Director, Renewables Engineering (C&I Solar Design)
San Luis Obispo, CA 
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Job Description
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Job Summary

This position is responsible for providing leadership and directing all activities involving the engineering design of distributed and renewable energy projects (e.g. solar, resiliency, microgrid, etc.) in a competitive business environment. Projects may be located across the United States, including Hawaii; and are customer and site specific. This role works closely with the Directors of Project Management, Construction, and Operations to ensure effective implementation of the portfolio project plan with accountability for all engineering activities, including both self-perform and sub-contractor oversight.

The position will lead, organize, and develop the engineering workforce to effectively design projects on-time, on-budget, and exceeding performance requirements and customer expectations. This position will ensure implemented engineering designs comply with all environmental, OSHA, federal, state, and local regulatory standards, codes, and requirements, and will deliver reliable, safe performance to meet contractual requirements and customer expectations. Additionally, the position is responsible for developing and maintaining multi-disciplinary relationships with external engineering companies that support the engineering design output.

The role will lead managerial direct reports in support of deploying engineering designs for an annual portfolio of projects exceeding a capital budget of $100 million.


70%: Lead the engineering department to strategically plan and provide engineering designs and technical support for the delivery of distributed and renewable energy projects

  • Oversee and direct engineering designs from conception to completion

  • Review projects in-depth to schedule design deliverables and estimate costs

  • Oversee engineering activities to monitor compliance with environmental and regulatory standards and Codes

  • Oversee engineering activities to ensure compliance with contractual conditions of performance

  • Coordinate and direct engineering resources, internal and subcontracted, for the purpose of meeting project scope, schedule, and budget

  • Review work progress daily to maintain project schedule

  • Prepare internal and external reports pertaining to project status

  • Proactively prevent problems and resolve emergent issues

  • Analyze, manage, and mitigate risks

  • Define, measure, and achieve key performance indicators (KPI) and department improvement initiatives

  • Collaborate strategically with other departments to identify and implement cost and schedule reduction opportunities

  • Manage project priorities within functional area to maximize profitability and customer satisfaction

30%: Effective leadership, development, and mentoring of staff.

  • Provide coaching, mentoring and leadership to direct reports, department team members and throughout the engineering department.

  • Share tools, learnings, and expertise in a manner consistent with corporate leadership expectations and best practices.

  • Provide training, guidance, and technical support to direct reports and department staff to ensure employee personal and professional growth, and the department's success

  • Work with direct reports to develop personal and business goals

  • Provide employee feedback on performance; develop annual performance evaluations

  • Manage day-to-day performance of employees under functional area

  • Develop employee technical and business skills utilizing personal development planning tools and position team and individuals for growth opportunities and special assignments

Key Skills and Experience Requirements

  • Demonstrated, advanced knowledge of engineering design of distributed and renewable energy projects, specifically solar PV technologies and configurations (ground, canopy, and roof mount) and coupled with battery energy storage

  • Demonstrated experience leading an engineering organization in the design of distributed and renewable energy projects in a competitive business environment

  • Proficiency with solar PV engineering design software packages

  • Strong knowledge of current regulations, standards, and Codes applicable to solar PV design and installation

Required/Basic Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in Engineering
* In addition to required degree, 10 plus years related work experience
* Professional Engineer (PE)

Desired Qualifications

* Masters degree in Engineering or
* Masters degree in Business Administration


Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Leadership experience, including staff management, employee development, and motivation of large teams

  • Proven self-starter, results-oriented, leader within Duke Energy and/or in the renewable energy industry.

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, including ability to conceptualize and implement new approaches to design optimization and utilization of material and technology improvements

  • Position requires strong negotiation, analytical skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong presentation skills, a collaborative approach to recommending process improvements, and staying current on key industry trends

  • Demonstrated effective decision-making skills, including the ability to make decisions and execute with limited information

  • Strong ability in the practice of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting recommendations

  • Ability to deal with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds

  • Demonstrated champion for working safely in an injury free culture

  • Demonstrated ability to implement and lead others through change

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate team members

  • Proven ability to implement programs to address complex needs and problems

  • Competent in conflict and crisis management

  • Excellent time and project management skills

  • Demonstrated analytic, critical thinking, problem solving and financial evaluation skills

Travel Requirements


Relocation Assistance Provided (as applicable)Yes

Represented/Union PositionNo

Visa Sponsored PositionNo

Posting Expiration Date

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

All job postings expire at 12:01 AM on the posting expiration date.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must possess all of the basic/required qualifications.
Duke Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the laws set forth in the Department of Labor EEO Poster and Supplement.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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