Role description

Our client is a leading international energy developer with an exclusive focus on Solar PV with a large and ever-growing international footprint, including both Land and Floating Solar solutions.

The role of Country Manager, South Africa will oversee and lead the strategy of the South Africa organisation across all aspects of Legal, Finance, Market Development, Strategy, Project Financing, Operations, IT and Support for the group, also ensuring that the South Africa group actively delivers centralised support to other global divisions.

Reporting into the Chief Operating Officer, you will be responsible for leading the largest subsidiary within the group, responsible for effectively managing and leading the South Africa operations with a team of 40+ corporate staff, 800+ project staff and supporting wider global initiatives across our other locations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the implementation of strategy, policies and standards at local level and ensure full integration with global organisational objectives.
  • Manage and ensure full co-ordination of all departments and activities, ensuring effective leadership and management of key priorities for the organisation.
  • Full P&L and budgetary responsibility for South Africa and oversight of timely audit, reporting and consolidation of company accounts.
  • Oversee project financing and market development activities across South Africa and ensuring effective management of all projects under construction and in operation.
  • Act as key liaison with senior staff to interface with local authorities and associations, government, banks, strategic partners and clients.
  • Lead Market Development initiatives, identifying key Solar PV opportunities, oversee project bidding, financial modelling, project calculations and financial close.
  • Oversight and management of all Solar IPP projects across South Africa and ensure ongoing profitability is achieved.
  • Deliver on new corporate PPAs, ensuring financial viability and full risk evaluation and mitigation. Finalize all contracts, permitting, licenses and lease agreements.
  • Drive effective profitability for the South African business and assist in managing assets in accordance with the Group’s target IRR.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Experience as an organisational leader of full end to end operations in the renewable energy industry, of which a significant period must be Solar related.
  • Experience in a senior Market Development Management role in Africa/South Africa across all aspects of identification and acquisition of IPP opportunities including end to end oversight of project bidding, financial modelling, project calculations and corporate PPA and financial close.
  • Relevant degree/master’s in finance, economics or business administration, or equivalent practical experience.

With experience delivering specialist recruitment and Executive Search projects in niche and highly regulated sectors across the the globe, Jamie is responsible for leading our activity supporting Renewable Energy and De-Carbonisation projects across the UK and Europe.

Jamie Braddock