Director, Business Operations

Requisition ID:  10277

Houston, US, 77056 Westminster, US, 80021 Santa Barbara, US, 110226 - J

ENGIE North America (ENA) is committed to reshaping the energy future through the global implementation of a lower carbon energy economy to preserve the world’s natural resources.  We are looking for talented and driven people who are committed to making the vision a reality.


The Director of Business Operations is responsible for establishing and augmenting the business processes, systems and tools used to efficiently achieve the overarching business objectives of ENA Renewables business unit in a context of a strong development growth plan with a goal to install each year between 1 GW and 1.5 GW of Wind, Solar and Battery Storage renewable energy projects.


The Director of Business Operations will also apply internal and external resources to establish controlling mechanisms to ensure there is appropriate alignment of the various functional groups that support a project during its lifecycle. The primary objective will be to account for project risks and viability, oversee development and CAPEX budgeting processes, spending variances, project scheduling process and lead the continuous improvement program of our organization including the development and deployment of new IT tools and system produced in house or provided by third parties. This position will also be the business unit’s primary focal point for all significant initiatives requiring engagement and coordination with ENGIE corporate support functions including: Accounting, Financial Planning, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Real Estate, Procurement, and others as required. This component of the function will require the development and delivery of training sessions with business unit personnel to ensure corporate support function processes and tools are understood and used per established policies. Finally, it is the responsibility of this function to work with the Business Operations team to establish and routinely report on Key Performance Indicators of the team.


This position can be located in Houston, TX, Denver, CO or Santa Barbara, CA. The Director reports to the Chief Operating Officer.


What you’ll do:

Business operations

  • Lead internal and external resources to standardize and continually enhance operational processes and tools used  across ENA Renewables throughout the life cycle of renewable energy projects.
  • Ensure all developed operational processes and tools are constructed in coordination with key internal stakeholders, amongst others, Project Development, Project Delivery, Power Marketing, Asset Management & Partnership, Operations, Finance, Procurement.
  • Provide controlling oversight and feedback on all project cost accounting activities from budget building through Actual vs Spend analysis in compliance with investment approvals.
  • Maintain risk assessment and project gating process that continually evaluates the viability of existing projects assets or assets being consider for acquisition.
  • Support the Project Development  Delivery teams in the establishment of robust project schedule tools and maintain ongoing schedules for a subset of high priority projects..
  • Establish the standard practices/tools and deploy the resources required to provide cost control oversight and routine reporting on all projects under construction.
  • Lead our internal improvement program aiming at defining with the leadership team key processes, systems, tools for our organization and be in charge of the implementation.
  • In charge of our landowner tools ensuring on time payments and compliance with our agreement
  • Responsible for engaging and working with ENGIE corporate support functions to resolve problems and enhance underperforming processes and tools negatively impacting routine business operations. This will include working with Accounting, Human Resources, SIENA, Information Technology, Legal, Real Estate, and Procurement. 



  • Lead the Business operations team in providing direction and supporting them in their growth.
  • Promote an inclusive and empowered culture within the team.
  • Build strong and trusted relationships within all part of our organization.  
  • Provide constructive feedback enabling our team members to grow in their career, in the continuous improvement of their performance results.
  • Ensure appropriate level of prioritization to have our team members focused on the essential while taking care of their life balance.
  • Promote the adoption of our processes, tools and systems across all our organization and when required ensure remedial actions are implemented to resolve non-compliant conditions.
  • Act as a bridge builder to leverage the best of our vertically integrated organization to achieve superior value creation.


What you bring:

  • Bachelor of Arts/Science preferred, Master degree preferred from an accredited educational institution.
  • Minimum 10 Years relevant work experiences
  • Experience in senior leadership/executive positions directing multi-functional teams
  • Broad experience in the energy/renewables industry. Preference in wind, solar and battery storage industry with a focus on the development and construction phases.
  • Executive leader with experience in designing and executing both strategic and tactical initiatives to achieve established business unit and corporate goals.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to clearly communicate objectives and goals, and the ability to instill ownership and accountability within cross functional teams and individuals focused on achieving established goals.
  • Ability to anticipate the need to modify established processes and tools in order to proactively improve business operations and avoid misalignment of efforts.
  • Ability to understand, use and train other to use the various enterprise systems used by ENGIE. Must possess a level of competency with these systems to work with “owners” and technical support to build system enhancements and resolve negative performance issues.
  • Demonstrated experience working with or directing various corporate support functions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cross functional teams to design, construct, implement and maintain standard business processes, systems and tools, while overseeing change management initiatives.
  • Capable of establishing working relationships with multiple parties and experience working in a matrix organization in order to engage various corporate support functions to resolve a wide variety problems impinging upon business operations and/or personnel.  
  • Experience leading efforts focused on designing new business programs with multiple stakeholders, pilot test and finalize these programs, and successfully roll out the implementation of these programs across an organization.
  • Strong Microsoft Software Applications skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project) as well as Enterprise system, notably SAP. COUPA and Green IT a plus.
  • Exhibit initiative and ability to work independently within a large matrixed organization while effectively interfacing with the various cross-functional employee groups.


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 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
  • Ability to travel regularly within the United States (up to 10%)
  • 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 company computer, calculator,
  • 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 renewable, efficient, and 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.


  • Salary Range: $120,700 - $307,190, annually
  • Actual salary offered may vary depending on geography, experience, education, internal pay alignment, or other bona fide factors
  • In addition to salary, this position is eligible for a competitive bonus / incentive plan
  • At ENGIE we understand that benefits matter, we offer competitive benefit options including medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, employer paid short-term and long-term disability insurance, paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, parental leave, and a 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan option with a company match
  • More information can be found here: Discover our employee benefits


ENGIE complies with all federal, state, and local minimum wage laws.


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Business Unit:  GBU Renewables
Division:  REN NORTHAM - US
Legal Entity:  ENGIE North America Inc.
Contract Type:  Permanent
Job Type:  Full - Time
Professional Experience:  Skilled ( >3 experience <15 years)
Education Level:  Bachelor's Degree

Nearest Major Market: Houston