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Senior Wind Consultant

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Seattle, Boston, Houston USA
United States

Org Marketing Statement
DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of nearly 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management, and verification. As an objective and impartial knowledge-based company, we advise and support organizations along the energy value chain: producers, suppliers & end-users of energy; equipment manufacturers; as well as government bodies, corporations, and non-governmental organizations. DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is part of DNV, a global provider of services for managing risk with more than 10,000 employees in over 100 countries. For more information, visit www.dnvkema.com.

Department Marketing Statement
DNV KEMA’s wind energy group provides analysis, design, testing, and management services to a wide range of clients including developers, utilities, operators, suppliers, land owners, investors, and government agencies. Our experience includes both utility-scale and small-scale applications of wind energy technologies. Our consulting team has worked on wind projects in more than 40 U.S. states and 30 countries. DNV KEMA is a leader in providing technical services to the wind industry and our staff has conducted direct work on wind projects representing more than half of the new installed wind energy capacity in the United States. We combine technical expertise, managerial capabilities and common-sense with financial and business knowledge to provide comprehensive consulting services that help clients meet their objectives. Additional information regarding our service offerings can be found online at http://www.dnv.com/windenergy

Major Duties
The Senior Wind Consultant supports DNV KEMA’s clients in Due Diligence and Owner’s Engineering services, with a focus on technical consulting for evaluating acquisitions of, or investments in, utility-scale wind power projects.

Primary duties include business development; project management; critical review of technical reports, contracts, agreements, and financial models; risk assessment and mitigation, and other services that support project developers, investors, and owners in technical decision making. The position requires substantial coordination of work with other groups internal to DNV KEMA, the ability to independently assess the work of others, and an aptitude for building solid client relationships and fostering business growth. Activities will include writing reports, discussing report findings with owners and lenders, and giving presentations to clients and potential clients.

EEO M/F/V/H

Responsibilities
• Engage with clients and client prospects to promote DNV KEMA’s profile in the wind power project due diligence and owner’s engineering space
• Work collaboratively within DNV KEMA, developing input and coordinating input from other team members
• Support the development of recommended practices addressing such areas as turbine performance and service life optimization, data collection and usage plans, and condition monitoring services
• Build and develop client relationships
• Provide timely client communications
• Present, and in some cases defend, findings to clients
• Participate in and contribute to industry events
• Prepare proposals to address client needs
• Manage project costs and schedule
• Share knowledge and best practice across DNV KEMA units
• Evaluate feasibility of projects from a variety of perspectives (for example, location, wind resource, turbine selection, turbine layout, and cost)
• Assess technical risk in commercial contracts
• Evaluate financial models, including basis and reasonableness of key inputs
• Visit and evaluate operating and proposed wind power facilities
• Effectively communicate with clients on the impacts of various risks
• Develop and implement turbine supply agreement (TSA) and/or operation and maintenance agreement (OMA) request for proposals and evaluate bidder responses
• Assist clients in TSA and OMA acquisition strategy and negotiations
• Support construction monitoring and audit services
• Support clients in end of service contract phase strategy and planning, including financial modeling and risk assessment

Qualifications
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s degree required in Engineering or other relevant discipline – relevant work experience may substitute. Master’s degree preferred.
• MBA a plus but not a requirement
• Six Sigma or equivalent training is a plus but not a requirement
• At least six years of relevant work experience, including direct experience in wind project development, feasibility assessment, or due diligence to support further project development, financing, mergers/acquisitions, or direct investment.
• Wind energy experience is required.
• Consulting experience, or experience managing the work of consultants, is preferred.

DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Existing strong network within the North American wind industry, particularly with project sponsors, lenders, and investors.
• Ability to manage multiple deadlines and switch tasks quickly while keeping affected parties informed of impacts of such changes.
• Ability to thrive in an environment with continuously shifting priorities and incoming requests (i.e. flexible and adaptable on a very short time-scale basis)
• Ability to combine assessments of various risk elements of a wind power project into a holistic appraisal of the overall risk profile relevant to a potential participant based on their role
• Ability to read, understand and critically review:
• Commercial agreements
• Wind resource assessment reports
• Documentation related to turbine technology
• Other technical reports associated with wind power projects
• Ability to learn quickly and multi-task effectively
• Self-motivated, with excellent attention to detail
• Ability to work effectively and professionally with diverse people – clients, vendors, and co-workers
• Ability to build and maintain relationships with clients, including ability to work collaboratively with clients in dynamic environments
• Excellent technical and/or client-oriented writing and communication skills
• Excellent verbal communication skills
• Proficiency in MS Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, etc.)
• Accountable for individual tasks and projects while also able to work well in a team environment
• Valid driver’s license
• Interest in and ability to travel for periods of up to one to two weeks at a time, domestically or internationally

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Normal office environment with moderate noise levels, occasional lifting of up to 25 lbs., regular walking, sitting, bending, twisting, standing and reaching.
• Ability to perform consistent work on a PC.
• Physical ability to safely climb towers up to 350 feet in height and work at heights and in confined spaces.
• Regular (typically less than 25% of work time) domestic and international travel to client sites and offices required. Occasional travel to conferences and company meetings.

Conditions of Employment
Background check, drug screen

Location

Seattle, Boston, Houston USA
United States