SMUD Job Opportunity: Senior Project ManagerSMUD

The Advanced Energy Solutions Research and Development (AES R&D) department develops and implements progressive research activities that support SMUD’s Clean Energy Vision, including eliminating carbon emissions from our power supply by 2030. This involves research, development, and demonstration programs (RD&D), often in collaboration with federal and state funding organizations, across our research programs areas. The portfolio of research topics covers customer and grid-focused technologies and applications, including Building Electrification and Efficiency, Electric Transportation, Load Flexibility, Distributed and Utility-Scale Storage, Generation, and Carbon Capture and Sequestration. Our team is subdivided between Project Management-focused and Engineering-focused disciplines with matrixed responsibilities on larger projects.  This position will be a Senior Project Management role supporting the entire R&D team by providing managerial skills to plan, organize, budget, staff, direct, coordinate, control and evaluate assigned projects as well as helping develop, propose and plan new initiatives.  This role typically oversees one or more large, complex projects. Manages enterprise projects with budgets in excess of $10,000,000.

AES R&D is responsible for research that advances innovation in critical enterprise initiatives, furthers our position of industry influence, and prepares SMUD for long-term solutions and alternatives. To support these outcomes, R&D is seeking a Sr. Project Manager to:

  • Provide leadership, project management skills and supervision necessary to plan, organize, and conduct, advanced technologies Research & Development (R&D) activities in multiple topic areas.
  • To act as subject matter expert, project manager and/or construction manager for the development of advanced generation technologies and business model strategies and programs, to support attainment of SMUD's business objectives.
  • To provide insights into the relationship between advanced generation technologies, customer resources, demand response/load flexibility technologies and their impacts on resource planning and forecasting, energy trading, system operations, grid planning, power generation, and distribution assets. 
  • Research design and evaluation expertise.

In addition to these proficiencies, the position will require engaging in the following activities.

  • Strategic research planning
  • Networking with industry to follow and influence codes and standards for emerging technology
  • Grant acquisition, implementation, and management, primarily with federal and state funding organizations
  • Organizational navigation within SMUD

SMUD has committed to eliminating carbon emissions from our power supply by 2030 in our Zero Carbon Plan. A critical component of the plan is to retire or retool our existing thermal generation plants and replace them with alternative generation sources or Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) that meet SMUD’s energy, capacity and reliability standards. This position will focus on projects that feature renewable generation technologies, carbon capture, energy storage, electric vehicles, smart inverters, and load flexibility/Virtual Power Plants; ensuring compatibility with utility planning and operations; technology laboratory and field tests; technoeconomic and feasibility assessments; and supporting modeling and analytic activities.  

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