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Senior Solar Engineer

Date:  Mar 18, 2023

Glasgow, GB London, GT LON, GB

Company:  Black & Veatch Family of Companies


At Black & Veatch, our employee-owners go beyond the project. For over a century, we have been breaking down social, economic and geographic barriers by making life's critical resources accessible to all. Working with us, you will help provide critical expertise as we, along with our valued clients, deliver solutions that positively impact communities around the world. Our professionals are our greatest asset, and we believe nothing is more important than the health, happiness and professional growth of our employee-owners. With a focus on flexible work-life balance options, an expanding and diverse workforce, and limitless career growth opportunities, we will give you our best to help you give us your best, and together we can build a world of difference. 


Req Id : 95757 

Opportunity Type : Staff 

Relocation eligible : No 

Full time/Part time : Full-Time  

Contract Hire Only for this Project : No 

Job Summary

Senior Solar Engineer role primarily includes the delivery of solar PV and BESS owner’s engineer consultancy projects for clients and ensure they are delivered on time and on budget and to a high level of quality. The scope of services will include Feasibility assessment, Project development activities, Design review, Project procurement, Construction supervision and quality management. In addition, role will also include managing direct reports, shared and dedicated resources. Staying abreast of market developments, supporting business development activities and tender responses, working with business development function to identify and grow client relationships. We seek an individual who have a proven commitment to working in the renewable energy sector, particularly within the energy space and with commensurate client exposure within this target market.

Black & Veatch's Energy & Process Industries Business provides renewable, sustainable, reliable and integrated power solutions to customers. We are an organisation of highly skilled professionals delivering data-driven and strategic planning, consulting, engineering, construction, program management and combined EPC solutions. We are dedicated to innovation and staying up to date with technology advancements and have a desire to help our clients navigate changing demands and regulatory compliance, while providing a cost-effective competitive advantage.

Position has flexibility on location: London/ Glasgow/ Hybrid/ Flex


Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership, engineering management and undertaking of; feasibility studies, front-end engineering design layouts (for solar PV and BESS), energy yield assessments, solar PV and BESS technology assessment, tender preparation and negotiation for Owner’s Engineer projects.
  • Focusing on projects in Europe (but also internationally), support the Project Development process (including Acquisitions), across all technical aspects.
  • Undertake Energy Yield Assessments (EYA).
  • Undertake Optimisation and analysis for new Projects.
  • Support the assessment of new technologies (modules, inverters, structures);
  • Lead the development of Basic Design, including instructing layouts and SLDs;
  • Lead and provide technical input to commercial agreements and contracts to ensure Project risks are mitigated.
  • Lead and provide technical input for OE services during construction (management of contractors, design review, programme monitoring, etc)
  • Effectively manage several renewable energy projects concurrently to time and budget constraints (involving management of c. 5 staff to deliver these projects).
  • To manage and work alongside other professionals in inter-department multi-disciplinary teams.
  • To prepare and review technical and non-technical reports.
  • To take a leading role (in conjunction with business development professionals) in and manage various business development activities/ tender initiatives.
  • To contribute to expanding the client base and lead on managing relationships with key clients.
  • Representing B&V at exhibitions and conferences.
  • Thought leadership; preparation of abstracts and delivery of technical presentations.
  • Stay abreast of market developments and relevant players.
  • Review EPC Contractor bids, designs, reports, orders, etc for compliance with Owner’s Requirements and EPC Contract Appendices;
  • Undertake site visits to both new greenfield sites and sites under construction;
  • Support on engineering analysis of curtailment, performance evaluation of new technologies, etc.
  • Engineering management and delivery of:

    • Pre-Feasibility and Feasibility Studies.

    • Front- End Engineering Conceptual Design (for purposes of grid connection application and planning application).

    • Contract tendering, procurement and negotiations (including PPA, EPC, O&M, OEM Agreements).

    • Owner’s Engineering during execution phase.

Management Responsibilities

Acts in capacity of a "lead person." Does not have management responsibility for the people to whom they provide work direction.

Preferred Qualifications

  Highly Desirable Experience

  • MSc or equivalent in a related subject area (Engineering/Sciences).
  • Professional recognition qualification such as Chartered Engineer.
  • Industry recognised organisation registration.
  • 5+ years work experience in the Solar and or BESS energy sector.
  • Experience with large-scale Solar PV plants in UK, working either on the Developer, EPC Contractor or Technical Advisor side.
  • A knowledge of; ground mount and floating solar PV from a technical perspective, relevant industry publications, recommended practices and guidance.
  • A knowledge of; BESS from a technical perspective, relevant industry publications, recommended practices and guidance.
  • Experience with project development of solar PV and BESS projects across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
  • Experience with Bi-facial solar V projects.
  • Experience with PVCase, PVsyst, AutoCAD and programming skills.
  • Strong level of experience in the Solar PV industry and good knowledge of PV generating technologies and constituent components (modules, inverters, structures, trackers, etc).
  • Good knowledge of EPC / O&M contracts, including Technical Appendices.
  • Good understanding of PPAs. Grid Connection Agreements and technical inputs to Financial Models.
  • Site experience (including greenfield, construction and commissioning visits).
  • Establishing and maintaining key client relationships.
  • Proposal/ tender preparation and review.
  • Engagement with collaborative projects and dissemination of findings.
  • Experience with project financing and/or interaction with lenders and Investors.
  • Willingness to travel both locally and globally. 


Key Skills/Competencies

  • English as a first language / completely fluent speaker and writer at equal to first language level.
  • Initiative, self-reliance, and drive to deliver results.
  • Commercial awareness.
  • Experience of project and people / contract management activities.
  • Well developed technical skills and experience.
  • Numerate and well-developed MS Excel skills.
  • Well developed report writing and reviewing skills, using MS Word.
  • User of industry standard Solar PV analysis software.
  • Prioritising, planning, and organising own workload and team members.
  • Accountability, including level of self-motivation and ambition and developing in others.
  • Understanding client’s needs, and business development experience.
  • Communication and team-working skills and sharing / using best practice information.
  • Influencing others, including communication skills and self-confidence in general.
  • Willingness to be adaptable, work flexibly.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering from either a recognized accredited program in their home country or the country in which the professional is practicing. Minimum of 8 years related work experience.


All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.


Professional recognition qualification such as Chartered Engineer

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Typical office/home environment: Sitting/Standing/Keyboarding. Computer usage for extended periods of time. Speaking/Listening. Ability to utilize video/audio conferencing software for communication purposes.

Typical construction environment: extreme weather conditions, high noise level, safety hazards (electric currents, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to chemicals), atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation).  Sitting, walking, talking, hearing, reading, writing, keyboarding, driving, filing, reaching, stooping, crouching, bending, standing for extended periods of time, lifting or carrying up to 40 pounds.


Communicates effectively
Drives results
Decision quality
Plans and aligns
Directs work
Manages conflict
Manages ambiguity
Customer focus
Instills trust
Interpersonal savvy
Organizational savvy
Builds effective teams

Salary Plan

ENG: Engineering

Job Grade


Black & Veatch Holding Company, its subsidiaries and its affiliated companies, complies with all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) affirmative action laws and regulations. Black & Veatch does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender Identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status or other status protected by law.


Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy. We offer professionals an array of health and welfare benefits that vary based on their geographic region and employment status. This may include health, life accident and disability insurances, paid time off, financial programs and more. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.


By valuing diverse voices and perspectives, we cultivate an authentically inclusive environment for professionals and are able to provide innovative and effective solutions for clients.

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