Senior Manager- Project Development

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Location
San Francisco, CA
Salary
Competitive
Posted
13 Sep 2016
Closes
10 Nov 2016
Ref
REQ-000293
Sector
Renewables
Category
Solar
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world's energy mix.
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Primary Job Functions:
Experience:
  • 7 to 10 years large utility scale power generation project developer experience with major utilities or independent power producers resulting in the financing and construction of existing utility scale power plants
  • Demonstrated achievement in developing projects from pre-development activities through advanced stage development and eventual commercial operations.
  • 3+ years within WECC markets
  • 3+ years managing one or more direct reports or external contractors


Education:
  • Requires a Bachelor's Degree in accounting, finance, economics, engineering or related field.
  • MBA credentials are preferred

Required Skills :
  • Demonstrated track record of interacting successfully with executive management
  • Strong project management skills and leadership experience
  • Must be motivated, self-starter, capable of setting and managing multiple key priorities.
  • Extensive understanding of the US Power Markets including pricing, generation, demand and other key fundamentals which influence customers and markets

Essential Functions & Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the sourcing and due diligence of utility scale solar power plant development assets. This will include assembling and leading a team of professionals in various company functional areas during the due diligence phase (real estate, engineering, transmission and permitting) as well as working with the origination and legal teams to structure, negotiate and close transactions
  • Manage regional team which may include project development Analyst/Associate and/or a network of contract developers
  • Perform technical, economic and risk analysis of solar power plant projects.
  • Interact with local zoning and permitting boards, taxing jurisdictions as well as state level Public Service Commissions and staff
  • Initiate and manage all stakeholder relationships of solar energy project sites. Stakeholders will include landowners, permitting agencies, regional and local transmission authorities, regulatory authorities, community and public relations
  • Provide support to the origination team on opportunities with key electric utility and other customers on a proactive basis to secure PPAs
  • Provide project development inputs to internal team and efforts to respond to RFPs
  • Make management presentations, manage transaction approval process and interact with internal staff
  • Other areas of responsibility include staying current on regulatory/legislative trends and changes as well as competitor and market analyses
  • Transactions will typically range from 50-100+ MW
  • Working with the origination and project finance teams, provide executive management with independent input on expected or likely range of financial results from projects put forward for approval.

Please note: potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.
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Language Requirements
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Experience
Large Scale Utility and Industrial Construction Projects-
Education
Bachelors: Accounting (Required), Bachelors: Economics (Required), Bachelors: Engineering (Required), Masters-
Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.