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Permit Specialist

Req ID:  101981

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Summary of Role

The Permit Specialist will provide functional support to the residential permitting team by developing and owning large scale initiatives associated with jurisdictional permitting requirements, procedure documentation, production, and trainings. The Permit Specialist serves as a liaison between building departments, and internal departments by working directly with Permit Coordinators and Designers, SunPower sales and operations and home builders. They will help drive the development of SunPower’s permitting database for accurate design and timely permit collection for residential projects.  


Individuals applying for this position must be organized, experienced, and a leader of process. They must pay attention to detail, proactively identify requirements, communicate potential roadblocks, and facilitate resolutions so projects remain on schedule. The Permit Specialist serves as a primary subject matter expert on department requirements and SunPower permit processes. This is position and will provide functional support and coaching to members of the Permitting Team.  


 Essential Duties & Responsibilities:  

  • Provide support to initiatives related to improving permitting processes and performance 

  • Perform new market research 

  • Understand and explicate solar design plan sets: roof layouts, equipment specifications, single line diagrams  

  • Facilitate increased production through centralized team for online permit submittals  

  • Strategically reduce permit administration and submittal costs  

  • Complete ongoing research and data entry to maintain current requirements in the jurisdiction database  

  • Develop and standardize process through research, experience, documentation, and ongoing training  

  • Utilize Salesforce reports and dashboards to manage production pipeline and coordinate permitting team efforts  

  • Develop and maintain a good rapport with building departments and builder customers  

  • Guide internal and external teams to the specific building department process of where work is being executed  

  • Participate in regional permit team meetings to distribute updates, generate discussion, and ensure team understanding of company policies and announcements  

  • Provide leadership, coaching and support to the permitting team to complete permitting and rework tasks as needed to comply with interdepartmental service level agreements   

  • Utilize forecasting tools, team performance and employee feedback to provide insight in resourcing needs to facilitate consistent and on-time production volume  

  • Work closely with SunPower operations staff, design team, account managers and others internally as needed. Be involved in cross-team initiatives, projects, process updates, etc.  

  • Performs other duties as assigned  


Required Qualifications:  

  • 2 years of relevant experience and 4-year degree or equivalent years of relevant experience 

  • 2+ years’ experience working in a CRM platform like salesforce to manage production  

  • 1+ years' experience working with and supporting contractors remotely to meet project timelines  


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree 

  • Strong understanding of state and local code requirements 

  • 1+ years’ experience managing a permit team of runners is a plus  


Physical Demands and Working Conditions:  

At SunPower, we value the health and safety of all our team members. We support and encourage our employees to form a healthy and stable environment where they can succeed. Below we have listed the working requirements and environment for this role:  

  • Able to work upright and stationary and/or standing for working hours  

  • Able to communicate, receive, and understand information and ideas with diverse groups of people in a comprehensible and reasonable method  

  • Able to position and move objects up to 10 pounds  

  • Able to use and learn standard office equipment and technology with proficiency  

  • The position requires travel with the potential of overnight stays between assigned facilities and various locations within the community. Less than or equal to 30% travel.  

  • Day to day work is completed in the office or remotely at personal computer M-F, first shift hours  

Note: This job description does not contain a comprehensive listing of activities required of the employee for this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

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Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation
SunPower Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following alternative email address to contact us about your interest in employment at SunPower Corporation: Please indicate in the subject that line of your email that you are requesting accommodation. Only candidates being considered for a position who require an accommodation will receive a follow-up response.



Availability of Affirmative Action Plan for Review

SunPower is a federal government contractor. As a part of the Company’s obligations under law, it must develop a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP) for the Disabled, Recently Separated Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Active Duty Wartime Or Campaign Badge Veterans and for Women and Minorities as specified by law. Non-confidential and non-proprietary aspects of the AAP are available for inspection by applicants and employees, consistent with applicable law, which will be made available during office hours by contacting the EEO Officer.




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