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Business Developer - PV Solar - Johannesburg


1 July 2022




South Africa

Job Type

Full Time


R 480K – R 600K CTC per annum + commission

Start Date






Contact Name

Ivan Pienaar


Are you an innovative and strategic sales expert? Are you ready to further your career in the PV Dolar industry? This is your chance to work with a budding group of solar experts specialising in a variety of  C&I projects across South Africa. Should have a background in 200 kW to 10 MW solar plants then this is your opportunity to contribute to sustainable solutions for the loadshedding problem in South Africa and help improve the socio-economic situation while growing your career. 

We are looking for someone with at least 3 – 6 years of experience in the development phase of plants who has worked on C&I, agri and/or residential power utility projects, particularly PV solar. The key differentiator for this role is that the technology used is micro-inverters as opposed to the commonly used string inverter, so experience in this technology is highly beneficial! The ideal candidate needs to have exceptional communication skills in both English and Afrikaans and be able to effectively navigate a small installation team in all aspects of a project, including development and procurement, financial operations, stakeholder liaison and managing project development activities.

Your main responsibilities will include assisting project managers in site procurement and planning, networking and collaborating with clients, identifying and securing potential leads and overseeing project managers in the EPC activities on various sites. A crucial task will be establishing milestones when certain partners are involved in financing, which means creating and managing extremely detailed reports in a timely fashion and engaging with financial parties, so a strong financial knowledge and background are crucial. We really want to know more about the various projects you have worked on in the past so please include your track record in your application!

P.S. While this is a remote option, there is a lot of daily travelling involved, so if you like to get out and about this role was made for you!


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Finance or Commerce is beneficial however experience and interpersonal skills are the most important considerations


  • Has worked on 200 kW – 10 MW solar power plants (preferably PV solar tech)
  • Ability to lead a team effectively  and engage with all stakeholders
  • Experience with micro-inverters is highly beneficial!
  • Knowledge of overseeing and assisting in establishing a project through development and EPC
  • Exceptional financial and consulting knowledge
  • Has developed and managed milestones and reports for financing
  • We need someone who has exceptional communication skills and is ready to be on-site getting hands-on with all operations surrounding a project


You will be overseeing all development, financial and O&M operations regarding a variety of C&I, residential and agricultural OV solar projects. Responsibilities include site planning and procurement, collaborating with stakeholders, managing the installation team and being responsible for all data and reporting regarding bringing projects to operation and the O&M it may require. Remember to point out any significant plants you have worked on in your career, especially those with the same technology!


  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills
  • Detailed and professional report writing and data analyses abilities
  • A dynamic and efficient approach to work
  • Exceptional skills in securing leads and networking with clients
  • Fluent in English and Afrikaans


We offer recruitment, consulting and employment services with a focus on recruitment for renewable energy and environmental jobs in South Africa and Africa at large. AltGen is a renewable energy recruitment agency based in Cape Town which focuses on developing careers for individuals in our niche space.

With an experienced and passionate team with over 100 years of combined experience, AltGen plays an integral role in the South African renewable energy and sustainability industry. We operate throughout the African continent in both anglophone and francophone regions and are rapidly expanding globally. With entities in South Africa, Kenya, and Mauritius, we have a direct impact on the continental energy industry.

Our recruitment agency focuses on jobs in: Solar | Wind | Renewable Energy | Biogas | Biomass | Energy Management | Energy Efficiency | Green Buildings | Green Tech | Photovoltaics | Solar Thermal | Energy Storage | Battery Systems | Off-grid | Hydro | CSP | CPV | IoT | AI | AgriTech | FinTech | Green Hydrogen

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Sean Gibson

Managing Director

“AltGen is all about effecting change, through people. With integrity, and passion”. 

Managing Director and Founder of the AltGen’ Group. Sean has played a pivotal role in steering and leading the vision and mission of AltGen, making AltGen the only highly specialist renewable energy recruitment firm operating within the renewable energy and sustainability space in Africa. Sean oversees the success of the entire group of AltGen companies.

Sean holds a Master of Philosophy in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University as well as an Honours degree from Rhodes University

Robert Veith

Recruitment Director

“Without quality and intelligent effort, there is no success and no reward.”

Joining AltGen in 2014, Robert started as a Recruitment Consultant and has since become our Recruitment Director overseeing the Recruitment and Executive Search division. Robert has extensive experience in securing talent for rare skills in the energy engineering market, including skills to the likes of Power System Engineers, SCADA Engineers, Project Developers and Electrical Engineering skills specific to design.

Through Robert’s leadership, each recruitment team is enabled to focus on their specific area of expertise, ensuring all client hiring needs are met. Through Robert’s years of dedication to sourcing and securing top talent in the industry, he has a wealth of insight into the skills market and provides our clients with a competitive advantage in a scarce skills environment enabling them to effectively execute on some of the most challenging renewable energy projects across Africa. Robert is also responsible for growth of the engineering recruitment team.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management from UNISA as well as a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from CPUT.

Lindy Taylor

Innovation & Business Development Manager

“The success of an organisation is defined by its people.”

As the Innovation & Business Development Manager, Lindy is responsible for the marketing and business development activities of AltGen. Through her big picture vision, Lindy has enabled AltGen to remain responsive in the cleantech space. She is responsible for engagements with new clients.
Lindy initially joined AltGen in 2015 and has grown into being an integral member of the senior management team. She ensures a collaborative approach with clients catering to their custom needs. Her focus is on attaining new clients, as well as handling contractual relationships with new and existing stakeholders.
Lindy holds a Bachelor’ Degree in Social Sciences from Rhodes University.

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Chris Roetz

Workforce Management Services: General Manager

“My goal is to deliver exceptional operational performance within AltGen – Northern Cape building on people, energy and sustainability”

Chris Roetz oversees AltGen’s Workforce Management division in the Northern Cape. He is responsible for the successful execution of HR advisory and management services for clients’ utility-scale projects in the region. Currently, Roetz mobilises an outsourced staff complement of over 200 employees. He also steers AltGen’s Solar Works programme in conjunction with his Pofadder based team.

Chris has 20 years of professional experience in an HR and outsourced staffing capacity within the energy environment and holds a National Diploma in Human Resource Management from UNISA.

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Muslim Janoowala

Consulting Services: Senior Consultant & Business Development Lead

“My focus is to be able to do impactful work, being in the front lines of the development sector finding solutions to safe and reliable drinking water, power and sanitation”

Muslim Janoowala drives AltGen’s consulting services arm. Muslim has 10+ years of experience in the renewable energy, water and general engineering space in Eastern Africa and has played an instrumental role in the success of AltGen consulting engagement on the AFD Green Mini-grid Programme in Kenya. His expertise caters to M&E activities, project management, impact analysis and assessments of funded water and renewable energy programmes that “enlighten” and uplift communities in rural Africa.

Muslim holds an MSc in Construction Management from Cass Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Environment Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Wiehahn de Jager

Senior Consultant & Team Lead

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

Wiehahn de Jager has specialist recruitment expertise in the finance sector and has worked on various mandates for large international and national clients on both a retained and contingency basis. Wiehahn has gained an in-depth understanding of the professional skills operating within the capital markets, fin-tech, and green finance space, with a keen focus on talented professionals within the African context. He has a strong track record successfully working on a range of skill levels, from Directors to Analysts, with a special focus on professionals from mid-level up to Corporate Executives.

Wiehahn holds a Bachelor in Law from the University of Stellenbosch.

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Robert Slater

Senior Consultant & Team Lead

“I love to serve people and be the steppingstone between them and their dream job.”

Robert Slater is an expert in the talent acquisition of carbon management, environmental and social governance-related professionals across Africa. Robert has successfully closed mandates for clients who are focused on sourcing skills with experience in climate change, clean cooking, sustainability, and agricultural environments.

Slater cares deeply for people and the planet, he has a Life Coach Training certification from New Insights and volunteers at ON A MISSION, an NPO which enables businesses and individuals to invest in carbon offset projects. He holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Management from UNISA.

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Natascha Marais


“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. I look for people who want to change the world and introduce them to like-minded companies.”

Natascha Marais is highly skilled when it comes to sourcing those “unicorns” for our clients in the OEM, AI and technology, economic development, and legal spaces.

Natascha has proven experience in identifying and onboarding professionals to the likes of business developers, sales, and account managers as well as technical sales or software developer skills.

Marais holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law from Pearson Institute.


If you are serious about moving to the UK and are a PV Design Engineer or have engineering experience in offshore wind, in grid & transmission/network planning, or sub-station design and construction then let us know!
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