Project Development Manager  

The Role

At Matrix Renewables we are looking for a highly motivated individual to play a key role managing our Project Development in Colombia.  Based in Colombia, the Colombia Development Manager will be responsible for overseeing development of Matrix’s portfolio of projects in Colombia, reporting to Matrix head office in Madrid.  This is primarily a project level role, though there will be some lobbying events at which the candidate should represent Matrix from time to time.  The Candidate should use their experience and intelligence to identify risks, to assess the quality of work done by Matrix’s developers, and to guide Matrix in understanding the risks that these projects face.  The candidate should be mature enough to be able to represent Matrix’s interests with the local teams and stakeholders, being confident to proactively defend Matrix even if that position is opposed by the developer or stakeholders.  The Candidate should have a good network of connections in the development and electricity industry in Colombia and ideally would be comfortable in dealing with market participants to manage existing PPAs.  The candidate must be familiar with all aspects of the development of renewable energy projects Colombia, with solar preferred.

During the development phase, the candidate will collaborate with in-house Matrix and external teams to ensure that projects obtain all the permits, authorizations, and licenses necessary to reach Ready to Build (“RTB”) status, on time.  Part of the role will also be to manage existing PPAs from Matrix’s assets.  

Key activities and responsibilities:

  • Represent MATRIX in Colombia before all relevant stakeholders: national and local authorities, at political and regulatory level, landowners, utilities, offtakers & local communities.  The candidate should have experience in public relations/lobbying work required both at the national and local level.  Industry contacts with large generators, distribution companies or traders will be a positive
  • Represent Matrix at meetings with electricity market participants (distributors, traders, generators) where necessary 
  • Ensure that Matrix is tracking development status of projects in its pipeline, liaising with developers to help to deliver projects to RTB on time, and reporting back to Madrid
  • Project scheduling management through activities definition, sequencing, resources, and duration estimation, reporting back to Matrix
  • Management of relationships with landlords and tenants 
  • Management of community and public relations in respect of the Project 
  • Help to implement ESG Company policy at local level in compliance with modern standards, regulations, and best industry practice.  Flag to HQ any ESG issues as soon as possible, gather information related to them and where instructed interact with stakeholders if appropriate
  • Ensure the highest compliance about anticorruption practices along the relationship with all the stakeholders

General Skills / Attributes:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, law or business
  • 5-10 years of energy industry experience in a project development, project administration, project management, asset management, contract administration, deal execution, project finance or other commercial role
  • Full understanding of the development, construction, and operational processes for solar projects in Colombia
  • Excellent knowledge of renewable energy plants construction, operation and maintenance
  • Comfortable attending lobbying evens both at the national level and local, in both political and civil service spheres
  • Experience with dealing with utilities, distributors and generators and a good network of contacts in those companies
  • An ability to perform at a high level in a matrixed organization, working in inter-departmental teams to achieve objectives
  • Solid communication skills: capability to establish technical discussions in different cultural environments
  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Ability to travel through Colombia to meet stakeholders around Matrix projects


Competitive salary offered

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover email and CV in English to: hiring@matrixrenewables.com