Solar Program Manager - 2104736

Solar Program Manager - #2104736

Location: Ann Arbor & Troy, MI.


Our client is seeking a full time Solar Program Manager to provide overall management oversight on geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing projects for multiple clients within the national solar market. This is an exciting opportunity to make a big impact on our organization managing a fast-growing multi-million dollar client program for our client. The Solar Program Manager will:

 Plan, organize, and administer project execution activities to support the needs of clients on multiple projects.

 Maintain contact with past and present clients to develop leads and maintain relationships

 Coordinate project teams to develop proposal effort, strategy, and budget to deliver winning proposals

 Provide senior review and obtain appropriate technical input for proposal/project execution efforts

 Develop and secure new contracts with new & existing clients

 Manage assigned staff ensuring appropriate resourcing of projects.

Our clients works on a variety of public and private sector projects in the Energy, Infrastructure, Commercial, Education, Industrial and Telecommunications markets. They have an aggressive compensation program which includes salary, annual bonus tied to project profitability, 401(k) program complete with company match, and comprehensive medical/vision/dental benefits at no cost to employees.


• Assesses the solar market sector including opportunities and risks and develops strategies to penetrate the market, identify clients and win projects.

• Works with client staff members to identify, develop, and propose on future work assignments.

• Manages project execution including proposal development, project organization, subcontractor management, scheduling, financial management, health and safety stewardship and quality.

• Effectively uses workflows and processes to secure project resources, complete proposals, develop contracts, maintain project records, monitor project execution, bill clients, and collect receivables.

• Works effectively with Project Managers and technical project support staff to monitor and control projects to achieve financial target metrics for all projects.

• Mentors and coaches project team members and provides constructive feedback on performance.

• Leads project teams to meet or exceed client expectations while meeting industry standard of care.

• Provides supervision of dedicated staff within solar program team. Manages direct reports consisting of Project Managers, project engineers and other field staff.

• Coordinates with Company/Office leadership to monitor project management performance and provide mentoring and career guidance related to project management.

• Nurtures and grows client relationships.


Communicating Effectively

• Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; speaks clearly and persuasively.

• Expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; writes clearly and informatively.

• Listens with genuine interest, encourages discussion; does not monopolize conversations.

• Provides timely & effective communications with team regarding project status and expectations.

• Accepts diversity of opinions; unafraid to let people speak their minds; solicits different views.

Managing and Delivering High Quality Work

• Is solution oriented; strives to solve problems vs. placing blame.

• Anticipates problems and opportunities.

• Prioritizes and plans work activities with minimal supervision.

• Ensures project team produces high quality work products and deliverables.

• Follows internal quality control and risk mitigation protocols.

• Includes appropriate people in decision-making process and knows when to reach out for help from other technical experts.

Demonstrating Leadership

• Teaches, mentors, and encourages growth among project team members.

• Displays a positive attitude; enthusiastic.

• Volunteers readily; Seeks increased responsibilities.

• Handles pressure and multiple demands.

• Is trustworthy and can be counted on to follow through.

• Motivates others to perform well and provides recognition for achieving individual and team goals.

• Decisions balance company profitability, employee needs, and client expectations. Managing and Controlling Costs

• Understands financial management concepts and uses the right tools to manage budgets.

• Effectively prepares scopes and fees for new or additional work with appropriate staffing, rates or billing structure, and target multiplier.

• Uses technology to increase productivity and profitability.

• Takes care of invoicing, scheduling, collections and other financial duties in a timely manner. Managing Project Resources

• Plans and executes project effectively and efficiently using appropriate tools such as project management plans, kickoff meetings, resource planning, schedules, and periodic team project meetings.

• Delegates work assignments appropriately and uses leverage in staffing projects.

• Includes team members in planning.

• Sets expectations, provides direction, and monitors delegated activities.

• Develops achievable and detailed schedules and works with teams to adhere to schedules and deadlines.

• Works well managing teams and willingly works with the appropriate resources regardless of location.

• Provides clear performance expectations and consistent, timely and quality feedback.

• Coordinates with project team for additional resources when needed and uses appropriate leverage. Managing Client Relationships

• Effectively identifies out-of-scope items and eliminates “scope creep” and/or secures amendments and change orders for additional services.

• Effectively communicates and coordinates with client and project stakeholders to keep project on budget and schedule.

• Works closely with clients and others to identify new or add-on project opportunities.

• Meets or exceeds client and stakeholder schedules and deadlines. Health & Safety

• Demonstrates understanding and commitment to risk assessment and the Health and Safety planning hierarchy by conducting risk reviews for high-hazard work at the proposal stage, and budgeting for Health and Safety for each project in the portfolio.

• Demonstrates leadership by conducting management site visits, providing recognition, coaching and mentoring junior staff for effective project safety management, etc.

• Demonstrates commitment to vetting and managing subcontractors for safety success.


-Education: Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Geotechnical or Geological Engineering. Master’s degree in Geotechnical or Geological engineering preferred.

-PE License required

-Experience: 8–10 years of related experience, 5–7 years project management experience and knowledge of applicable laws and regulations required. 3–4 years supervisory/management experience required.

-Certification/Registration: Professional engineering registration required.

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Ann Arbor, MI
Job Type:
Full Time
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