Solar Engineering Construction Manager
Scout Clean Energy is a leading U.S. renewable energy developer, owner and operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Scout is developing a portfolio of over 5,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 11 US states. Scout is an owner-operator with expertise in all aspects of renewable power project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction and asset management. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.
Scout is made up of renewable energy industry veterans who are making a difference in our world. Our team’s work ethic is second to none. We identify problems, create solutions, and deliver them professionally to our customers, stakeholders, partners and one another. We do the right thing when no one is looking because we are committed to our collective success and because we believe that our uncompromising integrity is key to the collaborative relationships that drive our business.
As Scout’s Solar Engineering Construction Manager, you will play a pivotal role in the construction of utility-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects. You will be involved in all phases of facility construction, from pre-construction design and planning through commissioning and closeout. You will be responsible for all site activities and will represent Scout with a variety of project partners and stakeholders.
Your attention to detail and ability to concurrently drive multiple work streams forward on time and on budget will be key to your success. Your technical knowledge of utility-scale solar plants and your ability to communicate that with audiences who have a wide range of technical proficiency will determine your effectiveness in this role. You must have the ability to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams whose success depends on soliciting and integrating the technical expertise of every member.
During the pre-construction phase of a project, you will
- Use your technical knowledge and practical experience to inform the Scout team’s approach to developing and designing the solar facilities, including:
- Interface with Engineering, Development, Procurement, and Finance to optimize project design, including site selection, constructability reviews, interconnection options, and review of construction documents.
- Conduct site inspections and micro-siting evaluations.
- Support Development efforts including permitting efforts and attending landowner meetings.
- Provide BOS cost estimates to support Development and Origination.
- Develop schedules using Microsoft Project.
- Provide input to BOS/BOP EPC contract negotiations, including
- Conduct competitive RFPs for selection of general contractors or subcontractors.
- Develop contract exhibits for the construction contracts Evaluate and manage project value improvements.
- Provide input on commercial aspects of the BOS/BOP EPC contract.
During project construction, you will:
- Plan, direct and coordinate activities at the project site, including BOS/BOP contractor, equipment suppliers, construction services and related work, including
- Manage the third-party on-site team of quality control professionals representing the owner, including the site manager and the electrical and civil specialists.
- Manage the various construction contracts and interface with the BOS contractor, owner’s engineers, and independent engineers.
- Manage the receipt and inspection of equipment and materials.
- Manage and approve invoices and costs incurred under all project contracts.
- Manages scheduling, change orders and cost control of project within the approved budget.
- Communicate with and represent Scout effectively and professionally with a variety of project partners and stakeholders, including
- Lead weekly meetings with the BOS contractor and host internal update meetings with the development and financing teams.
- Attend monthly meetings at the project site.
- Provide weekly reports on construction status, schedule, and cost controls.
- Respond to questions with independent engineers throughout construction and close out any open items to support the project’s achievement of on-time financial closure.
- Leverage your technical expertise to ensure efficient and effective project delivery, including
- Oversee the review and approval process of engineering designs.
- Assist in the resolution of design issues and contract enforcement.
- Interface with the interconnecting and local utilities to ensure compliance with the GIA requirements.
- Provide guidance and support during all commissioning, start-up testing, and third-party inspections.
- Review and maintain project records.
- Close out the project, including
- Coordinate final service acceptance inspections, punch list close out, and transition the project to Operations and Maintenance (O&M).
- Conduct Lessons Learned meeting and provide report to the Construction group at the conclusion of the project.
Qualifications & Critical Skills
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a relevant technical field required. Electrical engineering degree preferred.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience as project manager or progressing positions in solar and wind construction.
- Played significant roles on at least three solar and/or battery storage construction projects.
- Technical skills:
- Solid knowledge and understanding of key value drivers for renewable power projects.
- Experience providing pre-construction estimates based on industry knowledge.
- Demonstrated understanding of plans and specifications for civil and electrical work.
- Experience with developing contract exhibits for BOP contracts.
- Familiarity with managing utility-scale solar energy construction contracts.
- Strong verbal and written communication, organizational, project management, problem-solving and team-building skills.
- Ability to solve problems and make informed decisions quickly.
- Wind energy experience a plus.
- Proficient with computers and has strong working knowledge of the following:
- MS Office, MS Project, and document management systems (e.g., SharePoint)
- Creating and managing schedules using MS Project.
- Adept at the use of Google Earth. Understanding of ArcGIS or GlobalMapper a plus
- Work Environment and Work Style:
- Experience working with cross-functional internal and external technical advisors and stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a flat organization, successfully leveraging the expertise of multiple colleagues in different lines of reporting.
- Ability to multi-task and arbitrate between conflicting priorities with clear target setting and follow-through capability in a fast-paced and rapidly chawork environment.
- Additional Qualifications:
- Must have a valid current driver license, and able to travel and perform field work.
- Working knowledge of OSHA requirements. OSHA 10 certification preferred.
- Authorized to work in the United States.
- Ability to work outside of a Monday through Friday schedule, including holidays and weekends, at times when needed by the project.
- Location in / willingness to relocate to Boulder, Colorado, is preferred. Remote work arrangement will be considered for the right candidate.
- This position requires up to 25% travel to project sites in the U.S.
Characteristics of Successful Scout Team Members
- Integrity. Ethical professional who does the right thing even when it is difficult.
- Initiative. Resourceful self-motivator with exceptional leadership and organizational skills.
- Intelligence. Perpetual learner with the ability to solve problems and make informed decisions quickly.
- Work Ethic. Productive team member who desires to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment to meet deadlines and get things done.
- Team Focus. Purpose-driven colleague with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working across organizational boundaries to deliver on shared team goals.
Invitation to Women and U.S. Underrepresented Groups
We encourage applications from all demographics and especially those that are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry. Consistent with our core values, Scout celebrates the diversity of thought and experience that comes from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, gender, race, and ethnicity.
Invitation to Veterans
Scout welcomes veterans of the United States Armed Forces to apply for this position. Scout includes veterans of all branches and a diverse set of occupational specialties. We value the independent thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork that our veterans have developed through their service. We welcome applications from any service and any military occupational specialty.
Target base salary: $90,000 - $110,000 (Negotiable for the right candidate.)
Attractive bonus potential.
Scout offers a full range of benefits, including medical/dental/vision insurance with attractive premiums, 401(k) match, STD, LTD, an Employee Assistance Program, and a range of optional supplemental insurance coverage.
Please send a resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
For more information: www.scoutcleanenergy.com