Sr. Project Manager Preconstruction

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The Senior Project Manager will play a pivotal role in the planning, design, and execution of high-voltage substations, utility-scale PV, and BESS projects. This position demands technical expertise, project management proficiency, and a commitment to industry standards and safety. The Senior Project Manager will be the primary liaison for all project stakeholders, ensuring transparent communication and fostering solid relationships. Additionally, this role strongly emphasizes mentoring team members, promoting a culture of continuous learning, and identifying professional development opportunities. Proactive risk management, safety assurance, and regulatory compliance throughout the project lifecycle are integral to the position.
This position reports to the Director of E&C Preconstruction or another management personnel designated by the President of the Company. This position is in Irvine, CA, with standard working hours from Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time. Overtime and weekend working hours may be necessary as required. This position entails an expected travel commitment of up to 30%.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead the planning, design, and execution of utility-scale solar and energy storage projects, ensuring precision and adherence to industry standards.
  • Manage construction projects of solar and energy storage sites of 150MW or more, with a deep understanding of critical equipment such as power inverters, battery racks, and BMS systems, along with voltage-specific requirements.
  • Manage E&C team activities for preconstruction, construction, startup, and commissioning phases, including scopes of work (SOW), project estimates, engineering design, technical due diligence, permitting activities, and milestone advancement, providing strategic and administrative leadership.
  • Act as the primary liaison for all project stakeholders, maintaining transparent and solution-focused communication and collaboration, leading project meetings, providing technical explanations, addressing project risks, facilitating feedback, and delivering financial updates.
  • Prioritize resources and make decisions based on a profound understanding of project, financial, and milestone objectives.
  • Proactively manage project-related risks, ensuring the highest safety and regulatory compliance levels throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning within the team, identifying professional development opportunities and mentoring team members to enhance their skills and capabilities.
  • Manage subcontractors and equipment supplier obligations, working closely with Procurement, including contract negotiations, tracking deliverables, schedules, cash flow, change orders, and dispute resolution when necessary.
  • Coordinate, review, contribute to, and participate in detailed engineering project design reviews focused on voltage-specific and equipment-related aspects, including electrical energy assessment, to ensure compliance with all standards, regulations, and requirements.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in strategic contract and financial management for sourcing, contract negotiations, and budget management.
  • Collaborate with safety, QA/QC, and environmental teams to integrate their goals and requirements, promoting a culture of continuous improvement across these functions.
  • Enforce safety standards and protocols to ensure a safe working environment for all team members.
  • Manage QA/QC requirements rigorously to ensure the highest standards of work quality on all projects.
  • Coordinate activities, schedules, material procurement, project logistics, and temporary facility plans with the project manager and field staff.
  • Review and approve materials/equipment for Electrical/Mechanical/Structural systems.
  • Employ exceptional skills in working with and overseeing subcontractors to ensure they complete work to specification, on time, and within budget.
  • Scrutinize contracts and technical documents, emphasize electrical codes and equipment standards for large-scale BESS sites, substations, and transmission lines.
  • Assist in developing estimates for substations, transmission lines, PV, and BESS projects, including cost identification and tracking.
  • Prepare cost reports indicating estimated costs, revenues, and project timelines.
  • Adhere to the company's attendance policy as an essential job duty requirement.
  • Undertake other duties and special projects the Director of Core Projects assigns.
  • Collaborate with an international team of specialists and actively participate in project development.
  • Travel to project sites and meetings as necessary, with an expected travel requirement of up to 30% of working time.

Technical Expertise
  • Manage utility-scale battery energy storage systems, solar, substations, and transmission lines with demonstrated experience.
  • Possess a deep understanding of energy markets, interconnection procedures, and regulatory compliance.
  • Exhibit comprehensive knowledge of the technologies employed in high-voltage battery energy storage systems, solar farms, transmission lines, and substations.
  • Lead the development, design, and execution of construction projects involving substations (69kV-500kV), BESS (40MW+), and solar PV (50MW+) projects.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the installation of battery modules (LG, Samsung, CATL), power conversion systems (PCS) (SMA, Siemens, Power Electronics), medium voltage transformers, primary step-up transformers, GIS switchgear, STATCOMs, all with varying voltage ratings (69kV-500kV).
  • Manage the Balance of Plant (BoP), encompassing all peripheral systems and components, including HVAC, fire suppression, grounding systems, electrical cabling, power transformers, auxiliary transformers, transmission lines, circuit breakers, switchgear, surge arresters, and electrical busbars.
  • Lead the process for substations, large-scale BESS, and PV sites, ensuring system integrity, safety, and compliance with all relevant government and local codes.
  • Coordinate and execute Operational Acceptance Tests (OAT), Start-Up procedures, and Functional Acceptance Tests (FAT).
  • Ensure strict adherence to relevant standards and electrical codes such as IBC, NFPA 855 2020, CEC, CFC, IEEE, NABCP, NEMA, NEC, NESC, OSHA, and UL on all projects.
  • Possess a strong understanding of SCADA systems for monitoring and controlling energy systems.
  • Preferably have experience in power system analysis, distribution, fault calculations, protection coordination, and arc flash studies.
  • Monitor project costs and forecasts, providing regular reports to upper management.
  • Excel in developing and reviewing project schedules, cost estimates, bills of materials (BOM), budgets, scopes of work (SOW), and project standards.

Leadership & Coordination
  • Inspire and guide teams while possessing excellent problem-solving skills and a proven track record of successfully executing complex utility-scale projects.
  • Exhibit exceptional Leadership and management skills, with the ability to direct multiple teams across various projects.
  • Develop and implement strategic goals that align with the company's vision.
  • Manage a team of Assistant Project Managers and Construction Managers.
  • Actively support and mentor team members to enhance team performance, fostering a culture of continuous learning and professional growth.
  • Identify training opportunities and facilitate knowledge-sharing sessions.
  • Oversee the planning, execution, and delivery of large-scale projects, ensuring they are completed on time and within budget.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for all project stakeholders, including equipment suppliers and regulatory bodies, ensuring clear communication and effective relationship management.
  • Proactively identify, assess, and mitigate risks associated with complex utility-scale projects, prioritizing safety, and compliance at all stages.
  • Manage and nurture relationships with subcontractors, vendors, consultants, and partners.
  • Implement and advocate for continuous improvement strategies tailored to the intricacies of construction projects.
  • Collaborate with Project Managers, Procurement, Engineering, Safety, QA/QC, Logistics, Suppliers, and other team members to ensure seamless project execution.
  • Prepare reports and communicate progress to Leadership as required and provide updates to project Owners during weekly meetings.

Software & Technical Skills
  • Master project management software and can oversee its organizational implementation for planning, documenting, and executing projects, including but not limited to MS Office Suite, ProCore, Estimation Software, Microsoft Project, Primavera P6, AutoCAD, and more.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or a related engineering science and an MBA is preferred with a minimum of 8 years of experience OR
  • Possess a minimum of 15 years of experience managing high voltage substations, PV, BESS projects, or similar significantly complicated capital projects, with a proven track record of successfully completing projects. A minimum of 5 years of PV or BESS project experience is preferred.
  • Hold relevant industry certifications or licenses, such as PMP or Professional Engineer (PE) license, which would be highly desirable.
  • Have independently overseen multi-million-dollar projects.
  • Exhibit a proven ability to lead and mentor diverse project teams.
  • Preferably, have international experience, including time spent abroad.
  • Be assertive, adaptable to dynamic environments, a team player, and willing to travel.
  • Showcase a demonstrated ability in project management, including development, planning, installation, and execution.
  • Possess experience in permitting processes with local authorities.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; proficiency in other languages is a plus.
  • Exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be assertive, capable of handling pressure, and a team player.
  • Travel up to 30% as needed
The anticipated starting pay range of this position, which is to be located Remote is $150, 000 - $180, 000 base salary per year.