Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

LVI Associates: Your Premier Partner for Renewable Energy

At LVI Associates we embrace the transformative power of clean, sustainable energy sources like solar power, wind, biomass, hydro, and hydrogen. Renewable Energy is reshaping the infrastructure industry and offers professionals the opportunity to make a significant impact on our planet's future.

LVI Associates is at the forefront of this transformation, offering specialized talent services to connect businesses with top-tier Renewable Energy professionals. We offer a range of services, from executive search to contract staffing and multi-hire solutions, tailored to meet your unique business needs. Our consultants understand the rapid pace of change in the Renewable Energy sector and are committed to delivering efficient, high-quality services to ensure your organization keeps up with this evolving industry.

If you're looking to hire professionals in the Renewable Energy sector, request a call back from our team to discuss your specific needs. For professionals seeking opportunities in this exciting field, explore our current career opportunities. At LVI Associates, we're ready to help you navigate the future of Renewable Energy.

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Benefits of working with LVI Associates

Here at LVI Associates, we're turning energy challenges into sustainable successes. Industries everywhere are recognizing the need for efficient, sustainable, and robust renewable energy systems, so the demand for these skills is skyrocketing. Growing populations, increased urbanization, and the need for energy systems that can handle environmental changes are just some of the factors fueling this demand.

Whether you're in a hurry to fill key roles in Renewable Energy or looking for the right talent for your long-term vision, we have the know-how and the team to deliver top-tier results. Here's what you get when you work with LVI Associates' Renewable Energy team:

Experience

We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading Renewable Energy talent partner.

Network

A vast, global network of the best, in-demand active and passive Renewable Energy professionals, working worldwide.

Knowledge

Our award-winning Renewable Energy talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

Take the first step in overcoming your talent shortage by completing our form. Our dedicated team awaits the opportunity to discuss how we can effectively partner with your organization to fulfill your hiring goals.

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Renewable Energy Jobs

Renewable Energy professionals will play an essential role as sustainable power sources increasingly become an integral part of our energy landscape. By partnering with a talent specialist like LVI Associates, who is deeply rooted in the Renewable Energy sector, you can elevate your career to the forefront of this rapidly evolving field. Browse our current openings or submit your CV/resume, and our consultants will reach out when a position that aligns with your profile becomes available.

Senior PV Design Engineer - Utility Scale Solar

One of the most well-known renewable electrical contractor companies in California is looking for a Senior PV Design Engineer to join their team and support multiple new solar construction projects on the West Coast! About the company: Headquartered in Southern California with national backing by a huge conglomerate 1GW+ solar project under construction and operation in California High-performance team with around 200 members About the responsibilities: Prepare the construction plan and handle any changes in the plan from the electrical perspective Electrical design, drafting, and checking on electrical work details and related documents Select electrical equipment and confirm the specifications Communicate with electric power companies and utilities Energy modelling for utility scale solar projects Requirements: 3+ years of experience as an Electrical Design Engineer, ideally from the Solar sector Engineering degree, preferably electrical Any experience in electrical design, drawing approval, electrical equipment specification, and verification will be appreciated Strong knowledge of the NEC Strong experience in software: AutoCAD/PVSyst If you are interested please apply!

US$80000 - US$110000 per annum
Los Angeles
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Technical Maintenance Engineer - WACO, TX

Hiring for an Engineer-Technical Maintenance in Waco, TX! Our client is a leading energy solutions provider based in Waco, TX. They are seeking an experienced and innovative Engineer-Technical Maintenance to join their dynamic team on a permanent basis. If you have the skills required for this exciting opportunity, read on to find out more. Job Summary: As an Engineer-Technical Maintenance with my client's company, your primary responsibility will be assisting with meter design which includes meter circuit location, instrument transformer sizing and loading along with programming new meter evaluation. Key Responsibilities: * Assist with designing meters circuits * Specify appropriate sizes of instrument transformers according to various loads. * Develop program codes that would help programmable logic controllers function effectively. * Ensure adherence by providing support through technical training programmes Skills Required: - Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering - A Texas Professional Engineer certification is preferred, but not required - Minimum 3 years of working experience - Understanding of NERC Standards PRC-005, PRC-004 and PRC-018 - Compliance experience If you're interested in applying please send us your resume today!

Negotiable
United States of America
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Electrical Engineer (Lab), Renewable Energy Japan

Urgently looking for a Lab Engineer to work for a leading International renewable energy firm in Tokyo, Japan. The company offices in over 30 countries and millions of products installed across the world. They are looking for talented engineers to join their office in Tokyo, Japan. As the Lab Technician, you will be responsible for grid protection testing and failure analysis testing in a laboratory setting. You will be working on a wide range of projects from solar inverters, battery storage, backup generators and EV chargers. Main Role: Grid protection testing in a laboratory setting Failure analysis testing Documenting the process and results Requirements: 5 years of experience in electrical engineering, previous experience in PV inverter or battery systems is required. Advantageous to have experience in inverter testing, JET grid connection certification or Second class electric work specialist license Native Japanese, basic communication skill in English Contact me if you are interested or tag someone who you think is suitable for this job.

Negotiable
Japan
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Professional Electrical Engineer - Utility Scale PV + BESS

Company Summary: A leading design + engineering firm is looking to grow their collaborative team! With 15GW+ of solar+energy storage projects, the team is looking to bring on a Director of Engineering to support their continuously growing pipeline! Responsibilities: Tackle design and engineering effort for PV + BESS from the electrical standpoint Review QA/QC deliverables Complete drawings and electrical study deliverables Support projects through construction Qualifications: 4+ years relevant experience in renewables or related Proficient nt with AutoCAD Knowledgeable with codes and standards: NFPA 70, NFPA 70E, IEEE, etc. PE Electrical License Benefits: Competitive Compensation Company lunches/ lunch and learns Collaborative, welcoming environment Team bonding events Generous PTO This position is based in Phoenix, AZ. If interested, apply today!

US$120000 - US$170000 per year + *salary commensurate with experience
Arizona
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Senior Electrical Engineer (REMOTE)

Senior Electrical Engineer (REMOTE) Our client, a leading renewable energy company specializing in energy storage for both utility-scale and large industrial facilities is seeking an experienced Senior Electrical Engineer to join their team. If you are passionate about creating sustainable solutions that can help us move towards a cleaner future, then this opportunity might be perfect for you. Qualifications & Skills: - 7+ years of experience as an Electrical Engineer - Bachelor's degree (BS) or higher in electrical engineering - Professional Engineering License (PE) - Proficient with SKM Power Tools and ETAP software Responsibilities include but not limited to: - Designing systems related to power electronics including inverters selection. - Conducting studies on system performance analysis such as load flow study using modeling tools such as PSS/E etc., voltage stability assessment , reactive compensation requirement calculations - Making recommendations based on data collected during testing phases. Benefits - Employee owned - 401k match

Negotiable
United States of America
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Senior Business Development Manager

Job Title: Senior Business Development Manager - Solar Industry Location: Bangkok, Thailand Company Overview: The company is a leading developer in the renewable energy sector, specializing in solar and other renewable energy such as battery storage and wind. With a commitment to sustainability and innovation, we are dedicated to providing cutting-edge solar technologies to businesses and communities worldwide. As we expand our operations, we are seeking a highly skilled Senior Business Development Manager to lead our sales and business development efforts in Bangkok, Thailand. Job Description: We are looking for an experienced Senior Business Development Manager with a strong drive for sales and business development in the solar industry. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success, exceptional leadership abilities, and a deep understanding of the renewable energy market landscape. As a key member of our team, you will be responsible for driving revenue growth, establishing strategic partnerships, and expanding our presence in the region. Responsibilities: Develop and implement comprehensive business development strategies to drive sales growth and achieve revenue targets. Identify and pursue new business opportunities in the solar industry, including commercial and industrial projects, utility-scale installations, and government initiatives. Build and manage a high-performing sales team, providing mentorship, guidance, and support to maximize individual and collective performance. Cultivate strong relationships with key stakeholders, including C-suite executives, investors, government officials, and industry partners. Lead negotiations for contracts, agreements, and partnerships, ensuring favorable terms and conditions that align with company objectives. Stay informed about market trends, competitor activities, and regulatory developments to capitalize on emerging opportunities and mitigate risks. Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including engineering, finance, and marketing, to deliver integrated solutions and enhance customer value. Represent the company at industry events, conferences, and networking functions to promote brand awareness and thought leadership. Provide regular reports and updates to senior management on sales performance, market trends, and strategic initiatives. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or related field; MBA preferred. 8-10 years of progressive experience in business development, sales, or related roles, with a focus on the solar industry. Proven track record of achieving sales targets, driving revenue growth, and expanding market share. Strong leadership skills with experience in building and managing high-performing teams. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with fluency in English. Deep understanding of investment logic and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) concepts. Experience in negotiating complex contracts and agreements with diverse stakeholders. International business exposure and familiarity with the Southeast Asian market preferred. Self-motivated, results-oriented, and able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Join our team and be part of a company that is shaping the future of renewable energy. If you are passionate about driving innovation, building partnerships, and making a positive impact on the world, we want to hear from you. Apply now to take the next step in your career as a Senior Business Development Manager in the solar industry!

Negotiable
Thailand
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Renewable Diesel Process Engineer

An alternate fuel provider is interested in bringing on a Process Engineer to oversee a renewable diesel refinery. In this position, you will collaboratively monitor operating units, provide technical support and troubleshooting, and input of operating strategy of the renewable diesel facility. Responsibilities may include developing, designing, and planning in adherence with all requirements. Additionally, you'll be tasked with evaluating opportunities for improved efficiency, production throughput, and safety in plant and manufacturing facilities. PLEASE NOTE: THIS POSITION WILL BE ON SITE 5X/WEEK Process Engineer Responsibilities: Evaluate detailed engineering company design submissions, focusing particularly on heat & material balance (HMB), process flow diagrams (PFDs), piping & instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), utility summaries, battery limits schedules, and equipment specifications. Develop the scope, design, and conduct cost-benefit analyses for capital projects. Enhance and optimize current processes to achieve increased safety, quality, capacity, flexibility, and cost reduction, aligning with customer expectations. Provide senior-level engineering expertise for evaluating processes, optimizing renewable diesel plant operations, designing projects, overseeing start-up, troubleshooting, and testing process units. Conduct studies to analyze the impact of operating variables on product quality, yield, and profitability. Draft process specifications for problem-solving, optimization, or new projects, covering HMBs, PFDs, P&IDs, equipment specifications, and instrumentation specifications. Participate in and lead essential process safety management programs, including Management of Change, Process Hazard Analysis, Pre-startup Safety Review, and Process Safety Information implementation as required. Lead the development of assigned small and large capital projects. Provide recommendations for capital investments across the business Collaborate closely with Production and Maintenance departments to ensure efficient resolution of operational issues. Process Engineer Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering required. 6+ years of experience in oil refining or renewable fuels required Experience in the monitoring and operation of hydrotreating and reforming preferred. Previous experience in the development of HMBs, PFDs, and P&IDs required. A working knowledge of applicable codes and standards, including ANSI, ASME, and API required. Previous experience with performing pump hydraulics, line sizing, and pump curve evaluation. Ability to size control valves and relief valves preferred. Experience developing equipment specifications for equipment such as pumps, vessels, and heat exchangers, and experience evaluation quotations. 5 years of experience with Process Safety Management preferred. Ability to perform normal Process engineering calculations such as fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint required. Experience with CAD is a plus. Benefits: Medical Dental Vision Prescription Drug Coverage Retirement Savings Plans Flexible Spending Accounts Life/AD&D Insurance Family life Insurance Employee Assistance Program Career Training & Advancement Discounted Pork Products Employee Referral bonuses Wellness Programs If you're interested, apply today!

US$100000 - US$150000 per year
Missouri
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Senior Director Utility Scale Solar Development

A solar energy firm is currently looking for a Senior Director of Development to lead their Utility-Scale Development team. This role involves overseeing the entire project development process and managing a team to bring solar projects from development to construction notice-to-proceed, requiring the candidate to provide project management and development expertise. The company operates nationally and has a notable track record, having financed or developed over $2 billion worth of solar energy assets.They are focused on enabling contributors to make a meaningful impact on sustainable infrastructure. The Senior Director will be responsible for... Supervising multiple projects at varying development stages, ensuring the completion of all necessary activities. Managing internal and third-party project development teams to achieve objectives. Collaborating with technical, engineering, finance, and asset management teams to assess project development risks and valuation assumptions. Supporting the greenfielding department by providing insights based on development experience. Managing project schedules, budgets, and financial inputs, reporting changes as development progresses. Establishing and refine processes, workflow procedures, and risk review processes for utility-scale projects. Working closely with the M&A team, managing project diligence for external project sellers, screening projects, and negotiating MIPAs. The qualifications for this role include... Familiarity with project management tools such as MS Project or Smartsheet, and budgeting in MS Excel or similar programs. Multiple years of hands-on experience in utility-scale solar project development. Proven track record in managing development projects and teams. Well-established network of third-party development experts, including those in real estate, permitting, environmental, and interconnection. In-depth knowledge of development studies, real estate activities, environmental and local permitting, and interconnection processes. A four-year college degree. Willingness to travel as needed to support development activities.

Negotiable
United States of America
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Biodiesel Process Engineer

An alternate fuel provider is interested in bringing on a Process Engineer to oversee a Bio-diesel plant. In this position, you will act as a Consultant and main point of contact for the management team. This role will require engagement with a range of internal and external stakeholders managing multiple complex projects simultaneously. Responsibilities may include designing, planning, managing, and commissioning complex projects on time and in adherence with all requirements. PLEASE NOTE: THIS POSITION WILL BE ON SITE 5X/WEEK Process Engineer Responsibilities: Assess risks, communicate findings to management, and provide recommendations for new projects. Evaluate detailed engineering designs from the company, focusing on elements like heat and material balance (HMB), process flow diagrams (PFDs), piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), utility summaries, battery limits schedules, and equipment specifications. Participate in implementing critical process safety management initiatives such as Management of Change, Process Hazard Analysis, Pre-Startup Safety Review, and Process Safety Information, taking a leadership role when necessary. Acquaint yourself with and proficiently utilize software for process design, process safety management, and work order requests. Develop process specifications for troubleshooting, optimization, or new projects, covering areas like HMBs, PFDs, P&IDs, equipment, and instrumentation specifications. Collaborate closely with Production and Maintenance departments to ensure efficient resolution of operational challenges. Conduct cost analysis to estimate project expenses and prepare and manage budgets effectively. Address questions, concerns, and complaints promptly throughout project execution. Act as a liaison between the company, contractors, and vendors. Coordinate the compilation of request for proposals, review project proposals, and establish comprehensive work plans. Manage projects by adhering to specifications and making necessary design adjustments to meet requirements. Maintain project data in line with company standards to enable accurate control measurements. Provide consistent and accurate management reports to facilitate timely decision-making. Develop project scopes, designs, and cost-benefit analyses for capital projects. Gather process specifications from contractors for troubleshooting, optimization, or new projects, including HMBs, PFDs, P&IDs, equipment, and instrumentation specifications. Lead the execution of both small and large capital projects as assigned. Process Engineer Requirements: Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is required. A minimum of 5 years of applicable experience in project management and/or process operations within a chemical and/or oil processing facility is required. Previous experience in creating Heat and Material Balances (HMBs), Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs), and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) is necessary. Familiarity with AutoCAD is preferred. Prior experience in conducting pump hydraulics, line sizing, and pump curve evaluation is required. Proficiency in sizing control valves and relief valves is preferred. Experience with project management software such as Microsoft Project or Primavera is preferred. A comprehensive understanding of business operations and adherence to operational and budgetary requirements is expected. Benefits: Medical Dental Vision Prescription Drug Coverage Retirement Savings Plans Flexible Spending Accounts Life/AD&D Insurance Family life Insurance Employee Assistance Program Career Training & Advancement Discounted Pork Products Employee Referral bonuses Wellness Programs If you're interested, apply today!

US$90000 - US$130000 per year
Missouri
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Project Developer - Solar/Wind

Tritt einem führenden Unternehmen im Bereich erneuerbare Energien mit Sitz in der lebendigen Stadt Regensburg bei. Unser Kunde, ein Vorreiter in der Solarenergiebranche, sucht aktiv einen qualifizierten und begeisterten Solarprojektentwickler, um zum Wachstum seines Teams beizutragen. Hauptaufgaben: Verwalten Sie die end-to-end Entwicklung von Solarprojekten und gewährleisten Sie eine erfolgreiche Umsetzung. Arbeiten Sie mit verschiedenen Teams zusammen, um eine reibungslose Projektabwicklung zu ermöglichen. Führen Sie umfassende Machbarkeitsstudien, Standortbewertungen und Risikoanalysen durch. Verhandeln Sie Vereinbarungen mit Stakeholdern, Grundstückseigentümern und Genehmigungsbehörden. Überwachen Sie Projektbudgets und Zeitpläne und stellen Sie Effizienz und Kostenwirksamkeit sicher. Bleiben Sie über Branchentrends und bewährte Verfahren auf dem Laufenden, um Innovationen voranzutreiben. Qualifikationen: Nachgewiesene 2-5 Jahre Erfahrung in der Entwicklung von Solarprojekten. Tiefgehendes Wissen über Solartechnologien und die Landschaft der erneuerbaren Energien. Herausragende Fähigkeiten im Projektmanagement und in der Kommunikation. Fähigkeit, sowohl in unabhängigen als auch in kooperativen Arbeitsumgebungen erfolgreich zu sein. Vorteile: Spannende Karrierechancen in einem schnell wachsenden Unternehmen. Exposition gegenüber einem vielfältigen und bedeutenden Projektpipeline. Wettbewerbsfähiges Gehalt und Benefits-Paket. Stabile finanzielle Grundlage mit einer beeindruckenden Erfolgsbilanz. Internationale Exposition, da das Unternehmen in mehreren Ländern tätig ist. Bewerbungsinformationen: Wenn Sie leidenschaftlich daran interessiert sind, zur Revolution der erneuerbaren Energien beizutragen und einen bedeutenden Beitrag leisten möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihren Lebenslauf an .

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Regensburg
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Senior Design Engineer - C&I Solar/BESS - Remote Work Available

One of the most well-known Solar EPC companies in Southern California is looking for a Senior Electrical Design Engineer to join their team and support multiple new solar/BESS projects across Calfiornia! About the company: Headquartered in Southern California Successfully completed 600+ large-scale renewable projects High-performance team with around 80 members About the responsibilities: Prepare the design sets from bid process to IFC and handle any changes in the plan from the electrical perspective Electrical design, drafting, and checking on electrical work details and related documents Select electrical equipment and confirm the specifications Energy modelling for each potential site Communicate with electric power companies Requirements: 3+ years of experience as an Electrical Design Engineer in the solar commercial and industrial space Any experience in electrical design, drawing approval, electrical equipment specification, and verification will be appreciated Electrical Engineering Degree preferred Strong experience in software: AutoCAD/PVSyst P.E. license not necessary but huge plus Please feel free to apply if interested!

US$80001 - US$120000 per annum
California
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Director of Engineering - Utility Scale Solar + BESS

Company Summary: A leading design + engineering firm is looking to grow their collaborative team! With 15GW+ of solar+energy storage projects, the team is looking to bring on a Director of Engineering to support their continuously growing pipeline! Responsibilities: Mentor, lead, and guide a team of engineers (EITs and PEs) Define project scope, objectives, and deliverables Provide technical guidance and support Work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure project execution Create and foster a collaborative work environment Qualifications: BS in Engineering 8+ years experience in engineering Experience working on Solar and/or BESS projects Track record of success managing projects to completion Strong leadership, people management, and communication skills Benefits: Competitive Compensation Company lunches/ lunch and learns Collaborative, welcoming environment Team bonding Generous PTO This position can be based in Phoenix, AZ or Overland Park, KS. Apply today!

Negotiable
Gilbert
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News & Insights

Addressing Climate Challenges & Creating Jobs: The Vital Role of CCUS Image
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Addressing Climate Challenges & Creating Jobs: The Vital Role of CCUS

Given the intensifying challenges of global climate change, the demand for impactful solutions has reached unprecedented levels. Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) is a technology positioned to significantly curtail greenhouse gas emissions, but it needs the talent in place to be able to deliver and change the world for the better. According to the latest insights from BloombergNEF, the capacity for carbon capture has not only expanded but has also ventured into additional markets over the past year. Projections from BNEF's most recent market outlook paint a striking picture of a 50% growth in the industry since its previous iteration, with expectations set to achieve a capacity of 420 million metric tons per annum by 2035. This significant expansion is primarily propelled by robust global policy in support of reducing climate change.CCUS not only serves as a vital tool in climate change mitigation but also acts as a catalyst for economic growth. Whether you're passionate about innovating new technologies, shaping impactful policies, or driving sustainable business practices, the CCUS sector offers a wealth of avenues for career development and professional fulfilment. CCUS Compared to Other Climate Change SolutionsCarbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) plays a unique and critical role in our energy landscape, especially when compared to other renewable energy solutions. Here’s why:Complementing Renewables: While renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydroelectric power are essential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they can’t address the emissions from existing infrastructure and certain industries. CCUS can capture these emissions, making it a necessary complement to renewables.Addressing Hard-to-Decarbonize Sectors: Some sectors, such as heavy industry and aviation, are difficult to decarbonize using only renewable energy. CCUS provides a solution for these sectors by capturing and storing their emissions.Energy Storage and Grid Stability: Renewable energy sources are intermittent - the sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow. CCUS, particularly when combined with bioenergy (BECCS), can provide a constant source of energy, contributing to grid stability.Negative Emissions: CCUS, especially when combined with bioenergy (BECCS), can result in negative emissions - effectively removing CO2 from the atmosphere. This is something that other renewable energy solutions cannot offer.Utilization of CO2: Beyond just capturing and storing CO2, CCUS also includes utilization - turning captured CO2 into useful products like fuels, building materials, and more. This not only reduces emissions but also creates economic opportunities.While renewable energy solutions are a crucial part of our response to climate change, CCUS is equally important as it provides additional benefits that make it a critical component of a comprehensive climate strategy. There are numerous Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) projects around the world, each contributing to the global effort to reduce carbon emissions. Here are some examples:Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project: This project in Japan is a large-scale CCS project that captures CO2 from a hydrogen production unit and stores it in a sub-seabed geological formation.Drax BECCS: Located in the UK, this project is the first of its kind to capture CO2 from a biomass power station.Shute Creek Gas Processing Plant: Located in the United States, this plant captures CO2 during natural gas processing and transports it via pipeline for enhanced oil recovery.Gorgon Carbon Dioxide Injection: This Australian project captures CO2 from natural gas processing and injects it into a deep geological formation.Sinopec Qilu-Shengli CCS: This Chinese project captures CO2 from a coal-to-chemicals plant and uses it for enhanced oil recovery.The Importance of Talent in CCUSIn the world of Carbon Capture, Usage, and Storage (CCUS) projects, finding the right people is crucial for success. CCUS needs experts with specific skills to work effectively. These experts know how to capture carbon dioxide, find places to store it safely, and use it in useful ways. By hiring the right people, companies can make sure their CCUS projects run smoothly and achieve their goals.These experts also bring fresh ideas and solutions to CCUS projects. They might find new ways to use captured carbon or improve how it's stored. In a fast-changing field like CCUS, their knowledge is essential for making progress. So, finding the right people isn't just about filling jobs—it's about building a team of smart, creative people who want to make the world cleaner and greener.Contact UsAt LVI Associates, we understand the crucial role talent plays in driving the success of CCUS. With a growing database of skilled professionals, including senior technology specialists and process engineers, we're equipped to support this pivotal field. We connect businesses with the right talent to maintain their competitiveness and sustainability goals. Together, we can combat emissions by providing access to the right talent, enabling progress towards a more environmentally friendly future. Request a call back below to learn more about how we can assist you with your hiring needs.

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Green Careers in Germany: A Deep Dive into the Renewable Energy Sector

Germany, a pioneer in the renewable energy industry, has set ambitious targets to transition towards a more sustainable and green economy. The German government aims to cover the country’s entire electricity supply with green electricity by 2035. The energy transition and the decarbonization of the economy have generated a wide range of new career opportunities in Germany’s key industries. There is a high demand for internationally qualified professionals with an awareness of sustainability to fill these “green jobs”. These careers span across various sectors, including renewable energy production, energy efficiency, and environmental protection.Types of Renewable Energy in GermanyGermany’s renewable energy is mainly based on wind, biomass, solar, and hydro. In 2019, 46% of the country’s electricity mix came from these sources. The bulk of the clean power came from onshore and offshore wind capacity (24.4%), followed by solar (9%) and biomass (8.7%), with the remainder stemming from hydropower.To achieve Germany's renewable energy goals, organizations are actively seeking to recruit international skilled workers to meet the growing demand for renewable energy. Currently, it faces a shortage of around 216,000 skilled workers needed for the expansion of the solar and wind energy sectors, according to a study by the German organization, KOFA.Aligning Talent with Business Goals and National TargetsThe success of Germany’s renewable energy targets heavily relies on the availability of skilled professionals in the green sector. Businesses need to align their talent acquisition strategies with their sustainability goals and the overall national targets. Hiring the right talent is crucial for businesses to innovate, remain competitive, and contribute to Germany’s green transition.If you’re interested in hiring professionals in the renewables & clean energy industry, contact us today. At LVI Associates, we offer specialized talent services to connect businesses with top renewable energy professionals. We provide a range of services, from executive search to contract staffing and multi-hire solutions, tailored to meet your unique business needs. We understand the rapid pace of change in the renewable energy sector and are committed to delivering efficient, high-quality services to ensure your organization keeps up. Download our latest Clean Energy Insights report to learn more about hiring trends in the industry, and if you’d like to discuss your specific needs, please request a call back here.Supporting your Hiring GoalsLet us help you power the future of renewable energy in Germany.Request a call backSupporting your Career ProgressionTake a look at our current career opportunities in Germany.Career Search

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UK Companies Tapping into Australia's Clean Energy Potential

In recent years, the pursuit of clean and sustainable energy has become a global priority. As countries strive to reduce their carbon footprint and transition to renewable energy sources, new opportunities are emerging in various parts of the world. One such region that has caught the attention of UK companies is Australia, with its vast potential for clean energy generation.Why Australia?Known for its sprawling landscapes - from sun-drenched deserts to gusty coastlines - Australia presents an ideal backdrop for renewable energy projects. The country is marching forward with its pledge to achieve 50% renewable energy generation by 2030. This promise to shift away from traditional energy sources has paved the way for UK companies to enter the Australian clean energy market.Collaborations and Success StoriesThe synergy between UK and Australian companies in the clean energy sector is already reaping rewards. With specializations in wind and solar power technologies, UK firms have not only penetrated the Australian market but have also formed robust partnerships with Aussie counterparts. These ventures are multi-faceted in their benefits - helping Australia realize its clean energy ambitions, while also bolstering the economy through job creation and investments.Australia's Alluring Regulatory EnvironmentThe Australian government's proactive stance on renewable energy is a significant draw for UK companies. With policies like feed-in tariffs and renewable energy certificates in place, the nation has established a conducive atmosphere that promotes the growth of the clean energy sector. Such a strong governmental backing acts as a safety net for UK companies, making them more confident in committing to long-term investments in the region.Geographical Advantages and ExpertiseAustralia's geographical diversity allows for the development of various renewable energy projects. UK companies, globally respected for their proficiency in renewable energy technology and project management, are adept at harnessing these geographical advantages. Their expertise ensures the seamless execution of clean energy projects in Australia.Tapping into Australia's Talent PoolOne of the most significant advantages of diving into the Australian market is the access to a rich talent pool. Australia's top universities and research institutions are producing professionals highly skilled in renewable energy technologies. By hiring local talent, UK companies can benefit from localized knowledge, ensuring smoother project implementation.Moreover, this exchange of talent doesn't only favor the Australian market. By engaging with Australian professionals, UK companies also facilitate a cross-cultural exchange of skills and best practices. This can significantly benefit the UK's renewable energy landscape, leading to innovations and improvements back home.This collaboration isn't just limited to projects. Joint ventures in research and development are also in play. These partnerships aim to develop clean energy innovations tailored to Australia's unique needs.The Bigger PictureFor UK companies, venturing into Australia isn't just about business expansion; it's about contributing to a global cause and knowledge-sharing initiatives that promote technology transfer and best practices, pushing the envelope for the global shift towards clean energy.​Australia's unwavering dedication to clean energy, its unique landscape, and its welcoming regulatory framework make it an irresistible destination for UK companies. The two countries' collaboration is a fusion of expertise, technology, and resources, setting the stage for groundbreaking clean energy projects. As the globe grapples with the looming threats of climate change, the ventures of UK businesses in Australia play a pivotal role in creating a sustainable future for everyone.If you're in the renewable energy sector and are eager to tap into the endless potential of these UK-Australia clean energy projects and collaborations, don't hesitate. Request a call back today and connect with the best renewable energy talent to elevate your goals and projects to new heights.

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Relaxing Rules for England's Onshore Wind Farms: Growth for Renewable Energy Recruitment

In a move hailed by environmentalists and energy experts alike, ministers in England have recently announced their plans to relax the regulations surrounding onshore wind farms. This decision is poised to not only supercharge the nation's move towards greener energy but also provide a significant boost to the UK's renewable energy recruitment.The BackdropSince the early 2010s, the growth of onshore wind farms in England faced stringent rules, many of which resulted from local objections and concerns over landscape impacts. This led to a reduction in the number of new onshore wind facilities, while other renewable energy sources like offshore wind and solar saw substantial development. In the existing framework, if even one local resident raises an objection, the local authority has the power to decline an application for constructing an onshore wind farm. In addition, for any new project to be approved, it must already be listed in the local development plan of the authority, a blueprint that outlines multiple years of proposed constructions.A Turn for the BetterThe government's new stance on onshore wind farms recognizes their potential in helping the UK reach its climate commitments, notably the ambitious target to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. With the improved efficiency and reduced costs associated with modern wind turbines, onshore wind has become one of the most affordable sources of renewable energy.Job OpportunitiesOne of the most promising outcomes of this policy shift is the potential surge in renewable energy recruitment. With the predicted increase in onshore wind farm projects, increased demand for the following roles is expected:Technical Jobs: The design, installation, and maintenance of wind turbines will require skilled technicians, engineers, and scientists. Innovations in turbine technology also pave the way for research and development roles.Operational Roles: Once the wind farms are operational, there will be a need for professionals to oversee daily operations, safety protocols, and efficiency improvements.Supply Chain and Logistics: The infrastructure surrounding wind farms, from the manufacturing of components to their transportation, will provide a boost to the logistics sector.Environmental and Community Engagement: Given that one of the reasons for stricter regulations in the past was concerns from local communities, roles in community engagement, environmental impact assessments, and public relations will be pivotal.The Broader ImpactsBeyond the immediate job opportunities, this decision will contribute to:Energy Security: As the UK diversifies its energy sources, it will become less reliant on imported fossil fuels, strengthening its energy security.Economic Development: Investment in renewable infrastructure can lead to regional development, especially in areas that become hubs for onshore wind farms.Environmental Benefits: Naturally, increasing the proportion of energy derived from renewable sources will result in decreased greenhouse gas emissions, furthering the UK's efforts to combat climate change.​Harry MorganVice President, Renewable Energy Market Specialist at LVI Associates "Project development has created job opportunities in mainland Europe for a wide variety of backgrounds and qualifications in recent years and in light of the situation within the UK today, with graduates seeing a 40% decline in job opportunities since pre-COVID, I'm excited to see how this policy change will help change this statistic for the better."The Renewable FutureThe relaxation of rules for onshore wind farms in England transcends a mere policy shift – it's a declaration of intent. It underscores the UK's unwavering dedication to sustainable expansion, renewable energy, and a more eco-conscious future. The balance between development and environmental responsibility is crucial, and this decision clearly takes a step towards achieving that balance. Moving forward, the combined rise of renewable infrastructure and job prospects paints a hopeful and sustainable path for the nation. For professionals in the Renewable Energy sector, this presents a golden opportunity for UK Renewable Energy Jobs. For clients eager to tap into this talent pool, request a call back today. Now is the time to harness the wind of change and propel the UK towards a brighter, greener future.

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Tune in to Discover Renewable Energy Recruitment Trends in Europe

In an era where renewable energy is no longer the future, but the present, understanding its complexities is crucial for every industry player. Demand for experienced renewable energy professionals is soaring, but the hiring landscape is rife with intricacies that demand a specialized lens. Dive into the heart of this dynamic space and stay ahead of the curve with LVI Associates renewable energy expert, Harry Morgan, and gain invaluable insights into renewable energy recruitment. Watch on-demandWhy Watch This Exclusive Interview?First-Hand Insights: Gain unparalleled insights into the renewable energy industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world.Real Data: Learn about the massive growth in the renewable energy employment market, which surged by 700,000 jobs between 2020 and 2021 to 12.7 million, and is projected to reach a staggering 38 million by 2030.Adapting to Trends: Harry sheds light on how companies are innovating their hiring practices amidst fierce competition for talent, the emphasis on personal branding, and the importance of optimizing interview processes for efficiency.Regulatory Insights: Get an understanding of the ever-changing landscape of regulations in the renewables sector and their direct influence on talent recruitment, especially in major markets like Germany.Industry Challenges: Take a closer look at the challenges faced by the sector, from the complex process of project development to navigating different state regulations.Expert Advice: Whether you're a candidate or a company, benefit from Harry's invaluable advice and industry updates to understand the latest trends in renewable energy recruitment.Fill out the form below to access this interview. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from the best in the business.​

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Green Hydrogen: The Promising Pillar for Renewable Energy

In the quest for a sustainable future, renewable energy has emerged as the key driver to combat climate change and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. While solar and wind power have gained significant momentum in recent years, another player is rapidly gaining attention: green hydrogen. This remarkable resource holds immense potential to transform the global energy landscape, and in this blog, we will explore what green hydrogen is and how it can serve as a vital pillar for renewable energy.What is Green Hydrogen?Green hydrogen is hydrogen gas produced through electrolysis using renewable energy sources. It involves splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity from wind or solar power. Unlike conventional methods, green hydrogen is carbon-neutral and emits no greenhouse gases. It offers energy storage capabilities and has the potential to revolutionize industries, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and lower carbon emissions.Key Advantages of Green Hydrogen:Decarbonizing Industrial Processes: Green hydrogen presents a game-changing solution for industries that rely heavily on fossil fuels. By replacing conventional fuels with green hydrogen, sectors such as steel, cement, and chemicals can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and make substantial progress toward decarbonization.Energy Storage: One of the major challenges faced by renewable energy sources is intermittent generation. Green hydrogen offers an effective solution by acting as a versatile energy storage medium. Excess energy produced by wind or solar power plants can be used to produce green hydrogen, which can be stored and later converted back into electricity through fuel cells or combustion when demand is high.Transportation: The transportation sector is responsible for a significant portion of global carbon emissions. Green hydrogen can play a pivotal role in decarbonizing this sector by powering fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). FCEVs offer longer driving ranges and shorter refueling times compared to battery electric vehicles, making green hydrogen an attractive option for heavy-duty vehicles, long-haul transportation, and even aviation.Grid Flexibility: Green hydrogen can also contribute to grid stability and flexibility. During periods of high renewable energy generation, excess electricity can be used to produce green hydrogen. This hydrogen can be injected into the natural gas grid, blended with natural gas, or used directly for power generation during peak demand periods or when renewable energy generation is low.Embracing the Green Hydrogen RevolutionAs the world recognizes the vast potential of green hydrogen, the demand for renewable energy professionals who specialize in this domain is on the rise. Companies seeking to tap into the benefits of green hydrogen must engage with experienced and knowledgeable experts who can guide them through this transformative journey.At LVI Associates, we take pride in being at the forefront of the renewable energy sector, offering a comprehensive range of recruitment solutions to match companies with the right talent. Our team of dedicated consultants possess in-depth industry knowledge and a vast global network of professionals, and are well-versed in green hydrogen technologies and applications. With our expertise, we can assist your organization in building a sustainable and resilient workforce that can harness the power of green hydrogen and accelerate your journey toward a cleaner future.Renewable Energy RecruitmentAs organizations worldwide recognize the importance of adopting renewable energy solutions, staying informed about sustainable business practices becomes crucial. At LVI Associates, we are committed to promoting sustainability and driving the renewable energy transition. To further support your sustainability initiatives, we encourage you to download the LVI Associates Sustainable Business Practice Report.If you are a hiring manager or organization looking to tap into the benefits of renewable energy and accelerate your sustainability initiatives by hiring world-class talent, we invite you to request a call back from LVI Associates. Renewable Energy CareersRenewable energy professionals who are passionate about driving the global energy transition and have a keen interest in the renewable energy sector should explore the current opportunities available at LVI Associates. Our dedicated team of consultants understands the evolving needs of the industry and can connect professionals with leading organizations at the forefront of renewable energy advancements. Whether you specialize in solar, wind, bioenergy, hydroelectric, or energy storage, LVI Associates can assist you in finding the perfect career opportunity where you can contribute to shaping the future of renewable energy.Embrace the renewable energy revolution with LVI Associates and take the next step in your career. Take a look at our current renewable energy job openings and connect with our expert consultants who are ready to guide you towards exciting opportunities in this dynamic field. Together, let's drive the global energy transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.

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Interview & Hiring Guidance

​5 essential tips for employers, hiring managers, and HR on the hiring process in energy & infrastructure The interview process, from initial phone call screenings and psychometric testing, to face to face interviews with the hiring manager and onsite tours, can often be a long and laborious process. So it is imperative to keep an interview process streamlined and engaged, to ensure talent doesn’t drop out, and your organization, and yourself is represented best. Here are 5 vital top tips for employers to stick to when interviewing top talent. Be present Showing excitement to prospective candidates provides insights for them into the potential team culture and attitude. Asking them questions about themselves, on their interests, their lives, their careers, as opposed to only technical questions to vet their hard skills, goes a long way in connecting on a human level. Another way to connect is by sharing real life examples of the day to day, positive experiences about the role and team, and details about project work. These are important talking points candidates like to know, and while they understand an interview may be rigorous technically, maintaining the conversational, human aspect is important too. Being engaged may sound simple, but given how much of the interview process is over Zoom/VC/phone these days, it is easy to get distracted and check emails or open windows on your computer. Remaining attentive and interested will bring the best out of the interview process and provide a positive candidate experience. Also important is to be interesting yourself. Be in sell modeMany of the above points are indirect examples of selling your team and role. However, in a more overt way, providing exciting opportunities at present and for future career growth are always on candidates’ minds and knowing there is more to be excited about than just hands-on skills or what is in the job description on day one makes them buy into the role and organization more. As part of selling the role, explain why you took this position, and what you liked about the company and team. Be relatable to their circumstances and share with them why the position in your team, at your company, is the best move they can make.Another important aspect to highlight here is the culture. Maybe there is more to what makes the role great than just the daily tasks or responsibilities, such as company sports team, lunch clubs, charitable groups, or environmental initiatives. Highlight what else is enjoyable so that candidates are excited about this role, as well as the team and company, aside from the day to day. These days competition for top talent is so tight, that those cultural differences can distinguish you amongst the rest.Be positive Many of the above points translate to this aspect of hiring, but above all, being cordial, professional, and sharing timely feedback all contribute to a positive candidate experience. In some cases, the candidate may not be a good fit culturally, or for your position, but you should still offer them professionalism and positivity in the interview. Remember, they may have colleagues or a network of other experts that could be better suited for your role/team. You want them to have a positive experience to refer people to you, and maintain your company’s reputation in the market, as well as your own. It's also important to note that many candidates often have other processes in the mix, so if you give them any chances to doubt their experience, they could be more likely to go elsewhere. Be flexible If a professional isn’t the 100% right fit, still ask yourself if there is a place for them in the team or organization, especially if they bring something unique to the company. Keep an open mind when recruiting talent, and consider the future headcount. Potentially you can create a new role for an exceptional candidate, especially if you don’t want to lose someone good to a competitor. See the positives in a candidate’s skillset if they bring enough to the table, and find reasons to say yes, especially in this market. Outside of being flexible with the job description, can you also be flexible with the offer? Offering nuanced benefits, flexible working, and customizing offers to the individual joining can again make the difference between rejecting and accepting. Be decisive The market is still exceptionally hot, so it is vital hiring managers are mindful of how quick an interview process needs to be. “Keeping someone warm” is so important, but if you can’t commit to them you do risk them going in another direction. Therefore, be timely with your feedback, especially if it's positive, to keep the momentum up. If they are at the top of your mind, you should stay at the top of theirs. Try and push approvals quickly as well. This is often bureaucratic but affect whatever influence you can have on an interview or hiring process, and don’t allow things to slow down if you can control it.Finally, be competitive. Don’t allow back and forth negotiations to hinder a process or allow time for other processes to catch up. Put your best, most competitive offer forward so it entices them from the very start.  To hire the best candidate for your open role, get in touch with LVI Associates today. As a specialist talent partner in energy & infrastructure , we have access to industry-leading talent around the world. Find the talent you need by submitting your vacancy, or request a call back below to elevate your hiring process with the right talent partner today.

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Clean Energy Insights

What are the workforce & hiring trends in the Renewables & Clean Energy industry? There has never been a better time to work in renewable energy. Worldwide employment in the industry grew by 700,000 between 2020-2021, and is expected to reach a colossal 38 million by 2030. This growth creates an exciting opportunity for professionals and a potential headache for hiring managers, because demand for green energy talent is far outstripping supply. However while competition for talent remains strong, companies can create compelling narratives to attract a diverse workforce and draw the next generation into their pipeline. Most employees say their sense of purpose is defined by their work and, when that work feels meaningful, they perform better and are less likely to look for a new role. For clean energy professionals, or those looking to move into the industry, they are gaining more career choices and potentially higher salaries too. In this report, we explore the clean energy workforce trends across the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific, so that you can keep one step ahead — whether you’re planning your next hire or your next career move.Download our Clean Energy Insights by completing the form below:

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How the National Head of Renewable Energy & Clean Technology at LVI Associates supports diversity in the industry.

​Starting in our London office back in 2013, Corinna Frye has forged an international path of success for herself and those around her. Corinna, who studied to be a diplomat at university, was searching for a career that suited her ambition and desire to make a positive impact for others. She found it at LVI Associates on the Renewable Energy team. Moving to the United States in 2017, she has managed to achieve a promotion almost every year since, to be where she is today. Corinna has grown her team from one to 18 andisn’t slowing down any time soon. “My goal has always been to create the biggest and most highly thought of Renewable Energy recruitment brand under the Phaidon International umbrella here in the US. Honestly, with as much female leadership as I can.”​With an attitude like that, we sat down with Corinna to discuss her success and what International Women’s Day means to her. What are you most proud of in your career?“I am extremely proud of the reputation we have built as a company within the Renewable Energy space. LVI Associates are known as expert specialists in the sector and our clients know they can trust us, so much so that they keep coming back to us. Whilst that may have been due to the seeds I planted throughout my career,it’s only been able to continue to go from strength to strength due to the brilliant people on my team. We work in the Renewable Energy sector, so everything that we are doing, every candidate that we are helping get into a new business, as well as every business that we are helping to hire hard-to-find talent; they are helping to change the face of American Renewable Energy and are making a huge impact for future generations to come. So, I manage to do what I wanted to do when I left college, which is to actually walk into a job that every day I feel proud of.”Why do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day in the workplace?“I think it’s important to help young women coming into business to understand that you can ask for more. I think celebrating International Women’s Day helps give them confidence that they are equal to men. You don’t have to shy away from a difficult conversation, you don’t have to wait in the back to be given something. We have made so much progress, women no longer have to be quiet and placid in the background. You can be a strong female leader and pave the way for more opportunities for equality in the future. I count myself as extremely fortunate, in the sense that Phaidon International’s meritocratic promotion system meant that there was never a glass ceiling, and there still isn’t. Every time I decided to try something different and expand the horizons for my team, I was supported.”How do you encourage gender diversity internally in your brand?“I think it starts with, as a manager, having a completely blank slate in terms of the people that I want on my team to represent the business. For myself, I will look at someone and their merit. I would say we have a 60/40 split women to men and within that I have people from all different backgrounds. Diversity is really important for me with my team. That is a reason that we continue to have such great relationships with the businesses that we work with is because we understand their vision as well, and we are very much a part of that change.”How do you encourage gender diversity in your industry?“We advocate. There are many instances of women who have been trying to return to work, so maybe their resume has a 2 year or 18-month gap, but they are a standout candidate. If these women were to just apply through a robotic system or via email, their story would not be correctly or fully represented to the client. So, storytelling and advocacy is something that we really push and that is honestly one of the reasons why we have been able to move the needle so far just in the past 12 months in terms of the number of women that we are supporting. We can go and speak to clients and say,‘she would love this opportunity, but she is a single mother and therefore can’t come into the office five days a week. Can we talk about a flexible schedule? How can we accommodate her needs?’I think having the confidence to not just hide behind an email, but to get on the phone or meet with our clients and engage with them allows us to represent women and other candidates. We can broach the gap between the resume and their story and the value that they can bring to a business. I want to see our industry move more towards being consultative, which is something that I think AI will never be able to do. We bring empathy that makes the difference between reading a resume and truly understanding a person before making any decisions.”What advice would you give to your younger self? “I think that the thing that I would have told myself is that it is ok to ask for help and that you don’t have to do it completely by yourself. You’re not going to be looked at differently and none of the shine will be taken off your success if you ask for that help. Particularly very early in my career, I was very single minded, and I am still sometimes very single minded, but that can be to your detriment. I tell my consultants all the time that it’s ok to fail and it’s ok to get it wrong. But I myself fell in that trap for a very long time of thinking it’s got to be perfect, I have to be perfect, and I must be the best.I think asking for help and trusting that those who come to help you will get you to the same result that you would have got to by yourself. That’s what I wish I would have known a lot earlier in my career.”For more interviews with the inspiring women at Phaidon International, take a lookat how other women in the business celebrate International Women's Day.

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Mini Industry Insights Report – Renewable Energy & Civil Engineering

​The Renewable Energy and Civil Engineering spaces have undergone tremendous changes in the past few years, with both offering new and exciting career opportunities.There is a renewed focus on Renewable Energy across Europe, as countries look to sustainable energy production and reduce dependencies on foreign resources. Meanwhile, Civil Engineering is seeing increased activity across the private sector due to shortened bureaucratic processes in the wake of geopolitical events.In this dynamic landscape, it is essential both businesses and professionals remain up to date on current developments. That’s why we spoke with two LVI Associates in Germany, Harry Morgan, who specializes in Renewable Energy, and Holly King, an expert in Civil Engineering, to share the top trends they’re observing in their respective markets. ​In this report, we offer useful insights into a changing landscape. ​Download your copy of the report by completing the form below. ​

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Finding a company culture that fits 

For professionals seeking a new job, it’s often factors like salary, the day-to-day of the role itself, and the company brand that are central to the decision process. But each company has its own culture, customs, and values, even if they aren’t clearly defined, and they actually have more of an influence on your productivity, success, and even earnings than might be immediately clear. The world of work has undergone some remarkable transformation over the last few years, accelerated by the pandemic and the redefining of our values that it sparked - not to mention the major shift to a candidate-driven job market. As a result, experts have been given the opportunity to rethink what’s important to them in their day-to-day work life beyond the paycheck or job spec, and in large professional sectors in particular, such as technology and finance, this has positively influenced hiring companies’ approach to culture and its pivotal role in attracting and retaining top talent, as well as quality of work. A company’s culture is essentially its personality, and while some may think of it as a buzzword that signifies lunch time yoga or wearing casual clothes to work, it plays a much greater role in how an employee shows up for work every day than any promotion, bonus, or salary could. Thankfully, businesses are catching on, and companies from trendy new start-ups to corporate powerhouses are adapting to the changing needs of professionals, investing more intentionally in developing cultures focused on collaboration, positivity, and flexibility, alongside added perks that are both useful and unusual, giving them an extra competitive edge. Business cultures are just as varied as those in societies, and there can be danger in taking a job in a company where there is a cultural disconnect between employer and employee. This can lead to issues down the line as the employee becomes unhappy and the employer is dissatisfied with attitude or performance. When interviewing for a new role, it is therefore imperative that you are conducting your own assessment of their culture and how you would fit into it. It’s one thing to ask broadly about what their culture is like, but it’s important to come prepared with more specific questions in order to get a deeper sense of what life as an employee there would really be like. This article will look at what to focus on when assessing the culture of a workplace you are interviewing for, and how to get a realistic impression of the culture by doing some digging yourself before accepting a job offer. Look beyond the free gym passWhen reading about a potential role at a new company, it’s important to look beyond the shiny, eye-catching perks that they’ll want to tell you all about. While a free gym pass, pizza Fridays, a pool table, and fabulous social events are alluring, (and rightfully so, as they are a sign of a company that wants to reward the hard work of its employees) these are surface level, and your experience in the company will depend much more on deeper cultural traits and values such as flexibility when you need it, a supportive team environment, recognition, and opportunities for growth. While some perks are inventive and exciting and can certainly enhance your experience, a cool office space will never compensate for a negative work environment, and your happiness is always more important than a brand name on your CV or a bottle of beer on a Friday. Remember that perks are part of company culture, but not the culture itself, and tt is a company culture that helps businesses pull through times when money for perks isn’t on tap.What is truly important to you?You can work in a beautiful office with tastefully exposed brickwork and a designer chair, but none of this will matter if you hate your job. Approaching your job search having previously assessed what exactly you are seeking from your work life, what your non-negotiables are, and which elements of company culture will have the biggest impact on you, will help you to stay focused and land the role that’s right for you. Work out what truly motivates you and will support you to be the best version of yourself both professionally and personally, whether it’s flexible working options, a diverse workforce, or a tight-knit team, and see if this is provided by the company you are interviewing for. Consider which environments make you feel productive. How do you best work? Are you seeking more autonomy and the option to work from home? Then you may not be a fit for a company that is heavily focused on collaboration and team socialising.What is the company’s mission? Its values? Does it have a corporate social responsibility programme? A diverse workforce? Pinpoint those core values and see how they align with the messages companies are including on their employee value proposition and materials for professionals. These will inspire commitment and confidence in both your search and in the decision you land on.How to research a company culture as a professionalJust as you’ll want to get a feel for a neighbourhood before you buy a house, the same applies when you are searching for a new job. Your actual exposure to a company can be limited within the recruitment process, so we recommend using the following to research a company’s culture.Do some digging online​Have a look at employee review sites such as Glassdoor for comments from inside the company on their culture. However, keep in mind that people are potentially more likely to leave a bad review than a good one. This may mean, however, that a company with a slew of great reviews could be a particularly positive sign.​See if you have any connections within the company on LinkedIn and get the inside scoop from them. Again, don’t take these viewpoints as gospel, but rather as a building block and a way to get a general idea of employee experience. LinkedIn is also a way to find out the general tenure of people who work there as well as possibilities for progression and development. Good retention and development can be a sign of a positive company culture. Branch out during your interviewWhile an interview is a company’s chance to determine whether your skills and experience are right for the role, a large part of the decision will come down to character fit, which is essentially another way of determining how you would fit into their culture. It’s also a two-way street, of course, meaning it’s your opportunity to figure out if their culture is a fit for you, too. A great way to get the answers to this question that you need is to find an opportunity to speak candidly to your interviewer or others you meet within the business. These are likely the people you’ll be interacting with regularly and you’ll want to get a sense of how they communicate, both to you and to each other. Are they excited about the company? Do they seem to get along well? Do you have things in common beyond the professional? These are all factors that contribute to the overall culture and will impact your everyday experience.Get specificAsking a generic question will give you a generic answer, and hiring managers and other people who may be part of your interview process don’t want to hear the same old question interview after interview. Instead, show the company you’re interviewing for that you’re looking for more than to just show up, do the work, and get paid. You’re an individual with more to offer, and all parties will benefit from a good cultural fit. In addition, it’s not enough for you to take their word that they have a great company culture. Get into specifics and request examples of when company values and culture have led to success or excellent employee wellbeing. For example, say that you want to work somewhere where personal development is taken seriously, and then ask for an example where a personal development program has helped an employee achieve a promotion or a new qualification. Or if mental health support is important to you, ask about the ways in which the company offers this and whether it’s been well utilised. These stories and examples will give you a much better impression of how the culture works rather than memorised lines about remote working policies and employee engagement. And on top of that, you’ll get a much better feel for the people behind the job titles, which is half the battle when it comes to understanding where you fit into a company’s culture. No matter what position you find yourself in, use these tips to spot the work cultures that will — and will not — work for you. The company you ultimately choose should enable you to flourish rather than wear you (or your well-being) out.

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Phaidon International Findings

​As a leading talent partner, we keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to hiring trends, and 2022 was no exception. It has never been more important for companies to understand what business-critical professionals are thinking when it comes to making career changes, what compensation they’re after, and what benefits they really desire.We surveyed our vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, and came up with a number of valuable insights that employers need to know about if they want to attract the best talent, and just as critically, keep them.Discover what is motivating top talent around the world right now with our highlights across Engineering & Infrastructure.Download your copy of this report by completing the form below:​

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