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Business Developer - Sustainability - Johannesburg


1 July 2022




South Africa

Job Type

Full Time


R 1,2M – R 1,5M CTC per annum

Start Date



Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen


Trade and Development

Contact Name

Wiehahn de Jager


We are seeking an exceptionally bright and affable Business Developer to join an internationally acclaimed team who specialise in a variety of technologies and disciplines in over 60 countries worldwide. You will be joining a highly professional team that has a proven track record in its contribution to sustainable development and innovation on a local and global scale. This is a lucrative opportunity to take your career up a level while making a large-scale impact on the front of sustainability through establishing renewable energy projects across South Africa. 

If you have a relevant tertiary qualification and over 12 years of experience in the development and construction phase of renewable energy projects then you need to keep reading! We are looking for someone who has excellent communication skills, a strong background in finance with amazing numerical abilities and an adaptable, organised work approach. You will be engaging with all levels of management and staff across the board, as well as stakeholders such as lenders, government and occasionally blue chip companies, so professionalism is key. An innovative approach to risk mitigation and providing sound solutions during the development process is crucial, and you will need to be able to manage various teams while overseeing the establishment of new projects.

This is your chance to use your professional skills to make a significant impact on the renewable energy sector in South Africa. The main responsibilities are assisting the project management team in all operations regarding the development phases of a renewable energy plant, engaging with all levels of management and relevant stakeholders and constantly developing solutions that will further overall business growth and improve ROI. The main technology you will be working with is PV solar, wind and battery energy storage devices, so experience with these is highly beneficial!

P.S. This is a great chance to take your reputation to new heights in the renewable energy industry while making a positive impact on local communities and the economy in South Africa. Apply now if this sounds perfect to you!


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a field of Finance, Commerce or Engineering
  • An MBA is highly beneficial


  • We are looking for someone with the ability to create and implement a hypothesis around problem-solving and risk mitigation
  • A strong background in EPC management activities in the renewable energy sector
  • Understanding of PV solar, wind and battery energy storage technology and systems
  • Ability to facilitate project managers and stakeholders in the development phase of a project
  • Knowledge of calculating and analysing data regarding power tariffs and other important financial factors
  • Exceptional networking and presentation abilities
  • We need someone with significant numerical and analytical experience
  • Know how to oversee asset management on renewable energy projects


Use your expert abilities to improve the socio-economic situation in South Africa. The main responsibilities are to acquire off-takers for power projects and negotiate contracts while providing energy solutions that make financial sense. This includes assisting the project management team in the development and EPC phases of a project, engaging with all levels of management and staff across the board as well as stakeholders such as lenders, government and blue-chip companies, and the asset management of existing and potential projects. You will need to be developing professionally structured and verifiable solutions for any issues that may impact business and project growth, and will be involved in various financial and analytical activities that require exceptional numerical and mathematical skills.


  • You need to have logical and calculated approach to tasks
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills
  • Exceptional numerical and mathematical skills with a background in finance
  • Innovative approach to developing new business solutions
  • Ability to effectively engage with clients and partners to grow the business network


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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