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Project Development Manager (CO)

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Colorado - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 11/06/2011
Company Name SunEdison
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Responsible for managing the identification, acquisition and permitting of SunEdisons pipeline of utility-scale solar energy projects in the United States. This person will work closely with other members of the SunEdison leadership team to craft the long-term market strategy. He/she must possess the vision and creativity necessary to effectively develop and execute short and long range plans for a company that will scale rapidly over the next five to ten years


Manage any number of development activities to include all stages of the project development process, including:

  • Identifying and securing suitable project locations,
  • Cost and feasibility analysis, pricing analysis, contract and concession agreement negotiations, and evaluating bid specs
  • Negotiating land leases and easements, managing landowner relationships • Identifying, managing and securing interconnection agreements
  • Securing permits required by local, county, state and federal jurisdictions, and managing community relations
  • Assisting with tax, financing, and regulatory related research and negotiations
  • Provide regular reporting such as project budgets and development timelines
  • Have a thorough understanding of the renewable energy market and its discontinuities in order to identify unique project development opportunities. This may include identifying and supporting M&A activity.
  • Provide decisive and mature guidance to management, ensuring that projects under development fit the corporate strategy and are evaluated and pursued at the proper pace. This may include the management of JV partners.
  • Work closely with senior leadership team of the company to develop long and short term strategic plans required to properly assess opportunities.
  • Gather market intelligence; prioritizing projects and opportunities; constantly enhance and expand relationships with appropriate government, regulatory and legislative officials to further the intelligence-gathering and project-approval process and ensure that all team members are appropriately apprised of activities, the competitive environment, and experiences gained.
  • Help in the development and overall implementation of policies and procedures for the company


  • 1-5 years direct experience as a project developer in a related field, such as, wind energy, coal, gas power projects, or real-estate development.
  • Excellent analytical skills to be able decompose problems clearly and identify viable solutions taking schedule, cost and degree of risk into consideration. Must be proficient with Excel and understand how to utilize a project finance model.
  • Technical expertise and/or demonstrated understanding of solar engineering and construction issues to be able to generally assess the technical viability of projects and foresee potential problems with permitting or construction.
  • Solid understanding of the permitting and regulatory rules and environment and the ability to manage development risk appropriately.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and excellent diplomacy skills in order to communicate with and influence people at all levels - strong conflict negotiation skills a must.
  • Extremely organized work habits with a record of successful delivery of complex projects as an individual and a team leader and have an ability to work on several projects in parallel. Familiarity with formal project management methodologies and ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering drawings a plus.
  • Demonstrated background as a self-starter and independent worker. Does not need the security/support of a large organization to take action; has demonstrated success in a start-up entrepreneurial environment; enjoys seeing the results of his/her efforts and can accept the visibility of their assumed responsibilities.
  • Relevant undergraduate degree (engineering, business, finance); MBA a strong plus.
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