Role Summary/Purpose: The Solar Project Manager will lead the project team during the execution phase of the project and will be the focal point for DSD solar projects executed in eastern half of North America.  The Solar Project Manager will execute projects with a focus on schedule, budget, safety, quality and communication.  The candidate for this role will be a collaborative team player with exceptional communication skills and can work autonomously and self-directed. This position will report to the Managing Director of Project Management.


Remote working options available.

 

Essential Responsibilities: As the Solar Project Manager, you will manage the execution for the design and build out of commercial solar projects with a focus on the following aspects:

 

  • Lead team through the execution phase of the project by hosting regular team meetings, ensure design, procurement, inspections, site visits and other aspects of project execution is being conducted on time to ensure proper project close out. 

  • Engage cross-functional teams (e.g., field operations, sourcing, logistics, project finance, engineering, manufacturing, project controls, contract management) to ensure successful project execution

  • Create and manage all aspects of the project schedule as it relates to permitting, material purchase and delivery and the construction process. 

  • Manage to multiple deadlines, included but not limited to internal, customer and third party requirements.

  • Manage budget with the purpose of minimizing the undesirable impact of unexpected changes while maximizing opportunities for margin enhancement through material purchases and subcontracting relationships, negotiations and improving construction and delivery process. 

  • Maximize cash flow by aggressively adhering to the project invoicing schedule and ensures the team accurately documents and submits all receivables, quantity as-builts, change orders and claims. 

  • Create project cost estimates and negotiate with subcontractors.  Negotiate with owner initiated extra work, change of scope items, and contract deletions to maximize profits.

  • Execute the project through the use of the DSD Quality Management and Assurance Program

  • Establish regular communication with customer, deal team and subcontractor teams to guarantee a smoothly run project, continuously resolve issues, and ensure that all stakeholders are up to speed on project. 

  • Regularly report to manager on project metrics to forecast of cash flow and revenue recognition. 

  • Serve as primary site level customer contact during project execution phase.

  • Ensure that project is constructed safely and in compliance with site and DSD safety program.  Work with DSD safety officer on audit and safety evaluation process. 

  • Ensure all safety material and documentation is onsite

  • Review, negotiate and build project to the specifics within the governing contract and ensure all deliverables are completed and contract nuances are understood and followed.

  • Actively develops client relations to generate opportunities for new work.

  • Actively participate in marketing and estimating functions to develop, capture plans, teaming strategies, technical approach and bid strategies, necessary, adapting and improving same.

  • Manage system commissioning and close out.

 

 

Qualifications/Requirements/Desired Characteristics

 

  • Exceptional Communication Skills

  • Project management experience in the solar industry

  • Ability to work remotely and independently and be a self-starter

  • General Construction experience

  • High level of project construction knowledge and subcontractor relationships

  • Ability to travel

  • Related field with 5-8 years of experience or equivalent.

  • Experience dealing with federal, state and local agencies for various permits and entitlements  

  • Demonstrated skills in project planning software (e.g., Microsoft Project, Primavera, etc.)

  • Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering or Construction Management

  • Project management or other experience in power generation industries

  • Experience dealing successfully with customs

  • Financial forecasting experience 


    About Us

    Distributed Solar Development, a GE Renewable Energy venture, is part of the evolution to cleaner, secure, more customer-focused energy.  From analysis, through design and finance, to commercial operation, DSD provides customized turnkey PV energy and energy storage solutions to businesses, enterprises, institutions and municipalities throughout North America.  Headquartered in Schenectady, NY with a team spanning across the United States, we leverage our unmatched market expertise to deliver exceptional customer outcomes.  Distributed Solar Development is an equal opportunity employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.