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Project Manager, Solar

Charlottesville VA


Founded in 2009, Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company focused on bringing utility-scale generation facilities to market, from site origination and financing to turnkey construction and long-term asset management. With a team of over 200 professionals and the nation’s largest renewable energy project portfolio, Apex is a leader in the transition to a clean energy future. For more information, visit

Apex aims to excel in every phase of project realization, from origination and financing to construction and asset management. Our mission-driven team seeks determined, resolute individuals who strive to innovate and go above the call of duty, and who will relentlessly do their part to help accelerate the shift to America’s clean energy future.

Apex Clean Energy, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.



The Project Manager, Solar will be responsible for the development, planning, and execution of utility-scale solar PV projects ranging in size between 10MWac and 300MWac. Reporting to the Director of Solar Project Management, and in collaboration with the development, business management, and several other functional departments, the Project Manager will provide immediate project management leadership of multiple solar projects by establishing and monitoring performance metrics, project schedules, risk profiles, and cost performance of the projects in accordance with company systems and practices. This is an exciting opportunity to continue to elevate Apex’s reputation a leader within the solar industry, amplify project efforts, and help realize projects.

In this position, you will manage multiple solar projects with competing deadlines and resources. Our ideal candidate will have extensive experience managing contract requirements, client relations, project deliverable requirements, as well as establishing and monitoring performance metrics, project schedules, risk profiles, and cost-performances. The candidate for this position should be collaborative and capable of working in a fast-paced environment and should be familiar with project management techniques and software such as cost systems, MS-Project, and Primavera.

The right candidate will be a hands-on, hard-working team player who can jump in and support projects from a variety of angles. This position requires equally excellent communication and technical skills as well as the ability to work well under pressure, multitask, and be flexible about shifting priorities. A passion for renewable energy is a must.


Hours: Full Time

Department: Project Management

Travel: 20-30%



Manage the development, planning, and execution of operational utility-scale solar projects according to design requirements within established timeframe.

Manage contract requirements, client relations, and project deliverables.

Manage overall project budget and expenses for delivering profit margins at or above expectations while also balancing project quality.

Establish and monitor performance metrics, project schedules, risk profiles, and cost performance of the project in accordance with company systems.

Manage all aspects of the project including the planning/reporting process, management of third-party vendors and contracts, meeting external standards and certification requirements, as well as detailed field logistics.

Manage third party integrator and main supplier through engineering, construction and into initial operation.

Provide steady and reliable communication throughout project lifecycle while also managing complicated schedules, budgets, people, risks, and other resources.

Engage with and foster relationships with the various internal and external project stakeholders as Apex’s primary contact for the project duration.

Create and foster continuous improvement between internal teams, utilizing tools and following company process where directed.

Lead recurring project management meetings to effectively communicate project progress and expectations to all stakeholders in a timely and clear manner.

Support periodic project updates and reporting to senior managers through preparation of project status and budget reports.

Lead on-time material and subcontractor procurement for each project per Apex’s standards giving special attention to safety, value, and quality.

Develop, maintain and ensure consistent best practices for jobsite safety, quality, and subcontractor management.

Ensure high work quality and safe work practices at all times during the projects.

Drive compliance with all internal company policies and procedures.



Bachelor’s degree required; construction management or engineering preferred.

Advanced degree, MBA, and/or PMP Certification preferred

Minimum 5 years of engineering, construction and/or technical project management experience.

Familiarity with utility scale solar field construction and solar project development. Demonstrated track record of success in utility-scale solar project management, preferred.

Working knowledge of engineering design, procurement, and construction practices and procedures.

Experience with EPC contracts from ground up, resulting in profitable construction projects.

Demonstrated success in working on multiple concurrent projects.

Ability to prepare detailed documentation in support of project activities in document or presentation form.

Working knowledge of the standardized project management processes and tools.

Working knowledge of project scheduling concepts, techniques, and software such as MS-Project and or Primavera.

Strong attention to detail with a high level of integrity and organizational capacity to manage multiple projects.

Strong track record of successful collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

Creative problem-solving skills matched with strength in executing under pressure and with continuous change.

A proven ability to provide efficient, timely, and reliable service to internal and external stakeholders.

Self-motivated with proven ability to take ownership, initiative, and accountability.

Advanced knowledge of safety and relevant OSHA requirements and regulations.

Tangible experience managing projects to achieve positive cash flow. Understanding of financial models and management of budgeting cash flow. Experience with project accounting and project management software systems.

Must possess strong quantitative analysis and critical thinking skills.

Excellent computer skills and familiarity with MS Office and Windows.

Willingness to travel 20-30%.

Employee is frequently required to walk in fields and other uneven terrain. The employee is also occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Able to work from our headquarters in Charlottesville, VA or our satellite office near Minneapolis, MN.



Posted June 23, 2020

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