Associate Director - Planning & Engagement - Solar & Renewables

Ardent: Infrastructure and Regeneration
GBP 40,000 - 60,000
Job description

Associate Director – Solar and Renewables - Planning & Engagement

Location: Leeds with travel as required (we offer Hybrid working supported by a Smart Working Policy)
Full Time or Part Time: Full Time
Directorate: Planning & Engagement
Salary: Negotiable


  1. Develop and manage comprehensive communication, consultation, and engagement strategies for large-scale solar and renewable energy projects.
  2. Lead the pre-application consultation processes for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), including managing the Statement of Community Consultation.
  3. Coordinate inputs from Ardent's engagement team and strategic partners as required while acting as the single point of contact for the client on all things engagement-related.
  4. Oversee the analysis and management of consultation feedback, and prepare statutory Consultation Reports for Development Consent Order applications.
  5. Utilize extensive knowledge of legislation, policy, and guidance relating to pre-application consultation for NSIPs and Town and Country Planning Act (TCPA) planning applications.
  6. Possess the ability to choreograph examinations in public for NSIPs, with prior experience being a significant advantage.
  7. Balance project delivery with a focus on detail, innovation, and achievement, ensuring successful project outcomes.
  8. Engage in business development activities, representing the company in a senior capacity and fostering relationships within the industry. This will include a robust involvement in prospect mapping, bid writing, and the wider work-winning process.

Technical Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:

Demonstrated experience in delivering consultation and engagement exercises for renewable energy projects, specifically large-scale solar projects in the UK and/or Ireland. A proven track record in developing and implementing successful communication and engagement strategies in the development and infrastructure sector. Entrepreneurial skillset with strategic thinking capabilities and a passion for renewable energy and infrastructure development. Excellent communication skills, capable of effectively engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders. Strong project management skills, with the ability to lead teams and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Certification of qualifications relating to consultation, engagement, or marketing would be valuable but not essential.

Behavioral Skills Required (Based on our Values):

  • Thirst for Knowledge: Demonstrate a strong commitment to personal and professional growth. Actively support with areas of development and career goals.
  • Own It: Act like it matters, take pride in adding value, and caring about the outcome of people in your team and clients' objectives.
  • Be the Difference: Be confident in your decisions, implement them, and stand out. Be more than any other competent person in your role.
  • Enjoy the Journey: Translate goals and visions of the business into meaningful objectives for your team in a positive and engaging manner. Understand the needs of your people and colleagues for purpose/fulfillment, personal growth, engagement, team culture, and fair pay.
  • Adapt: Demonstrate the ability to drive change and innovation. Exhibit a resilient attitude and communicate key information in a clear and engaging way to influence others.

Equal Opportunities Employer:

Ardent is an equal opportunities employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of race, color, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability status, or other legally protected characteristics.

Benefits Package:

  • Hybrid working
  • Smart Working Policy
  • Medical health plan
  • Career progression
  • Coaching
  • Cycle to Work
  • Electric Car Scheme
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay

For more information, please see our services page on our website at

Interested? Get in touch!

Should you be interested in hearing more about the position or wish to send your CV, please contact or Stuart Thomas at

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