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NREL’s Energy Systems and Optimization and Control Group (ESOC) in the Power Systems Engineering Center (PSEC) has an immediate opening for a Project Manager. The successful candidate will provide project management for a portfolio of projects focused on the integration of renewable generation technologies on the electric power system. The candidate will also lead the establishment of NREL’s project strategy and establish trust and influence with customer. He/She will act as NREL’s point-of-contact and is accountable for high-impact project(s). He/She will develop and direct project(s) and provides advice in support of PSEC, NREL, and DOE/customer priorities.

Job duties and responsibilities of the position include: Manages a portfolio of complex projects with high internal and external visibility within the ESOC group in accordance with standard project management fundamentals. Leads full scope of projects. Creates and implements methods for analyzing and collectively managing project(s). Works with ESOC Manager and Principal Investigators to identify resources for projects, develop budgets, develop statements of work, create detailed project schedules, track project milestones, track project deliverables, track project financials, track other project performance metrics, report periodically on project status, and ensure successful project execution. Assists Principal Investigators with subcontract execution with the procurement department. Guides the successful completion of high-impact project(s) that play a major role in advancing NREL’s strategy.

Interacts frequently with internal and external clients, representatives from government and industry partners concerning projects, scheduling requirements, and/or contractual negotiations. Organizes and leads project update and review meetings with project team. Creates and implements project(s) or program(s) control systems and integrates project data for decision makers, identifies project(s) problems and solutions.

Works closely with ESOC group manager and PSEC project managers, Financial Analysts, and Business Development to help secure new funding opportunities with DOE and external clients. Coordinates internal and external teams to respond to, create, review and finalize proposals for new funding opportunities.

Advises and presents project status, plans, objectives, deployment strategies and technical information to internal and external communities. Responsible for negotiations for assigned project(s). Assists in writing letter reports on project status and final reports summarizing project outcomes and impacts. Delivers oral presentations to NREL or DOE management to report on projects progress.

Supports group manager in analyzing the group’s resource allocation, financials and project status. Independently, establishes project and/or program budgets. Manages funding sources, including new projects and deployment activities. Communicates organizational competencies and capabilities to the manager.

Possesses advanced understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices, and standards, advanced knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Anticipates risks and proactively seek corrective actions while continuing to engage stakeholder on resolutions.

Develops solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and innovation. Ensures solutions are consistent with program or project objectives. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment. Balances all project requirements and constraints and prioritize goals holistically.

Represents NREL as the primary contact on project deliverables. Interacts with senior external personnel on significant matters often requiring coordination between organizations


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master’s Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Bachelor’s Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Advanced understanding and application of project management principles, concepts, practices and standards. Advanced knowledge of technical field and related disciplines. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Excellent interpersonal, conflict resolution, teaming and communication skills.

Ability to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with colleagues and management across NREL, stakeholders within DOE as well as external industry customers and partners.

Demonstrated expertise as a team player, with outstanding communication, organization, budgeting, negotiation, and facilitation skills.

Self-driven and ability to lead projects and process improvement with minimal supervision.

Ability to bridge research and development approach with field application on technical and project management aspects.

Possess motivation to grow and learn new areas, process and tools.

Basic understanding on contractual terms and conditions to be able to lead subcontract execution effort with the procurement department.

Uncompromised integrity in professional, business, and interpersonal interactions.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with strong technical background in power systems combined with demonstrated project management experience and working knowledge of scheduling tools such as Microsoft Project. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated history of producing project delivera



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