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Engineering Advisor - Solar (Solar Engineering Lead)

ENGIE North America Inc.
United States, Colorado
Jul 10, 2023

ENGIE is committed to reshaping the energy future through the global implementation of a lower carbon energy economy in order to preserve the world's natural resources. We are looking for talented and driven people who are committed to making this vision a reality.

The Engineering Advisor will lead all aspects of preliminary site design and site specification efforts for grid scale solar projects in USA and Canada.

The position is located in Houston, TX, Chicago, IL and Santa Barbara, CA and it is eligible to work in many locations across the U.S. and reports to the Engineering Director.

What you'll do:

  • Lead efforts for preliminary design and optimization of grid scale solar projects under development in USA and Canada
  • Coordinate with team members, development staff, and project delivery team to identify project design constraints and requirements
  • Work directly with procurement team regarding site needs and constraints and coordinate those efforts for optimal site design of grid scale solar projects in USA and Canada
  • Serve as technical point of contact for solar project development and delivery teams.
  • Coordinate and review site production and optimization efforts utilizing PVsyst evaluation software
  • Effectively manage a team of employees and external resources on site specification, optimization, and preliminary design
  • Keep current on changing trends in the solar generation market
  • Capable of scoping, contracting, and managing consultants and contractors for design and technical services as necessary
  • Provide and advise on conceptual design configuration for development pipeline projects
  • Gain, capture, and grow subject matter expertise in grid-scale solar generation using the Company's tools and processes in order to increase the experience and the know-how of the Grid Scale Renewables team
  • Provide subject matter leadership in grid-scale solar generation tasks when subject matter expertise is utilized from contractors, plant personnel, or wider Company's resources in order to provide streamlined technical service
  • Share subject matter expertise within the Company's organization, and most especially within the Grid Scale Renewables Team, using effective use of communication and content management system in order to distribute the gained value from each experience and help-build institutional memory in ENGIE North America
  • Liaise with the members of the Engineering teams and utilize the local and global in-house experience and knowledge
  • Act as a team member with all employees of ENGIE NA and Grid Scale Renewables staff
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.

What you bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering is preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years' relevant experience; 5 years' experience in solar energy sector
  • Must have experience with grid-scale solar project engineering design and optimization, preferably with a leading utility scale solar project developer or top EPC provider
  • Experience or close coordination with CAD or GIS software platforms for solar site layouts
  • Experience with PVsyst or other solar production models for estimating and optimizing solar facilities
  • Knowledge and experience in utility grid characteristics and requirements for the purposes of meeting grid requirements for new solar installations
  • Knowledge and experience in development and construction of power generation and storage assets in the United States
  • Must be able to interpret solar production studies and use that information to advise on business development projects and activities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, especially when interacting with outside stakeholders such as government agencies and local communities is an essential part of the role
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to manage a team

Additional Information/Conditions:

  • Must be eligible to work for any U.S. employer without the need for sponsorship now or in the future
  • Must be available to travel up to 25% of the time and with the need for some overnight trips
  • Must possess a valid U.S. driver's license/clean driving record
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally on limited occasions
  • Must be willing and able to comply with ENGIE's policy with respect to COVID vaccination and testing
  • Must be willing and able to comply with all ENGIE ethics and safety policies
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate
  • Ability to meet highest attendance requirements
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments on a timely basis with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to use a personal computer, calculator, etc.
  • Could involve some lifting
  • Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with the needed assistance to perform the essential functions
  • Eligible for a hybrid schedule consisting of in-office and work-from-home opportunities


ENGIE North America isn't just participating in the Zero-Carbon Transition, we're leading it! Join us as we develop energy that is more renewable, more efficient, and more accessible to everyone.

Unite with us in leading the transformation of the world of energy! ENGIE is looking for talented and motivated individuals to create the future of energy and customer solutions. Join a rewarding and flexible work environment that encourages innovation and creativity to help customers meet their energy challenges today and in the future. Are you up for the challenge?

At ENGIE, our goal is to support, promote, and thrive on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We do so for the benefit of our employees, customers, products and services, and community. ENGIE is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we are firmly committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all employees.

We are committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at ENGIE are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications. ENGIE is committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity, or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, civil union, or domestic partnership status, military service or veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition, genetic information, or any other legally protected category (referred to as "protected characteristics") as defined by applicable federal, state or local law in the locations where we operate.

The pay range for this role is: $92,395-236,600. The listed salary range represents ENGIE's good faith estimate for this position and represents the minimum and maximum for new hire salaries across all U.S. locations. An employee's rate of pay within the range is determined by their work location, and additional factors, including qualifications, relevant experience, and demonstrated performance over time. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider internal equity of our current team members as a part of any final offer. Please keep in mind that the range stated above is the full base salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum of the range would not be typical in order to allow for future and continued salary growth. This position is eligible for our comprehensive and package and certain positions are eligible for additional forms of compensation such as bonuses and commissions. ENGIE complies with all federal, state, and local minimum wage laws.

Your talent acquisition partner can share specific information regarding the salary for the position based on the work location.

If you need assistance with this application or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at ENGIENA-ENGIEHR@engie.com. This email address is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry regarding positions or application status.