Planning Manager

Discover BSR:
British Solar Renewables creates smart energy systems for a net zero carbon future. British Solar Renewables develops (BSR Energy), builds (BSR EPC), and maintains (BSR O&M) utility-scale solar, wind and storage projects in the UK and internationally. Having developed and built in excess of 700MWp BSR are a major contributor to the UK Renewable Energy Sector.

What we offer:
We’re building a community of passionate individuals committed to shaping the future; providing the chance to work on cutting-edge projects in the renewable energy sector. Offering a culture where collaboration and inclusivity thrive alongside opportunities for professional growth and development. Join a team making a real difference.

What you will be doing in this role:
Reporting to the Development Director, the Planning Manager will be responsible for assisting the wider Development team with the delivery of utility scale renewable energy and energy storage projects. This position will involve evaluating the feasibility of renewable energy projects advising stakeholders on the planning regulatory requirements ensuring compliance with planning policy and environmental standards.

Working within agreed budgets and time frames, the Planning Manager will be expected to maintain a disciplined tracking and reporting regime using recognised project management techniques and tools.

The role requires a high-level understanding of commercial, legal, technical and construction activities required to successfully deliver high value energy-based projects.

What we need from you:

  • Ensuring that health and safety is at the forefront of all decision making – ‘Everyone Safe Always’.
  • Provide written planning appraisals to inform decision-making on-site selection and approaches taken on planning applications and stakeholder engagement.
  • Provide guidance/ assist the Project Management team throughout the planning application / Development Consent Order process to ensure a timely determination and the effective management of external planning and specialist consultants.
  • Collaborate with internal and external project teams to facilitate community consultation events, building relationships with Local planning authorities, the planning inspectorate and other key stakeholders.
  • Undertake post-construction planning compliance assessments.
  • Support the Project Management team in the preparation and engagement of handovers to Construction and Asset Management, to ensure planning, environmental and social obligations during construction and operation are clearly detailed and understood.
  • Responding to local and national government policy consultations.
  • Collaborate with internal and external teams to ensure the pipeline of consented projects have necessary conditions discharged at the appropriate milestones.
  • Develop strong relationships with internal team members.
  • The role requires a high-level understanding of commercial, legal, technical and construction activities required to successfully deliver high value solar PV projects.
  • Conduct site visits and meetings with landowners and development consultants, updating site visit reports, where applicable.

What skills will you have?

  • Comprehensive working knowledge of the UK planning systems, including planning for TCPA and DCO scale projects.
  • Extensive experience in planning (5+ years).
  • Experience in ground mount solar PV and/or other renewables energy/infrastructure projects advantageous.
  • Degree level planning qualification required.
  • Familiarity with GIS (Geographic Information System) advantageous
  • Self-motivated.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • A team player who listens, learns and actively communicates across all levels of the Group.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills both written and oral.

What you will get from BSR:

  • Monthly Social Buzz: Elevate your work experience with monthly events that spark connections and camaraderie.
  • Flex Your Way: Dive into a dynamic work-life balance with our hybrid working arrangement that lets you work from home three days a week.
  • Family First: Cherish family moments with our family-friendly parental leave because we know what truly matters.
  • Support Beyond Work: Your well-being is a priority. Dive into our Employee Assistance Programme offering comprehensive life support.
  • Rewards Galore: Celebrate your dedication with our annual bonus scheme and referral programme – because hard work deserves its spotlight.
  • Professional Growth: Stay ahead of the game with an annual reimbursement for one professional membership.
  • Time to Unwind: Enjoy 25 days of holiday per year, plus bank holidays, with the freedom to roll over up to 5 days for that extra escape.
  • Secure Future: Your tomorrow matters. Secure it with our robust pension scheme.
  • Health Matters: Rest easy with private healthcare and life insurance coverage, because your well-being is non-negotiable.

Tips from the recruiter:

  • Tailor your application: Stand out from the crowd, align your application with the role’s specific requirements.
  • Mind the Deadline: Ensure your application is submitted by the specified closing date.
  • Prepare for Success: If invited to interview, come with thoughtful questions about the role and company.

Closing Date: 10th May at 12 noon.

If this opportunity sparks your ambition, fuels your passion, and aligns with your vision, we invite you to make your mark. Send your compelling application to:

At BSR, we are committed to equal opportunities in employment. Our hiring decisions are not just about roles; they are about the right people shaping the future. If you need reasonable adjustments for the interview process, contact us at the provided email address – because diversity fuels innovation.