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Vestas Factory

Sr. Manager, Project Developer 
US, Portland | Management | Full-Time | ID: 12629



As the global leader in sustainable energy solutions, we're always looking for new talented colleagues to help us solving one of the most important global challenges of our time - ensuring a more sustainable future.


The Department: Steelhead Americas - Vestas development arm for North America, is now looking for a Sr. Project Developer to join our team. Steelhead works with partners and its own pipeline of projects to expand Vestas US business in the renewable energy space, primarily in wind with growth in solar and storage.


The Senior Project Developer shall be responsible for the execution of a portfolio of projects under their assignment. Responsibilities consist of supervising and completing all activities associated with project development as well as providing oversight to the Business Development and Finance team with prospect review and due diligence for new opportunities in the North American market.



Development and Project Management:

  • Carry out or handle land acquisition campaigns, including identification of landowners, initiating contact, and negotiating land contracts, including but not limited to, energy leases, purchase and sale contracts, collection and transmission lines easement, access roads, and right of way easements.
  • Maintain existing landowner communications with project update phone calls and letters, newsletters, project update meetings, and presentations.
  • Handle the progress and metrics for Land Agent status. Liaise between Land Agent and internal or external counsel on contract requests while maintaining marketable terms.
  • Coordinate and facilitate communications and negotiations with external stakeholders, including but not limited to contractors, community members, permit agencies, utilities and other stakeholders including oversight of local, state, or federal permitting processes.
  • Coordinate (contract, engage, and discontinue, as necessary) consultants - including but not limited to environmental, engineering, aviation, biological consultants on the projects.
  • Negotiate key project agreements such as Road Use Agreements, Conditional Use Permits, and Tax Abatements
  • Facilitate contracting for pre-construction activities such as preliminary geotechnical engineering, preliminary engineering.


Management, Communication, and Reporting:

  • Monitor and submit / present status report(s) to maintain an up-to-date summary of project activities including preparation of co-development leadership for upcoming major decisions and mitigations.
  • Articulate risks associated with projects while maintaining development budget and schedule and anticipating upcoming major decisions.
  • Facilitate internal approval process, including providing subject matter expertise and major decision recommendations
  • Participate in regular development partnership meetings
  • Inform and collaborate with the co-development steering committee on a regular basis
  • Liaise with all internal stakeholders as required to gain sign off and approval at appropriate milestones
  • Maintain professional working relationships and communication with in-house business development, engineering, wind resource, construction, sales, service, legal and finance.
  • Collaborate with the engineering team and external consultants to evaluate site layouts and constraints, technology options, schedule implications, interconnection applications, and studies


Business Development:

  • Coordinate real estate due diligence, review materials, and provide a risk assessment for acquisition opportunities.
  • Provide perspective on market trends and policy research and analysis of energy technologies and markets to quantify market potential and cultivate new development opportunities.
  • Support Business Development in favorably implementing attractive growth opportunities, including developing investments, acquisition, joint ventures, and eventual project sales
  • Support growth acquisition opportunities with (i) buy-side prospecting and due diligence of developer and project and (ii) sell-side development/sales support.
  • Prospect of investment opportunities and provide valuable support to the diligence process for acquisition opportunities, including evaluating developer capabilities and project level risks
  • Support the Finance and Legal departments during interaction with third parties (tax equity, construction financing, etc.) in order to ensure transaction terms are favorable



  • A Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering, or related discipline with a minimum of 9 years of directly related experience; MBA or related Masters' degree preference.
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience handling project management energy-related projects and supervisory experience preference.



  • Has solid knowledge and capabilities in all the aspects of project development, including key project agreements/contracts, power sales, commercial markets, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), permitting, transmission, fuel supply, project financing, contracts, land acquisition, and financial analysis
  • Has established experience in and understanding of the North American power sector, including legal/regulatory aspects, market environment, competition, stakeholders, counterparties, and other areas that impact growth initiatives.
  • Has a background in completing projects through financial close at Notice to Proceed (NTP) and Commercial Operation Date (COD).
  • Senior level working knowledge of environmental sensitivities, development situations, permitting, and interconnection processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and interface effectively with cross-functional employee groups and external stakeholders
  • Comfortable multi-tasking and prioritizing competing demands in a innovative work environment
  • Tenacious and creative problem-solver who is excited to assess, solve, communicate and implement strategic solutions to complex, multifaceted opportunities.
  • Solid negotiating and problem-solving skills with emphasis on attention to detail.
  • Has a strong network of relationships among key stakeholders in the market/industry.
  • Has high attention to detail and effective communication skills.
  • Understands financial models, risks, rewards, and what propels value in greenfield projects/acquisition opportunities.
  • Has in-depth knowledge in developing, negotiating, and completing complex project agreements.
  • Can be an effective spokesperson and public representative for Vestas Americas.
  • Experience in project structuring including tax and accounting requirements.


Additional Information: This position is in Portland, OR or Remote. Expected travel is 25%-50%.


What we offer:

As a member of the Vestas team, we offer an attractive salary and one of the most comprehensive benefits plans in the industry.  Among the many amenities we offer: healthcare; dental; vision; vacation and sick time; generous 401(k) plan; tuition assistance; and much more. 


It is the policy of Vestas to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to age, race, religion, color, gender, or national origin, and to afford equal opportunity to veterans and individuals with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, provincial, or local law. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application or interview process should notify a representative within the People & Culture department.



About Vestas

Vestas is proud to be the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and we have installed more wind power than anyone else. 

Vestas strives to be the most inclusive workplace in the sustainable energy industry and ensure equal opportunities for everyone regardless of the social identity. We are stronger as a company not despite our differences, but because of them, both professionally and personally. Beyond a diverse workforce, we want to ensure that all of our employees are included and actively contributing to Vestas’ success and innovation. Only then can we become the global leader in sustainable energy solutions and ensure sustainability in everything we do. 

At Vestas, we offer global opportunities for people with growth mindsets and the desire to make a shared and positive impact. We work in the true spirit of our corporate values: accountability, simplicity, collaboration, and passion. We expect everyone to live up to these in their day to day work – no matter what you do and where you are in the organisation.

Learn more about Vestas at www.vestas.com and follow us on our social media channels.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon