Public affairs, regulatory and legal

Head of Onshore Permitting

Imagine a future where you play a critical role in advancing renewable energy projects by leading our Onshore Permitting team

Join us in this role where you’ll have the opportunity to craft our strategy related to the environmental and permitting process, collaborating with our various teams and consultants across multiple renewable technologies. Your role will include hiring and staff development, process management, providing leadership regarding permitting strategy, key stakeholder cooperation, and more. Ultimately the success of the organization’s Onshore Permitting team will be driven by you.

Welcome to Permitting, Environmental and Marine Affairs (PEMA)
You’ll be part of the Onshore Permitting team where you, together with your colleagues, will be responsible for regional decisions, strategy, and driving priorities, as one of the collaborative members of the PEMA management team. You’ll work across projects, leading all efforts regarding environmental and permitting activities, incl. interfacing with key external stakeholders, such as BLM, USFWS, USACE, DOD, and state and local agencies. You’ll ensure collaboration, talent identification and retention, and staff development, which are highly valued aspects of our organizational culture. Our team prioritizes learning, innovation, and cooperation.

You’ll play an important role in:

  • leading a commercially focused permitting strategy incl. initial greenfield site characterization tool development and implementation, standards to environmental survey approach and protocols, and through permit preparation
  • proactively communicating and collaborating with key internal stakeholders, incl. Development, GIS, Corporate Affairs, Compliance, and QHSE to ensure all projects obtain the necessary approvals
  • crafting a procurement strategy for vetting and quickly on-boarding the optimal consultants to perform field surveys, prepare technical analyses and reports, and permitting documentation
  • serving as a manager that recruits and retains diverse talent, and as member of the PEMA management team, where you’ll drive efficiency and cost-reduction work streams and priorities across our port
  • leading a team of permit managers and collaborating with scientists and environmental managers from other departments who are critical for staffing onshore permitting activities.

To succeed in the role, you:

  • hold a master’s degree or equivalent experience in environmental science or environmental policy, engineering, construction management, natural resources, or another relevant field
  • have significant experience leading teams and managing people, incl. recruiting and hiring, career growth and development, and performance management, with an emphasis on a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team
  • have an expert-level understanding of renewable energy project permitting and assessment activities, incl. conditional/special use permits, state siting board permits, and federal permits such as EA/EIS, FAA Determinations of Non-Hazard, CWA Section 404/401, and ESA incidental take permits
  • are experienced preparing consultation plans and working closely with federal, state, and local agencies such as BLM, USFWS, USACE, and FAA
  • communicate with honesty and influence to enhance messaging regarding our activities as an organization to key stakeholders both internally and externally, as well as maintain detailed records of such dialogues.

Join a global leader in renewable energy
Ørsted is a growing green energy major and global leader in climate action. With us you’ll play a part in driving change towards a green energy future. You’ll grow your talent in a fast-paced and high-growth industry where you have plenty of opportunities to learn and develop through challenging assignments and industry-leading experts. Here, you can perform in a friendly work environment based on trust, respect, and collaboration.

Shape the future with us
Send your application to us no later than December 19, 2022. We’ll be conducting interviews on a continuous basis and reserve the right to take down the advert when we have found the right candidate.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Talent Acquisition Operations US, , on, if you’d like to know more about the position. If you need to request any adjustments to working practices, working patterns, or the assessment or interview process we're happy to discuss alternative arrangements.

Please note that for your application to be taken into consideration, you must submit your application via our online career pages and answer the screening questions relevant for your country.