Head of Distributed Generation (DG)

The applicant will be a skilled professional of the renewable sector with proven experience in origination, business and project development of distributed power generation systems and other renewables, including permitting and execution, with report to the Country Manager Italy.

Main responsibilities:

  • Cultivate positive, cooperative, and effective business relationships.
  • Support the local development team and Competence Centers in the assessment of business opportunities.
  • Ensure a smooth roll out of the projects from Origination, Development up to Construction.
  • Land Scouting, Contract negotiations, feasibility assessments, business plan development and execution.
  • Analyzing potential PV project sites and development process to obtain the relevant authorizations, including Renewable Energy Communities (REC), Solar Rooftops and other self-consumption-based models as well as energy storage systems, PPAs and SEU.
  • Overall business development and management, working with the main stakeholders, local developers to discuss results and risk mitigation plans.
  • Review the technical, administrative, and legal documentation.
  • Continuous communication with the entities, department involved in the development phase.
  • Manage the authorization process to get to RTB.
  • Setting-up activities for greenfield developments for PV, REC, ESS, Solar Rooftops and any other projects aligned with the Smartenergy investment strategy.
  • Supporting the building and the development of the Team.
  • Coordinating and assessing Grid Connection applications
  • Managing the project development team in Italy to validate technical solutions, supervising co-developers, and planning Technical Advisory activities.

Essential Skills:

  • Solid knowledge and understanding of the solar PV industry. Wind and Green Hydrogen sectors are a plus.
  • Knowledge of the Italian electricity system – technical and regulatory, including utilities and related interconnection procedures.
  • In depth experience in PV Project Development, Construction and Management, either in Investor/Developer, EPC and/or Owner perspectives.
  • Obsessed with quality of work, accuracy, and results.
  • Team player, high level of organization, time management and autonomy.
  • Versatile, flexible, comfortable, and motivated in different environments, e.g. site locations, office, public entities, exhibitions, congresses, etc.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and business relationships.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Italian, oral and written native level is mandatory. Good level of English is important. Other language is a plus.
  • Domain of MS Office, good knowledge of MS Project. CAD and PVsyst are a plus.
  • Available to travel and short stays in project sites in various locations when required.


  • Proven 5+ years of professional experience in business development, and project management.
  • Proven 5+ years Solar PV development and project management experience in the distributed energy segment or similar marketplace.
  • Fundamentals of Land scouting and complex contract negotiations, grid connection applications, Solar PV and Rooftops and REC concepts. PPAs, Energy Storage Systems, Capacity Market and Hybrid power solutions are a plus.


  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering or Tier 1 Business Schools.
  • MBA is a plus.

How to apply?

If you are interested in joining us in our Milan office, please send your CV and cover letter to m.poli@smartenergy.net. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis until the ideal candidate is found.

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