To monitor, influence and lobby on the development of environmental and planning policies, to facilitate the best possible potential for offshore renewables project development in appropriate locations across jurisdiction (Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland)
To analyse and interpret planning and environmental regulations in relation to existing and planned UK and Irish projects, across all renewable technologies, in multi-legislative jurisdictions, with varying planning regimes.
To develop and maintain effective relationships with relevant stakeholders in respect of planning and environmental policy in relation to all technologies, with a focus on Offshore, ensuring key messages are communicated in this area with a view to securing an optimal policy framework to support projects and business objectives.
To lobby and influence these stakeholders and industry colleagues to effect planning and environmental policy development to optimise business interest and strategy.
Support the development of strategies for managing and influencing planning and environment policy issues ensuring effective communication and lobbying on issues that could have a significant financial impact on, at national, local and regional government levels, and taking account of the UK’s exit from the EU.
Responsibility for the coordination and submission of consultation responses dealing with planning and environment policy, which has an impact on renewables development, ensuring consistency in response with other Group and overall strategic objectives.
Identify and implement engagement strategies for influencing key stakeholders, across government, NGOs and all other relevant stakeholders in planning and environment matters that could impact policy with consequence for projects, including but not limited to policies in respect of:
environmental policy including policies relevant to habitats and species (designated and non-designated)
planning policy development at a national, regional and local level (including onshore and the marine environment)
associated planning, consenting and licensing issues for renewables developments
Knowledge and Experience
Educated to degree level or equivalent in environmental/planning policy or other relevant subject with at least 3 years relevant PQE.
Good knowledge of planning and environmental regimes and how they are regulated and influenced by EU/UK legislation
Maintain a detailed knowledge of current and developing legislation in relation to planning and environmental policy in UK and ROI
Sound analytical skills with the ability to look forward and anticipate problems and thereafter plan and implement mitigating solutions
Good presentation, report writing, negotiation, influencing and lobbying skills.
Strong verbal reasoning skills with ability to formulate convincing argumentation, with appropriate levels of technical detail, depending on the audience.
Experience of dealing with directors and senior management internally and from government, regulatory bodies and other market participants