Careers

Careers
SolarReserve is a leading global developer, owner and operator of utility-scale solar power projects, with more than $1.8 billion of projects in operation worldwide. The company has commercialized its proprietary ThermaVault™ advanced solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage that delivers renewable energy that is dispatchable 24/7. The technology is now one of the world’s leading energy storage technologies, and allows solar energy to operate like traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation, except the fuel is the sun which means zero emissions, zero hazardous waste, and zero dependence on fuel price volatility. Our global headquarters is located in Santa Monica, California with international offices in Dubai, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Perth and Santiago. We will be opening our Australian headquarters in Adelaide by the end of 2017.

SolarReserve is looking for talented people that share our passion for protecting our planet and providing a healthy and secure future for generations to come. We offer our employees the opportunity to grow with us, competitive pay and benefits in a diverse, innovative and entrepreneurial culture.

OPEN POSITIONS

Australia
Compliance and Document Manager

SolarReserve seeks a Compliance and Document Manager to oversee Industry Participation Plan (IPP) compliance, perform analysis, data gathering, provide data analysis and reporting for the Aurora Project. The role will work closely with all departments within SolarReserve. 

TITLE

Compliance and Document Manager

LOCATION

Adelaide, South Australia

DEPARTMENT

Development

REPORTS TO

Director of Development

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include document management, and contractual compliance reporting requirements under the various project agreements including the State and Federal Governments Industry Participation Plans. 

Compliance
The successful candidate will collate and prepare spreadsheets and reports as required to manage compliance of SolarReserve’s reporting requirements under the various project contracts.

Document Management
The successful candidate will utilise SolarReserve’s preferred document management platform (Dropbox and SharePoint) to log, manage, and process all documentation through the company’s document control system. The role will also develop procedures to ensure that all internal and external users properly use the system; develop written procedures detailing all documentation; daily management and maintenance of the document control system; and compile back up information to process invoices, RFI’s, submittals, and drawings.

The role will require the successful candidate to:

  • Review and identify reporting requirements under the various project contracts including State and Federal Industry Participation Plans
  • Collate information and prepare spreadsheets and reports to fulfil any reporting obligations
  • Perform analysis, data gathering, provide data analysis and reporting for the Aurora Project as required
  • Manage Document Control and Governance as well as Records Management Processes, with a primary focus on consistency of document control and records management
  • Author, change and update governance and retention procedures as applicable
  • Administer data/document management applications
  • Develop a comprehensive taxonomy for organizing information resources based on business goals and requirements from stakeholders including the creation of document databases and filing systems as appropriate
  • Prepare a long-term plan for categorizing, indexing and archiving all content and information resources, whether they be generated in-house or derived from third-party agents
  • Process various document types, historical and current, through all procedural steps in accordance with well-defined procedures and guidelines
  • Ensure that pre-established document control requirements (e.g., which document numbering system will be used; how many and which signatures will be required for certain approvals, etc.) are satisfactorily met throughout the duration of the project
  • Receive, track, and monitor documents using standard document management programs to register documents, maintain databases, and produce logs, transmittals, and other reports as required
  • Enter data and produce reports using standard office automation or department-specific computer applications
  • Maintain weekly status reporting of ongoing projects
  • Initiate and reply to routine correspondence related to area of responsibility
  • Work with other staff members as needed to develop and improve services
  • Respond to changing technology environment and participate in decision making activities relating to customers' needs
  • Provide assistance to users in capturing and locating electronic information
  • Serve as liaison between field personnel and project owner
  • Maintain an accurate file system of all construction drawings, RFI’s, submittals and other documentation and ensure that the most current revision is maintained and updated on a regular basis
  • Responsible for assisting in general administrative tasks such as file conversions, scan, copy, filing, organizing, collating, mailing, and expediting information as needed
  • Assist the project team with setup and maintenance of the site status database, assuring timely status as each part progresses through the construction process
  • Work within precise limits and standards of accuracy
  • Other duties as assigned

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

  • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office Suite programs including: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Excel, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Knowledge of management of project pages, menu titles, drop-down menus, hotspots and more
    Ability to quickly learn how to create structures and metadata, link content to source files, and create web-parts
  • Exceptional attention to detail with commitment to fostering a culture of compliance
    Highly organized and thorough individual who can apply strong task prioritization, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work proficiently, executing tasks on time
  • Solid communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels of the organization both orally and in writing
  • Strong collaboration skills – excellent team player
  • Desire and ability to get things done, whatever it takes
  • Self-directed – excellent ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to successfully interact with colleagues from various functional areas in a fast-paced environment; be able to transition between a lead and support roles driven by the business
  • Highly organized multi-tasker
  • Fluent in English

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s Degree and/or equivalent experience (five to seven years’ experience) in Document Controls/Document Management

EXPERIENCE

At least 5 (five) years of experience (engineering or construction industries) with relevant data analytics and SharePoint experience

TO APPLY

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: careers@solarreserve.com

Please reference Requisition code: CMAUS10 in the subject line.

Contracts Manager

The Contracts Manager will oversee, manage and support the contract management functions for the Aurora Project by executing on the deliverables contained within host agreements, utility contracts, services agreements, and equipment vendor contracts. This role will advise on the software platform to manage the program, develop the processes and procedures to identify the responsible parties to create the work product to satisfy the contract obligations and track deliverables. The candidate is required to be proactive in identifying the potential contractual issues and conflicts and advise the project team on how to best address these issues proactively to achieve the project objectives.

This person will work closely with all departments within SolarReserve. As SolarReserve grows, the Contracts Compliance oversight will need to be able to scale as our portfolio becomes increasingly diverse. Good candidates will be able to think through how to deliver short term goals, while building processes that will scale. The right individual will be nimble and responsive to our ever evolving and exciting environment. You will be shaping a core function within the company.

TITLE

Contracts Manager

LOCATION

Adelaide, South Australia

DEPARTMENT

Development

REPORTS TO

Director of Development

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include procurement and contract management activities, negotiating contract terms and conditions, and managing development and production contracts throughout the life cycle of the project.

  • Lead contract compliance efforts throughout the project lifecycle from development through operations and maintenance
  • Develop and implement contract management processes for the EPC and other types of construction contracts
  • Oversees required regulatory compliance filings and reports, including all appropriate documentation. Also supports the preparation of Company management reports and responds to data requests.
  • Supports regulatory proceedings, initiatives and inquiries related to the ongoing relationships between the Company and other power generators.
  • Be proactive in risk management and conflict resolution to resolve the claims before they result in arbitration
  • Serve as a Contractual Compliance liaison across the organization (Operations, Construction, Development, Finance, and Legal) to ensure obligations are maintained
  • Responsible for providing the analytical support to ensure contract compliance and to resolve contractual disputes.
  • Advise the project teams in review and analysis of the claims including contractual entitlement, cost impact, and schedule impact
  • Manage/assist compliance with other project agreements (e.g., power purchase agreement, loan agreement)
  • Advise in writing and responding to contractual letters
  • Provide advice and legal interpretation of contract terms and conditions and identify risk and potential liabilities.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with contracting officers of the Australian government, prime contractors, and other related organizations.
  • Ensure that risks are assessed on potential projects, managed on contracts and reported.
  • Prepare accurate and timely reports; prepare statistical contract data as required.
  • Maintains contractual historical data; enters contract data into databases as needed.
  • Sets-up contracts and issues charge numbers in system as needed.
  • Work with legal counsel to author Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), letters of intent (LOIs) and EPC agreements, as well as comparing and contrasting EPC and SolarReserve positions on contract terms
  • Ensure alignment of project objectives, finances, scope of work, and risk with company objectives. Evaluates and advises team based on risk.
  • Conduct internal due diligence of contractual representations and warranties, in-house legal opinions, and officer certifications
  • Lead various EPC negotiations. Direct and coordinates timely review of term sheets, exhibits, warranties, guarantees, and other agreement documents to meet deal closing deadlines and schedules. Lead the project execution teams to ensure the deal negotiations and contractual requirements are “flowed-down” and properly adhered to.
  • Ensure deal team members understand the contract terms such as warranties, deliverables, tax, accounting, revenue recognition, permitting, bonuses, damages, costs, and schedule.
  • Work closely with inside and outside counsel to ensure proper contracting terms and conditions are employed.
  • Coordinate risk management reviews of draft agreements.
  • Management of concessions and incentives available for Solar Power Projects
  • Coordination and issuance of Way Bills/ Road Permits, for movement of materials
  • Implementation of effective inventory management system
  • Manage Bank Guarantees, getting Letter of Credits established as per Contracts terms
  • Work with Finance to ensure adherence to broader finance and risk requirements such as revenue recognition, Audit etc.
  • Management of Contract Change Order Procedure, by identifying changes, quantifying commercial impacts, defining approval requirements, and preparation of variation orders or amendments to the contract
  • Ensure contract close-out, extension or renewal
  • Oversee contract administration post-execution
  • Other duties as assigned

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

  • · Exceptional attention to detail with commitment to fostering a culture of compliance
  • Strong written communications skills with procedure writing experience
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with ability to effectively communicate complex requirements
  • Highly organized and thorough individual who can apply strong task prioritization, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work proficiently, executing tasks on time.
  • Ability to learn quickly, fill knowledge gaps, and innovate
  • Flexible, self-motivated and self directed, high-functioning team player
  • Project scheduling and quantum expertise is a plus
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong ethics, influence and negotiation, leadership, initiative, and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to effectively multi-task and enthusiastically engage in continuous learning.
  • Strong leadership, communication, presentation, and negotiating skills to build consensus with stakeholders to develop and maintain partnerships with support organizations and senior management
  • In-depth understanding of the operating rules and regulatory requirements of Australia energy markets.
  • Desire and ability to get things done, whatever it takes
  • Ability to successfully interact with colleagues from various functional areas in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to understand and weigh risks and remedies detailed in EPC contracts
  • Ability to communicate complicated legal concepts in a concise manner
  • Strong reading, writing, and presentation skills
  • Work successfully in a team and cross-functional environment, being able to transition between a lead and support roles driven by the business
  • Detailed knowledge of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), operating and maintenance

EDUCATION

  • 5-10 years of experience in project and contracts management including management of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, project management, contract settlements, contract origination, and/or contract management; energy sector experience preferred
  • Experience coordinating deal team and senior attorneys and managing various aspects of transactions from project kick-off through closing, and actively maintaining involvement in the transaction during the post-closing period
  • Demonstrated experience participating in deal negotiations, execution and post-execution periods of a wide array of transactions, including EPC, operating and maintenance, purchase and sale, debt financing, joint development and other transactions
  • Prior contract compliance experience including program development and implementation, compliance monitoring, training (5) years related experience in contract management, paralegal, or another relevant field
  • International work experience a plus across a wide and varied audience

TO APPLY

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: careers@solarreserve.com

Please reference Requisition code: CMAUS09 in the subject line.

Engineering Services Manager

The position will focus on ensuring that all projects are technically accurate, thorough, and complete; that all engineering and project management activities are well coordinated and consistent with corporate-led initiatives; that all actions are achieved in a timely fashion. This will involve extensive communication between the SolarReserve team in Australia, technical representatives of our local partners and advisors, and your counterparts the corporate office of SolarReserve in Los Angeles. The professional will provide engineering and project management for multiple projects, supporting them through the development process, assisting in project financing activities, and providing site leadership during pre-construction and construction. The Engineering Services Manager will also support and or lead technical due diligence for project acquisitions and partnering opportunities.  

TITLE

Engineering Services Manager

LOCATION

Adelaide, South Australia

DEPARTMENT

Engineering

REPORTS TO

Director of Development

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include procurement and contract management activities, negotiating contract terms and conditions, and managing development and production contracts throughout the life cycle of the project.

  • Support late stage project development in coordination with project development, engineering and finance teams
  • Negotiation of EPC and critical equipment supply and other project contracts. Assist in negotiation of the O&M agreement
  • Responsible for costing, scheduling and technical aspects associated with project engineering and construction in the context of overall project management activities
  • Manage project-based teams to bring projects through development, construction, commissioning and operations
  • Manage domestic and international Project Management & Construction teams to provide necessary services to internal development, engineering, asset management and finance teams
  • Interact with key external stakeholders including EPC Contractors, critical suppliers, Independent Engineers, debt and equity providers, O&M providers and multiple regulatory agencies.
  • Assist in marketing efforts to enhance SolarReserve’s position as a leading solar power player.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans for the project management and construction group that support the company’s strategic growth and ensures the development and deployment of SolarReserve’s world-class technology
  • Develop and support consistent knowledge sharing and knowledge management with all partners/advisors/counterparts
  • Other projects as needed and assigned

EDUCATION

A bachelor’s degree in engineering is required. An advanced degree is highly desirable

SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to work as a team player within a highly dynamic environment with an exceptional and diverse core team in delivering projects globally on time and on budget
  • Solid knowledge of the various power generation business segments, including engineering and construction, marketing and distribution economics, regulatory environment, project finance, etc.; needs to understand wholesale markets; knowledge of, and exposure to, the broader energy renewable power generation community would be helpful
  • A keen sense of overall business strategies and outstanding analytical capabilities, including quantitative and financial analysis skills
  • Must have drive and passion for the vision of the company; embrace change and is clearly energized by the challenge associated with being an important part of a major evolution for delivering sustainable power generation

EXPERIENCE

  • At least seven years of applicable management and construction experience
  • Five to ten years of successful commercial power generation business development (traditional or renewable power generation) experience; Australian development experience a plus. This experience should include work in the various life-cycle project activities over a variety of appropriate energy infrastructure projects
  • Experience negotiating large scale EPC contracts

TO APPLY

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: careers@solarreserve.com

Please reference Requisition code: EMAUS07 in the subject line.

Project Controller

TITLE

Project Controller

LOCATION

Adelaide, South Australia

DEPARTMENT

Finance & Accounting

REPORTS TO

Corporate Controller

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

The Project Controller/Project Accounting Manager will directly manage the accounting for the Aurora Solar Energy Project.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the accounting operations of Aurora Solar Energy Project.
    • Managing general and cost accounting activities associated with the project
    • Preparing Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual Financial reports to investors, bank, and other stakeholders
    • Month-end/quarterly/annual close
    • Other financial reporting as required by debt covenants
    • Implement internal controls, compliance, and reporting
    • Manage expenditure and treasury approval processes
    • Preparing ad-hoc reports
    • Support the build-out of the accounting department as needed
  • Develop and manage project budgets and cash forecasts
    • Liaise with the Project Manager to develop budgets and verify expenditures are incurred within the approved budgets
    • Prepare cash flow forecast and any other liquidity report as required by management
  • Oversee the accounting management of commercial contracts including
    • Accounting for EPC and other supply agreements
    • Ensure EPC (and subcontractor) compliance
    • Manage construction invoicing and loan draw requests process to ensure vendors invoices are compliant with contract and financing covenants, and that invoices are paid within contracted terms and processes are in accordance with lender, governmental, board, and other required guidelines
    • Billing/reconciliations for electricity sales under the Generation Project Agreement (GPA)
  • Oversee the tax planning and compliance matters
    • Oversee the preparation of the annual tax returns
    • Manage all documentation, application process, audit preparation, and reporting
    • Oversee other tax compliance and planning matters including sales and use tax
  • Oversee the independent audit process
    • Prepare and plan the audit process
    • Ensure proper application of AU accounting pronouncements and industry specific guidelines
    • Manage financial reporting
    • Managing for the overall audit process and interface

SKILLS

  • Highly skilled in Excel, ERP Systems, MS Office, and other accounting related software
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organization and with staff at remote locations
  • Strong problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analysis; high level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation

EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in Accounting or Finance, required
  • Seven to ten years of financial experience; at least five years in a similar role
  • Strong grasp of core financial concepts, with a demonstrated willingness to engage in and address the hands-on operational details as necessary
  • Pre- construction, project financing activity experience

TO APPLY

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: careers@solarreserve.com

Please reference Requisition code: PCAUS08 in the subject line.