SMSTS, CDM, IOSH)
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to deal with client, supply chain and employees
  • Self-motivated with a proactive approach to problem solving and the ability to multi-task 
  • Flexible approach to working, willing to travel; full driving licence

We offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Car allowance or company car
  • 360 health check
  • Private health care
  • Pension
  • Company share scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee assistance programme (Private GP Appointments, Legal support, Counselling)

Who are we?

EQUANS is a world leader in energy services with nearly 100,000 employees working in more than 50 countries, with an annual turnover of over 17 billion euros.  

In the UK & Ireland, EQUANS is a provider of technical, FM, regeneration and energy services – with specialist capabilities in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

EQUANS’ 13,500 UK & Ireland employees combine these activities to help businesses, public sector organisations and government to embrace the energy transition towards net zero, and also the digital & industrial transitions that are redesigning the way we move, work and live.

EQUANS is a Bouygues group company.

What’s next?

If this role is of interest to you, please click below to register, apply, and track your progress! A member of our Resourcing Team will review your application and be in touch.

As part of a positive action drive to address under-representation in senior management positions we encourage applications from women, ethnically diverse individuals and people with disabilities, along with all candidates who identify with protected characteristic groups under the Equality Act 2010.

In support of our positive action measures, we will consider applications that do not meet all the technical requirements if candidates can demonstrate how transferable skills will enable them to successfully deliver the remit of the role in an environment which promotes a flexible working culture.

At Equans we’re committed to delivering a culture where everyone’s voice is heard and supported. We know the value a diverse workforce creates, delivering better results for our people, customers, and stakeholders. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of what we do, should you join Equans you’ll find a welcoming and open workplace where you’re supported and encouraged to be your true self at work. You’ll also have access to our growing employee networks including AccessAbility (representing those with physical and mental disabilities), Encompass (representing the LGBTQ+ community), RISE (representing people from ethnic backgrounds), Veterans & Reservists, WOMEN TOGETHER (representing women in Equans), Working Parents, and Young Professionals

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EQUANS is a multi-technical expert that offers a comprehensive range of services across facilities management, energy management and construction.

As an international market leader, we help our customers in the 3 major transitions of today: the energy transition, the industrial transition and the digital transition.