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My client are lookng fill the exciting and pivotal role of Grid Specialist. The successful candidate will work closely with the clients Investment Team to provide grid-related advice and services on existing and new investment opportunities throughout the development cycle and across multiple technologies, including onshore and offshore wind, solar and energy storage. In the clients current development pipeline of onshore wind projects, there is a significant value-add opportunity to provide strategic advice and to help maximise success for the connection of projects. There is also an opportunity to deliver grid connection solutions across a variety of new technology developments, including energy storage, repowering, solar and to explore the co-location of batteries with wind and solar. It is expected that the successful individual will also leverage their existing industry contacts and relationships to help maximise project success.Key Responsibilities of the Role: Providing a variety of advice and services in relation to grid connections and energy storage for a portfolio of renewable energy projects, across onshore and offshore wind, solar and energy storage technologies.Providing strategic advice on grid connections through all stages of the development lifecycle (e.g. identifying preferred connection methods, estimating likely levels of constraint / curtailment, analysing opportunities for clustering of connections across multiple projects etc.).Using grid connection planning and pre-planning phase experience to input to the design of grid connections and to identify and assess potential project risks at planning stage.Identifying opportunities for the business in the area of energy storage technology, particularly in long duration energy storage.Managing the connection offer process for projects in both pre-planning and post-planning stages of development.Tracking policy developments in all areas of grid infrastructure and identifying emerging opportunities for the business as these policies evolve.Leveraging relationships with key stakeholders including system operators, regulators, industry organisations and public bodies to best serve the business.Developing intellectual property for the business in the area of grid connections through participation in industry organisations, conferences, industry forums and training courses.Providing advice across multiple areas of development, including green field development, repowering opportunities, hybridisation and co-location of wind / solar with energy storage.Providing technical input into interactions with our investment committee throughout the investment cycle. Suitable Candidate Requirements: Undergraduate or higher degree in an electrical engineering or other similar technical discipline.A minimum 8 years' prior experience working in grid connections and / or electrical design, gained in either an electrical engineering consultancy, utility company, renewable developer or similar background.Experience in early stage (planning and pre-planning) development of renewables infrastructure. Experience of energy storage technology would be a distinct advantage.Solid, demonstrable, and relevant experience in renewable developments with a proven track record.An ability to form enduring relationships with project stakeholders including system operators, regulators, project managers and other specialist consultants.Strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to build rapport quickly and develop long-term relationships with all stakeholder groups.A resilient character with the ability to operate optimally within a fast-paced, private equity-backed environment. This role is based in Cork but can be flexible for the correct candidate (e.g. Dublin)