Senior Renewables Engineer

Company WSP Africa
Reference # WSP/POW/BRY/02/2020
Published 07/03/2020
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Bryanston, Gauteng, South Africa


WSP is one of the most diverse consulting firms in Africa. To further our strategic business expansion plan, we are seeking new employees who are loyal, committed, competent and proud to work for us. We are committed to the achievement and maintenance of diversity and equity in employment.

Job Functions Engineering
Industries Consulting Services,Engineering


WSP South Africa is looking for an experienced and passionate Senior Solar PV Engineer who will be a senior technical consultant for utility-scale (5MW+) solar PV projects in the Southern Africa and also able to support the international business if required. Expected to travel regionally for project and business development work.


Senior Consultant (c. 70%):

•Managing and performing high quality technical advisory works;
•Project management and interfacing between engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical, civil and control & instrumentation);
•Provide technical input from initial assessment through to technical and economic feasibility of the solar PV project and integration with other electrical or generating plants as necessary;
•Review overall project design and suggest technical and design improvements;
•Preparation and management of specifications, tendering, negotiation and selection of Balance of Plant, Operation & Maintenance or EPC and other supply contracts;
•Technical review/negotiate key construction contracts for, and alongside, clients;
•Due diligence of solar PV projects and support Sponsor(s) and Lender(s) throughout the Financial Close process including technical liaison with legal and financial advisors;
•Risk management, including construction, operational, and financial risk as well as internal WSP risk management;
•Assessing technical risks and proposing mitigation strategies to reduce risk exposure in project CAPEX, OPEX and revenues;
•Monitoring project construction and acceptance including site visits and commissioning supervision; and
•Assist with and/or conduct any other necessary aspects of a project that fall within the discipline of the role.

Business developer (c. 30%):

•Drive and participate in business development in defining and deploying the sales strategy, selecting target markets and clients, and in scoping and pricing of services, with particular focus on the South African and regional markets such as Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe;
•Prepare proposals for client’s projects such as Due Diligence, Technical Advisory Services, Owner’s Engineering, and other service offerings, and provide technical inputs for the WSP internal governance process;
•Manage existing and new customer relationships through efficient client and account management; and
•Attend internal and external meetings and represent WSP in a suitable fashion according to the company principles at all times.


•Role model standards for SHEQ performance and behaviour consistent with the company’s health, safety, environmental and quality vision and policies by influencing those around you
•Contributing to the identification of SHEQ risks and driving processes to achieve Zero Harm
•Embracing, displaying and promoting the company values and ensuring a safe working environment is maintained at all times



•BSc. Engineering (Electrical) or BSc. Engineering (Mechanical) required
•7+ years’ experience in Solar PV technology with experience in Wind Technology considered a plus. A mix of South African experience (REIPPP) and regional overseas experience is also preferred.
•An in-depth knowledge and field expertise regarding solar PV technologies including emerging technologies and the international solar PV market.
•Technical advisory experience towards investors, project developers and banks.
•Proven experience in business development.
•Knowledge of various solar PV applications (utility-scale, ground-mounted, building mounted, fixed-tilt, single-axis and multi-axis tracking).
•International solar PV project development and delivery experience.
•Past experience covering a range of solar PV plant lifecycle delivery (including feasibility and development engineering, construction monitoring, witnessing testing and commissioning activities, and operational monitoring/inspections)
•Knowledge of solar PV plant designs, Energy Yield Assessment, layouts and connection interfaces.


•Ability to work within a team of engineers
•Good communication skills
•Good technical report writing skills
•Ability to manage time, quality and effort in order to deliver a quality product within time and cost constraints
•Ability to coordinate and manage projects
•Ability to work under pressure
•Must be able to function independently
Job Closing Date 27/03/2020
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