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Solar Preconstruction – Senior Associate

Scout Clean Energy is a leading U.S. renewable energy developer, owner and operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Scout owns and operates over 800 MW of renewable energy assets and is developing a portfolio of over 5,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 11 U.S. 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.

Job Description

As Scout’s Senior Associate of Solar Preconstruction, you will play a pivotal role in the development, design and construction planning of Scout’s utility-scale solar and energy storage projects. You will take ownership and contribute to the engineering, procurement, and construction planning scope of work for all solar projects from early development through to notice to proceed (aka the preconstruction phase). You will develop relationships with technical consultants and learn to manage them closely to deliver technical work products. You will report to Scout’s Senior Manager of Engineering and may be assigned other duties to support Scout’s growth as technical experts in solar and energy storage.

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.

Preconstruction Responsibilities

At the outset of your engagement on each project, you will work closely with the multidisciplinary Scout team to define project constraints and prioritize metrics for the project’s success. Through the process, you will be expected to communicate clearly and frequently and represent Scout effectively and professionally with a variety of project partners and stakeholders. You will use your technical knowledge and practical experience to inform the Scout team’s approach to developing and designing the solar facilities, including:

Engineering

  • Interface with Development, Interconnection, Site Assessment, Procurement, Construction and Operations teams to optimize project design; including site selection, major equipment selection, balance of system (BOS) layout, and interconnection options.
  • Interface with Third-Party Engineering Consultants to scope engineering and design work, manage execution to budget/schedule, review technical drawing and specification deliverables, and seek approval from Scout team.
  • Play an active role in value engineering exercises to maximize the financial performance of our projects.

Procurement

  • Evaluate and stay current on the best-in-class offerings from major equipment suppliers (modules, trackers, inverters, etc.).
  • Draft sections of RFPs and coordinate competitive selection processes for general contractors, subcontractors, and major equipment suppliers.
  • Draft technical exhibits and provide input on technical aspects of the BOS/EPC contract.
  • Assist with BOS/EPC contract negotiations required to properly and effectively plan the project.

Construction Planning

  • Assist in developing the construction strategy, identifying key resource needs, risks, and mitigation strategies.
  • Review project documentation to perform technical due diligence on project acquisition opportunities.
  • Travel to remote project locations to conduct site inspections, constructability reviews and micro-siting evaluations.
  • Perform risk assessment analysis by creating risk/opportunity matrices.
  • Research BOS cost estimates to support Finance and Origination.
  • Support Development efforts, including permitting efforts and attending landowner meetings.
  • Leverage your technical expertise to ensure efficient and effective project transitions into the construction phase.

 Other Responsibilities

Scout is a dynamic and quickly growing organization. Based upon your skills and interests, your Manager will assign other tasks focused on improving Scout’s preconstruction and engineering discipline and your career. These may include:

  • Building business cases/protocols to support other areas of the company.
  • Process improvement and documentation.
  • Integration of commercially available software or development of internal software tools.

Qualifications & Critical Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a relevant technical field required.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as an engineer or project manager focused on the engineering, procurement, or construction aspects of planning and executing utility-scale solar projects

Technical skills:

  • Solid knowledge and understanding of key value drivers for solar power projects.
  • Experience with preconstruction cost estimates.
  • Experience reviewing and revising plans and specifications for civil and electrical work.
  • Familiarity with contract exhibits for BOS contracts.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, organizational, project management, problem-solving and team-building skills.
  • Ability to solve problems and make informed decisions quickly.
  • Battery energy storage systems (BESS) experience a plus.

Proficient with computers with strong working knowledge of the following:

  • MS Excel – Creation and debugging of spreadsheets for data analysis and cost estimating
  • SharePoint – Document management system
  • Google Earth, ArcGIS or GlobalMapper
  • Abilities in Python or Civil/Electrical design software a plus.

Work Environment and Work Style:

  • Experience working with cross-functional internal and external technical advisors and stakeholders.
  • Experience working 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 changing work environment.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Must have a valid current driver license, and able to travel and perform field work.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.

Working Conditions

  • Location in / willingness to relocate to Boulder, Colorado.
  • 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.

Compensation

Target base salary: $80,000 - $100,000  (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.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to:  jobs@scoutcleanenergy.com

For more information:  www.scoutcleanenergy.com

LOCATION Boulder, CO TYPE Full Time REQUIREMENTS Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or a relevant technical field required; Minimum 3 years of experience as an engineer or project manager focused on the engineering, procurement, or construction aspects of planning and executing utility-scale solar projects

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