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Manager, Datacentres Energy Solutions

Vacancy Number:  18969
Job Type:  Full-time

ESB is a purpose led company striving to create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve, leading the transition to reliable, affordable, low-carbon energy.  Today, we operate one of the most progressive electricity systems in the world, with activities spanning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, and an international energy consulting business.

With almost 8,000 employees we invested €1bn in infrastructure last year, contributed over €2bn to the economies we operate in and distributed over €2m across a range of community initiatives. This requires us to bring the best of our capabilities together to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions that enable our customers to live low-carbon lives. ESB strives to foster an effective and inclusive culture where people engage, challenge and feel connected to our purpose, colleagues, customers and community.

Position Description


Asset Development is tasked with identifying, developing and constructing new investment opportunities on behalf of ESB Group. The Flexible Technology Development unit within Asset Development has successfully developed and is in the process of developing a number of projects in the UK and Ireland. Asset Development activities comprise identifying and developing opportunities to enhance our portfolio to realise our Brighter Future strategy. Projects are managed through origination, development through construction to commercial operation.


Following recent regulatory decisions an opportunity has arisen to provide datacentres with energy solutions including energy storage, gas engines and other innovative technologies. Flexible Technology Development intends to appoint an individual to take on responsibility for developing a business servicing datacentre needs while expanding ESBs generation portfolio.


The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the origination of new business opportunities, developing a market offering, securing contracts and execution of the contracts.  The role will include developing relationships with influential datacentre stakeholders and working closely with across the various business units in ESB. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, innovative, commercially driven and have a track record of successfully delivering projects and initiatives within ESB.  



Key Responsibilities


The key responsibilities include the following:


  • Lead a function with responsibility for the origination of new datacentre energy business opportunities, developing a market offering, securing and executing contracts;
  • Assess scale of opportunity and potential approaches to securing business opportunities. Identify potential routes to market and develop appropriate influencing strategies in a changing market


  • Develop stakeholder relationships across the datacentre industry and with internal ESB stakeholders, some of whom already service datacentres
  • Develop an ESB energy offering meeting market needs and leveraging off ESBs capabilities such as engineering, O&M and Trading capabilities and considering fit of new technologies into market along with assessment of licensing, planning, technical, regulatory, market and commercial issues
  • Champion Safety across the projects by supporting the implementation of safe and Sound, the project safety management strategy and ensuring implementation of this strategy across all projects;
  • Promote and foster a strong team culture and open and transparent communication within the project team and throughout the ESB AD business unit;
  • Ensure effective delivery of development options achieving a consistent high standard of output from the project team which meets all technical, commercial, legal requirements;
  • Manage stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally, including interfacing with the Grid System Operator, potential OEMs and other market participants
  • Ensuring that all project risks are continually assessed, reported and managed in line with ESB’s governance systems;



Knowledge, Skills and Experience




  • Strong business sense and stakeholder management
  • Ability to critically assess technologies/opportunities with inputs from highly diverse experts such as technical, environmental, regulation, market analysis and financial
  • Experience of working from own initiative, taking ownership of work and motivating team others to achieve objectives or projects.
  • Strong understanding of market operation and evolution including licensing, system services payment models, grid code and their impact on project business cases
  • Understanding of industry trends and impacts on skills to assess projects and the ability to summarise the key parameters of a technology/opportunity.
  • 3rd level qualification in engineering or equivalent.
  • At least 8 years postgraduate experience.
  • A track record of project experience.
  • Experience of negotiations and commercial ability.




  • Knowledge of various flexible support technologies such as storage and flexible thermal and experience of assessing these technologies.
  • Knowledge and experience of planning permission and other permitting processes
  • Knowledge of the datacentre industry in Ireland
  • Financial skill to appraise project returns and profitability.
  • Understanding of power generation business.







  • A primary degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.




  • Project management qualification and/or other business management qualifications that may compliment the essential/desirable knowledge, skills and experience listed above.





The position will be located in ESB Head Office Dublin and will entail business travel. ESB is committed to offering flexibility in ways of working and we call that Smart Working – combining digital tools with a culture of trust and empowerment to enable flexible and remote ways of working.​


Based on the operational requirements of the role, smart working arrangements will be agreed between the Line Manager and the successful candidate based on the needs of the specific role, the individual and the team.





€63,000 - €74,000



Reporting to


The successful candidate will report to Manager Flexible Technologies, Asset Development.  



Application and Selection Process


Applications must be submitted Online. Closing date is strictly no later than 7/10/2022.



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