Power Engineer

Remote or Washington, DC /
Commercial Operations /
Full-Time
Sparkfund is an energy technology platform company based in Washington, D.C. built to enable leading brands to deliver new offers to their customers across resilience, decarbonization & electrification. Our partners use our platform to capture new growth in the energy services market, differentiate their existing end-customer offerings, increase the lifetime value of customer relationships, and more efficiently manage capital structuring, risk appetite, and ongoing servicing. We deliver solutions through a flexible range of commercial structures, from fully managed subscriptions, where we handle everything from installation to ongoing maintenance and repairs, to simple installations for customers who prefer to manage systems themselves, to the monitoring of existing equipment for fault detection and replacement recommendations.

 We enable our customers to focus on their core businesses. Sparkfund’s mission is to combat climate change through healthier buildings and transportation. We strive to create positive change by deploying solutions that are good for business and good for the planet. We’re building a diverse and collaborative culture to help us achieve all of that.

As a Power Engineer, you will provide consulting services throughout the project lifecycle, helping to plan, create conceptual design layouts and work with engineering and implementation partners to ensure systems built and operated are technically sound and our solutions provide lower life-cycle costs. Responsibilities will involve interacting directly with customers to provide technical expertise and guidance on engineering assessments, feasibility studies, including project return on investment (or other appropriate financial) analysis, as well as support our Delivery team during implementation and ongoing maintenance. This is a customer-facing role. You will be expected to provide a high level of technical leadership internally and externally.

We are looking for experienced power engineers that can survey potential customer locations across the continental US.  An Electrical Engineering educational background with experience in power distribution systems (including transformers, low and medium voltage switchgear, and circuit breakers) and distributed electricity generating equipment (including, generators, batteries, EV Charging, and Solar PV) is preferred. Verifiable field experience and application experience with commercial office, light industrial, and/or similar spaces are also key.  US military training and non-conventional power engineering application experience will also be considered.  

Location

This role is flexible on location as travel will be a major component.  Proximity to a major airport is important. 

Key Responsibilities

    • Develop technical and operational solutions for projects based on Sparkfund's value proposition.
    • Lead and influence technical conversations with customers, external partners and internal team members.
    • Provide design-assist input from an asset lifecycle perspective for electrical equipment and infrastructure to ensure asset life is maximized.
    • Provide consultative engineering services, including preparation of technical reports and support with presentation material.  
    • Perform engineering calculations, review equipment specifications, system design and sizing, system layouts, leading equipment selection discussions with vendors and external partners.
    • For early stage projects, generate high level cost estimates to better qualify opportunities.
    • Ability to travel nationally up to 50%.
    • Mentor junior engineers to increase Sparkfund’s overall technical skill set.
    • Coordinate timely and accurate handoff of data and customer information to and from multiple internal stakeholders, including our Sales, Engineering, Deal Structuring, Legal, and Delivery teams as needed.
    • Convert project specifications and inputs into the pricing for the customer, documenting assumptions, value drivers, and risks along the way.
    • Review and support the development of proposals and custom business case analyses that target the specific needs of each customer.
    • Directly or indirectly support internal and Partner commercial and business development teams on the development of end user customer opportunities.
    • This is NOT a lead generation / origination role

Required Skills & Qualifications

    • 5+ years of relevant experience in electrical system design, equipment application, development, operations, and/or maintenance
    • Electrical design/drafting experience creating and/or analyzing single-line diagrams for electrical distribution systems and ability to conduct load analysis, feasibility assessment and optimization at the systems level
    • +3 years in a relevant field, such as MEP consulting, Energy Auditing, business development, program development, project management, finance, or similar
    • Experience in translating quantitative outputs into compelling stories for customers
    • Knowledge of National Electrical Code (NEC), permitting for retrofits, installations and electrical upgrades, and other applicable codes and standards for commercial and light industrial facilities 
    • Familiarity with safe operating procedures for electrical equipment and other auxiliary equipment, grid interconnection systems, and ISOs and ability to support interconnection applications as needed
    • Experience implementing electrical infrastructure projects
    • Experience working with electrical contractors
    • Excellent customer-facing skills and comfortable talking and presenting at the C-level down to facilities engineers and maintenance staff.
    • Dedication to what we’re building at Sparkfund and a passion for combating climate change

We’d love it if you have

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a technical discipline (ideally Electrical Engineering)
    • P.E. License (Highly preferred)
    • Experience working with or within the Utilities, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Resilience, or ESCO industries
    • Familiarity with project development in the energy industry, including financing solutions, leases, loans, or energy service agreements
    • Familiarity with control systems, their integration and/or troubleshooting experience with distributed switchgear and other electrical systems  
    • Competency in software and cloud-based information management tools including Salesforce, Google Workspace, Google App script, Slack, Asana, Excel, PowerPoint, and project management tools

Benefits

    • Competitive compensation and stock option plans - we believe in radical shared ownership
    • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, vision, and dental insurance; pre-tax commuter benefits; disability and life insurance
    • Flexible vacation policy that encourages ~4 weeks of paid time off
    • We honor all of the federal holidays and believe in long weekends. Sparkfund is closed every Friday before a Monday holiday as well.
    • 8 weeks gender-neutral paid leave for caregivers when they have a new addition to their families
    • A company laptop and any other hardware you need



We Want You To Know

You can be a great candidate even if you don't fit everything we've described above. You can also have important skills we haven't thought of. If that's you, don't hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. We are dedicated to environmental stewardship, and recognize we need diverse perspectives to successfully tackle this massive challenge. To change the world, we must first change ourselves, which is why Sparkfund has created a space that sources viewpoints from people who look and think differently.

We are committed to diversity and building an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and experiences, and we're taking steps to meet that commitment.

We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, veterans, and people with disabilities.