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Head of Engineering & Procurement

San Juan Capistrano, California, United StatesEngineering

Job description

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Head of Engineering & Procurement to lead our team in the development of renewable energy projects. As the Head of Engineering & Procurement, you will play a pivotal role in driving the success of our projects by overseeing various engineering aspects and ensuring the efficient implementation of technologies (Solar Energy, Batteries, Microgrids, Wind Power, UPSs, Fuel Cells, and Generators). Your responsibilities will include front-end design, detailed engineering, cost assessment, value engineering, supply chain mapping and technology selection, support to finance, development, construction and asset management teams, management of external consultants, bidding package preparation, supplier’s and contractor’s evaluation, supply chain relationship management, bidding process management, technical and commercial negotiations, and drafting of supplier’s and contractor’s agreements.

You will play a crucial role in building a team leading engineering, procurement activities from development to construction phase.

What you get to do:

  • Lead a team of engineers in the front-end design and detailed engineering phases of renewable energy, mainly photovoltaic (PV) solar and Battery Storage Systems (BESS) power projects.

  • Collaborate with the Development and Finance teams to assess the cost of new technologies and their feasibility.

  • Conduct value engineering analysis on photovoltaic (PV) and BESS systems to optimize costs and increase energy yield.

  • Provide support to the Construction and Asset Management teams by addressing engineering-related issues and offering technical expertise.

  • Manage external technical consultants engaged in various project activities, ensuring their deliverables align with project requirements.

  • Prepare bidding packages and request for quotations (RFQs) to engage with potential contractors and suppliers.

  • Review and analyze invoices and quotes received from contractors, ensuring accuracy and adherence to contractual agreements.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with leading Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) companies in the renewable energy (solar and BESS) market.

  • Oversee the EPC bidding process, including analysis, evaluation, and selection of contractors based on technical and commercial criteria.

  • Conduct technical and commercial negotiations with EPC contractors to achieve favorable project outcomes.

  • Prepare the initial draft of EPC agreements and related exhibits, ensuring compliance with legal and contractual requirements.

Job requirements

What you bring to the role:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.

  • Proven experience in building and leading engineering teams, specifically in the design and development and construction of renewable energy projects, with a focus on solar and BESS.

  • In-depth knowledge of renewable energy technologies, industry standards, and best practices.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to assess the cost and feasibility of new technologies.

  • Experience in value engineering techniques to optimize costs and improve energy yield.

  • Experience in project engineering management, PMP certificate would be a plus.

  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize effectively. A PMP certificate would be a plus.

  • Experience in project controls during the construction phase, ensuring project execution within contractual budgets and timelines.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams and manage external stakeholders.

  • Experience in managing external consultants and subcontractors.

  • Familiarity with the renewable energy market and established relationships with leading technology providers and contractors..

  • Demonstrated negotiation skills with the ability to drive favorable outcomes in technical and commercial discussions.

  • Strong drafting and contract review skills, with experience in preparing EPC agreements and related exhibits.

  • At this position, you will play a crucial role in driving our renewable energy projects forward, ensuring their success through effective leadership, collaboration with cross-functional teams (finance, development, construction, and asset management), and management of external stakeholders (supply chain, OEMs, suppliers, contractors…etc.).