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Project Director - Flexible Technologies Team, Asset Development

Vacancy Number:  18970
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 and to realise our strategy.


Flexible Technology Development is currently developing a number of projects in Ireland and the UK, across various different flexible generation technologies and system support technologies (eg synchronous compensation and long term storage).


The successful candidate will be responsible for leading project development including establishing technocommercial feasibility of projects, competitor analysis and investigating technology areas.  The role will involve working closely with team members 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:

  • Assessment and development of new business opportunities such as greenfield sites, application of new technologies on existing sites and acquisitions;
  • Development and preparation of assigned projects for market competitions eg capacity auctions and stability pathfinder;
  • Research potential technology areas for commercial opportunities
  • Provide leadership and direction where assigned to a project team in the delivery of flexible technology projects from concept phase through to investment approval;
  • Champion Safety 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;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of the procurement and contract strategy for each of the projects and co-ordinate the various contracts required for each Project;
  • Ensure effective delivery of projects in line with ESB’s internal rigorous project management methodologies, achieving a consistent high standard of output from the project team which meets all technical, commercial, legal procurement and programme requirements;
  • Development, management and responsibility of the business case for assigned projects;
  • Manage stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally supporting the acquisition of necessary permits, authorisations, planning and connection agreements for projects;
  • Ensuring that all project risks are continually assessed, reported and managed in line with ESB’s governance systems;
  • Be fully informed of industry issues which may impact on the choice of plant and ensure that this information feeds into the decision making process.



Knowledge, Skills and Experience




  • Ability to critically assess 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 / projects and motivating team members to deliver team objectives or projects.
  • Ability to clearly plan and communicate the requirements to progress specific projects or new initiatives in the Flexible Technology Development area.
  • 3rd level qualification in engineering or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years postgraduate experience.
  • A track record of project experience.
  • Experience of negotiations and commercial ability.




  • Knowledge of various energy generation technologies and experience of assessing these technologies.
  • Knowledge and experience of planning permission and other permitting processes
  • Knowledge of the energy market and regulatory supports in Ireland and UK
  • Knowledge of procurement procedures.
  • 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.  



Reporting to


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





€52,000 - €62,000



Application and Selection Process


Applications must be submitted Online. Closing date is strictly no later than 6th October 2022.



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