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Project Manager

Posted 31 Dec 2022
Work experience
1 to 3 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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Job description

Are you passionate about renewable energy? Looking for a result-driven role within a purpose-driven, international company? Are you a go-getter, relationship builder and curious? Then you could be our new Project Manager!

We are Solarplaza

Our mission is to make solar and renewable energy more accessible throughout the world! We offer knowledge, consultancy, education and networking solutions for the renewable energy industry in both established and emerging markets across the globe. With 35+ young, ambitious, and highly-educated people from 15 different countries, we work to accelerate the energy transition from our Rotterdam office.

Your role and mission

  • You will be a spill in the global energy transition, by defining, planning and executing high-quality events in the Solar industry;
  • You prepare a business case and manage the budget, quality and targets all based on your expertise and research;
  • You define the look and feel of the event: the speakers and panels for each session are completely up to you;
  • You will coordinate different areas of expertise with our Event Coordinators, Marketeers and Business Developers.
  • You research and detect the new trends in Solar Energy and organise your events based on relevant new information.

Here’s what your day will look like as our Project Manager

You start your day with the team, checking in over a coffee while sharing your plans and goals for the day. You learn from Lorena and Frannie what was well appreciated in last week's conference program and what kind of feedback was provided. From this, you decide to adapt the content of your own event in Greece in 4 months and keep in mind Texas in 9 months. You then spend a bit of time researching some content for this next trend in the use of solar combined with agriculture and how the investors perceive it or what are the barriers in some geographies. You share your learning with your peers before heading for lunch at La Cantina! You discuss with your colleague your weekend plan and will offer the drinks on your first day*. After lunch, you check in Salesforce on the status of the sponsors' proposal for your event with Sid and Ward and decide to have a quick catch-up to see if you could help or provide some insights. They give you some hints on what was difficult to sell in the program and you look at how you could improve it. You then follow up with Alyce and Veronica on how you can adapt the advertising campaign to the latest content and how you will highlight the new inspirational speaker you confirmed yesterday. You then prepare for your 1o1 meeting with your team lead to update her/him on project status and see how you want to build your skills and include them in your development plan. You finish with a few urgent e-mails, call it a day, and cycle home.

*Except if you opt-out at an interview with this practice after reading this comment.

Job requirements

What we expect from you

  • A master’s degree in a field like sustainability, renewable energy, finance, engineering, or Journalism.
  • 1-3 years of relevant work experience in Project or Event Management;
  • You are curious and passionate about renewable energy and energy transition and it would be a plus if you already have experience in this work field;
  • You love working in an international environment, which also includes travelling (40% of your time)
  • You enjoy working in an international context, communicating primarily in English (+ other languages) and working - both internally and externally - with people from different (business) cultures;
  • You remain calm under pressure and are not easily frustrated or demotivated.
  • You live from a travelling distance to Rotterdam or you’re willing to relocate and have a valid work permit.
  • An added plus: you like moderating, presenting or chairing an event yourself!

What you can expect from us

  • You will become part of our mission: it is our business to accelerate the sustainable energy transition
  • 28 days of paid leave per full working year (based on full-time employment)
  • A bonus scheme and profit-sharing program, starting after your 6-month onboarding period
  • A good pension scheme
  • A €1.500 personal development budget for professional and personal development
  • Grow your network and knowledge of the solar industry
  • An open, respectful and multicultural atmosphere

Solarplaza is a Rotterdam-based company, with a global vision. Our team consists of young, ambitious and highly educated people from 20+ different nationalities. Solarplaza accelerates the global energy transition by organizing high-level events and trade missions across the world and publishing articles, reports and analyses about the most relevant solar topics and trends. We bring together industry leaders to enable them to build a bright future. And you can build along, join us!

Active in 1 country
45 employees
50% men - 50% women
Average age is 29 years

What employees are saying


Project Manager


Working as a Project Manager at Solarplaza means responsibility from day 1! To succeed you will need your creativity, determination and social antenna. We are all driven to make a positive impact in this world which translates into good conversations both on & off the job.

Edwin Koot


Edwin Koot

Edwin is the solar veteran that started the company back in 2004, after already gaining 10 years of experience as solar consultant, engineer and installer. He's the strategic brain behind the operations and maintains a close network of solar industry captains.