Senior Manager, Development

Full-time
Remote friendly (US, Louisville, CO United States of America)

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This Senior Development Manager position will lead project development and execution efforts for AES Clean Energy’s solar and standalone storage efforts in the Pacific Northwest (OR, WA, ID and western MT). The person will lead all project development efforts for the PNW market and manage supporting developers. Key activities include identifying optimal locations for solar and standalone storage projects, land acquisition, project permitting, coordinating site studies and diligence, managing the interconnection process, handling project development budgets, due diligence and assistance with project acquisitions and ensuring projects successfully reach construction commencement.

This position will reside within AES Clean Energy’s project development group and will work in close collaboration with the company’s new products team. The position can be remote with strong preference for candidates based in OR, WA or ID, or use one of our various office locations including: Louisville, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; or San Francisco, CA. The role requires the ability to handle multiple project portfolios, attention to detail and travel as needed. The successful candidate will work on a cross functional team with new product development, origination, commercial, legal, finance, engineering, construction, and outside consultants, landowners, customers, project stakeholders and utility companies. The position requires project management knowledge and expertise with solar and storage technologies with significant experience developing solar and storage projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Hands-on team leader and project developer

  • Originate and develop a pipeline of solar and standalone storage projects in the PNW market

  • Lead a growing team of project developers(s)

  • Lead and manage all aspects of project development from site origination or acquisition through to construction commencement

  • Develop and manage project development schedules and budgets

  • Lead project meetings with internal and external customers

  • Manage contract obligations in key project documents

  • Lead project discretionary permitting including permit strategy, tracking permit efforts, working with local AHJs, presenting at permit hearings

  • Coordinate closely with the broader cross-functional teams

  • Coordinate for delivery of site and environmental studies, surveys and diligence reports

  • Work with internal and external engineering teams as they progress engineering and design.

  • Work with internal construction management team on contractor selection process

  • Coordinate with construction management team on securing ministerial permits

  • Handoff projects once fully developed and permitted to Construction Management

  • Participate in project financings answering relevant diligence questions and providing required documents

  • Coordinate additional resources or outside consultants/contractors as well as managing and meeting expenses throughout project development

  • Apply critical thinking needed to communicate and influence employees at all levels regarding project risks, opportunities, and recommended action

  • Provide support and analysis for Business Development pipeline reporting

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7 (seven) years of project development experience in utility-scale solar energy or energy storage facilities (PNW experience strongly preferred)

  • Degree or equivalent experience preferably in renewable energy, logistics, finance, engineering, project/construction management or equivalent

  • Experienced people leader and manager of both direct reports and cross-functional project team subject matter authorities

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines

  • Extensive knowledge of renewable energy project development, utilities, interconnection, permitting, contracting

  • Extensive knowledge of renewable energy and energy storage technologies

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required including public speaking and/or platform skills for executive management presentations

  • Self-starter, very self-reliant and capable of operating with minimum supervision

  • Willingness and ability to travel 10-20% on average but more as required by projects

  • Experience using CRM systems and developing metrics

  • Comfortable managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The expected salary for this position, at commencement of employment, is between $145.000 and $187.000/Annual; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements such as annual bonus, in addition to a full range of medical, dental, vision, life, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if a candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.