• Principal Solar Engineer

    Location AE-Dubai
    Requisition ID
    Business Area
    Position Type
    Permanent employment
  • Local Unit & Position Description

    The role will involve working within the Solar Department to provide technical advisory services throughout the development, procurement, construction and operation phases of solar projects. The services will include technical advisory work including owner's engineer and independent engineer assignments for a range of customers spanning developers, financial institutions and government entities.


    The work will involve the management of complex commercial and technical projects, resourced from multiple internal business units, alongside the management of customer interfaces. These projects are expected to be mostly in solar PV but may also involve coordination of hybrid projects including wind, battery storage, CSP or other renewable projects. In addition, the candidate will be required to provide commercial and technical leadership for a team of up to 11 engineers, ranging from junior to senior levels.


    Work with the renewable energy team to promote and deliver DNV GL’s Technical Advisory Services and work with solar experts worldwide to develop the MENA market. Deliver contracts in accordance with agreed budgets, profitability and time frames and to the satisfaction of the Customer.


    Key Accountabilities:


    Lead provision of technical advice to Customers including:

    • Feasibility studies, preliminary and final energy production assessments, technology review
    • Specification assistance for all aspects of solar project design, procurement and construction
    • Assist Customers with procurement including contract negotiation and tendering
    • Technical due diligence of pre-construction and operational projects, identifying project risks and suggesting risk mitigation strategies
    • Support with Commissioning and testing
    • Other ad-hoc advice and general project advice
    • Due diligence activity to include: data analysis, documentation review and risk analysis.

    The work also involves: 

    • Liaising with a wide range of clients from solar project developers to financial institutions
    • Work on multiple projects, managing own time to meet deadlines.
    • Producing written reports and other documentation for delivery to the Customer
    • Supporting the continuous improvement and development of group procedures and documentation
    • Any other appropriate duties as directed by line management
    • Develop the solar work in MENA by generating and developing new opportunities develop proposals leading to contracts.

    Position Qualifications

    • Takes responsibility for own competence and career development
    • Understands and follows relevant DNV GL systems, tools, work processes and methodology
    • Demonstrates the ability to apply knowledge and skills in the work
    • Shares information and professional knowledge with colleagues
    • Has good knowledge in and is able to handle independent work within one or a limited number of competence areas, disciplines, services or segments
    • Able to participate and give input to service development within one or more competence areaser Focus
    • Cares for customer and provide solutions that improve their business
    • Proactively seeks to identify real customer needs and manages customer expectations accordingly, including identification of technical and commercial challenges
    • Receives positive feedback from customers and acts on feedback
    • Able to bring in projects
    • Performs independent customer work related both to sales and contracting
    • Able to hold customer management role for local customers


    On appointment the candidate must have:


    • Principal level experience (15+ years) in PV solar industry
    • An appropriate degree/higher degree in an engineering subject, preferably electrical engineering.
    • Clear communication in in English.
    • Previous experience in performing due diligence activities.
    • Good IT skills, and experience using PV Syst, MS Office suite packages including MS Project.
    • Demonstrable ability to deliver complex tasks to tight timelines.
    • Good organisation and time management skills.
    • Adaptability, and able to cope with a wide variety of tasks.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Strong commercial acumen.

    Company & Business Area Description

    DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, we enable our customers to advance the safety and sustainability of their business.

    We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. We also provide certification, supply chain and data management services to customers across a wide range of industries.


    Combining technical, digital and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, we empower our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

    With origins stretching back to 1864 and operations in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


    DNV GL delivers world-renowned testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy efficiency. Our expertise spans onshore and offshore wind power, solar, conventional generation, transmission and distribution, smart grids, and sustainable energy use, as well as energy markets and regulations. Our experts support customers around the globe in delivering a safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy supply.

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