Chief Biomass Engineer


United Kingdom

Primary Purpose:

Manage and act as business and technical lead for: feasibility studies, design, specification and implementation of biomass, biogas, biofuels & waste-to-energy renewable energy projects. Lead various marketing and tender initiatives. Manage department resource allocation.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Black & Veatch are recruitng for a Chief Biomass Engineer to support the Renewables team, duties will include:

  • Consulting/contracting on renewable energy projects for major UK clients.
  • Biomass.
  • Biogas.
  • Biofuels.
  • Waste-to-energy.
  • Preparation of plant specifications and contract implementation through to completion.
  • Plant installation, commissioning, and testing.

Highly desirable to have experience in most of the following areas:

  • Combustion systems, including high and low pressure boilers.
  • Pyrolysis and gasification.
  • Prime movers: gas turbines, steam turbines, gas engines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Engineering or a related subject, with a professional qualification such as Chartered Engineer. Ideally, in addition, an MSc or equivalent in Renewable Energy, or related subject. Potentially also with a qualification in management. Proven interest in working in the renewables sector long-term.

Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Commercial awareness.
  • Experience of project and people/contract management activities.
  • Well developed technical skills and experience.
  • Numerate and well developed MS Excel skills.
  • Well developed report writing and reviewing skills, using MS Word.
  • Initiative, self-reliance, and drive to deliver results.
  • Prioritising, planning, and organising own workload and team members.
  • Accountability, including level of self-motivation and ambition and developing in others.
  • Understanding client’s needs, and business development experience.
  • Communication and team-working skills and sharing/using best practice information.
  • Influencing others, including communication skills and self-confidence in general.
  • Willingness to be adaptable, work flexibly.
  • Effectively manage several renewable energy projects concurrently to time and budget constraints (involving management of c. 5-10 staff to deliver these projects).
  • Manage department resources.
  • To lead and manage various business development activities/tender initiatives.
  • To lead on managing the relationship with key clients.
  • To contribute to expanding the client base.
  • Technical leadership for feasibility studies.
  • Technical leadership for design and specification of renewable energy projects.
  • To work alongside other professionals in multi disciplinary teams.
  • To prepare technical and non technical reports.

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