Vice President - Project Development

Requisition ID:  10454

Santa Barbara, US, 110226 - J Oakland, US, 077015 - J Golden, US, 80401-0088 Houston, US, 77056 Oakland, US, 077015 - 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.


ENGIE is a global, technology agnostic, zero carbon energy Independent Power Producer (IPP).  ENGIE is a long-term owner & operator of utility-scale projects in wind, solar, battery storage and other zero-carbon technologies across North America.


The Vice President of Project Development ensures the Company’s regional utility-scale projects are planned, sited, permitted, and prepared for construction in a manner that meets the performance requirements, schedule, and budget objectives established at the project’s investment approval.  The VP is also responsible for establishing and working with the Business Development Group to develop advanced business strategies, market intelligence, power marketing & competition box out strategies.


The Vice President of Project Development builds, guides and manages a team to utilize the proper technical support, procurement resources, commercial insights, procedures, consultants, and software to support multi-discipline project teams in order enhance overall business unit planning, CAPEX forecasting, and quality of project delivery.


The person should be able to act with the highest professionalism, exercise independent judgment and decision-making, while weighing the interests of multiple stakeholders.


This position can be located in Denver, CO, Houston, TX, San Diego, CA,  Santa Barbara, CA or Oakland, CA. The position reports to the Vice President, Chief Development Officer.  


What you’ll do:

  • Provide leadership in the defining of project opportunities in order to ensure that a project’s requirements, options, and recommendations are prepared properly (i.e. investment memorandums) for executive management approval of the final investment or continued development.
  • Provide leadership to his/her staff in the preparation of project capital estimates for both Business Development and the Generation Business Unit’s annual budget and mid-term planning process (PAMT) using latest project estimates, contractual obligations, and operating projections.
  • Report to Executive Management on all projects at regular intervals (via the Project Development Steering Committee) to inform management on issues and seek their counsel as required.
  • As necessary, report to outside stakeholders (lenders, equity partners) on projects at intervals no less than what is required contractually.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and complete personnel management in order to ensure assigned staff performs appropriately and successfully achieves company goals and objectives.
  • Manage development activities of utility-scale solar energy projects from feasibility to the start of construction
  • Engage with staff to coordinate environmental, permitting, transmission interconnection, land acquisition, and design activities
  • Support energy offtake, financing, and project M&A discussions, including due diligence activities
  • Ensure projects are progressing on schedule and within budget
  • Obtain local project permits and tax agreements
  • Engage with landowners and stakeholders to provide information throughout the development process
  • Review project pro forma financial models
  • Conduct site visits to define site characteristics and develop relationships with local stakeholders
  • Represent company in industry advocacy groups
  • Remain abreast of renewable energy opportunities in the United States and the national industry trends impacting the future of solar and renewable development opportunities and their competitiveness as they relate to customers.
  • Represent ENGIE at national solar and renewable energy events as speaker, panelist and solar energy leader.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.


What you bring:

  • A minimum of 10 years of power development or comparable experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, or Public Planning preferred
  • MBA or other advanced degree desirable.
  • Requires intimate knowledge of the energy, and if possible renewable energy market, and the ability to stay current with changing technologies, regulations, and trends influencing the continued adoption of renewable energy.
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Existing professional relationships with local utility representatives, developers, government representatives and others.
  • Commercial mindset, strong prioritization, communication and organizational skills
  • Counter Party Management: PPA Negotiations, M&A, Partnership formation
  • Demonstrated capability in Financial Valuation: Market analysis, Corporate approvals, Competitive Analysis
  • Proven record of accomplishment in renewable energy development, including experience taking projects through financing.
  • Thorough understanding of land easements/leases and title curative requirements.


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
  • Ability to engage with stakeholders on evening and weekends
  • 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: $192,185 - $455,520, 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