September 26, 2018

DEPARTMENT:   Construction ROLE:      Project Scheduler
START DATE:    TBD POSITION TERM:    Full-Time
COMPENSATION: TBD TRAVEL REQUIRED:    No

JOB PROFILE
The Project Scheduler is responsible for creating, updating and coordinating project schedules. Creates resource usage model and predictions. Works closely with team leaders to build, evaluate and optimize project schedules. The Project Scheduler will participate in a cross-functional team environment in development and oversight of development- and construction-related project schedules.

As a highly motivated individual with very good organization, technical, and communication skills, you will work with a team of professionals to deliver superior service. The “ideal” candidate will come from a renewable-energy background and bring with them project management and technical expertise that can be built upon within Potentia, although other backgrounds are welcomed.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Reporting to the Project Management Office, primary responsibilities for this position include the following:

  • Work closely with the project team to develop, maintain and manage the project schedule; to include development, engineering, construction, supply chain, regulatory and finance-related activities;
  • Participate in regular project team meetings across multiple projects;
  • Ensure that all projects are being scheduled and forecast using a consistent methodology;
  • Prepare spend curves and cash-flow forecasts during the life-cycle of the project, responsible for reporting schedule deliverables to the project lead and the project team;
  • Assist or lead in the creation of comprehensive schedule submissions using the Project Success Method, resource and cost loading as necessary; and
  • Regularly review critical path, cost loading, schedule content, use of relationships and lag, constraints and milestones;
  • Provide schedule analysis and metrics to key stakeholders on a regular basis

The Project Scheduler will work with the project leadership team to perform scenario analysis and provide data to enable decisions such as:

  • Defining an appropriate WBS in line with the adopted project development and project delivery strategy
  • How to monitor and control the project through the various phases of the project lifecycle
  • How to manage the interface between the various contracts
  • Completion dates of any project’s portions
  • Maximizing efficiency of the project strategy with respect to cost, time and contingency
  • Risk and opportunity management.
  • Participate in the development of standards to support the functional groups in successful delivery of projects.

During the execution stage, the Project Scheduler will work with the people responsible for executing the work to monitor and control the project, including:

  • Updating the schedule and comparing the actual work performed against the baseline program
  • Review vendor, sub-contractor and consultant schedule submittals and incorporate appropriate information into the schedule(s)
  • Identifying and reporting variances, and regularly updating the schedule and reporting on any changes
  • Identifying activities impacting the schedule’s critical path and facilitating the identification of opportunities to accelerate completion of the work, or measures to avoid potential delays
  • Assist in the review of the schedule and status of the plans during all phases of the projects
  • Reporting on project statuses, trends, forecasts and cashflow
  • Reporting on project contingency, and schedule risks and opportunities.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
The ideal candidate must be able to operate in a fast-paced, high-growth work environment and operate entrepreneurially and collaboratively to accomplish deliverables. Potentia’s employees relish a challenge and look forward to exercising creative freedom to accomplish new tasks. Outstanding time management and prioritizing skill is required to be a successful candidate.

The ideal candidate will possess the following combination of experience, knowledge, and skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • 3+ years of experience in project scheduling is ideal
  • Certification received through Oracle, PMI or other similar organizations focused on recognition of expertise in Project Management is helpful
  • Experience in project planning/scheduling within the renewables industry (wind and/or solar);
  • Proficiency with scheduling software, with a strong preference placed on MS Project, and/or Primavera P6;
  • Requires strong computer skills to include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project and database applications.
  • An understanding of critical path methodology to ensure, and communicate, timely delivery of milestone tasks;
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work under pressure (timelines and deadlines) when required

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September 26, 2018

DEPARTMENT:   Construction ROLE:      Project Manager – Wind Construction
START DATE:    TBD POSITION TERM:    Full-Time
COMPENSATION: TBD TRAVEL REQUIRED:    Yes

Potentia is looking for a Construction Project Managers who can lead groups of internal and external stakeholders and effectively manage construction of projects/portfolios from budget and schedule standpoint.

One who can look at project investments in generation capacity with a long term operational view and target quality installation with time span of 25 years.

Your environment will be working with internal and external stakeholders such as landlords or municipalities, local distribution companies, equipment suppliers, EPCs, Design Builders, civil, mechanical and electrical installers and multiple authorities having jurisdictions within the solar industry for the sole purpose of DBOO (Design, Build, Own; and Operate) green generation energy systems.

In addition, during the development of portfolios and projects, you will be working in cross-functional teams with internal stakeholders from Business Development, Regulatory, Finance, Accounting, Legal, Procurement, Engineering and Field Managers and Supervisors with taking follower or leadership roles depending on the current phase of project development. Moreover, you will be leading construction team and responsible for effectiveness of resources usages in the office and on sites.

The position requires a project manager who is going to OWN projects/portfolios, self-motivated, dynamic and can lead internal and external construction stakeholders in the construction of wind power systems. As a key member of the construction group you will be managing internal and external construction resources to deliver timely and in a cost-effective manner development of wind farms from 40 to 200 MW scale.

As a highly motivated individual with exceptional planning, organization and execution control, as well as technical and communication, skills, you will work with a team of diverse professionals to deliver superior services. The ideal candidate will come from a renewable or low carbon background and bring with them construction project management and leadership skills that can be grown even further within our successful company. As a leader of construction progress and intense dynamics, you will be integrating suggestions of all team players into the most effective one to effectively resolve technical, schedule, budget and contractual aspects. In the intense flow of multiple assignments, you will need to keep clear focus on priority settings and being able to engage necessary stakeholders to complement project activities for the full completion of all project activities despite the result and critical path orientation. Understanding of contractual relationship with all the partners will be foundational for you to protect company commercial interests, while diplomatically negotiating any arising constraints not to delay projects, while maintaining highest levels of ethics.

Fast adaptability to constantly changing business environment and quick learning of necessary business
process (derived from contract conditions) with the ability to apply on the go will be a crucial attribute for
your personal effectiveness.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to the Director of Construction with the primary responsibilities for the position which includes
the following:

  • In managing projects or portfolios, you will be responsible for planning, organization and control of the execution relevant to all construction and budget aspects of projects and portfolios.
  • Involvement and planning: As leader and manager of construction phase project execution, you will ensure all team members have an opportunity to put their own energy and initiative into bringing vision to life. Planning will require setting of strategic and tactical goals (which will be aligned with strategic goals) for the whole project and project’s constituent parts. You will be responsible for establishing detailed steps of plan for achieving strategic and tactical goals in time and as per the budget as well as arranging and allocating necessary resources to accomplish the plan. Planning will be done with reverse engineering and dictated by achieving construction goals and ESA/COD deliverables and include planning for construction sites, office management team and necessary external stakeholders.
  • Organization, Vision, Alignment and Direction: you will be creating team structure and set of jobs/activities/current responsibilities to accomplish required plans. As CPM you will be assembling team/s necessary for the planning, execution and control with clarifying the purpose of the vision and setting the direction for every team member. You will be responsible for the engagement of a significant group of people, involved in project execution, making sure they believe in vision with understanding of its routes. Your direction will be in providing clear, specific and compelling goals that is bringing clarity to vision as well as establishing boundaries for actions.
  • Control and adjustments of POC: major management focus will be on hands-on/off results monitoring and reports with conducting analysis to ensure projects’/portfolios execution is consistent with strategic and tactical goals. Identification and forecast of any deviation from the originally established plan and in-time and effective resolution of any problems will be the key for personal and projects’ success. Establishing recovery plans and adjusting actions of the team to
    ensure you are back to originally planned schedule and budget will be constant routing in managing projects/portfolios.
  • Review and analyze completed projects and make recommendations for improvements and cost containment in new projects and participate in collaborative efforts to estimate the impact of these services.
  • Requisition supplies and materials in order to maintain the construction schedule.
  • Collaborate with in-house engineering department and review drawings on different stages such as IFT, IFR and IFC and recommend practical construction improvements to improve budget, simplify design and improve schedule.
  • Prepare, submit and control budget expenditures and progress by evaluating construction
    methods and determine cost-effectiveness with the use of project tracking tools.
  • Implement quality assurance programs.
  • Implement projects/portfolio safety programs.
  • Supervise staff and contractors.
  • Monitor compliance with building and safety codes, and other applicable regulations.
  • Take actions to deal with the results of delays, bad weather, or emergencies at construction sites.
  • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, and design professionals to discuss and resolve procedures, change orders, and construction problems.
  • Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites, to ensure that proper procedures are being carried out.
  • Ensure construction milestones are achieved and approve invoices submitted by various partners.
  • Ensure, clear communication is established with Accounting Department to allow effective and proper judgement to properly process APs/ARs and reflect any and all accounting transactions in accounting system.
  • Provide weekly reports, requested information and recommendations to Director of Construction.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidate must be able to operate in a fast-paced, high-growth and collaborative work environment and operate in a structured way and entrepreneurially to accomplish deliverables.

The successful candidate will possess the following combination of experience, knowledge, and skills:

  • Undergraduate degree in construction management, engineering or other scientific discipline or Master Electrician with minimum of 5 years of experience in project management.
  • Preferable 5 – 10 years of relevant experience including project construction management.
  • Comprehensive technical understanding of wind construction is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge and working experience standard CCA contracts and procedures.
  • Demonstrated process and systems-oriented approach to project management
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects, groups and activities
  • Superior analytical skills in measurement frameworks, tools, and approaches
  • Demonstrated advanced skill in PC applications (MS Project, MS Office Suite, Primavera or other process mapping software)
  • Strong desire to bring best practices to the team, share your knowledge and expertise and enable your team members’ mutual success as the organization continues to grow.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Being a self-motivated, organized, precise with the skills of thorough work ethic.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Hands-on management style. Urgency identification, engineering and construction queue prioritization and crisis management.
  • In-time initiation of cross-functional collaboration for the improvement of projects/portfolio deliverables. Establishment and reinforcement of POC matrix (planning, organization and execution control).
  • Constant monitoring and improvement of cost structure through various project execution stages. Strategic focus on the proper breakdown of insourcing and outsourcing services to positively impact microeconomic and financial ratios.
  • In-depth knowledge of CCA contracts and extensive experience with the development of complementary conditions for the standard contracts to properly capture scopes of works, prices, technical requirements and schedule. Expertise in management for highly complex projects and management of mass construction for medium size semi-identical construction projects with efficient coordination among all the construction and consulting participants.
  • Compilation of the risk management frameworks for projects, monitoring and necessary adjustment in actions to minimize risk impacts starting from project set up to the closeout. Risk quantifications. Thorough knowledge of Canadian construction industry structure and industry players. Extensive knowledge of Ontario Building Codes, Electrical Codes and participation in the resolution of disputable technical aspects with AHJ (authorities having jurisdiction), including MoL.
  • Thorough attention to the planning of safety on construction sites and reinforcement of safety during construction phase through close collaboration with reliable safety consultants and regular site inspections. Standardization of construction practices, processes and development of PODs (plans of days) matrixes in conjunction with construction schedules to effectively control the execution of construction works on construction sites.
  • Quality control improvements on various stages of engineering and construction projects and their execution through close collaboration with outsourcing quality consultants, forensic engineers and in-house engineering teams. Implementation of PEMLI (planning, execution, measuring, learning and future implementation) matrix to gain high quality via involving project participants in the search and the implementation of optimal designs or construction solutions.
  • Efficient projects and portfolios closeouts. Focus on manuals, domestic context, As-Builts, deficiency remediation and proper hand-overs to in-house operation teams, partners such as landlords, debt providers and developers.

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September 26, 2018

Project Manager

Solas Energy Consulting Inc., a premier renewable energy consulting services firm, is growing its team. We are seeking a motivated and passionate Project Manager based out of Calgary, Alberta. The Project Manager will join the Solas multi-disciplinary team completing development services, market analysis and regulatory applications. This dynamic working environment requires easily adaptable employees with a strong technical foundation to provide services across a wide range of active projects, including those in the Project development, design, construction, and operational phases. Solas is looking for a versatile individual with experience and training within multiple areas of renewable energy. The selected individual will guide renewable projects through the development and regulatory processes, interfacing with regulatory bodies in Canada such as the Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Environment and Parks, Saskatchewan MOE and other agencies.

This position must have demonstrated a positive, team-oriented attitude to match our fast-paced and collaborative and friendly work environment. Prior experience in utility-scale renewable energy is required for this position. Demonstrated skills in project management and coordination, agency consultation, quantitative ability on market analytics and excellent MS Excel skills are essential. The successful applicant must be willing to travel domestically up to 10 – 25% of the time to attend
conferences, client meetings, project sites, agency and internal meetings.

Please submit a resume and cover letter by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 12, 2018. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted as one PDF document. Solas appreciates the interest of all applicants, however only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Project Manager Task List:

  • Assist with project proposal preparation, budget tracking, and maintain project schedules
  • Meet all deadlines and deliver high-quality results
  • Participate in marketing Solas services as requested by the Managing Director
  • Follow all Solas policies, procedures, and practices
  • Conduct studies such as: site selection, permitting and compliance matrix, technical permitting studies
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Set project milestones for scope, schedule and budget and ensure milestones are met
  • Perform quality check and initial approval of certain work products conducted by junior staff
  • Attend stakeholder engagement sessions
  • Collaborate with other team members to complete multi-disciplinary deliverables
  • Prepare and coordinate standard proposals and bids
  • Maintain awareness of policy, technology, and other changes affecting the industry
  • Prepare reports, presentations, studies, applications, and other documents as needed.
  • This position reports to the Managing Director

Examples of Solas projects:

  • Renewable energy projects under development and/or seeking regulatory approval
    o Coordinate permitting application preparation for various regulatory agencies
    o Coordinate stakeholder communication and management
    o Coordinate environmental studies and reporting
  • Construction management support
  • Due diligence reviews
  • Constraints analysis
  • Site selection analysis
  • Competitive market reviews
  • Technical analysis and evaluation of project data
  • Contract review
  • RFP management

Minimum Qualifications for the position:

  • Bachelor or master’s level degree in a related field such as engineering, environmental sciences, or project management
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and minimum 2 years’ experience in project management
  • Knowledge of the regulatory frameworks in Canada, particularly Alberta and Saskatchewan
  • Significant experience managing renewable energy development projects, including utility permitting, stakeholder engagement and environmental surveys
  • Proven skills preparing and managing budgets
  • Experience in leading proposal preparation
  • Excellent analytical and reporting abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Able to integrate into diverse client teams and work professionally with technical consultants, subject matter experts, project stakeholders, agencies and other third parties.
  • Adept critical thinking skills and knowledge of the renewable energy industry in Canada
  • Able to prioritize tasks to efficiently find success with each project
  • Utilize MS suite and other online tools efficiently
  • Must have a valid Alberta class 5 driver’s license or equivalent
  • Must be able to work proficiently in English and possess a valid Canadian work permit

Preferred skills:

  • Knowledge of Canadian wind and solar markets
  • Experience in market analysis
  • Professional Management Professional (PMP) or another technical accreditation
  • Experience in conducting due diligence reviews


The inaugural Argentina Wind Power took place early September in Buenos Aires with the event deemed successful by many on several levels. Firstly because AWP18 was the platform of choice for the Ministry of Energy’s Subsecretary Sebastián Kind to announce Round 3 updates which had been kept under wraps until the event. This, in itself, generated much media coverage and positioned AWP as the event of choice for wind power in Argentina. Secondly, its two-day rich programme of sessions provided unique insights from industry experts and key legislators, with both sides sharing their views as to how to progress the industry in the short to medium term. 

Over 60 quality speakers shared the floor of 16 plenary and round table sessions, including technical, confirming this ‘event organized by the industry for the industry’ as the lead quality content provider in this market.

14 key sponsors supported the event including: Vestas, SGRE, Ventus and EOS Energia, Genneia, Enercon, Nordex Group, Eoliasur, ArcVera Renewables, DNV GL, Envision, Energias Del Plata and UL as well as our many partners, local and international including receiving the endorsement from the Ministry of Energy in Argentina, as well as receiving strong support from the new Cámara Eólica Argentina (CEA) and other key local organisations.

The event attracted over 700 registrants whom are involved in the wind or renewable energy sector in Argentina or wish to be. Local and international exhibitors were also present with small to large booths in what was seen to be a unique venue space, conducive to optimal networking – the JPII of the Universidad Católica Argentina in Puerto Madero.

GWEC’s Ramón Fiestas, President of the Latin America Committee, announced a 2019 edition of the conference with dates and venue yet to be defined.  Calls for interest for sponsorships can be addressed to [email protected]

View photos here. View successful posters here.

During the event, Undersecretary of Renewable Energies, Sebastián Kind, officially announced the launch of MinRen (Round 3 of the RenovAr program) in October 2018. But what else is going on this in new and exciting market? GWEC and EOS Energía have compiled an easy to read overview of the market situation and perspectives which is yours to download free of charge.

Download the English version here (EN)

Download the Spanish version here (ESP)