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Principal Development Engineer

Open, USA
Job Description

Job Title:                Principal Development Engineer

Full/Part Time:       Full Time

Company Overview
Our client is a large utility with a rapid growing energy services division. They help their customers complete infrastructure improvement to achieve their sustainability goals.

Leads the identification and development of viable Commercial & Industrial and/or Federal sector energy services and energy asset projects initiated by the sales force or developed independently.   Provides technical and financial analysis of energy conservation measures and energy supply for projects under consideration. Evaluates energy saving opportunities at customer facilities.  Participates in the process of securing new customers by building business relationships.  Assumes active support roles in the sales and bid process, and installation phase.  Acts as liaison between the Sales and Project Management teams.

Job Functions
  • Conducts energy audits and prepares written proposals identifying potential energy conservation upgrades. Performs detailed analyses of costs and savings.
  • Employs technical expertise to develop preliminary designs and estimates of cost and energy saving opportunities at customer's facilities. Provides technical and implementation recommendations to the customer.
  • Creates detailed and comprehensive scopes of work that allow subcontractors to fully understand and accurately provide bids.
  • Provide accurate internal MEP cost estimates for all ECMs to allow for price comparison against bids received.
  • Create MEP schematic design drawings for bidding purposes.
  • Select and specify all sizes and types of HVAC/R and Building Automation systems, for best fit and efficiency in developing projects.
  • Supports sales team in developing and presenting energy savings proposals to customers.
  • Implements company project control processes for projects in accordance with established cost, schedule, and quality requirements.
  • Provides periodic status reports to management on project status and/or performance.
  • Coordinates project turnover with Project Management.
  • Demonstrates leadership in the area of safety. This requires observing and encouraging safe work behaviors.

Physical & Environmental Requirements
  • Requires substantial time at various projects locations.
  • Requires frequent (30%) overnight travel to customer facilities, may include auto, air, rail travel.
  • Move autonomously, walking and standing for long periods, hearing, seeing, reading, and writing.
  • Work independently and with people, speaking in front of groups and with individuals, customers, management, engineers, subcontractors, manufacturers, and suppliers, etc.
  • Grasp, reach, feel, and finger dexterity.
  • Operate a motor vehicle.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors, in hot or cold conditions, and around construction project sites.

Technical/Job Skill Qualifications: The candidate must meet the following minimum qualifications and have demonstrated the following technical or job skills:
  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in engineering and/or business-related discipline and 8 years of relevant work experience in the evaluation and implementation of energy conservation projects with technical solutions at customer site locations.
  • Professional Engineering (PE) registration, Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and/or LEED Accreditation preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop complex energy conservation saving projects.
  • Detailed knowledge of heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC), electrical systems, and process related systems in commercial, industrial, governmental, hospital, and laboratory buildings.
  • Experience in developing energy conservation projects involving renewable energy technologies, large prime movers such as combustion turbines, biomass and landfill gas facilities.
  • Knowledgeable of the steps required for project commissioning.
  • Experience in the development of customer proposals, vendor agreements, and subcontractor contracts.
  • Knowledge of and experience in energy conservation programs with the Federal Government through Super ESPC and/or Area-wide contract vehicles and with FEMP/IPMVP Measurement and Verification guidelines and protocols.
  • Experience in customer presentations, including excellent writing skills.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with an entire project team to develop and present proposals, obtain customer buy-in, and help to transition smoothly to implementation.
  • Proficiency on the use of computer-based applications including Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and project database applications.
  • Ability to perform load calculations and energy analyses using industry modeling software programs including Carrier Hourly Analysis Program, eQuest, and/or Trane Trace.
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment (internal/external).
  • Effective leadership skills.
  • Must possess valid driver's license.
  • May be subject to government security investigation
  • Must meet eligibility requirements for access to government facilities.

Performance Skills
The candidate must have demonstrated the following performance skills:
Customer Focus:  Able to demonstrate a high level of service delivery; do what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction; prioritize customer needs.
Relationship Management:  Able to develop rapport with others and recognize their concerns, build and maintain long term associations based on trust; help others.
Negotiation: Able to obtain agreement from multiple parties; earn trust while working out a deal; use good timing and carefully calculated strategies when bargaining; communicate high value of services; identify hidden agendas that might interfere with resolutions of terms.
Team Work: Able to interface effectively with all parties involved in the project, including clients, sales force, vendors, contractors, co-workers, and corporate management.
Planning, Prioritizing, and Goal Setting:  Able to prepare for emerging customer needs; manage multiple projects; use goals to guide actions and create detailed actions plans; organize and schedule people and tasks.
Quality: Able to maintain high standards despite pressing deadlines.

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