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Development Manager- Wind Energy

Requisition ID:  30607

Portland, OR, US

Work experience:  Management
Type of position:  Full-Time
Job Family:  Project Portfolio Management

Vestas Factory

LOCATION: REMOTE, Portland, Oregon, Or Chicago, Illinois depending on candidate preference 

General Purpose:

The Development Manager shall be responsible and accountable for execution of all activities associated with project development.  Includes management of greenfield, acquisition and co-development assets.


  • Supervise acquisition of lease, easement and other land agreements via land agent or direct landowner contact
  • Establish and coordinate relationships with stakeholders, including elected officials, regulators, utilities, landowners and community leaders, to support project development
  • Participate in policy outreach efforts to government officials regarding wind industry issues
  • Monitor Generation Interconnection studies performed by transmission providers and third parties
  • Manager the environmental study and permitting process
  • Supervise contracting, progress and deliverables of third-party consultants.
  • Support the financial analysis and modeling of the project
  • Supervise project level expenditures and invoice processing
  • Develop project budgets and schedule highlighting key milestones
  • Work closely and negotiate with commercial counterparties, government entities and other stakeholders on projects/transactions
  • Negotiate and establish local agreements that address tax abatement, road use and decommissioning
  • Expected travel 30 – 50%
  • Present development plans of a regular basis and prepare co-development leadership for upcoming major decisions and mitigations
  • Inform and collaborate with co-development steering committee on a regular basis
  • Liaise with all internal stakeholders as required to gain sign off and approval at appropriate milestones
  • Supervise external consultants, including budget, deliverables and quality control; evaluate proposals from consultants and make recommendations on scopes of work and final selection
  • Maintain professional working relationships and communication with in-house business development, engineering, wind resource, construction, sales, service, legal and finance
  • Collaborate with engineering team and external consultants to evaluate site layouts and constraints, technology options, schedule implication, interconnection applications and studies
  • Update tracking tools for permitting, real estate, and interconnection in order to summarize and communicate status, schedule and associated risk of permitting, real estate, and interconnection deliverables
  • Regular updates to the co-development reporting process
  • Support
  • Prospect of investment opportunities to co-development team
  • Provide valuable support to the diligence process for acquisition opportunities, including evaluating developer capabilities and project level risks


Essential Functions:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite computer skills (Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and SAP)
  • Ability to complete weekly reports
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively with others
  • Ability to interact frequently with others in a professional, courteous manner
  • Able to effectively organize a cross-functional team
  • Ability to travel to job sites as needed


Education, Training, and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, Sales or Marketing. MBA or graduate degree preferred
  • 3 years minimum of work experience in project development, real estate, permitting, regulatory policy or project finance in the U.S. energy/power sector, for example in wind energy development
  • Has experience in and understanding of the North American power sector, including legal / regulatory aspects, market environment, stakeholders, counterparties, and other areas that impact growth initiatives.
  • Has knowledge and capabilities in all the aspects of project development, including power sales, commercial markets, pre-construction, permitting, transmission, project financing, contracts, land acquisition, and financial analysis.
  • Working knowledge of development, project finance, permitting and interconnection processes
  • Experience of project greenfield evaluation and feasibility analysis.
  • Understands financial models, risks, rewards, and what motivates value for portfolio projects, greenfield and acquisition opportunities.
  • Has participated in the development, negotiation, and execution of project agreements.
  • Guiding projects through financial close.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and interface effectively with cross-functional employee groups and external stakeholders
  • Can be an effective spokesperson and public representative for Steelhead and Vestas Americas.
  • Comfortable balancing responsibilities and prioritizing diverse demands in a forward-thinking work environment
  • Motivated and creative problem-solver who is excited to assess, solve, communicate and implement strategic solutions to complex, multifaceted opportunities
  • Has a high attention to detail
  • Experience of project structuring including tax and accounting requirements.
  • Capable of making sound strategic and operational decisions through evaluating data, focusing on customers and commercial awareness.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work overtime as needed
  • Impact- Skilled negotiating and problem-solving skills with emphasis on attention to detail. Supervisory authority or budgetary accountability
  • Communication- High-quality English communications skills (verbal, active listening, written, meeting – with team, stakeholders, all levels, etc.)
  • Innovation- Analysis, evaluation leading to new processes/techniques or knowledge development.

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About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We specialize in designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing wind turbines, both onshore and offshore. 
Across the globe, we have installed more wind power than our competitors in the renewable energy arena. We consider ourselves forerunners within the industry, as Vestas continuously aims to design new solutions and technologies to create a more sustainable future for all of us. With more than 145 GW of wind power installed worldwide and 40+ years of experience in wind energy, Vestas has an unmatched history demonstrating our expertise within the field. 
With 29,000 employees globally, Vestas is a diverse team united by a common goal: to power the solution – today, tomorrow, and far into the future. 
Vestas promotes a diverse workforce which embraces all social identities and is free of any discrimination. We commit to create and sustain an environment that acknowledges and harvests different experiences, skills, and perspectives, and gives everyone equal access to opportunity. 
To learn more about our company and life at Vestas, we invite you to visit our website at and follow us on our social media channels. We also encourage you to join our Talent Universe to receive notifications on new and relevant postings. 

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon