March 21, 2019

Description

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp is a North American diversified generation, transmission and distribution utility with $10+ billion of total assets. (APUC) delivers continuing growth through an expanding pipeline of renewable energy development projects, organic growth within its regulated distribution and transmission businesses, and the pursuit of accretive acquisitions.

The distribution business group (Liberty Utilities) provides rate regulated water, electricity and natural gas utility services to over 750,000+ customers in the United States. The transmission business group invests in rate regulated electric transmission and natural gas pipeline systems in the United States and Canada.

The generation business group (Liberty Power, formerly known as Algonquin Power) owns a portfolio of regulated and long term contracted North American based wind, solar, hydroelectric and thermal powered generating facilities representing more than 1.5+ GW of installed capacity.

Our vision is to be the utility company most admired by customers, communities and investors for our people, passion and performance.

What’s in it for you?
The Director – Electric Transmission Development will work both independently and with existing utility business development professionals to assess potential business opportunities to invest in or expand into electric transmission business and to create new business opportunities in the regulated and unregulated environment.  He or she will identify, assess, present, review and recommend such initiatives under the FERC 1000 regulations and in conformance with the various ISO, state and utility requirements.  He or she will also support international business development, with a focus on competitive tenders for transmission assets.  Such projects should be targeted to improve the overall profitability, earnings production and strategic positioning of the Company.  The Director will coordinate with current efforts of the Business Development Professionals in the Algonquin entities and will have a particular focus on the electric transmission sector and
will become responsible for transmission development projects.

We need you to:
Be responsible for due diligence needed to support major infrastructure business development efforts (market research, networking, needs assessment, detailed financial analysis of revenues and expenses, etc.) and provide educated conclusions and recommendations regarding potential new product and service offerings.  He or she will work closely with other Business Development Professionals that hold similar regional utility roles within Algonquin entities.  The successful candidate will consult with customers, corporate staff, consultants (as needed) and stakeholders in evaluating the profitability of new businesses or products;  identify partnerships, joint ventures, alliances or strategic relationships that can add to the develop effort; and stay abreast of industry trends.
This position will require travel on a regular basis.

Specific Areas of Focus:
On the development of investment opportunities:

• Monitoring Industry Developments and Identify Potentials or Trends
• Evaluate commercial/regulatory environments to identify meaningful prospects, preferably interconnecting to Liberty utilities.
• Work with Company BD professionals that can assist in the identification of commercial opportunities
• Evaluate potential business partners, business partnerships, joint venture development or acquisitions of joint venture interests.
• Develop the appropriate documentation to support conclusions (financial, technical, regulatory, legal).
• Develop project presentation material necessary to evaluate and gain approval for further exploration and negotiation on the roll-out of new businesses and growth projects:
• Aggressively pursuing the roll-out of initiatives that the Company has in progress.
• Work with financial, operational, legal, regulatory professionals to quickly resolve business issues
• Network with stakeholders, municipalities, business councils, chambers of commerce, etc. to develop prospects
• Complete progress reports and presentations for senior management reviews
• As directed, assist in or present investment proposals to the Algonquin/Liberty Board of Directors
• Participate in, support and negotiate features of either acquisitions of or investments in new transmission assets.
For ongoing operations: monitor, support and evaluate transmission design and FERC Issues, Ensure continued profitability through regulatory proceedings.


• Monitoring Industry Developments and Identify Potentials or Trends
• Evaluate commercial/regulatory environments to identify meaningful prospects, preferably interconnecting to Liberty utilities.
• Work with Company BD professionals that can assist in the identification of commercial opportunities
• Evaluate potential business partners, business partnerships, joint venture development or acquisitions of joint venture interests.
• Develop the appropriate documentation to support conclusions (financial, technical, regulatory, legal).
• Develop project presentation material necessary to evaluate and gain approval for further exploration and negotiation on the roll-out of new businesses and growth projects:
• Aggressively pursuing the roll-out of initiatives that the Company has in progress.
• Work with financial, operational, legal, regulatory professionals to quickly resolve business issues
• Network with stakeholders, municipalities, business councils, chambers of commerce, etc. to develop prospects
• Complete progress reports and presentations for senior management reviews
• As directed, assist in or present investment proposals to the Algonquin/Liberty Board of Directors
• Participate in, support and negotiate features of either acquisitions of or investments in new transmission assets.
For ongoing operations: monitor, support and evaluate transmission design and FERC Issues, Ensure continued profitability through regulatory proceedings.

Experience and abilities to bring:
• General knowledge of electric transmission markets in the US and Canada, and operation of large scale projects.
• Preference to commercial knowledge of California, PJM and Northeast markets, related PUC’s and ISO regulatory policies as they apply to electrical transmission projects. 
• Working knowledge of electric transmission design and technology.
• Strong PowerPoint skills
• Strong oral, written and negotiating skills
• Bachelor Degree (EE preferred)
• 10 years of experience in the electric transmission sector with an emphasis on project development.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honour this commitment in their daily responsibilities.
As part of our commitment, we work to ensure our application process is accessible to all candidates. If you require special assistance or accommodation during the hiring process, please notify the Talent Acquisition consultant.

Please click here to apply online for this position.

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