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Grid Connection Manager, Australia Renewables - Green Investment Group

Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney

Join us on an exciting journey to grow and deliver Macquarie’s pipeline of renewable energy projects in Australia. Macquarie’s Green Investment Group is developing a portfolio of utility-scale renewable energy projects in Australia and is looking for a Grid Connection Manager.

You will be responsible for evaluating, planning, and executing the connection related works on multiple new National Electricity Market (NEM) connected renewable energy projects. This will involve assessing regulatory requirements, undertaking internal network connection point feasibility studies, engaging with Network Service Provider (NSP’s) and consultants as required to drive the projects network connection applications from initial enquiry through to commercial operation. You will also be required to engage in regulatory and industry forums to ensure the Company remains current on the rapidly changing status of the NEM, connection requirements and potential opportunities.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • providing technical assistance during project development, including development of balance of plant tenders and requirements to ensure the factors influencing and influenced by the grid connection are considered.
  • managing and taking responsibility for the process of grid applications, ensuring they are submitted in a timely manner and progress through the NSP and Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) processes without delay.
  • maintaining relationships with NSP’s and OEM’s to drive performance and ensuring they deliver their services to company standards.
  • taking responsibility for grid intelligence and implementation of new connection methods arising from policy changes and changing industry standards.
  • developing standardised arrangements for grid connections that reduce installation time and cost whilst maintaining or improving plant.
  • supporting the delivery of projects by providing grid expertise to the project managers throughout the project lifecycle, including on-site support as required.
  • supporting the operation and maintenance of the plants by providing grid expertise to the Asset Manager throughout the life of the plant.
  • identifying and unlocking opportunities within T&D networks.

To be considered for the position you must be able to demonstrate the following skillsets and provide tangible examples of relevant experience:

  • Thorough understanding of the National Electricity Rules
  • Working knowledge of the current NEM network status, potential constraints, upgrades, and connection opportunities
  • Working knowledge of Marginal Loss Factor (MLF) calculation methodology and factors that can impact the long term MLF
  • Experience in dealing with AEMO, the Network Service Providers and grid modelling consultants required to progress projects through GPS and connection negotiations
  • Capable of dealing with grid connection issues
  • R1 and generator registration experience
  • Commissioning and R2 processes experience
  • Working knowledge of substation and wind / solar farm reticulation design and construction
  • Strong project management capability, including the ability to manage multiple competing projects simultaneously
  • Ability to deal with EPC contractors and Engineering Design Consultancies
  • Must be self-directed with the ability to run connection processes autonomously
  • Good communication skills and the ability to provide grid connection advice and services to multiple project delivery teams
  • Must be flexible with travelling to different states within Australia from time to time
  • Keen to grow and develop your skillset with an established developer that can offer a clear progression opportunity from the outset.

About the Green Investment Group

This role is within Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG). GIG is a specialist in green infrastructure principal investment, development, project delivery, and the management of portfolio assets, and related services. Its track record, expertise and capability make it a global leader in green investment, dedicated to supporting the growth of the global green economy. The institution was initially launched by the UK Government in 2012 as the Green Investment Bank - the first institution of its type in the world. It was purchased by Macquarie in 2017 and combined with Macquarie Capital’s renewables team to create one of the world’s largest teams of specialist green investors. Now operating as Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, the platform has more than 400 staff with investments or operations in over 25 markets across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. For more information, visit www.greeninvestmentgroup.com.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

The diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths. An inclusive and equitable environment enables us to deliver innovative and sustainable outcomes for our people, clients, shareholders and communities. From day one, you'll be encouraged to be yourself and supported to perform at your best. If our purpose of ‘empowering people to innovate and invest for a better future’ is as inspiring to you as it is to us, please apply. With the right technology, support and resources, our people can work in a range of flexible ways.

We are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage candidates to speak with a member of our recruitment team if you require adjustments to our recruitment process to support you, and the type of working arrangements that would help you thrive.

About Macquarie

A career at Macquarie means you’ll have the opportunity to develop and utilise new skills, explore interesting fields and do challenging work that will impact the lives of people around the world—whether it’s accelerating the green energy transition, helping sustain global food supplies, financing social housing projects or investing in essential infrastructure. At Macquarie, we’re empowering people to innovate and invest for a better future.

Our size and international presence means your work can take you anywhere—across business groups, disciplines, sectors and borders. With 18,000+ employees and offices in 33 markets around the world, we’re a truly global organisation.

You’ll be supported by a diverse team where the unique perspectives, ideas and experiences that all of our people bring are valued. You’ll be empowered to address unmet needs in our communities whilst advising and investing alongside our clients and partners. Working with us, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference.

Macquarie is a global financial group providing clients with asset management, retail and business banking, wealth management, leasing and asset financing, market access, commodity trading, renewables development, specialist advisory, capital raising and principal investment.

Find out more at www.macquarie.com/careers

Job no: MAM-965935
Work type: Maximum term
Location: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
Category: Mid-senior, Green Investment Group
Group: Macquarie Asset Management
Recruiter: Mehreen Naveed
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