Friday, September 19, 2008

Focus Fridays – Renewable Energy Construction Project Manager

Acciona is a global pioneer in contributing to sustainable worldwide development through its main lines of business: development and management of infrastructure and real estate projects, provision of transport, urban and environmental services, and development and operation of renewable energies.

Based in Chicago, this Project Manager position will be responsible for all aspects of project construction delivery for multiple projects, ensuring that their projects are completed on time and on budget.

This construction Project Manager position will be responsible for all aspects of project construction delivery for multiple $100 million projects, ensuring that they are completed on time and on budget. These are challenging, complex construction projects developing wind farms over thousands of acres.

You have seen renewable energy in the news. This is an industry that is rapidly growing. Here is your opportunity to break into the industry with a company that has years of wind power experience.

We are very interested in talking with Construction Project Managers with either wind energy or electric utility experience.


Responsibilities:

• Manage process to move from advance development to the commercial construction stage.
• Coordinate feasibility studies and late stage project development activities.
• Establish estimates for BoP, interconnection, logistics cost and provide as inputs for financial modeling
• Identify, develop, and build relationships with contractors and engineering firms and oversees third party activities related to engineering and construction activities
• Manage budgeted project expenses, schedule, and projected return
• Prepare and present project status reports to management
• Travel to project sites required (minimum of 50% travel)

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelors Degree in Engineering or work equivalent
• Requires familiarity with the full life cycle of power projects and business development
• Must have project management experience on estimating and building large scale (over $100 million) construction projects on time and on budget.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills with proven track record in successful negotiations with engineering and construction firms
• Ability to perform technical, economic feasibility analysis, and financial modeling
• Must possess a working understanding of cost accounting, budgeting and contract implementation
• Understands electric transmission and distribution



Acciona Energy North America believes its employees are its most important asset. We offer very competitive compensation, and benefits including Medical and Dental insurance, 401(k), employer paid Life and Long Term Care insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Referral Bonuses, Paid Time Off, and Short and Long Term Disability insurance. This is an opportune time to join a world leader in the fast-growing Renewable Energy Industry.

Acciona Energy North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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At this time, we may not use a 3rd party (contingent) recruiter for this position. We will repost should that change.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

More from the Onrec Conference

The Onrec Expo 2008 was a Global Online Recruitment Conference. As such, it was not surprising to see topics such as “Hunting for Talent in a Wiki World” by Tamara Erickson or “Virtual Environments: An Untapped Recruiting Resource” by Brent Arslaner.

Tammy Erickson’s presentation was the first presentation that I attended. She had some interesting points, while not surprising, they will create change in recruitment. For instance, both the Baby Boomers and Gen X members had to “learn” to use technology. The members of the Gen Y generation are the first “unconscious learners” of the technology. Therefore it is much more intuitive for them. Where Boomers schedule meetings, Gen Y may just text until they meet. For them, scheduling a meeting is a waste of time. Let’s meet online and solve the problem. Tammy made the point that your company needs a rich and informative website, including video testimonials from employees who discuss what they do and why they like it.

As a result of their comfort with technology, Gen Y has embraced Facebook, MySpace, and other social networks. So how do you recruit Gen Y? Your company needs to go where they are and understand what they are looking for. Tammy Erickson will give you solid insights. You may find her at www.TammyErickson.com .

We also learned that Gen Y members are looking for evidence to prove your company walks the talk. Therefore they look for blogs that discuss the work environment and the work at companies. They move seamlessly from your website to other sources of information. You may use tools like www.radian6.com to monitor what people within the social media are saying about you as a company and as an employer. This tool helps you hear what is being said about you so you can monitor, manage and effectively engage in social media conversations online.

So how do you meet all of these goals and still recruit Boomers and Gen X? Just as in all areas of recruitment, understand the fundamentals and work them well. Recruitment strategy for Gen Y and other generations is not mutually exclusive. Look for the areas that blend well, such as the rich and informative website. These strategies will work for the recruitment in all generations. Then write solid job descriptions that will help you understand the talents needed in a position and develop a strategy that will help you attract that person.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

OnRec.com Recruiting Conference

This week I attended the OnRec.com (Online Recruitment Magazine) recruiting conference in Chicago, IL.

There are always challenges when it comes to attending any industry conference. Does it fit into my schedule? Does it cover topics that will help me improve in my area of expertise? Who are the speakers? Can I attend all of the sessions that apply to the areas that interest me?

This year, everything came together. It was fun to attend Lou Adler’s session on Extreme Sourcing and then meet him after the session – always great to meet an icon in your industry! Lizz Pellet did a wonderful job on employment branding. She had to overcome a laptop that discovered that items will shift in the overhead compartment of the plane by flying out of the overhead compartment and landing on the floor. Of course this little mishap did nothing to improve the demeanor of her laptop. Then she had to overcome a microphone that flew off of her clothing. Always the trooper she overcame both and gave an informative presentation.

There was a lot of emphasis on recruiting Gen Y candidates at this conference. Finally the generation that grew up with technology is in the workforce! For the next ten or so years, they will impact recruitment in ways we are only now beginning to see. Recruitment technology is about to make another leap as these young professionals interface with it.

Companies that are uncomfortable with change will find themselves challenged. These young professionals are about to force all companies to look at recruitment in a new and different way.

Over the next couple of days, I’ll review the conference and the sessions that I attended.

Focus Fridays - Renewable Energy Director of Construction

Acciona is a global pioneer in contributing to sustainable worldwide development through its main lines of business: development and management of infrastructure and real estate projects, provision of transport, urban and environmental services, and development and operation of renewable energies. Acciona Energy is the world’s largest developer of wind energy power production.

Based at our North America corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, Acciona Energy North America seeks a dynamic multi-task individual to manage the everyday activities of the construction of wind farms, solar farms and any other renewable energy source.
The Director of Construction is a new and very important position within Acciona Energy NA. This position is one of two Directors of Construction that reports to the VP of Construction.

Responsibilities:
The Director of Construction supervises the work of construction and technical staff, consultants and contractors involved in construction of wind energy generation facilities and associated high voltage power systems projects.

Responsible for planning, directing, and implementing regulated utility scale wind energy generation construction projects and processes in a timely, safe and environmentally conscious manner. Leverage previous large scale construction experience and skills to maintain and improve competitive position and profitability. Responsible for hiring, training and developing construction project managers, superintendents and staff to execute company’s rate based wind farm construction initiative. Participate in turbine specification review, turbine foundation and construction specifications. Work with the wind assessment team to participate in wind turbine siting. Manage cost and schedule. Assist with the coordination of equipment start-up and performance testing. Report on activities to the VP of Construction and the executive team.

The Director of Construction provides leadership, direction and motivation to the construction team. Accountable for performance measurements and standards of associated processes utilizing quality control and quality assurance processes. Demonstrates understanding of performance measures and utilizes information to improve process (e.g. safety, quality, budget, schedule, etc.).

This professional is responsible for guidance and assessment of personnel performing work for the construction organization, and the selection and management of outside consulting resources. Consults with various business unit representatives to identify process improvement opportunities and promote a service partnership linkage to complete projects on time and on budget. Interface with technical, engineering, maintenance, financial and procurement support personnel.

Develops and models an environment of teamwork and empowers employees through the effective use of leadership practices and principles. This person provides leadership to the project management team to ensure that project safety, quality, budget, and scheduling goals are met.

Safety is a priority of Acciona Energy NA. The Director of Construction must ensure that a safe construction culture is embraced by Acciona Energy NA employees and contractors. This requires observing and enforcing safety rules and practices, encouraging safe work behaviors, and promptly correcting conditions and unsafe behaviors which may lead to accidents. With the assistance of the safety department, investigates accidents and safety incidents. This professional is responsible for communicating safety investigation information to managers. Understands and enforces rules set by regulatory bodies (i.e. DOT, OSHA, DNR, etc.).

Manage workload, material resources, budgets, and budget performance. This includes development and management of budgets to include labor, material, equipment, employee expenses and contracting expenses. Manage the smooth coordination among processes by working with the project team.

The Director of Construction communicates company policies, programs and procedures as necessary.

Understands and interprets multiple contracts and consistently manages the terms and conditions outlined in such contracts.

Requirements:
The candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications, and have demonstrated the following technical or job skills:

Education and/or experience equivalent to a BS Engineering degree from an accredited college.

Must have a minimum of six years experience as a Director of Construction or Construction Manager, preferably on wind energy construction or utility scale projects. Must demonstrate success on safety, quality, budget, and on target completion of large scale utility or infrastructure projects. This professional must be a team player but have the wherewithal to make hard decisions.

Demonstrated leadership skills are required. Understanding of project management methods and application to managing work is required. Demonstrate the ability to achieve results with a minimum amount of direction. Working knowledge of medium and high voltage electric operating practices, construction standards, work methods, equipment, maintenance practices and materials is required.

Demonstrated thorough knowledge of safety rules and applicable electrical codes, DOT, and OSHA regulations. Must have formal accident investigation training.

Demonstrated ability to read and understand maps, plan and profiles, and blueprints.

Requires demonstrated computer skills utilizing Microsoft Office, Primavera, Microsoft Project.

Working knowledge of the budget process and how to interpret and understand financial reports and financial evaluations. The Director of Construction must demonstrate excellent communications skills including verbal, written, and presentation.

Must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

This position requires 50% travel.

All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a reference check, background investigation, drug test, and physical (including demonstrating the ability to climb a 280 foot wind tower).

Acciona Energy North America believes its employees are its most important asset. We offer very competitive compensation, and benefits including Medical and Dental insurance, 401(k), employer paid Life and Long Term Care insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Referral Bonuses, Paid Time Off, and Short and Long Term Disability insurance.

Acciona Energy North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer.