Director / Principal, Development Engineering

Canada /
Development – Engineering /
Full-time, remote
Company Overview

Intersect Power is a team of friends driven to preserve our planet for future generations through low-carbon energy and infrastructure solutions. Founded in 2016, the privately held clean energy company develops and owns some of the world’s largest clean energy resources serving customers in retail and wholesale energy markets across North America. The company is redefining the scope of the clean energy industry by enabling new pathways between clean electricity and the broader economy to enable the deep decarbonization of our economy. We are on an aggressive growth trajectory and are staffing key positions.

The Director / Principal Development Engineering will be responsible for leading and managing a team as well as being an individual contributor, with the team's goal focused on early-stage due diligence, power plant design, optimization & analytics, and managing priorities & expectations of internal/external stakeholders across multiple renewable projects.  This position will report directly to the VP of Engineering and work closely with Engineering, Development, GIS, Real Estate, Permitting, Construction, Finance, Operations teams as well as the EPC to ensure safe and successful projects. The role is expected to be approximately 20% management-level responsibilities and 80% individual contributor-level responsibilities.

Responsibilities and Duties

    • Lead solar/wind/BESS/green hydrogen power plant design activities with a team of engineers
    • Support project development activities, from early stages through project completion, by identifying fatal flaws and mitigating design risks.
    • Own and manage site constraint maps, layouts, designs, and system specifications, starting from early-stage project siting through construction notice to proceed, via coordination with external land surveying and engineering consultants, tracking all development risks to the buildable land area
    • Optimizing site layout for equipment selection, topography, minerals, ROW/crossings, substation location, gen-tie routing, site hydrology, environmental and permitting constraints, site access, and 3rd party infrastructure. Support equipment selection.
    • Manage and coordinate scope, schedule, and cost for site technical diligence activities with external consultants, including hydrology studies, geo-technical studies, grading analysis, land surveying, and corrosion analysis
    • Responsible for the civil and structural design aspects of a site, including cost/value engineering, design reviews, and negotiating relevant aspects of EPC contract exhibits
    • Co-manage external land surveyors and oversee design adherence to the ALTA survey
    • Responsible for coordinating and securing water, telecom, and electrical distribution agreements and services to be provided to the project site
    • Responsible for managing and coordinating all crossing/encroachment designs, leading negotiations on crossing agreements with utilities and transportation authorities, and supporting the negotiation of crossing agreements with private parties 

Skills & Knowledge

    • Experienced in building, managing, and mentoring a team.
    • Seasoned designer of renewable infrastructure layouts, experienced and creative in solving complex real estate and permitting problems, under the constraints of system specifications from construction and operations
    • Deep understanding of civil and structural design of renewable facilities and underlying technical diligence
    • Knowledgeable on EPC construction standards, codes, and techniques as well as industry best practices
    • Working knowledge of photovoltaic technology, trackers, inverters, wind turbines, and battery storage systems; advantages/trade-offs of the different technologies, system design, optimization levers, and cost drivers
    • Experience taking projects through all phases of development: early-stage siting, preliminary design, detailed design, EPC contracting, financing, and construction; familiar with contracting pitfalls, construction challenges, and life-cycle use and challenges
    • Ability to quantify risk and opportunities around unknowns in design and technology
    • Thrive in cross functional environment, able to guide discussion and identify dependencies between design, production, cost, and land use
    • Detail oriented and experienced with effective project management and prioritization of multiple simultaneous projects
    • Advanced user of AutoCAD
    • Experience with automated layout tools and geospatial analysis software like ArcGIS
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, with effective time management
    • Proficient interpersonal, written communications, analytical and quantitative skills with ability to multi-task and perform duties in a collaborative working environment.
    • Advanced level of expertise on Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace (G Suite)

Minimum Experience

    • 12 - 15 years for Director role and 16 years for Principal role managing design and engineering for utility-scale renewable infrastructure
    • Experience designing, optimizing, and supporting financing on at least 15 utility-scale renewable infrastructure projects

Academic Background

    • Minimum Bachelor's degree in Engineering field (Civil, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical). Master’s degree is a plus.
    • Practical hands-on, field experience valued over academic experience.
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