Development Associate

Company Name:  Oriden LLC
Location: 

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15212

Description: 

SUMMARY

Oriden, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a renewable energy developer focused on developing both off-site utility-scale and on-site distributed generation solar PV and energy storage projects. The services we provide include project origination and site control, feasibility assessment, grid interconnection, design and engineering, resource assessment, community relations, environmental & technical studies, siting and permitting, PPA origination, equipment procurement, project financing, construction management, ownership, and asset management of renewable energy projects. The team is venture funded by Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a Japanese multinational with operations globally and regional headquarters in Lake Mary, FL. Our solutions meet the clean energy needs for load serving entities, electric cooperatives, corporate end users, community solar customers, and behind-the-meter commercial & industrial customers.

We are seeking an Associate to support the Company’s project development, commercial, and financing activities.  This position will assist with the full prospecting and development of solar PV and energy storage projects sourced through acquisition and/or organic opportunities in target markets of the US.  Key activities will range from excel-based financial modeling of the Company’s renewable energy projects, supporting project development activities including land acquisition and permitting to conceptual design, planning, securing interconnection and commercial offtake opportunities in collaboration with both internal and external team resources.

This position requires a candidate whose education background is focused on energy, engineering, and/or business (finance or accounting) from an accredited college or university. Associate will gain valuable commercial and technical knowledge in the clean energy space, as well as a better understanding of the process to bring a new energy project from inception to commercial operation.  This position will report directly to the Director of Development.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Supporting the Development Manager and Director of Development on all matters related to project development including but not limited to project origination, site control, feasibility assessment, grid interconnection, design and engineering, resource assessment, community relations, environmental & technical studies, siting and permitting, PPA origination, equipment procurement, project financing, and construction.
  • Excel-based financial modeling of the renewable energy projects under development
  • Ensure project-specific financial assessments capture all corresponding development, permitting and operational cost assumptions to support accurate financial modeling
  • Perform sensitivity analysis on financial models to determine key drivers, optimal financial structures, and financial rates of return
  • Compile and maintain auditable support for financial model assumptions, working with internal and external engineering teams
  • Provide and create investment, financing, and other presentations
  • Create and support project development plans to meet Oriden’s objectives and implement the plans to manage projects within time, quality, and budget parameters
  • Create and maintain project updates, schedules, and progress reports; identify risks and possible solutions for discussion with team members
  • Prioritizing, coordinating, reviewing, and tracking development deliverables with internal teams and external consultants.
  • Reviewing and managing project contracts with vendors and consultants.
  • Utilizing internal reporting tools and forms to track timelines and deliverables.
  • Research solar and storage energy markets and competition on an ongoing basis

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EDUCATION

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor of science in energy & sustainability policy, business, or related field from four-year college or university and at least two (2) years of work experience related to energy, finance/accounting, engineering, or project development.

Computer Skills:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must demonstrate advance proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. 

Communication and Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, journals, complex instructions, and memos.  Ability to write detailed reports, procedure manuals or business correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, alliance partners, customers, and other employees of the organization. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in teams and apply integrative skills

Mathematical Skills: Strong mathematical is preferred with ability to work with concepts such as probability and statistical interference as well as apply concepts like proportions, ratios, percentages, etc.

Reasoning Ability:  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.  Ability to quickly understand the basics of a variety of subjects relating to solar energy and storage; including resource studies, environmental studies, transmission issues, public relations, public policy, sales, and engineering. 

Project Management: Competent in the application of standard project-management control tools and techniques including project planning, cost management, risk management, progress measurement, and control / reporting of project information.  Experience managing simultaneous activities under time deadlines. Detail-oriented, resourceful, and able to manage multiple and shifting priorities. Self-starter who can independently complete tasks ahead of schedule.

Demonstrated team player with a ‘can-do’ self-starter attitude, attention to detail, strong work ethic and a drive to deliver results is a must.  Excellent problem-solving skills and quick reaction time in a changing environment.  Flexible, smart, analytical, and personable.  Self-starter who can independently complete tasks ahead of schedule.  Flexibility to travel as required, supporting the US business plan.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT

The physical demands and 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 disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, talk or hear. Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Hearing protection may be recommended and/or required in some areas.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

  • Excellent Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision & 401K Matching)
  • Excellent growth and advancement opportunities
  • Tuition reimbursement and on-the-job training
  • Paid vacation, sick time and holidays
  • Committed to quality product and services
  • Great working environment and culture
  • Employee Appreciation Programs and Events

 

Mitsubishi is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer actively seeking to diversify the workforce and is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. Therefore, all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally recognized protected basis under applicable law, are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh