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Civil Engineering Manager

Scatec Solar

Scatec Solar

South Africa
Posted on Monday, April 15, 2024

Civil Engineering Manager

Job Locations ZA-Cape Town
Job ID
Location : City
Cape Town
Location : Country (Full Name)
South Africa


Want to join a frontrunner in renewable energy that is actively seeking early entry into new markets globally? Since the establishment in 2007, Scatec has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in developing, building and operating solar, wind and hydro power plants and storage solutions. Driven by our company values and competent global workforce, we aim to deliver competitive and sustainable renewable energy globally; protect our environment and improve quality of life through innovative integration of technology; and create shareholder value. We are present on four continents and are headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

Main purpose of position

Currently we are looking for a Civil Engineering Manager in Cape Town, South Africa to be part of our global team working together towards our vision – Improving our future. As our Civil Engineering Manager, you will be responsible for the following main processes: Manage the civil engineering discipline regionally and deliver high quality and cost-efficient concepts and solutions for business development opportunities and construction projects within ground mounted PV, floating PV and wind power.

Manage the progress of geotechnical, hydrological, civil, structural technical deliverables for our EPC projects regionally. Manage the technical resources in region.

Main responsibilities:

Coordinate the civil engineering activities regionally

  • Ensure that the right scope and analysis is conducted to support new concepts, business development and project activities
  • Establish, maintain and improve relevant business process
  • Manage our regional team within the civil engineering discipline
  • Operate in matrix environment
  • Identify country specific Civil risks and constraints

Develop civil engineering concepts and designs for new project opportunities

  • Piling concepts and solutions under different soil, wind and ground water conditions
  • Cost effective fit-for-purpose ground mounted PV substructures and foundations
  • Floating PV, Wind and P2X jettyless terminal anchoring and mooring systems
  • Wind power foundation, tower and anchor cage designs
  • Manage progress on engineering deliverables in structuring- and execution phase on EPC projects globally
  • Support Execution Team with planning and alignment of technical aspects of the project
  • Ensure that all civil design information identified throughout the structuring phase is implemented in the detail designs in a timely matter to support construction and procurement activities
  • Review of Pull-out tests strategy and methodology during development or structuring phase
  • Review design change request or proposals in the event of deviations
  • Support in project close out phase towards TTO

Support to Operation and Maintenance team

  • Support to resolve all civil engineering related matters identified during operations
  • Assist with Civil related OPEX assumptions for the respective technologies
  • Promote proactive maintenance of civil infrastructure
  • Identify and qualify partners and suppliers for civil related works together with our SCM team
  • Compilation and evaluation of RFP documents (technical specifications and bill of quantities), then lead technical engagement with suppliers to clarity the responses
  • Establish and follow-up frame agreements with consultants
  • Compilation and review of civil engineering related tender and detailed design contracts
  • Compilation and review of logistics and erection/construction contractual documents

Manage in Country Civil Engineering Supervisors and Junior Engineers

  • Support technical growth of site and junior engineers
  • Mentor junior engineers for professional registration
  • Conduct internal technical discussion to transfer skills to the Civil Team

Important role interfaces:

  • The Engineering Manager is part of Regional Engineering management team
  • Work closely with Senior Engineering Manager and global team
  • Follow-up engineering progress on projects regionally by working with regional Project Managers and Project Technical Managers
  • Provide continuous input towards improvement and optimisation of the operating system
  • Overview of renewable energy technologies and energy storage solutions. Market trends, different players, business models
  • Leading expert in relevant engineering disciplines (civil, wind, solar, hydro, BESS). Understanding of the integration of technologies into the system designs.
  • Use, implementation, continuous improvement and optimization of the operating system (processes, procedures, templates and tools)
  • Understand all relevant contracts (FIM, EPC, O&M, Grid Connection, PPA, etc) and ensure compliance with all contractual requirements
  • Initiate manage and drive implementation of projects or processes in line with agreed project charter and aligned with expectations for time, quality and costs.
  • Overview of cost drivers in EPC projects, cost benchmarks, market trends, cost sensitivity etc.
  • Ability to prepare reports in line with relevant quality requirements and communicate/ present findings in a good way, adapted to the audience of the report/presentation.
  • Communicate effectively with other departments, external parties such as suppliers, contractors, lenders and management

Qualifications and competencies

  • Civil Engineering Degree (B.Eng); Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Professional Engineering Registration (or similar Chartered Engineer registration)
  • Design management of complex Civil infrastructure (foundations, drainage, roads and buildings)
  • Understanding of Resident Engineer management of complex Infrastructure projects
  • Sound knowledge of CAD knowledge and AutoCAD civil 3D (or similar numerical modelling software)
  • 10+ years civil engineering experience
  • 5+ years Solar and Wind energy experience
  • Foundation design/Geotechnical Investigations or hydrological modelling/ drainage design experience
  • Roads/pavement or Structural design analysis and bending schedules
  • Ideal: Hydroelectric Power experience
  • Offshore structural/geotechnical design
  • Floating PV/ marine design experience
  • Friction and end bearing Pile design experience
  • Culvert sizing and Channel design
  • Slope stability and Retaining wall design
  • An excellent knowledge of MS Office
  • Sound knowledge of GIS software
  • Language: Fluent both written and spoken in English
  • Valid driver's license and passport

For the particular role we also expect

  • Leadership values
  • Demonstrate: passion for leadership and skills to develop and coach others
  • Strong feedback and storytelling skills to provide direction
  • Solid business and market understanding
  • Leadership within Compliance and HSSE
  • Able to work in a fast-paced and deadline driven project environment.
  • Continuous learning, skill development and skills transfer abilities

Personal characteristics

It is part of every employees’ terms of reference to contribute to Scatec's vision: Improving our Future and adhere to our company values which are:

  • Predictable: demonstrate clear communication and listening skills, shares information in an open and honest way.
  • Driving results: demonstrate determination, pro-activeness, can prioritise and work independently.
  • Changemaker: demonstrate entrepreneurship, can challenge, fast learner, take initiates and adjust.
  • Working together: demonstrate teamwork, shares responsibilities, can compromise, has a can-do attitude.

We offer

Scatec is an exciting, innovative and ambitious company operating in a growing industry. We offer a challenging and interesting position where you will be part of a flexible, diverse and truly international working environment consisting of highly competent and committed colleagues with a positive drive to make a difference.

Scatec is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by appropriate law. All hiring decisions are made based on merit, competence and business need.

Applications will be processed on a continuous basis.


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