Principal - Renewable Energy

CBH Group

Location: Perth

Job Type: Full time


The CBH Group is proud to be Australia’s largest co-operative and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations which extend along the value chain and include grain storage, handling, transport, marketing, and processing.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to providing a safe and rewarding working environment for our people, with a strong culture of developing and enhancing our employees’ capabilities. We invite you to become part of a dynamic, diverse organisation with a bright future.

The role

If you thrive off a fast-paced environment and you need a new challenge then read on!

We currently have a fantastic opportunity to join our Operations Improvement team, within our Operations Division on a full-time, permanent basis as Principal – Renewable Energy

This role will lead the development, implementation and management of renewable energy/Microgrid projects across the business in line with the strategic plan.

Reporting to the Manager – Operations Improvement and working closely with operational personnel in head office and regional areas, the key deliverables for the role are: 

  • Ownership of carbon emission reduction strategy to achieve a 50% reduction by 2030;

  • Identify and assess the technical viability of renewable projects and provide clear recommendations (underpinned by sound business cases) focused on long term value creation;

  • Manage the implementation of renewable energy assets and ensure projects are meeting business objectives;

  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders (including customers, government agencies, and infrastructure providers) to help remove any barriers to meeting business objectives;

  • Shape negotiations and provide direction with regards to the development, implementation, and management of contracts to ensure alignment with strategic business objectives;

  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of technological, environmental, and social changes effecting the commercial development of renewable projects and operations, particularly in Australia;

  • Assess the commercial viability of new renewable energy options and potential combinations of battery storage and backup generation;

  • Optimise the microgrid installed and operating parameters to deliver maximum financial returns on these generation assets;

  • Provide timely and informative financial reporting on microgrid projects during study and execution phase; and

  • Establish operational tools to measure operational performance for management, NGERS and sustainability reporting and for benchmarking against the contract performance specifications.

Our ideal candidate is an enthusiastic self-starter, along with:

  • Degree qualification (Commerce, Science, Engineering);

  • Minimum 7 years’ experience working through the development, contracting, procurement, construction, and operational phase of renewable energy assets;

  • Thorough understanding and working knowledge of the electricity market, renewable energy generation and commercial landscape;

  • Demonstrated experience developing a new business with P&L responsibility;

  • Experience in BOOM (Build, Own, Operate, Maintain) and BOOT (Build, Own, Operate, Transfer) project delivery methods;

  • Ability to take ownership, use initiative, improvise, and deliver solutions in the face of conflicting project requirements and project timelines;

  • Solid financial acumen and the ability to comfortably describe financial results; and

  • Strong analytical skills to manipulate large amounts of commercial, technical and economic data

What we offer

CBH offers competitive remuneration and a range of benefits to encourage a healthy work life balance, including:

  • Flexible working arrangement to enable team members to work in ways that meet their work/life commitments and support their wellbeing; 

  • Performance based bonus scheme;

  • Ongoing training and professional development to support your growth and help you achieve your goals;

  • 13-weeks paid parental leave that can be taken in a flexible way to suit unique family needs;

  • Corporate employee discounts including travel, health insurance funds and financial services;

  • Salary sacrifice scheme;

  • Onsite gym facilities; and

  • Employee assistance program.

We’d love to hear from you

If this opportunity sounds exciting and you meet the requirements, we encourage you to submit your application.

Applications close 21st February 2023. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date if sufficient applications are received prior.

To find out more about working with CBH visit or our Linkedin. Alternatively, to speak to a member of our People and Culture team, please contact us on (08) 9237 9600.

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