Director of Project Management

  • Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Project Management

Company Description

Apex Clean Energy was founded with a singular focus: to accelerate the shift to clean energy. Through origination, construction, and operation of utility-scale wind, solar, and storage facilities, distributed energy resources, and green fuel technologies, Apex is expanding the renewable frontier across North America. Our mission-driven team of almost 400 professionals uses a data-focused approach and an unrivaled portfolio of projects to create solutions for the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking customers. For more information about how Apex is building the energy company of the future, visit apexcleanenergy.com.

Apex strives to excel in every phase of project realization, from origination and financing to construction and asset management. Our mission-driven team seeks determined, resolute individuals who strive to innovate and go above the call of duty, and who will relentlessly do their part to help accelerate the shift to America’s clean energy future. 

Job Description

Role Overview

Apex Clean Energy is seeking an experienced professional to join our Project Management Team as Director of Project Management and help lead the construction and project management teams responsible for successfully installing and commissioning Apex’s utility-scale renewable energy projects throughout the United States.

Reporting to the Vice President of Project Management, you will help to provide leadership and management for the engineering, procurement, and construction for a portfolio of Apex projects. This includes planning, execution and managing risk to cost, schedule, and quality. You will be responsible for the successful execution of contracted engineering, procurement, and construction scope in the areas of safety, performance, financial metrics, planning, schedule, quality, contractual compliance, and client satisfaction. In addition, the Director is responsible for helping to manage the project teams to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of projects. You will work across multiple technologies including wind, solar, and storage and have direct oversight of all technical and commercial issues on the projects from late-stage development through commercial operation.

Our ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge and experience in the development, engineering, procurement and construction management of multifaceted renewable energy projects and a proven ability to lead, manage, and coach a team of multi-discipline professionals.

Hours/Type: Full Time, Exempt

Department: Project Management

Travel: 20-30%

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage the development, planning, and execution of operational utility-scale renewable energy projects from mid-stage development through engineering, procurement, and construction according to design requirements and within established timeframe and budget.
  • Oversee project managers managing the project EPC contractor and coordinate with project stakeholders to ensure a safe, successful project.
  • Coordinates Project Managers, Site Construction Manager and site team for assigned projects.
  • Manages constructability reviews, risk analysis, and change management.
  • Manages projects using industry standard project management tools.
  • Manage contract requirements, client relations, and project deliverables.
  • Establish and monitor performance metrics, project schedules, risk profiles, and cost performance of the project in accordance with company systems.
  • Engage with and foster relationships with the various internal and external project stakeholders as Apex’s primary contact for the project duration.
  • Lead recurring project management meetings to effectively communicate project progress and expectations to all stakeholders in a timely and clear manner.
  • Support periodic project updates and reporting to senior managers through preparation of project status and budget reports.
  • Assisting the management of and providing support to project team leads to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of projects.
  • Assisting with the management of all administrative, technical, and commercial issues on the projects from late stage development through commercial operation.
  • Implementing standardized scopes of work and RFP processes for the EPC contractor selection process.
  • Vendor/Contractor management including qualification and relationship building and maintenance.
  • Providing decisive resolution of project constraints that result in enhanced financial margins and client satisfaction.
  • Analyzing and reporting health metrics and proposes new metrics based on trends and client feedback as a basis for improvement.
  • Supporting project leads to manage changes and risk on scope, cost, schedule, quality, and safety based on available resources and client requirements.
  • Clearly assigning responsibilities, setting objectives and measuring progress against expected results. Establishes a process to monitor progress against the goal through engagement and feedback

Qualifications

Work Environment

Works primarily traditional office hours in an indoor office environment. Flexible work hours allowed when work duties and business operations permit. Travel will require time on active construction sites which can entail various weather environments. 

 

Success Profile

To succeed as a Director of Project Management at Apex Clean Energy, you’ll need to excel within the following criteria:

  •  A bachelor’s degree or higher in construction science, engineering, or a related field
  • Minimum of 20 years of construction management with at least 5 years’ experience with utility-scale renewable energy projects
  • Technical knowledge of wind power and solar plants. Able to explain key plant design and planning tradeoffs to optimize for cost, performance or schedule
  • Executive level management of contract administration including safety, sub-contract scheduling, personnel, procurement, and contract management
  • Strong customer service orientation, both internal and external
  • Ability to develop performance metrics and measure performance against benchmarks, increase revenues and profit, prudently minimize costs, and improve customer and employee satisfaction and delivery levels
  • Strong leadership capability that encourages others through confidence, integrity, intellect, and perseverance that inspires trust and confidence in team members and external parties
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; equally adept at one-on-one and group communications; a team and business builder who understands and creates an attractive company culture, strong partnerships, credibility, and authenticity at all levels of the company
  • Strong passion for renewable energy
  • Exemplary standards honor, ethics, quality, communication, and productivity
  • A commitment to safety
  • Up to 30% travel required
  • Must be willing to work from our headquarters in Charlottesville, VA
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required upon employment

Additional Information

How You’ll Grow

At Apex Clean Energy, our professional development plans focus on helping people at every level of their career to identify and use their strengths to do their best work every day. From entry-level employees to senior leaders, we believe there’s always room to learn. We offer opportunities to help sharpen skills in addition to hands-on experience in the dynamic, fast-paced renewable energy industry. From on-the-job learning experiences to a robust multi-week onboarding experience to formal development programs, our professionals have a variety of opportunities to continue to grow throughout their career.

What Apex Can Offer You

At Apex Clean Energy, we know that great people make a great company. We value our people and offer employees a broad, best-in-class range of benefits.

  • A mission-driven, energetic environment that supports and encourages our people to do their best work every day.
  • A respect for and celebration of individuality, differences, and uniqueness
  • Collaborative and driven professional workforce committed to supporting your ideas and feedback and accelerating your potential
  • Ongoing support and guidance such as on-the-job learning, hands-on experience, and mentorship
  • Training, strategies, and tools to support your personal and professional growth
  • Team atmosphere of diverse professionals committed to making an impact as an organization
  • Opportunities to volunteer and give back to our local communities
  • Exceptional benefits such as medical and dental; 401(k) with corporate match
  • Base and bonus commensurate with experience
  • Responsible Paid Time Off plus standard company holidays
  • Benefits Offered: comprehensive high-deductible health plans, dental and vision insurance plans, short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance, 401(k) corporate matching, flexible spending arrangements, company paid parking and cell phone, fitness and wellness corporate discounts

Apex Clean Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.