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Consents 12 month Placement Sofia Wind Farm

Sofia Offshore Wind Farm is a 1.4GW development sited on the shallow central area of the North Sea known as Dogger Bank. It is the largest project in innogy SE’s current development portfolio. The consented project is being developed 195 km off the UK’s North East coast on a site of 593 square kilometres. It has an agreed connection point at an existing National Grid substation in Lackenby, Teesside.



Role description


The opportunity is for 12-month sandwich placement in the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Consents Team, working with the onshore and offshore Consent Managers to ensure that all necessary consents are in place to allow all construction activities to be undertaken in line with the programme. The project has a development consent order (DCO) and is now preparing for the construction phase.


Offshore wind farms can have many environmental impacts and effect a wide range of stakeholders relating to both the onshore and offshore elements. Consents Managers seek to work collaboratively with many environmental bodies, local authorities, landowners and other stakeholders such fishermen to minimise the impact of the development.


For the onshore works, we are working with onshore environmental consultants to finalise the detailed design of the onshore infrastructure and the mitigation that must be implemented. We are negotiating with landowners and working with various different departments of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (RCBC), as well national bodies such as Natural England and the Environment Agency.


For the offshore works, we are working with our technical specialist consultants on matters such as impact of the construction activities on marine mammals, impacts of the operation of the wind turbines on offshore ornithology and impact of the development on sensitive benthic ecology. We are further involved in detailed discussions and negotiations with nearshore fishermen and impacts on navigation.


General support is required by the Sofia Consents team to assist in meeting and tracking our obligations within the timescales required by the project. Good organisational skills are essential in this role.



Required skills and experience


Studying for an honours degree or post graduate qualification in relevant environmental sciences, geography, town planning discipline or similar. Ideally will have completed at least 2 years of study and be expecting at least an upper 2nd.


An interest in renewable energy and onshore and/or offshore environmental matters and liaising with stakeholders to find optimal solutions for a wide range of issues.


Good organisational skills are essential in this role.



Why you should apply

You’ll get the opportunity to really shape the future of our business.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing the contribution that our employees make. We welcome and respect differences in culture, background, working style, education and other less obvious differences.  

There may be an expectation to travel to other offices and sites outside of your base location (including Europe/Overseas) which may involve overnight stays



Our company


innogy SE is Germany’s leading energy company, with revenue of around €44 billion (2016), more than 40,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world.

We plan, build and operate plants to generate power and extract energy from renewable sources. Part of our portfolio are wind and hydro power plants as well as solar and biomass plants. Currently, We are particularly strongly represented in our home market, Germany, followed by the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland and Italy.

Our aim is to expand renewables worldwide, both on our own and working with partners. We believe that working together in this way is the key to making the energy transition a success.

innogy is one of the major operators of offshore and onshore wind energy in Europe. In addition to wind power, we also want to grow utility-scale solar power plant. In addition to our core markets, we are already active in new markets such as the USA, Australia and Canada.


Closing date on this role is 10/04/2020, Please apply online and contact Lisa Phillips if you have any queries or questions lisa.phillips@innogy.com









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