Structural Engineer - PV Mounting Structures (London or Madrid)

Lightsource bp
London, WC2N
Jan 10, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
Job Title

Structural Engineer for PV Mounting Structures


Engineering Centre of Excellence

Lightsource bp

Lightsource bp is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects. We are a 50:50 joint venture with bp with a mission to help drive the world's transition to low carbon energy.

Our goal is to play a vital role in shaping the future of global energy delivery with a global growth strategy of developing 25GW of solar by 2025.

With solar set to increase tenfold in the next 20 years, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this growth. By joining the Lightsource bp team, you will ‘be the change' on the world's energy transition to a more sustainable future.

We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit as we continue to push the boundaries of an ever-changing energy landscape. By choosing a career with us, you can expect a challenging and fulfilling role surrounded by people who are passionate and have brilliant ideas about sustainable technology, innovation and making the world a better place.

What You'll do
(the role)
This role will be one of our Subject Matter Experts in the LSbp Engineering Centre of Excellence.

The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team who support the existing global solar portfolio, as well as support growth by performing technical and commercial assessment of mounting structures, both Fixed Tilt and Trackers, for PV Projects at any project stage: development, design, construction and commissioning, as well as in operation stage upon request.

Close coordination with Innovation, Procurement, Civil Works, Construction, Quality and Asset Management teams are key tasks for this Global role.
Duties and responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain Functional Technical Specifications, Standards, Certifications, Digital files, and Data Sheets for PV mounting structures, including scope of supply, technical and QA/QC requirements, design requirements, H&S guidelines, etc.
  • Scouting renewable market to evaluate best technologies, manufacturers and products suitability for LSbp's fleet of projects, as well as reliability, , product performance, manufacturing capacity, etc.
  • Develop and continuously update Global PV mounting structures Road Map,
  • Release quarterly PV mounting structures White List acceptable to LSbp,
  • Monitor supply market's contractor pool, technology, innovation and cost trends regularly,
  • Identify supplier development and improvement opportunities and propose business cases in coordination with Procurement Category Manager and commercial/development teams,
  • Conduct the technical review of PV mounting structures in tendering projects or portfolio of projects in alignment with relevant stakeholders like procurement, legal, construction, asset management to ensure best value for LSbp, creating balanced technical tabulations,
  • Update and optimize total cost of ownership (Capex, Opex) of PV mounting structures and its life cycle
  • Work with procurement department to negotiate supply contracts with vendors,
  • Review of design and load calculation reports for PV mounting structures,
  • Review structural designs of PV mounting structures,
  • Cooperate with Civil Works and CAD teams to conduct PV plant design layouts, including earth works movements estimates,
  • Coordinate with Civil Works team the review of all foundation calculation reports for PV mounting structures based on the available geotechnical information,
  • Manage and coordination of external consultants to complete any internal assessments,
  • Participate in any PV mounting structure troubleshooting in operating projects.

Who we're looking for
Knowledge & Experience
  • Experience undertaking structural calculations, structural design or product structural evaluation, particularly for PV mounting structures,
  • Experience in detailed structural design using specialized calculation or modelling software,
  • Experience in on-site construction of utility scale ground mounted PV plants,
  • Experience in the evaluation of the ground conditions affecting the PV mounting structure design,
  • Familiarity with international structural design codes (ASCE, Eurocodes, AS-NZS,…),
  • Familiarity with different PV mounting structures technologies, such as tracking systems, fixed tilt, mounting structures foundation types, PV modules clamping systems, etc.
  • Familiarity with QA tests for PV mounting structures,
  • Deep knowledge in dynamic problems associated to this type of structures: flatter, galloping, etc.
  • Experience in complex technical-commercial processes related to utility PV mounting structures,
  • Familiarity with the requirements of Asset Management (electrical hazards investigation, retrofit upgrades, technical due diligence),
  • Ability to work with variety of software packages, such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, VBA, to produce correspondence and documents and maintain presentations, records, spreadsheets and databases,
  • Experience in a similar role is a key advantage,

Why you'll make a great member of the team
Personal & Work Skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to discuss complex situations with others both in person and remotely.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail to identify root cause technical issues.
  • Strategic thinking abilities.
  • Strong time management skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Flexible , reliable, assertive, consistent & with a "can do" attitude.
  • Forward thinking, a problem solver and solution provider (solution oriented).
  • Able to promote a positive working culture within the team and in a cross-functional areas role.
  • Team player.
  • Self-starter and self-confident.
  • Present yourself with integrity, credibility and professionalism.
  • Ability to prioritize.
  • Driving license and availability to travel around 25% of time.
Education & Experience
  • Degree or master's degree in Industrial Engineering or similar, preferably mechanical, structural or civil,
  • Significant amount of professional experience in technical roles in the PVmounting structures marketplace or equivalent,
  • Fluent English spoken and written. Additional languages is a plus.

Why you'll want to work for us

Our company is a place where you can be yourself and grow; a place where your ideas and opinions matter.

Be you

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive community, where every individual is valued and treated with respect.

Be responsible

Our culture is driven by our core values. From operating safely to ensuring our solar projects are responsible and promote biodiversity.

Be recognized

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer a variety of benefits.

Be inspired

Beyond your day-to-day working life at Lightsource bp, there's a variety of initiatives that will contribute to your own personal development. Initiatives to get involved with including our charitable causes, supporting our solar honey project or our sustainability initiatives.

Our Core Values

Lightsource bp truly cares about creating a sustainable future through safe, responsible and meaningful low carbon energy projects. Our core values of Safety, Integrity, Respect, Sustainability and Drive are the guiding principles for everything we do.

  • Type: Full Time
  • Category: Engineering