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Company Overview:

Mainstream Renewable Power is the world’s only independent developer of utility-scale wind and solar power assets with a global footprint. The company has a high-quality portfolio of more than 12 GW of wind and solar assets across Latin America, Africa, Asia Pacific as well as the Offshore wind sector globally. 

Mainstream has delivered more than 1.1 GW of wind and solar assets into commercial operation and is currently constructing a further 1.75 GW across Latin America and Africa. 

In Chile, Mainstream’s wholly owned 1.3 GW of fully contracted wind and solar assets are on track to reach commercial operation from 2021. In Africa, the company has delivered 710 MW of wind and solar assets into commercial operation in South Africa and currently has a 140 MW wind farm in construction there. Through its Lekela Power joint venture in Africa, it has 410 MW of wind assets in construction in Senegal and Egypt. 

In Offshore Wind, Mainstream successfully consented Hornsea One (1.2 GW), the largest operational offshore wind plant in the world today; and developed the Hornsea 2 project (1.4 GW) before selling these projects and the entire Zone in 2015. Mainstream fully consented the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project in Scotland, 450 MW, currently under construction.  

Mainstream’s Soc Trang 1,400MW offshore wind development in Vietnam is one of South East Asia’s largest renewable energy developments. The Company signed an agreement with Eni, the global energy company, to collaborate on potential renewable energy developments across Africa and Southeast Asia, with an initial focus on the UK’s offshore Round 4.  

Mainstream’s team, as part of its Airtricity heritage, developed Ireland’s first and only operational offshore wind farm at the Arklow Bank, Co. Wicklow. The Arklow Bank wind farm became operational in 2004 and was the world’s first erection of wind turbines rated over 3 MW.

Presently, Mainstream are progressing development of three Irish Offshore development opportunities, progressing stakeholder engagement and Foreshore Investigative Licence Applications for the areas under investigation. 

Mainstream has raised more than EUR3.0bn in project finance to date and employs more than 300 staff across five continents.

Summary of Role:

Mainstream seeks to appoint a Stakeholder engagement & Development Manager for its Irish Offshore Projects and are seeking applications from candidates with a public affairs/stakeholder engagement/community engagement background who have gained experience in projects and or a similar type of role, ideally within an infrastructure or related sector.

It would be desirable to have current relationships with local media, local and national government, policy makers and trade bodies. Specifically, we would like to have someone with a track record in managing and performing stakeholder engagement during the development phase of infrastructure type project planning applications.

The person would have experience in managing community participatory processes.

The role will need to develop awareness in the community as well as maintaining a presence on the ground part time, so there will be an element of travel to this role.

Mainstream’s head office is located in Dublin, Ireland but the location of this role can be flexible within Ireland for the right candidate.

What will you do?

  • Collaborate closely with other internal teams to support a project’s development.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders including the local community.
  • Representing Mainstream confidently and knowledgeably in public.
  • Support to the delivery of public affairs campaigns.
  • Collection, analysis, and use of data from stakeholder feedback to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Identify events and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Serve as the local contact to key project communities.
  • Maintain stakeholder database.
  • Manage community consultation including virtual consultation and face to face engagement activities and online updates.
  • Report writing, minute taking and/or issue of documents, for public meetings (e.g. flyers, presentations, booth banners, etc.).
  • Support to community benefit engagement and planning.
  • Work closely with the community to understand issues and concerns, and organise follow-up meetings with certain stakeholders, e.g., fishing community, tourism, local Councils, local businesses to deliver key messages and respond to concerns.
  • Support delivery of “Meet the Buyer” and supply chain events.
  • Support to Social Media campaigns.

What we require?

  • Bachelor’s degree desirable
  • 5 -10 years community liaison and broader stakeholder engagement experience with National and Local Government.
  • Experience in public speaking and delivery of presentations.
  • Excellent conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  • Excellent computer literacy skills and experience using social media platforms to communicate key messages
  • Excellent networking skills and strong negotiation and presentation skills
  • English skills are essential, and Gaelic would be an advantage.
  • Be a genuine team player, with a positive outlook, be determined and flexible with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Be flexible in terms of working arrangements, travel to project locations will be required as part of the job.
  • An organised approach to working, task prioritisation and time management.
  • Excellent verbal / written communication skills and strong report writing skills.
  • Drivers licence essential

What we offer?

We offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organisation, in a growing and fast-paced industry.  You will receive a very competitive total benefits package including an excellent base salary and bonus scheme.

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