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Solar Project Manager

Position Overview:
The Solar Project Manager is a professional who leads and oversees the entire solar construction project. Including collaborating with Engineers, Architects, Supervisors and Installers in planning, budgeting, allocating resources, and providing timely completion of the project. The Solar Project Manager also ensures that the project is completed within the set budget and is within the scope of work. Additionally, they ensure the project delivers the expected results and benefits.
The Solar Project Manager will oversee multiple different construction projects at any time. They will lead the project from initiation to close, tracking inventory of equipment and materials, hiring subcontractors, working with vendors, coordinating installers; and monitoring their work to ensure compliance with specifications, schedules, and budgets. All while utilizing their knowledge of regulations, permits and project management methodology. They will work well with others, be highly organized and detail-oriented, meet deadlines, and strive to stay within the budget.
The Solar Project Manager maximizes efficiency in the implementation of detailed project plans, keeping track of goals, tasks, resources, schedules, costs, and contingencies. They identify opportunities to reduce costs and minimize risk; develop systems to manage safety and quality assurance on site. The Solar Project Manager may also provide technical assistance to contractors, and report on progress to owners, project developers, and financial partners. They will travel approximately 40%-50% of the time.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Provide preliminary construction schedules for engineering proposals.
  • Assist engineers during project development to identify significant cost impacts and issues related to constructability.
  • Plan the entire construction project including, creating the construction schedule, create and manage the project budget, and assigning tasks to various contractors and subcontractors.
  • Develop a timeline for delivery and completion of milestones prior to project start-up.
  • Track project activities from beginning to end, work with vendors, and manage supplies.
  • Create a construction project management plan.
  • Keep inventory of tools, equipment, and machinery.
  • Manage resources such as construction materials, workers, and equipment.
  • Allocate and manage resources logistics.
  • Create status reports for project stakeholders.
  • Understand project deliverables and create timelines for different individuals and groups involved in the project to make sure the project remains on track.
  • Uphold the goals of the project and the responsibilities of all involved parties.
  • Ensure timely completion of the project to build client trust while avoiding unnecessary penalties.
  • Oversee the performance of the site manager and other members of the construction team.
  • Obtain building permits, licenses and meet code regulations.
  • Maintain health and safety standards.
  • Work within the budget by adequately estimating the costs and cutting unnecessary expenses.
  • Procure and allocate resources to ensure there is no shortage while avoiding any unnecessary delays.
  • Communicate regularly with clients on project status and provide updates on any changes to the timeline or plan.
  • Manage both internal and external risks within the project’s lifetime.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a related discipline is required (master’s preferred).
  • Five years of experience in the solar construction industry, including behind-the-meter projects, Commercial & Industrial & Community Solar scale projects, and rooftop projects.
  • Experience building battery energy storage systems (BESS) or fuel cell projects a plus.
  • 3 years of solar construction management experience.
  • Ability to work independently, with a propensity to take initiative, bring creative solutions, and deliver on-time and on-budget.
  • Deep understanding of solar energy systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of PV equipment and installation.
  • Ability to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to self-sufficiently price up change orders and work with project schedules.
  • Complex problem-solving skills.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as proven competence in relationship development and management.
  • Ability to work with colleagues with a range of skill and experience, as well as manage and mentor employees.
  • Self-starter with excellent project management abilities who is able to shepherd projects from concept to completion with communication goals, timelines and deliverables, enlisting the support and enthusiasm of others in the process.
  • Working knowledge of CAD and other design software and a sound background in the principles of electrical engineering and/or civil engineering.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, and general office equipment.
  • Proficient with project management software such as Primavera.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • High degree of confidentiality required.
Desired Skills:
  • PMP Certification
  • NABCEP Certification (PVIP, PVIS, PVCMS, and/or PVSI)

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