Senior Development Manager- Steelhead Job at Vestas, Chicago, IL

  • Vestas
  • Chicago, IL

Job Description

The Senior Development Manager shall be responsible for developing the execution of a portfolio of projects under their assignment. Responsibilities consist of directing or executing work to complete 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..

Location: Remote within the US and travel 30-45%


Management, Communication and Reporting:

  • Guide a team of developers on delivering necessary tasks to keep a portfolio of projects maturing through the pipeline
  • Monitor and submit / present status report(s) to maintain 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 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 solid 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 implications, interconnection applications and studies

Development and Project Management:

  • Execute, support or supervise 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.
  • Monitor the progress and metrics for Land Agent status. Liaise between Land Agent and internal or external counsel on contract requests while maintaining marketable terms.
  • Lead 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 and federal permitting processes.
  • Supervise (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.

Business Development

  • Coordinate real estate due diligence, review materials and provide 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 delivering attractive growth opportunities, including develop investments, acquisition and 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 preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years' experience handling project management energy related projects and supervisory experience preferred.
  • Has significant 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 significant 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 leading projects through financial close at Notice to Proceed (NTP) and Commercial Operation Date (COD).
  • Senior level working knowledge of environmental sensitivities, development opportunities, 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 fast-paced work environment
  • Tenacious and creative problem-solver who is excited to assess, solve, communicate and implement strategic solutions to complex, multifaceted challenges
  • Strong negotiating and problem-solving skills with emphasis on attention to detail.
  • Has a significant network of relationships among key stakeholders in the market / industry.
  • Has a high attention to detail and effective communication skills.
  • Understands financial models, risks, rewards, and what provides value in greenfield projects / acquisition opportunities.
  • Has in-depth know how in developing, negotiating, and administering complex project agreements.
  • Can be an effective spokesperson and public representative for Vestas Americas.
  • Experience of project structuring including tax and accounting requirements.
  • Willing to travel regularly within US and Canada (expected 30-45%)


  • 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 organise a cross-functional team
  • Ability to travel to job sites as needed

We offer an exciting position with great professional development opportunities in an inspiring environment at the world's number one wind turbine producer. We value initiative, responsibility, and accuracy. You will become part of an international environment with a commitment to sustainability and safety and you will work among colleagues that take care of each other.

  • Attractive salary and one of the most comprehensive benefits plans in the industry
  • Great benefits coverage that includes dental and vision
  • Generous Paid Time Off policies
  • Great 401(k) plan (with employer match)
  • Tuition assistance

Annual Salary Range: $155,000 USD -175,000 USD

Anticipated End of Application Date: May 10th, 2024

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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 173 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.

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