Senior Origination Manager

Lead origination and development of renewable projects in Germany for Cero Generation in Hamburg, Germany. Requires 5+ years experience, strong interpersonal skills, and knowledge of German environmental procedures.

Cero Generation
Cero Generation
Hamburg, Germany  UTC+01:00   Hybrid   Full Time   51-100   23 days ago

We are Cero Generation, a leading European solar energy developer.

Our single-minded vision is to ensure this, and every generation has access to clean, reliable, cost-effective renewable energy.

Cero identifies, develops, builds and energises major solar energy projects across eight European countries, and doing so responsibly we are helping communities to thrive across Europe and beyond.

We have 25GW solar storage portfolio with further generation capability added each year.

We are a Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) portfolio company, operating on a stand-alone basis.

About the role

The aim of this role is to pilot the creation of development opportunities for new battery storage and solar projects in Germany, within the framework of the strategic orientation and objectives set by the company. You will originate and manage the development of these new projects from origination to ready-to-build.

The main responsibilities will include:

  • In collaboration with the Head of Development, you will implement the origination development strategy for the country.
  • You will source projects and originate new opportunities by establishing site selection processes and tools.
  • You will participate in the identification and evaluation of projects that comply with the company's investment criteria (budget, Business Plan, etc.) and with high probability of success.
  • You will be responsible for coordinating the signing of land for projects by managing a team of land agents or partners.
  • You will initiate and coordinate the permitting process for the projects and have intricate knowledge of the German development process.
  • You ensure the proper preparation of projects before presentation to the IC (Investment Committee) and participate in go / no go decisions concerning EEG and PPA type tender projects.
  • You will actively manage the projects progress, budgets and report to the Head of Development, Cero management and board of the company on progress, financial status, and key risks.
  • You will develop and cultivate relationships with key players in the sector, institutions, elected officials, and various partners, and carry out lobbying work.
  • You will work as part of a wider development team on strategic projects and cooperate with the team to meet the strategic goals for the country and company.

What will you need to succeed in the role?

  • Have a track record in originating and developing renewable projects in Germany from greenfield and site identification stage, through the environmental assessment processes to permitting.
  • Have great interpersonal skills and an ability to successfully manage many stakeholders on a project including landowners, grid companies, local authorities and communities.
  • Interested in working on new opportunities in an innovative and dynamic environment.
  • Ideally respectively graduated (Engineering, Business, Geography), you shall have at least 5 years of successful experience in project development of renewable energy projects, with excellent knowledge of administrative and environmental procedures in Germany. Good command of English is necessary for this role.

Working with Cero Generation

Our shared culture is all about doing the right thing for our company, our people and the world around us.

We’re passionate about renewable energy and the vital role it can play in safeguarding the future of our planet. That’s why we’re all committed to collaborating to achieve excellence in our field to deliver better outcomes for all.

We’re led by a simple promise to all our people: you’ll get back what you put in.

We’ll empower you to deliver on our commitments and reward you for achieving the high standards that we set.

Diversity, inclusion & privacy

Cero Generation understands the importance of diversity and inclusion. We value the innovation and creativity that diversity of thought brings. If you are capable, motivated and can deliver, we want you on our team. Cero Generation is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, gender identity, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race (including colour and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief. We facilitate a range of flexible working arrangements within our teams. Talk to us about what flexibility may be available.

Cero Generation respects the privacy of the people we deal with, and we uphold high standards of privacy practice and security. Our privacy policy is available on our website at

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About the role

May 05, 2024

Full Time


Nov 03, 2024


Hamburg, Germany

5+ years


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