Lead Project Manager

About the job

The Company

Solarcentury Africa is a market leader in the development of solar PV and energy storage projects with a decade of experience across multiple African countries. Headquartered in the UK, Solarcentury Africa has worked on projects in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, and Eritrea. Solarcentury Africa is a vertically integrated developer using cutting edge design, smart technologies, and robust controls to generate clean and economical power for businesses, communities, and investors.

In March 2021, BB Energy acquired Solarcentury’s business in Africa in line with its energy transition. The association between Solarcentury Africa and BB Energy creates valuable synergies with broader capabilities to offer, making sure to always bring the right solutions for clients’ specific needs.

The Role:

As Project Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for the successful delivery of hybrid large-scale energy projects located locally and regionally across sub-Saharan Africa.

He/she will manage and liaise with planning related service providers, grid operators, electric utilities, communities, and other involved stakeholders in each jurisdiction. As well as being responsible for establishing the schedules and budgets of commercial and utility scale solar construction projects and ensuring that milestones and deliverables are met through the life of the PV project.

The Project Manager will need to handle multiple projects simultaneously at various stages of development and construction. running project specific design meetings with the engineering team and project management meetings on behalf of Solarcentury Africa with sub-contractors and clients as required.

Key activities and responsibilities:

Work in conjunction with Head of Operations, Head of Contracts and Logistics and Engineering Manager/external Engineering to perform the following main activities.

  • Site visits/site assessments
  • Preparation of internal and review of external pre-construction documentation and plans
  • Driving EPC technical due diligence
  • Being main point of contact for the EPC and all project stakeholders on each project assigned including weekly project meetings
  • Responsibility for Internal reporting and meetings on project progress
  • Other responsibilities for project delivery including:
  • Project Programme management throughout all periods of the project(s)
  • Overseeing plant design, procurement, and logistics
  • Overseeing plant construction to ensure design, quality and health and safety, reporting and documentation standards are met including living on site (or going between sites in the case of managing multiple sites at once) for the majority of the construction period.
  • Overseeing plant commissioning, punchlist preparation and completion and project close out phases, including review of final documentation
  • EPC payment milestone management
  • Weekly reporting to the Client on project progress
  • Assistance with preparation of Solarcentury Africa internal Project Management processes and policies.


Qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years proven experience in utility-scale Solar PV construction and project management experience with a strong operational background
  • Thorough experience and understanding of hybrid generation systems.
  • Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent combination of education and years of related experience.
  • Suitable site H&S qualifications, .e.g., IOSHH of comparable local certification
  • Significant experience managing vendor and client payment terms to achieve positive cash flow.
  • Significant experience with design / build contracts from ground up that result in profitable construction projects.
  • Strong understanding of financial models and management of budgeting cash flow.
  • Capable of managing multiple projects.
  • The ability to create and manage a schedule and budget to required margins.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.


Desirable skills:

  • Extensive experience making day to day decisions at construction site.
  • Strong electrical knowledge and ability to read/understand technical drawings.
  • Awareness of British and International standards in terms of operation and regulatory.
  • Understanding of subcontractor hiring process with the ability to manage company protocols and ensure the only the best and most ethical subcontractors are used at all times.
  • Detailed knowledge of Health & Safety, risk assessment, CDM and Building Regulations.
  • Awareness of renewable energy sector, especially solar PV, and related policies.
  • Familiarity with Solar PV technology, Data logging, Graphic displays and building management systems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; team player attitude.
  • Ability to help build and strengthen an organisation, building structure over time.
  • Strong computer skills, including strength in MS Project, MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Valid Driver’s Licence.