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Senior Offshore Wind Foundation Specialist

Vacancy Number:  20043
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


The role of Offshore Wind Foundation Engineer will be to provide technical input and expertise on structures relating to offshore wind (both fixed bottom and floating, both WTGs and offshore substations) during the full lifecycle of development and operations.



Key Responsibilities


The key responsibilities of the role will be:


  • Defining and implementing engineering strategies and plans relating to offshore foundations including tendering (preparation, evaluation and selection of preferred consultants), negotiating and managing high value design contracts whilst managing multiple consultants and associated interfaces.
  • Undertake critical technical reviews of offshore structural design work.
  • Support certification processes with independent verification bodies to reduce design risk and enhance asset value.
  • Develop and define internal procedures, engineering standards and technical acceptance criteria for offshore foundations (fixed and floating).
  • Ensure lessons learnt from ESB’s portfolio and the wider industry are captured and incorporated into projects.
  • Provision of technical support relating to offshore wind structures for certification, fabrication, transport & installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance.
  • Manage and provide design guidance and internal technical verification of WTG and offshore substation platform foundations.
  • Inform DevEx, CapEx and OpEx assumptions and estimates relating to offshore structures throughout the various stages of project development.
  • Provision of technical support for offshore survey works including geophysical surveys and geotechnical investigations for offshore wind structures
  • Assist with the preparation of construction contracts (e.g. employer’s requirements and technical specifications) and contribute to project scheduling / budgeting and risk management
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders, project partners, external design consultants and contractors to produce optimal solutions suiting project objectives.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of latest technological solutions and developments in field of expertise.
  • Lead the identification of topics for research such as software, technologies, materials, fabrication methodologies to be investigated in field of expertise.
  • Work as part of multi-disciplinary teams in developing technical aspects of offshore wind projects (fixed and floating) in anticipation of key project milestones such as seabed leasing events, planning applications, route to market auctions, FID and COD.
  • Represent ESB at conferences, industry working groups, development consortiums, supply chain meetings, etc. as required.
  • Provision of technical and strategic advice to Lead Engineer / Project Manager(s) on projects.
  • Share knowledge with colleagues and support development of junior staff.



Knowledge, Skills and Experience




  • Possess a Civil / Structural / Geotechnical Engineering degree (Level 8) or equivalent
  • At least 4 years of experience in offshore industry, with a minimum of 7 years post graduate experience
  • Experience in design and / or design management of offshore foundations (monopiles and jackets)
  • Knowledge and experience of planning, managing and executing offshore foundation design contracts, design management, program management, cost and risk control.
  • An understanding of relevant design codes and standards
  • Knowledge of integrated loads analysis, primary and secondary steel designs, corrosion protection systems, structural materials, welding, fatigue, bolt design, FE analysis, environmental loading, transport and installation, operation and maintenance.
  • Strong capability in assessing, communicating and managing project critical technical risks.
  • A strong understanding of the implications of engineering project decisions (e.g. impacts on commercial, programme, health & safety, environmental, planning, etc.).
  • A strong ability to identify project work requirements and to initiate necessary work with limited oversight.
  • The demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent team player
  • Fluent spoken and written English


If you satisfy most of the requirements listed above but maybe not all, please submit your application as you may have other complementary and important skills we have not thought of.




  • Master’s degree (Level 9), ideally relating to Offshore Engineering
  • 8+ years of experience in offshore industry
  • Chartered Engineer status
  • Experience in design and / or design management of floating offshore foundations (semi-submersibles, barges, moorings, anchors, etc.)
  • Experience with offshore structural inspections.






  • Level 8 Engineering Degree or equivalent qualification.





This role is based in EMP Dublin or Cork offices but flexibility to travel nationally and internationally in support of delivery of work programmes may be a feature of the role.


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.


The successful candidate may combine working from home within the Republic of Ireland, with attendance at base for in-person collaboration, the frequency of which is agreed with the manager and may change as we learn about hybrid working.  Site visits is also a feature of this role which will require a certain amount of travel within Ireland.



Reporting to


Renewable Engineering Manager





€65,000 to €79,000 per annum. 




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